24th Annual Meeting
May 31 - June 4, 2014, Houston, TX, USA

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Schedule of NAMS 2014, May 31 - June 4




Saturday, May 31


·Membranes for gas separation
(8am to 5pm)

·Membranes for water treatment
(8am to 5pm)

Sunday, June 1


·Emerging membrane materials and manufacturing (8am onwards)

·Membranes for fracking applications (8am onwards)

·Polymeric and inorganic membrane materials and membrane formation (8am to 5pm)

·Student Workshop
(Free; 2-5pm)

Welcome Reception

Monday, June 2

Plenary lecture 1
(8 - 9am)

Coffee Break
9 - 9:30am

·Energy applications
·Membrane formation/characterization
·Advances in MF/UF
·Memb transport

Lunch with Legends

·Fouling and control I
·Advances in NF and RO
·Novel materials/mods
·Membrane distillation
(2-6pm; coffee break 3:30-4)

Poster Sessions
Tuesday, June 3

Plenary lecture 2 Costa
(8 - 9am)

Coffee Break
9 - 9:30am

·Engineered Osmosis I
·Gas separations I
·Elec enhanced memb operations

Lunch break

·Fouling and control II
·Apps of nanotech
·Emerging tech/apps
·Memb formation/character
(2-6pm; coffee break 3:30-4)

NAMS business meeting
Conference banquet
Wednesday, June 4

Plenary lecture 3 Belfort
(8 - 9am)

Coffee Break
9 - 9:30am

·Engineered Osmosis II
·Bioreactors and biofouling
·Gas separations II
·NAMS awards session

Lunch break

·Engineered Osmosis III
·Gas separations III
·Water and wastewater treatment
·Pervap, vapor sep, and memb distill
(2-6pm; coffee break 3:30-4)

Conference adjourned

    Membrane Workshops

    Saturday, May 31, 8:00 AM

    Workshop 1: Membranes for Gas Separations

    Benny Freeman, University of Texas at Austin
    Glenn Lipscomb, The University of Toledo
    Tim Merkel, MTR Inc.

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, 8-10:15 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: Membranes for Water Treatment

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

    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.


    Session 1
    Introduction to membrane theory
    Characteristics of membrane technology
    Materials, configuration and performance

    Session 2
    Scaling and fouling phenomena
    Membrane Integrity and degradation

    Session 3
    Membrane water applications
    Membrane markets

    Session 4
    RO, NF, etc. for pollutants removal
    Hybrid Systems
    Materials recovery and water reuse
    Research and development needs

    Session 5
    Functionalized membranes for water area
    Flux responsive behavior with pH and temperature
    Toxic metal capture, and low pressure NF type separations (ex. As, Cr, from water)

    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. 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). 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.


        Sunday, June 1, 8:00 A.M.

        Workshop 3: Emerging Membrane Materials and Manufacturing Methods

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

    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: Membranes for Fracking Applications

        Jamie Hestekin, University of Arkansas
        Katie Guerra, Bureau of Reclamation
        Dongmei "Katie" Li, University of Wyoming

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process of injecting a highly pressured mixture of sand, water and chemical additives into a horizontally drilled well to increase the permeability of the rock formation in order to extract gas or oil more easily. Flowback water refers to the portion of the fracturing fluid that returns to the surface, typically 10 to 30% of the original injected amount. The flowback water is composed of the original components in the fracturing fluid as well as any materials that may have entered it through its contact with the surrounding geology and groundwater, which generally results in an aqueous mixture rich in organic and inorganic substances. Consequently, flowback water chemistry can change with different shale formations or sites within the same shale formation or time. In addition, the flowback water chemistry is often proprietary and kept confidential by fracking operators, which makes treating flowback water for reuse even more challenging. This workshop will cover four crucial components related to membrane materials and processes for fracking water reuse: 1) Introduction to hydraulic fracturing and the water management problems associated with fracking; 2) Characteristics of produced water from fracking throughout United States and re-use Standards; 3) Current challenges in membrane materials and processes when applied to fracking water management, associated with the complex water chemistry, different reuse standards, besides being cost-effective, 4) Other competing technologies for water reuse and future research and development direction for fracking water reuse.

        Workshop 5: Polymeric and Inorganic Membrane Materials and Membrane Formation

        Henk Verweij, Ohio State University
        Maria Coleman, University of Toledo

    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).


