23rd Annual Meeting
June 8-12, 2013, Boise, ID, USA

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Schedule of NAMS 2013, June 8-12





Saturday, June 8

Workshops 1, 2:
·Mem gas separation
·Polymer & inorganic membranes
(8-12 AM)

Workshops 1, 2:
·Mem gas separation
·Polymer & inorganic membranes
(1-5 PM)

Sunday, June 9

Workshops 3, 4:
·Emerging membrane materials
·Water treatment
(8-12 AM)

Workshops 3, 4:
·Emerging membrane materials
·Water treatment
(1-5 PM)
·Student Workshop
(2-5 PM)

Welcome Reception
(6-8 PM)
Monday, June 10

Plenary lecture 1 (Elimelech)
(7:45-8:45 AM)
·Polymer membranes-I
·Membrane reactors
·Forward osmosis-I
·Mem fouling-1
(9:30 AM-12:30 PM)

Lunch with Legends

·Inorganic membranes
·Pervap/vapor separation
·Fuel cells & batteries
(2-5:30 PM)

Poster Sessions:
·Membrane synthesis
·Membrane properties
·Membrane processes
(8-10 PM)
Tuesday, June 11

Plenary lecture 2 (Carolan)
(7:45-8:45 AM)
·Polymer mems-II
·Super-high flux mem
·Mem for CO2 cap-I
(9:30 AM-12:30 PM)

·Gas separation-I
·Mem contactor/mem distillation
·Membranes for environ. applications
·Forward osmosis-II
(2-5:30 PM)

NAMS business meeting
(5:30-6:30 PM)
Conference banquet
(7-10 PM)
Wednesday, June 12

·Gas separation II
·Mem for CO2 capture-II
·Pressure retarded osmosis
·Mem fouling-II
(8 AM-12:30 PM)

·Mem for H2 separation
·Mem formation
·Responsive mem
(2-5:30 PM)

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Membrane Workshops

Saturday, June 8, 8:00 AM

Workshop 1: Membrane Gas Separations

Benny Freeman, University of Texas at Austin
Glenn Lipscomb, The University of Toledo
Tim Merkel, MTR Inc.
Giulio Sarti, Università di Bologna

Abstract: This workshop will cover the entire spectrum of membrane-based gas and vapor separations: from the materials science of gas separation membranes and the fundamentals of membrane transport to the design and economics of industrial gas separation applications. This workshop should be of interest to membrane researchers as well as membrane practitioners.


  1. Materials: Freeman, 8-10:45 AM
    • Material science of gas separation membranes and transport mechanisms
  2. Break: 10:15-10:30 AM
  3. Modeling Gas Sorption and Diffusion: Sarti, 10:30-11:15 AM
  4. Modules: Lipscomb, 11:15-12 and 1-2:30 PM
    • Module Manufacture (patent review)
      1. Scroll/spiral wound module formation
      2. Fiber bundle/tubesheet formation and types
      3. Header and case design
    • Module Performance
      1. Basic design equations for gas separations
      2. Hollow fiber versus spiral wound
      3. Module inefficiencies: fiber size/property variation and poor shell flow distribution
  5. Break: 2:30-2:45 PM
  6. Applications: Merkel, 2:45-5 PM
    • Basics of Gas Separation System Design
      1. Pressure Ratio
      2. Multi-step and multi-stage configurations
    • Gas Separation Industry: History and Overview
    • Air Separation
      1. Nitrogen - enriched Air
      2. Oxygen - enriched Air
    • Hydrogen Separation
    • Natural Gas Separation
      1. Acid Gas Removal
      2. Nitrogen Removal
      3. NGL Recovery/Fuel Conditioning
    • VOC Removal/Recovery
    • Emerging Applications



    Workshop 2: Polymeric and Inorganic Membrane Materials and Membrane Formation

    Henk Verweij, Ohio State University
    Maria R. Coleman, The University of Toledo

    ABSTRACT: This workshop includes synthesis and properties of polymeric and inorganic membranes.

    Inorganic Membranes: Henk Verweij
    This session will cover the most important inorganic membrane types with an emphasis on transport properties of single- and multi-layer structures. After taking the work shop, participants will be able to quickly evaluate the design and viability of supported membrane concepts. The workshop is of interest for researchers, students, teachers, and project managers. It will be slow-paced with much participant interaction.

    1. Overview (50'; 10' break)
      • Definitions, representative dense and porous morphologies, chemical composition and structure.
      • Application for gas and liquid filtration and separation, relation with pore size.
      • Characterization with electron microscopy, Kelvin radius methods, ellipsometry.
    2. Transport properties (50'; 10' break, 25')
      • Membrane transport regimes vs pore size.
      • Meso- and macro-porous membrane liquid transport, ion rejection.
      • Meso- and macro-porous membrane gas transport.
      • Micro-porous and dense membrane transport.
      • Treatment of overall multi-layer permeance.
    3. Synthesis, colloidal and wet processing (25'; 10' break, 50').
      • Colloids and colloidal stability.
      • Nano-particle synthesis, particle dispersion, and removal of agglomerates.
      • Colloidal consolidation of membranes and supports.

