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Membranes: Materials & Processes (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar


August 9-10, 2008


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH


David R. Latulippe & Jason P. Mazzoccoli

Meeting Description

The past few years have seen a tremendous growth in interest and activity in membrane science and technology due to critical societal needs in the areas of bioprocessing, energy, and the environment. The significance of membrane and materials development is evident through various active research projects including the development of membrane separation processes for the purification of recombinant DNA derived antibodies, membrane electrodes for fuel cells, membrane separation processes for purification of ethanol produced from cellulosic biomass, and membrane systems for carbon dioxide removal and sequestration. The Gordon Research Seminar in 2008 will be an excellent opportunity for young researchers in the field of membrane science to gather together, share information and, most importantly, learn from one another via both formal seminar discussions and informal networking opportunities. Through the intimate contact uniquely afforded by the Gordon Research Conference between graduate students and highly regarded professionals in the membrane research field, the next generation of membrane scientists will gain invaluable feedback and support for their future scientific endeavors.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Membranes: Materials & Processes" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session / Social Reception
(Welcome & Introductions by Co-Chairs; Reminder of GRC Off-the-record policy; Recognition of GRS contributors)
6:00 pmDinner
7:15 pm - 7:30 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMembrane Applications
Discussion Leaders: Manesh Kumar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlain) & Andrew Zydney (Pennsylania State University)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pm Enrica Fontananova (University of Calabria, Italy)
"Development of new non fluorinated polymeric and composite membranes for PEMFCs"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pm Andrea Achilli (University of Nevada)
"Osmotic membrane bioreactor and pressure retarded osmotic membrane bioreactor for wastewater treatment and water desalination"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pm Maria Ferrari (University of Bologna, Italy)
"Mixed matrices based on amorphous Teflon and fumed silica: experimental characterization and simulations with the NELF model"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pm Parul Jain (Michigan State University)
"Use of affinity membranes containing functionalized polymer brushes for purification of histidine-tagged proteins"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:45 pmPoster Session (continued)
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMembrane & Systems Design
Discussion Leaders: Sankhanilay Chowdhury (University of Twente, Netherlands) & William Koros (Georgia Institute of Technology)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Keynote Speaker: William Koros (Georgia Institute of Technology)
"Membranes and systems design - why both are ultimately related to materials - and why all three are related to membrane formation"
9:30 am - 9:40 am Discussion
9:40 am - 10:00 am Sarah Querelle (University of Montpellier 2, France)
"Preparation of ordered nanoporous membranes using ABA triblock copolymers self-assembly"
10:00 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am - 10:30 am Rugved Pathare (Purdue University)
"Developing membrane separation process fundamentals for energy savings"
10:30 am - 10:40 am Discussion
10:40 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:20 am Haofei Guo (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
"Entrapment of hydrophilic macromolecules for antifouling modification of polypropylene membrane surface: A mechanistic study"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 11:50 am Carrie Eggen (Arizona State University)
"Lipid bilayer membranes formed via vesicle deposition and their application to biosensing"
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Discussion
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Discuss request for a subsequent GRS; Nominations for the next Student/Post-doc Vice Chair(s) to work with GRC Chair (serving as mentor); Fill out Evaluation Forms)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 2:00 pm.
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