    Student Workshop (FREE!)
    Sunday, June 1, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Alexia Finotello, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company
    Ryan Lively, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Aaron Wilson, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Idaho National Laboratories

    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 (academic, industry, national laboratory). Come learn the different aspects of each career path and how to prepare for each from these young membrane scientists.

    Like last 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. Both graduate students and undergraduate students are welcome to attend.

    Technical Program

    Monday, June 2

    Plenary Talk (8am - 9am) Professor Andrew L. Zydney, The Pennsylvania State University. Membrane Filtration of Viruses - New Challenges in Bioprocessing

    Morning (9:30am - 12:30am)

    • Energy applications (Chairs: Katie Li and Glenn Lipscomb)
      • Electrospun Nafion/PVDF Composite Membranes. J. W. Park, D. Powers, R. Wycisk, and P. N. Pintauro
      • Co-Catalyst Modified Nafion® Membrane Prepared Via Ultrasonic Spray Technique for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Application. S. Saha and D. Li
      • Photosynthetic Membrane Protein Crystals for Hydrogen Production. P. O. Saboe, C. E. Lubner, N. S. McCool, N. M. Vargas-Barbosa, H. Yan, G. C. Bazan, J. H. Golbeck, and M. Kumar
      • Green Hydrogen Separation with Modified Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM-1) Membranes. Y. Wai Fen, L. Fu Yun, C. Tai-Shung, and T. Yen Wah
      • UV-Activated Crosslinking of Micro-Phase Separated Poly(siloxane-imide) Segmented Copolymer Membranes for CO2 Removal from Flue Gas. J. Park, K. L. Gleason, K. Gaines, S. Mecham, J. E. McGrath, and B. D. Freeman
      • Evaluation of Membrane-Based Separation Process Designs for CO2 Capture from Coal-Fired Electricity Generation. J. A. Swisher and A. S. Bhown
    • Membrane formation and characterization 1 (Chairs: Merlin Bruening and Willem Kools)
      • Microporosity in Organic Solvent Nanofiltration Membranes - Intrinsic or Extrinsic? A. G. Livingston
      • Polymer Mesocomposites: Ultrafiltration Membrane Materials with Enhanced Permeability, Selectivity and Fouling Resistance. V. Tarabara, P. Ahmadiannamini, J. Dulebohn, T. Wang, S. Kim, and T. Pinnavaia
      • Development of Biomimetic Nanofiltration Membranes Using Aquaporins. P. Wagh and I. Escobar.
      • Ultrathin High Flux Membranes: Importance of Microporous Support. L. Zhu, H. Lin, K. Ponnuru, and E. P. Furlani
      • Characterization of the Nanostructure of Polyamide Thin Films in RO Membranes Using TEM Tomography. F. Pacheco, R. Sougrat, and I. Pinnau
      • Use of Filler Materials to Prevent Polymer Intrusion into Mesoporous Supports during Solution Casting. H. Jamieson and M. L. Lind
    • Advances in MF and UF (Chairs: Xiaosong Wu and Lauren Greenlee)
      • High Flux Ultrafiltration Based on Charged Membranes: Background and Data from the Field. S. Ritchie
      • Effect of Microporous Membrane Properties and Operating Conditions on the Fractionation of Different Particle Sizes. M. Ostwal, X. Lu, and J. Pellegrino
      • Researches and Challenges on Amphiphilic Copolymer Based Porous Membranes for Water Filtration. B. K. Zhu, L. F. Fang, Z. K. Yao, Y. H. Zhao, and W. B. Wang
      • Chromophore Labelled Dextran and Rejection Characterization of UF Membranes Via UV Spectroscopy. W. B. Wang, N. C. Wang, L. Xiao, B. K. Zhu, and L. P. Zhu
      • Synthesis of Polyvinyl Chloride Grafting Copolymer with Tertiary Amine and Its Corresponding Stimuli-Responsive Membranes. L. F. Fang, N. C. Wang, B. K. Zhu, Z. K. Yao, and L. P. Zhu
      • Mechanical Constitutive Equations for Polymeric Microfiltration Membranes. Y. Shen, D. Qasem, E. O. Elele, J. Tang, C. Carbrello, G. Tkacik, B. Khusid, K. K. Sirkar, and A. R. Greenberg
    • Membrane transport (Chairs: Guy Ramon and Uwe Beuscher)
      • Organic Solute Transport through Polymeric Membranes By Molecular Dynamics Simulations. M. Shen, S. Keten, and R. M. Lueptow
      • Transport through Composite Membranes: Impacts of Thin Film and Support Membrane Morphology. M. C. Y. Wong, G. Z. Ramon, and E. M. V. Hoek
      • Design of Net Spacers for Flat Sheet Membrane Modules for Carbon Dioxide Capture. Y. Lou and G. Lipscomb
      • Permeation of Ternary Mixtures of CO2/N2 and Water Vapor in Thermally Rearranged (TR) Polymers. K. L. Gleason, Z. P. Smith, Q. Liu, D. R. Paul, and B. D. Freeman
      • CO2 Plasticization and Physical Aging of Perfluorocyclobutyl Polymer Selective Layers. J. Zhou, A. T. Haldeman, E. H. Wagener, and S. M. Husson
      • Modeling and Experimental Validation of Electrostatic Effects on Hindered Transport of Spherical and Capsule Shaped Particles across Porous Membranes. B. N. Agasanapura, R. E. Baltus, C. T. Tanneru, and S. Chellam