    Polymeric Membranes: Maria R. Coleman
    The polymer membrane portion will provide an overview on material selection and fabrication techniques for production of polymeric membranes. The structures and separation properties of a variety of membranes for microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, gas separation will be presented. If workshop facilities allow, there will be a practical demonstration of membrane casting as well as opportunities to participate. It will include the following topics:

    1. Material Selection

    2. Basic principles of polymer science, transport mechanisms in polymers, material selection for different membrane separation processes, membranes structure/property relationships. Additional topics will include mixed matrix membranes and next generation membrane materials.

    3. Formation of Polymer Membranes by Phase Separation

    4. Immersion precipitation, thermally- induced phase separation process, microporous membranes, dense, thin-skinned asymmetric membranes.

    5. Formation of Thin-Film Composite Membranes

    6. Solution coating processes, interfacial composite membranes, multilayer composites.

    7. Membrane Modifications: Methodology for surface and bulk modification by chemical and plasma techniques.


    1. Membrane transport regimes, based on pore structure (45'; 15' break).
    2. Meso- and macro-porous membrane liquid transport (45'; 15' break).
      • Qualitative: ion retention by charged meso-porous structures.
      • Viscous incompressible (liquid) flow with and without boundary slip.
    3. Meso- and macro-porous membrane gas transport (45'; 15' break).
      • Knudsen and specular gas transport.
      • Viscous compressible (gas) flow; mixed regime transport.
    4. Micro-porous and dense membrane transport (45'; 15' break).
    5. Micro-porous transport for dilute and concentrated cases.
      • Optional: dense metal transport.
      • Optional: charge transport in solid electrolyte membranes.
    6. Treatment of overall multi-layer permeance (two sessions of 45'; 15' break).



    Sunday, June 9, 8:00 A.M.

    Workshop 3: Emerging Membrane Materials and Manufacturing Methods

    Bruce Hinds, University of Kentucky
    Suzana Nunes, KAUST
    Klaus-Viktor Peinemann, KAUST

    Abstract: This workshop will focus on emerging new membrane materials (polymeric and inorganic/organic hybrids). The workshop will not present state-of-the-art techniques for membrane fabrication. Recent developments will be presented and their potential for future industrial applications will be discussed. Topics include: membrane manufacturing by molecular self- assembly of block copolymers and other components, preparation of isoporous membranes, carbon nanotubes as selective membrane channels, nanostructured mixed matrix membranes for gas and liquid separation, recent developments in the field of reverse and forward osmosis membranes, stimuli responsive membrane materials, membranes for controlled drug release, tailoring and properties of multicomponent membranes, The most important recent patents in these fields will be reviewed.

    Klaus-V. Peinemann has more than 25 years academic and industrial experience in the field of membrane materials and application. He was head of the department of Membrane Development at GKSS, Germany, coordinating a number of European projects in this field. He is co-founder of GMT Membrantechnik GmbH, one the few European companies developing and producing gas separation membranes. Klaus-V. Peinemann served as President of the European Membrane Society, he organised or coorganised 15 international workshops on membrane preparation. Since many years he is honorary Professor at the Leibniz University of Hannover on membranes for medical applications and he is currently Principal Scientist at the Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center at KAUST, Saudi Arabia.

    Suzana P. Nunes is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Her research group is part of the Water Desalination and Reuse Center at KAUST. She has been working on membrane science for more than 25 years, mainly in the Helmholtz Research Center in Germany, where she coordinated European and National projects in the field of Membranes for Energy (fuel cell, hydrogen and CO2 separations). Her current research topics are membrane manufacture by polymer self-assembly, membranes for nanofiltration, membrane distillation and other water applications as well as morphological characterization (For details see http//:npm.kaust.edu.sa).

    Bruce Hinds is Professor at the University of Kentucky. The focus of the Hind's group research program is to fabricate functional materials at the nanometer scale. Bruce Hinds is a pioneer in carbon nanotube based membranes. He will present the state-of-the art of CNT-based membrane research and he will discuss the future perspectives.



    Workshop 4: Workshop on Membranes for Water Treatment

    Dibakar Bhattacharyya, University of Kentucky
    Isabel C. Escobar, University of Toledo

    Abstract: Membrane processes are finding wide applications ranging from water treatment to reactors to advanced bio-separations. Membranes are particularly useful for material recovery and for permeate reuse (such as, water recycle).The workshop is configured as a one day program of about 6 hours of lectures. Both desalination and toxic pollutant removal/destruction techniques will be discussed. he workshop topics include membrane selection criteria, practical information regarding configuration, performance and operating conditions of membrane technology applied to desalination of brackish and seawater, and wastewater reclamation systems, mixed-matrix membranes, and advanced functionalized/responsive membranes from toxic metal capture to water detoxification. Membrane surface and pore functionalization approaches, reactive nanostructured for water detoxification will be part of the advanced membrane topics. The effects of feed water quality, pretreatment options, operating parameters and performance of membrane units and hybrid options will also be discussed. The workshop material will also include information on economics of membrane systems.


