25th Annual Meeting
May 30 - June 3, 2015, Boston, MA, USA

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Saturday, May 30
Sunday, May 31
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Workshop: Polymeric and Inorganic Membrane Materials and Membrane Formation
Workshop: Membranes for Water Treatment
Workshop: Emerging Membrane Materials and Manufacturing Methods

Workshop: Membranes for Gas Separations

2 PM - 5 PM
Student Workshop

Monday, June 1
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Plenary Lecture: Dr. Benny Freeman, University of Texas at Austin
Imperial Ballroom
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Coffee Break
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Membranes for Gas Separations I Membrane Transport I Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration Membranes and Processes I Forward Osmosis/Pressure Retarded Osmosis I
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch break/Lunch with Legends
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Novel Membranes I: Solvent Purification Inorganic Membranes Bioseparations/Membranes for Medical Devices I Membrane Formation and Characterization I
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Coffee Break
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Membranes for Energy Applications: Fuel Cells and Batteries Inorganic Membranes Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration Membranes and Processes II Membrane Formation and Characterization I
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dinner Break
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Poster Session

Tuesday, June 2
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Plenary Lecture: Mr. Gabe Tkacik, EMD Millipore
Imperial Ballroom
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Coffee Break
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Membranes for Gas Separations II Membrane Transport II Novel Membranes II: Water Purification Membranes for Water Treatment and Desalination I
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Introductory remarks will start at 1:50 PM

Session in memory of James E. McGrath

Membrane Reactors/Catalytic Membranes Bioseparations/Membranes for Medical Devices II Membranes for Water Treatment and Desalination II
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Coffee Break
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Membrane Reactors/Catalytic Membranes Bioseparations/Membranes for Medical Devices II Membranes for Water Treatment and Desalination II
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
NAMS Business Meeting
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Plaza Ballroom
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Imperial Ballroom

Wednesday, June 3
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Plenary Lecture: Dr. George Whitesides, Harvard University
Imperial Ballroom
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Coffee Break
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Award Session Gas Separations III: Membranes for Carbon Capture Forward Osmosis/Pressure Retarded Osmosis II Membranes for Water Treatment and Desalination III
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Mixed Matrix Membranes Novel Membranes III: Graphenes, Metals and More Membrane Formation and Characterization II Membranes for Water Treatment and Desalination IV
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Coffee Break
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Mixed Matrix Membranes Novel Membranes III: Graphenes, Metals and More Membrane Formation and Characterization II Membranes for Water Treatment and Desalination IV

   Membrane Workshops

   Saturday, May 30, 8:00 AM

Workshop 1: 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.

    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, May 31, 8:00 A.M.

    Workshop 3: Emerging Membrane Materials and Manufacturing Methods

    Bruce Hinds, University of Kentucky
    Suzana Nunes, 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.

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.

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).



   Workshop 4: 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)
      • Scroll/spiral wound module formation
      • Fiber bundle/tubesheet formation and types
      • Header and case design
    • Module Performance
      • Basic design equations for gas separations
      • Hollow fiber versus spiral wound
      • 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
        • Pressure Ratio
        • Multi-step and multi-stage configurations
      • Gas Separation Industry: History and Overview
      • Air Separation
        • Nitrogen - enriched Air
        • Oxygen - enriched Air
      • Hydrogen Separation
      • Natural Gas Separation
        • Acid Gas Removal
        • Nitrogen Removal
        • NGL Recovery/Fuel Conditioning
      • VOC Removal/Recovery
      • Emerging Applications


      Meeting Co-Chairs
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      Ruth Baltus
      Clarkson University
      Jeff McCutcheon
      University of Connecticut