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Membranes: Materials & Processes (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Membrane Engineering at the Edge of Innovation and Global Advances


July 30-31, 2016


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH


Patrick Saboe & Kerri L. Hickenbottom

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Membranes: Materials and Processes is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is on concepts of membrane science and engineering such as membrane materials, separations, fouling, modelling, and synthesis for novel and current applications. This conference brings together young membrane researchers world-wide to share research, discuss ideas and network within the membrane community.

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.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmPenetrating the Nexus: Novel Membranes and Processes for a Sustainable World
Discussion Leaders: Chad Gilmer (University of Iowa, USA) and Morten Logemann (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
3:50 pm - 4:05 pmGeorge Chen (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
"Evaluation of Nanofiltration and Electrodialysis for Product Recovery and Treatment of Dairy Whey"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmJovan Kamcev (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
"Fundamental Studies of Ion Sorption and Transport in Ion-Exchange Membranes"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPenetrating the Nexus: Novel Membranes and Processes for a Sustainable World (continued) / Keynote Session: Industry and Academics: Local to Global Perspectives
Discussion Leaders: Steven Weinman (Clemson University, USA) and Lingling Xia (University of Connecticut, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmTao Luo (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
"Porous Polybenzimidazole Membranes for the All Vanadium Redox Flow Battery"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:15 pmAnthony Straub (Yale University, USA)
"Harvesting Low-Grade Heat Energy Using Thermo-Osmotic Vapor Transport Through Nanoporous Membranes"
8:15 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:50 pmRuth Baltus (Clarkson University, USA)
"From Discs to Rods and the Tortuous Path Between"
8:50 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:25 pmJ.R. Johnson (SABIC, Saudi Arabia)
"Industry Perspectives"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amInnovation in Emerging Membrane Materials
Discussion Leaders: Pradeep Ramiah Rajasekaran (University of Florida, USA) and Michael Alders (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:25 amSarah Hesse (Cornell University, USA)
"Block Copolymer-Derived Graded, Hierarchically Porous Carbon Materials"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amPapatya Kaner (Tufts University, USA)
"Zwitterion-Containing Polymer Additives for Fouling Resistant Ultrafiltration Membranes: Choosing the Right Chemistry and Architecture"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:05 amNitish Mittal (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Mathematical Modeling, Process Design and Techno-Economic Analysis of Zeolite Membrane-Based Separation Systems for Butane Isomer Separation"
10:05 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:25 amRamy Swaidan (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
"Tuning Hybrid PIM-PI-OH/Z-MOF-Based Mixed-Matrix Membranes for Highly Efficient C3H6/C3H8 Separation"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:45 amJian Ren (University of Connecticut, USA)
"Optimizing Hollow Fiber Membranes and Modules for Osmotic Processes: From Models to Membranes to Modules"
10:45 am - 10:50 amDiscussion
10:50 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmNext Stage Processes and Membranes for Tomorrow's Global Industry / Mentorship Component: Industrial Panel Discussion
Discussion Leaders: Dooli Kim (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia) and Douglas Davenport (Yale University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
1:35 pm - 1:50 pmBoya Xiong (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Are Chemicals in Fracking Fluid Causing Membrane Fouling?"
1:50 pm - 1:55 pmDiscussion
1:55 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Industrial Panel Discussion"
  • Kah Peng Lee (Evonik Industries, Austria)
  • J.R. Johnson (SABIC, Saudi Arabia)
  • Xiaosong Wu (Pall Corporation, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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