    Afternoon (2pm - 6pm)

    • Fouling and its control 1 (Chairs: Orlando Coronell and Isabel Escobar)
      • The Effect of Operating Conditions and Membrane Properties on Fouling during Microfiltration of Oil-in-Water Emulsions. Z. He and B. D. Freeman
      • Side Effects of Antiscalants: Fouling of Reverse Osmosis Membranes in Brackish Water Desalination. A. Sweity, Y. Oren, Z. Ronen, and M. Herzberg
      • Understanding the Fouling Mechanisms of Cross-Flow Filtration Systems for Nuclear Waste Applications. R. L. Rollock
      • Effects of Magnetic Treatment of Feed Solution on Scale Formation in Reverse Osmosis. Y. Shen, J. Tang, Q. Lei, E. O. Elele, K. Guerra, F. Leitz, B. Khusid, K. K. Sirkar, and A. R. Greenberg
      • Sinusoidal Spacers for Mitigating Fouling in Reverse Osmosis. P. Xie, L. Murdoch, and D. A. Ladner
      • Influence of Polyamide Morphology on the Fouling Propensity of Thin-Film Composite Forward Osmosis Membranes: Importance of the Underlying Support Layer Surface Structure. X. Lu, L. H. Arias Chavez, S. Romero-Vargas Castrillon, J. Ma, and M. Elimelech
      • Fractionation and Flux Decline Studies of Surface-Patterned Nanofiltration Membranes Using a NaCl-Glycerol-BSA Solution. M. Rickman, S. Maruf, R. Davis, A. R. Greenberg, Y. Ding, and J. Pellegrino
    • Advances in NF and RO (Chairs: Caleb Funk and Ryan Lively)
      • Novel Thin-Film-Nanocomposite Membranes Containing Hydrophobic Fillers for Water Desalination. J. Duan, E. Litwiller, and I. Pinnau
      • Kinetics, Mechanisms, and Modeling of Bulk Chlorine Uptake By Polyamide Active Layers of Reverse Osmosis Membranes upon Exposure to Free Chlorine. J. Powell, J. Luh, and O. Coronell
      • NF Membranes for High Tds Water Reuse Applications in Power Plants. A. Colburn, D. B. Bhattacharyya, X. Tang, D. LaMonica, and I. Wilf
      • Magnetically Responsive Self-Cleaning Micro-Mixing Nanofiltration Membranes. G. Song, S. R. Wickramasinghe, and X. Qian
      • Polyethyleneimine (PEI) Cross-Linked P84 Nanofiltration (NF) Hollow Fiber Membranes for Pb2+ Removal. J. Gao, S. P. Sun, W. P. Zhu, and T. S. Chung
      • Effect of the Polyamide Structure on the Performance of Molecular Layer-By-Layer Assembled Membranes for Desalination. J. E. Gu, J. S. Lee, and J. H. Lee
      • Energy-Optimal Control of an RO Seawater Desalination Plant. L. Gao, A. Rahardianto, H. Gu, P. D. Christofides, and Y. Cohen
    • Novel materials and surface modifications including inorganic membranes (Chairs: Dibakar Bhattacharyya and Rong Wang)
      • A Variety of Surface-Engineered Membranes. K. K. Sirkar
      • Development of Novel Thin Film Composite Hollow Fiber Membranes for the Aqueous-Aqueous Extraction of Phenol. Y. Zhang, J. S. Zhang, and R. Wang
      • Threshold Flux and Fouling Behavior of Ultrafiltration Membranes Modified with Polydopamine at Various Conditions As Fouling Resistant Coatings Under Constant Flux Crossflow Filtration of Oil/Water Emulsion. S. Kasemset, B. D. Freeman, and M. M. Sharma
      • Responsive Ultrafiltration Membranes Composed of Cellulose Acetate and N-Isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm). S. Chede, G. Bothun, and I. Escobar
      • Hydrophilic UF-Membranes Based on Pesu-Copolymers. M. Weber and N. Janssen
      • Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Templates for the Fabrication of Aligned Carbon Nanotube Membranes. M. Tousley, X. Feng, B. Wiesenauer, M. Cowen, L. Mahajan, R. Kasi, D. Gin, M. Elimelech, and C. Osuji
      • Self-Assembled Zwitterionic Copolymers As Selective Layers for High Flux, Size-Selective Nanofiltration Membranes. P. Bengani, C. Vannucci, and A. Asatekin
    • Membrane distillation (Chairs: Frederick Stewart and Hassan Arafat)
      • iCVD Treated Electrospun Fiber Membranes for Membrane Distillation. F. Guo, A. Servi, A. Liu, K. Gleason, and G. C. Rutledge
      • Fabrication of Durable PVDF Nanofiber Composite Membrane with Superhydrophobicity By Electro-Spinning for Direct Contact Membrane Distillation. Y. Liao, R. Wang, and A. G. Fane
      • Produced Water Treatment Using Direct Contact Membrane Distillation. K. K. Sirkar and D. Singh
      • Mixed Matrix Membranes for Membrane Distillation: A Novel Approach. M. R. Qtaishat
      • Effect of Membrane Support on PVDF Membrane Properties and Performance in Membrane Distillation. M. Ro'il Bilad, E. Guillen-Burrieza, M. Mavukkandy, F Al Marzooqi, and H. Arafat
      • Performance Comparison of Different Membrane Distillation Module Configurations: Experimental and Simulation Studies. N. Ghaffour, A. S. Alsaadi, L. Francis, and G. L. Amy

    Evening (8pm - 10pm)
    Poster session (Chairs: Mary Laura Lind, Lauren Greenlee, Ryan Lively, Indira Sriram, and Manish Kumar)

    Tuesday (June 3)

    Plenary Talk (8am - 9am) Larry Costa, General Electric Power and Water.  Innovative Membrane Technologies for Tough-To-Treat Waters

    Morning (9:30am - 12:30am)

    • Bioseparations (Chairs: Ranil Wickramasinghe and Audie Thompson)
      • High Affinity Membrane Adsorbers for Protein Purification. X. Qian, Z. Liu, and S. R. Wickramasinghe
      • Development of Antibody-Containing Membranes for Immunocapture. J. Dong and M. L. Bruening
      • Continuous Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Biomass in a Membrane Reactor. M. Mamali, J. Stickel, and S. R. Wickramasinghe
      • A New Multimodal Membrane for Monoclonal Antibody Purification. J. Wang and S. M. Husson
      • Temperature-Responsive Hydrophobic Interaction Membrane Chromatography. R. Ghosh, Q. Wu, X. Chen, and R. Wang
      • Dynamic Electrochemical Membranes for Continuous Affinity Protein Separation. Z. Chen, T. Chen, X. Sun, and B. J. Hinds
    • Engineered Osmosis 1: Modeling of FO and PRO (Chairs: Tzahi Cath and Jeff McCutcheon)
      • Impact of Membrane and System Characteristics on Engineered Osmosis Performance - a Computational Fluid Dynamics Approach . S. Soundara Manickam, G. Z. Ramon, and J. McCutcheon
      • Transport through Osmotic Membranes. J. Wang, M. M. Pendergast, Y. Mo, G. Z. Ramon, and E. M. V. Hoek
      • A Two-Dimensional CFD Model Analysis of Forward Osmosis. A. Sagiv, R. Semiat, and Y. Cohen
      • Energy Consumption for Desalination - a Comparison of Forward Osmosis with Reverse Osmosis, and the Potential Impact of Perfect Membranes. A. G. Livingston
      • Modeling the Sweet Spot of Forward Osmosis: Estimating System Performance and Environmental Impacts in the Oil and Gas Industry. B. Coday, L. Miller-Robbie, M. Geza, and T. Cath
      • Techno-Economic and Life Cycle Assessment of a Novel Osmotic Heat Engine. K. Hickenbottom, L. Miller-Robbie, A. Lessing, J. Vanneste, M. B. Heeley, and T. Cath
    • Gas separations 1 (Chairs: Ingo Pinnau and P. Jason Williams)
      • Physical Aging in Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes. J. Hessler, L. Xu, W. Qiu, M. Brayden, M. Martinez, M. Rungta, G. Barbay, and W. J. Koros
      • Physical Aging, CO2 Plasticization and Sorption Effects for Thin Films of PIM-1. R. Tiwari, J. Jin, and D. R. Paul
      • Pure- and Mixed-Gas CO2/CH4 Separation Properties of PIM-1 and an Amidoxime-Functionalized PIM-1. R. Swaidan, B. Ghanem, E. Litwiller, and I. Pinnau
      • Tuning the Free Volume of Polyimide Membranes for Efficient Gas Separation. R. Guo, J. Wiegand, Z. P. Smith, Q. Liu, and B. D. Freeman
      • New Membrane Structures and Compositions for CO2 Capture from Flue Gas. Y. Chen and W. S. W. Ho
      • Elevated Temperature Steam and Sulfur Tolerance of H2 Selective Polybenzimidazole Hollow Fiber Membranes. R. P. Singh, K. W. Dudeck, G. J. Dahe, and K. A. Berchtold
    • Electrically enhanced membrane operations (Chairs: David Jassby and Drew Johnson)
      • Electrodialysis to Enhance Water Recovery and Manage Salt in Groundwater Desalination. T. Davis
      • Electrocoagulation Pretreatment to Surface Water Microfiltration: Insights into Cake Compressibility. N. Gamage and S. Chellam
      • Electrochemically Active Ti4O7 Microfiltration Membranes. B. Chaplin
      • Enhanced Electrically Conductive Membranes Made from Double Walled CNTs and Carbon Nanofibers. C. F. de Lannoy, H. Zhang, J. Liu, and M. R. Wiesner
      • Electrically Conducting Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composite Membranes for Organic Fouling Prevention. D. Jassby

    Afternoon (2pm - 6pm)

    • Fouling and its control 2 (Chairs: Orlando Coronell and Isabel Escobar)
      • Interfacial Hydrodynamics and Fouling: Towards a Unified Colloidal Theory of the “Critical Flux.” G. Z. Ramon
      • Electrical Sensors for on-Line Monitoring of Fouling in Hollow Fibre Membranes. M. Darestani, S. Vigneswaran, and H. Coster
      • The Role of Transparent Exopolymer Particles (TEP) and Their Precursors on Biofouling of RO Water Treatment Membranes. N. Saeidi
      • Fouling Behaviors of PBI-POSS/PAN Hollow Fiber Membranes: Salt Induced Fouling Mechanisms. S. C. Chen, X. Z. Fu, and T. S. Chung
      • Surface Water Nanofiltration Incorporating (electro)Coagulation - Microfiltration Pretreatment: Fouling Control and Membrane Characterization. M. A. Sari and S. Chellam
      • Anti-Fouling Composite Asymmetric Ultrafiltration Pretreatment Membranes for Water Desalination. J. D. Miles II, A. Thompson, and F. Nave
      • Use of Periodic Backflushing to Control Fouling during the Ultrafiltration of Concentrated Plasmid DNA Solutions. Y. Li
    • Application of Nanotechnology to Membrane Processes (Chairs: John Pellegrino and Ayse Asatekin)
      • Highly Scalable ZIF/Polyimide Nanocomposite Hollow Fiber Membranes for Advanced Hydrocarbon Separations. C. Zhang and W. J. Koros
      • Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) in Membranes for Organic Solvent Nanofiltration. A. G. Livingston
      • Voltage Activated Membrane Platforms. B. J. Hinds
      • Critical Flux of Surface-Patterned Ultrafiltration Membranes during Cross-Flow Filtration of Colloidal Particles. Y. Ding, S. Maruf, J. Pellegrino, and A. R. Greenberg
      • Support Layers Incorporating Cellulose Nanofibers for Thin Film Composite Membranes for Pressure Retarded Osmosis. V. Coulter, S. Nejati, C. Osuji, and M. Elimelech
      • Nanocomposite Membrane with Regenerable Antimicrobial Activity for Sustainable Biofouling Control. J. Wu, C. Yu, and Q. Li
      • Evaluating the Antimicrobial and Anti-Adhesive Properties of Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Membranes: Implications for Biofouling Control. X. Liu, P. Yang, M. J. Gallagher, H. A. Fairbrother, and K. L. Chen
    • Emerging membrane technologies/applications (Chairs: Jamie Hestekin and Katie Guerra)
      • 2D Porous Membrane with Atomic Thickness for Ultimate Permeation. H. G. Park
      • Functionalized and Responsive Membranes for Water- Related Applications: An Overview. D. Bhattacharyya, L. Xiao, M. Gui, D. Davenport, D. Takigawa, and I. Wilf
      • Molecular Characterization of Artificial Water Channels-Peptide-Appended Pillar[5]Arene. Y. Shen, J. Hou, and M. Kumar
      • The Latest Development of Thin-Sheet Zeolite Membranes for Building Applications. W. Liu
      • Biofiltration Pretreatment for Sustainable Membrane Desalination of Produced Water and Frac Flowback Wastewater. S. M. Riley, B. D. Coday, D. E. Freedman, and T. Y. Cath
      • Integration of Membrane New Technologies for CO2 Removal from Natural Gas in Offshore Platforms. R. A. Amaral
      • A Multi-Tubular Catalytic Flow-through Membrane Separator for the Complete Destruction of Chemical Warfare Agents. M. Monji, R. J. Ciora, D. Parsley, P. K. T. Liu, F. N. Egolfopoulos, and T. Tsotsis
    • Membrane formation and characterization 2 (Chairs: Merlin Bruening and Willem Kools)
      • Synthesis of Iron Functionalized Membranes for Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) and Toxic Metal Remediation. M. Gui, J. Papp, L. Ormsbee, D. Bhattacharyya, D. LaMonica, and I. Wilf
      • Electrodialysis through Cation-Exchange Membranes Coated with Polyelectrolyte Multilayers. N. White, C. Cheng, M. Misovic, and M. Bruening
      • Fundamental Sodium Chloride Sorption, Diffusion and Permeation Studies in a Series of Sulfonated Crosslinked Hydrogel Membranes. N. Yan, J. Shortreed, B. D. Freeman, and D. R. Paul
      • Novel Thin-Film Composite Tri-Bore Hollow Fiber Membrane Fabrication for Forward Osmosis. L. Luo, P. Wang, S. Zhang, G. Han Sr., and T. S. Chung
      • Impact of Chemical Oxidation on Polyamide Reverse Osmosis Membrane Integrity. S. Surawanvijit and Y. Cohen
      • Tuning Block Copolymer Membrane Morphology with H-Bond Complexes. P. Madhavan, K. V. Peinemann, and S. Nunes
      • Fabrication and Modification of Polymer Membranes Via Ink-Jet Printing. C. Arnusch, S. Badalov, E. Matzkin, and J. Dittrich


    Wednesday (June 4)

    Plenary Talk (8am - 9am) Georges Belfort, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Thoughts from a Career in Membrane Science and Technology

    Morning (9:30am - 12:30am)

    • Engineered Osmosis 2: FO applications/membranes for EO (Chairs: Tzahi Cath and Jeff McCutcheon)
      • A Hybrid Ultrafiltration-Osmotic Membrane Bioreactor for Nutrient Recovery and Potable Water Reuse. R. Holloway and T. Cath
      • Carbon Neutral Process Based on Forward Osmosis (FO) and Membrane Distillation (MD) for the Reuse of High-Salinity Wastewater (HSW). T. He
      • Breakthrough FO Membrane Innovation for High Salinity Desalination. M. Pendergast and N. Hancock
      • HTIs Non-Fouling High Performance TFC FO Membrane. J. Shethji, D. Wandera, and I. Farr
      • Design of Novel Thin-Film Nanofibrous Composite Polyetherimide (PEI) Membrane for Osmotically Driven Processes. M. Tian and R. Wang
      • Incorporation of Zeolite Nanoparticles into Polyelectrolyte Films for Enhanced Forward Osmosis Membrane Performance. Y. Kang, L. Emdadi, M. J. Lee, D. Liu, and B. Mi
    • Bioreactors and biofouling (Chairs: Ramesh Bhave and John Klaehn)
      • A Novel Transverse Vibration on Fouling Control of Submerged Membrane Bioreactor. T. Li, A. Harijanto, Y. Jiang, and A. Law
      • Mass Transport in Capillary Membrane Bioreactor. E. Nagy Sr.
      • Fouling Behavior of Mycobacterium. I. Sriram, L. F. Greenlee, and T. L. Kirschling
      • Novel Corrugated PVDF Membranes for Membrane Bioreactors. J. Kharraz, M. Ro'il Bilad, and H. Arafat
      • Catalytic Membranes for Simultaneous Biomass Hydrolysis and Sugar Separation. S. R. Wickramasinghe, A. Avram, A. Vu, and X. Qian
      • Mitigation of Membrane Biofouling in Microfiltration Cells Using Engineered Quorum Quenching T7 Bacteriophages. R. Pei and D. Johnson
    • Gas separations 2 (Chairs: Ingo Pinnau and P. Jason Williams)
      • Characteristic Comparison and Synthesis of Various Polybenzimidazole for O2/N2 Gas Separation. J. Y. Han, S. Y. Lee, H. Park, J. Y. Lee, and H. J. Kim
      • Exploring the Gas Transport and Mechanical Properties of Thermally Rearranged (TR) Polymers and Copolymers. Q. Liu, B. D. Freeman, and D. R. Paul
      • An Effective Thermodynamic Approach for Gas Permeability in Glassy Membranes with and without Plasticization. M. Minelli and G. C. Sarti
      • Advanced Crosslinkable Hollow Fiber Membranes for Aggressive Sour Gas Separations. S. Yi, B. E. Kraftschik, C. S. K. Achoundong, and W. J. Koros
      • Thiol-Ene Copolymerization of Poly(ethylene oxide): Modification Strategies to Improve Reactivity and Gas Transport Performance. V. A. Kusuma, S. R. Venna, D. Hopkinson, E. Albenze, H. Nulwala, and D. Luebke
      • Layer-By-Layer Assemblies as Size-Selective Polymeric Membranes. P. Tzeng, D. Kim, E. Romero, K. J. Barnett, Y. H. Yang, B. A. Wilhite, and J. C. Grunlan
    • NAMS awards session (Chair: Uwe Beuscher)
      • High Performance Thin-Film Composite Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO) Hollow Fiber Membranes for Renewable Osmotic Energy Generation. G. Han and T. S. Chung
      • Ultra-Microporous Triptycene-Based Polyimide Membranes for High-Performance Gas Separation. R. Swaidan, B. Ghanem, E. Litwiller, and I. Pinnau
      • Understanding Water and Solute Transport in Graphene Oxide Membranes for Forward Osmosis Applications. M. Hu and B. Mi
      • Stirred Well Filtration - a High-Throughput Technique for Downstream Bio-Processing. A. S. Kazemi and D. R. Latulippe
      • Next-Generation Filtration Membranes with Chemically-Tailored Pore Walls from Triblock Polymer Templates. W. A. Phillip, J. Weidman, R. Mulvena, and B. W. Boudouris
      • Thin Film Composite Membranes by Interfacial Polymerization for Organic Solvent Nanofiltration. M. F. Jimenez Solomon and A. G. Livingston

    Afternoon (2pm - 5:30pm)

    • Engineered Osmosis 3: PRO and draw solutions (Chairs: Tzahi Cath and Jeff McCutcheon)
      • Enhanced Osmotic Energy Generation from Salinity Gradients By Modifying Thin Film Composite Membranes. Y. Cui, T. S. Chung, and X. Y. Liu
      • Realizing High Power Density in Pressure Retarded Osmosis with Increased Hydraulic Pressure. A. Straub, N. Y. Yip, and M. Elimelech
      • Further Studies of Switchable Polarity Solvent (SPS) As Draw Solutes for Forward Osmosis. A. D. Wilson and C. J. Orme
      • Pressure Retarded Osmosis Performance of Polydopamine Modified Thin Film Composite Membrane of Differing Selectivity and Structure. J. T. Arena, K. K. Reimund, and J. R. McCutcheon
      • Nanocomposite Nanofiber Supports for High Performance Thin-Film Composite Osmotic Membranes. N. Bui and J. R. McCutcheon
      • Co-Casting and Ammonium Persulphate Assisted Dual-Layer Membranes Development for Osmotic Power Generation. F. J. Fu, S. P. Sun, S. Zhang, and T. S. Chung
    • Gas separations 3 (Chairs: Ingo Pinnau and P. Jason Williams)
      • Experimentally Measured Hydrogen Permeability of Zr-Cu Amorphous Metallic Membranes. T. Lai and M. L. Lind
      • High Pressure and High Temperature Gas Adsorption in Mixed-Matrix Membranes Containing Metal Organic Polyhedra-18. E. V. Perez, J. P. Ferraris, K. J. Balkus Jr., and I. H. Musselman
      • A Comparative Study of Hydrothermal Stability of Different Silica Membranes Prepared By CVD Method. C. Saha, D. McCalden, and B. Kruczek
      • Polyphosphazene Based Mixed Matrix Membranes with Modified MOFs for Gas Separation. S. R. Venna, Z. Tian, A. Hess, A. Spore, N. L. Rosi, H. Allcock, H. Nulwala, E. Albenze, and D. Luebke
      • Incorporating PIM-1 as Organic Filler to Improve Gas Transport Properties of Ultem Polyetherimide Flat Sheet Membranes. L. Hao and T. S. Chung
      • Effect of Concentration of Sodium Glycinate (GlyNa) Modified SAPO-34 Molecular Sieves for CO2 Separation in Poly (phenylene) Oxide-Glyna SAPO-34 Hybrid Membranes. B. S. Gebretsadik, H. B. Mukhtar, B. Assefa, and S. T. Tefera
    • Water and wastewater treatment (Chairs: Yuliana Porras Mendoza and Thomas Duster)
      • A Novel Approach to Fault Detection and Isolation in a Spiral-Wound RO Desalination Plant. X. Pascual, H. Gu, A. Bartman, R. Zhu, A. Rahardianto, J. Giralt, R. Rallo, P. D. Christofides, and Y. Cohen
      • Additive-Free Treatment of High-Strength Agricultural Wastewaters Using Ultrafiltration. J. Zhou, D. Wandera, and S. M. Husson
      • Sulfonated Polyarylene Ether Sulfone Networks for Water Purification Applications. S. Mecham, B. J. Sundell, E. S. Jang, J. R. Cook, A. Shaver, A. Nebipasagil, B. D. Freeman, and J. E. McGrath
      • Polymers for Capturing Cryptosporidium parvum to Avoid Cryptosporidiosis Outbreaks. P. Pavli, S. Venkateswaran, H. Bridle, and M. Bradley.
      • Graphene Oxide Membranes with Hierarchical Roughness for Anti-Fouling Water Oil Separation. H. Li, Y. Huang, Y. Qiao, C. Tang, C. Jung, Y. Yoon, and M. Yu
      • Separation of Oil-in-Water Emulsion Using Electrospun Mats. L. T. Choong, Y. M. Lin, and G. C. Rutledge
    • Pervaporation, vapor separations and membrane distillation (Chairs: Vasudevan Namboodiri and Fan Worley)
      • A Membrane-Based Methanol Synthesis Process. S. Soltani, X. Yu, M. Sahimi, and T. T. Tsotsis
      • Post-Synthetic Modification (PSM) of a Metal Organic Framework Solid-State Membrane for Pervaporation. K. J. Balkus Jr. and A. Marti
      • Molecular-Sieving Characteristics of Naa-Type Zeolite Membranes. W. Liu
      • A Two-Dimensional Modeling of Direct Contact Membrane Distillation with Bench Scale Experimental Validation. R. D. Gustafson, J. R. Murphy, and A. Achilli
      • Integration of Forward Osmosis with Membrane Distillation for Industrial Wastewater Reuse: Model Development and Experimental Validation. L. Toy, Z. Hendren, N. Akunuri, S. Mazzarelli, and M. Von Holle
      • Evaluation of Superhydropbicity Contribution on the Flux of the Direct Contact Membrane Distillation. T. He


    Meeting Co-Chairs
    Shankar Chellam
    University of Houston
    UH Felecia Nave
    Prairie View A & M University
    Prairie View