    1. Session 1
      • Introduction to membrane theory
      • Characteristics of membrane technology
      • Materials, configuration and performance
    2. Session 2
      • Scaling and fouling phenomena
      • Membrane Integrity and degradation
    3. Session 3
      • Membrane water applications
      • Desalination
      • Pretreatment
      • Membrane markets
    4. Session 4
      • RO, NF, etc. for pollutants removal
      • Hybrid Systems
      • Materials recovery and water reuse
      • Research and development Needs
    5. Session 5
      • Functionalized membranes for water area
      • Approaches
      • Flux responsive behavior with pH and temperature
      • Toxic metal capture, and low pressure NF type separations (ex. As, Cr, from water)
    6. Session 6
      • Mixed Matrix membranes
      • Membranes with nanostructured catalytic materials
      • Advanced membrane-based oxidation/reduction for organic pollutant destruction


    Isabel Escobar is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Escobar's research focuses on developing and/or improving polymeric membrane materials for water/wastewater treatment and water reuse operations through membrane post-synthesis modifications, the use of dynamic membranes, and process modifications. In the field of membrane separations, she has been the PI of numerous membrane research projects, has one recently licensed patent on a breakthrough anti-biofouling feed spacer material. Isabel Escobar and her research group have published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and have made over 100 presentations at national/international conferences. She has edited two books, Sustainable Water for the Future - Water Recycling versus Desalination (ISBN: 9780444531155) and Modern Applications in Membrane Science and Technology (ISBN: 9780841226180). Escobar Chaired the 2006 American Water Works Association (AWWA) Desalination Symposium Chair, Honolulu, Hawaii, 21-22 May 2006; the NAMS 2007 Annual Meeting Chair, Orlando, FL, 11-16 May 2007; and the NAMS 2012 Annual Meeting Chair, New Orleans, LA, 9-13 June 2012.

    Dibakar Bhattacharyya (DB) is the University of Kentucky Alumni Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In December 2012, he was elected to the Board of North American Membrane Society. For 2010- 2011 he was the Chair of the Separations Division of AIChE. He is the Co-Founder of the Center for Membrane Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He has published over 176 refereed journal articles and 21 book chapters, 2 books and Kirk-Othmar Encyclopedia chapter on Reverse Osmosis, and has 8 (3 full utility patents filed in 2012) U.S. Patents (Functionalized Membranes, green Synthesis, and one on hazardous waste destruction technology). Dr. Bhattacharyya has mentored many graduate and undergraduate students in the area of water treatment and membrane separation. He and his graduate students have pioneered the development of functionalized membranes for enzyme catalysis, ultra-high capacity metal capture, and nanostructured metal synthesis for environmental and bio applications. He has worked with several industries in projects dealing with wastewater, material recovery, water reuse, and membrane separations. Dr. Bhattacharyya has received a number of awards for his research and educational accomplishments, including the 2009 Gerhold Award from the AICHE Separations Division for his outstanding contributions in Membrane Separations Technology Development, 2004 Kirwan Prize for Outstanding Research accomplishments, Larry K. Cecil AIChE Environmental Division Award for outstanding membrane technology developments in the water related field, and the University of Kentucky Great Teacher (1984,1996, 2008) Awards three times. At the 2007 NAMS Annual Meeting, he was honored for his contributions in the area of functionalized membranes. He has edited a new book on Responsive Membranes and Materials, published by John Wiley in January 2013.


    Student Workshop (FREE!)
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    William Phillip, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
    Lauren Greenlee, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Alyson Beldon, Ph.D., Air Products

    Come to this FREE workshop for all students to learn about the exciting career opportunities in membrane science and technology. Each of our speakers has gone down a different career path: Academics, National Labs, or Industry. Come learn the different aspects of each career path and how to prepare for each from these young membrane scientists.

    We will also be trying something new this year. I am soliciting questions from attendees ahead of the meeting so that I can pass them off to our speakers to answer either during their talks or during an open panel discussion. If you have questions for one of our panelists or just in general, please email me at jeff@engr.uconn.edu and we will answer them during the workshop.

    Also, please bring your resume/CV as our speakers will be able to provide critiques during a breakout session. Graduate students and undergraduate students are welcome to attend.



    Poster Session/Student Program

    Jeffrey McCutcheon (Chair)

    Mary Laura Lind (co-Chair)

    Katie Li (co-Chair)

    Lauren Greenlee (co-Chair)

    Membrane Materials


    Membrane Processes

    Membranes in Energy Applications

    Applications and Industry Focus

Meeting Co-Chairs
Jerry Lin
Arizona State University
Arizona State University Frederick F. Stewart
Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory