27th Annual Meeting
June 9 - 13, 2018, Lexington, KY USA

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Saturday, June 9
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Registration
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast for lecturers and workshop participants
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Workshop 1: Measurement Methods for Membranes
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Workshop 2: Emerging Membrane Materials and Manufacturing Methods
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Coffee Break for workshop participants
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Coffee Break for workshop participants

Sunday, June 10
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Registration
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast for lecturers and workshop participants
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Workshop 3: Membranes for Gas Separations
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Workshop 4: Polymeric and Inorganic Membrane Materials and Membrane Formation
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Coffee Break for workshop participants
2:00 AM - 5:00 PM Free Student Workshop on exciting opportunities in membrane science and technology
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Coffee Break for workshop participants
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Registration
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Exhibitor Setup
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Welcome Reception

Monday, June 11
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Registration
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM Introduction and Plenary Lecture: Dr. Rebecca Liebert
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM Coffee break
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Parallel Technical Sessions
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Break
12:30 PM - 1:50 PM Lunch with Legends (by invitation)
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Parallel Technical Sessions
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Poster Session

Tuesday, June 12
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Plenary Lecture: Prof. Milan Mrksich
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM Coffee break
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Parallel Technical Sessions
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Parallel Technical Sessions
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM NAMS Business Meeting
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, June 13
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Plenary Lecture: Prof. Mihail Barboiu
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM Coffee break
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Parallel Technical Sessions
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Parallel Technical Sessions

   Poster Instructions

It is recommended that poster be prepared on one sheet of poster paper.
The dimensions of the poster should not exceed 90 cm x 1.2 m (35.5 inches x 47 inches).
Allocate the top of the poster for the title and authors as stated on the submitted abstract.
The text, illustrations, etc. should be bold enough to be read from a distance of two meters (six feet).
Pins will be available for the mounting of posters.
Please refer to the Final Program book that you will receive upon arrival at the Meeting for the poster board number assigned to you.
Please use the board with the same number.

   Membrane Workshops

   Saturday, June 9, 8:00 AM

Workshop 1: Measurement Methods for Membranes

    Uwe Beuscher, W.L. Gore
    Ryan Lively, Georgia Tech
    John Pellegrino, University of Colorado at Boulder

The co-instructors combine many decades of membrane science and technology experience in industry, academia, and government. Their expertises include both polymeric and inorganic membranes as applied to gases, organic liquids, and water over a broad range of separations and filtration applications requiring both dense and porous materials. They have all actively applied advanced and classical characterization methods throughout their careers.

Dr. Uwe Beuscher is a senior filtration technologist for W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience exploring separations and mass transport problems for a variety of high performance applications using unique experimental approaches and numerical simulation. He has served on SEMI standard committees and as the president of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS).

Dr. Ryan Lively spent three years as a research engineer at Algenol Biofuels before joining the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. as an Assistant Professor. He is a recipient of the 2013 NSF BRIGE Award and has over 60 publications in the field of separations including articles in Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, and Advanced Functional Materials, covering advances in critical fluid separation processes using chemistry-inspired materials design.

Dr. John Pellegrino founded this workshop in 1995 and has helped evolve it since then. He has held research and development positions at Rohm & Haas Co., duPont Inc., the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Santa Fe Science and Technology Inc., and is currently a Research Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at CU. He is a former board member and president of NAMS.

This workshop provides an overview of the entire field of membrane science, technology, and applications through measurements, and is therefore an excellent resource for novices with a technical background, as well as seasoned veterans interested in broadening their scope (or having a refresher.) The workshop will provide a survey of the various physical and chemical properties of membranes (and membrane process characteristics) that are measured, and the equipment (instruments) and techniques used, along with their underlying principles. A mixture of classical, novel, and resource-intensive techniques are included.

  • Two weeks prior to the workshop a set of journal articles will be made available to registrants through a Google (or other) Cloud drive. These articles will be used in active learning segments of the class utilizing concept questions.
  • One week prior to the workshop all registrants will be asked to fill out a survey with questions and topics of particular interest to them. We will strive to make sure that these items are discussed.

Syllabus topics include:
  • Introduction to membranes: review of membrane types and structures; goals of measurements; broad perspective on trade-offs and opportunities in characterization
  • Overview of transport processes and figures-of-merit: flux, selectivity, rejection, sieving coefficient; simple geometric membrane models
  • Membrane materials and polymers; density and fractional free volume; thermal and mechanical analysis - differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic mechanical analysis, thermal relaxation, nanoindentation; dielectric relaxation
  • Metrology basics: metrology basics and uncertainty; measuring density-pyncnometry; solubility-sorption pyncnometry, gravimetric, SAW, QCM, TGA, calorimetry
  • Gas and vapor systems: measuring time lag for permeation; mass spectrometry-transient permeation
  • Liquid systems testing: calibrations; permeation; species fractionation; integrity
  • Porometry
  • Surface and chemical measurements: surface energy and charge; FTIR; surface chemical analysis - XPS, Auger, SIMS, RAMAN, NMR, MRI, MALDI-TOF
  • Visualization and scattering: SEM, TEM, optical, NSOM, CLSM, AFM; WAXD; SAXS; SANS; PALS
  • Other topics and motivations: (for example, ultrasonics, electrochemical, TIRF, etc.)
  • The workshop will finish with an industrial perspective segment that features a few invited panelists who will comment on how their organizations use membrane characterization to advance (or maintain) their business objectives.

Workshop 2: Emerging Membrane Materials and Manufacturing Methods

    Bruce Hinds, University of Washington
    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, graphene and graphene oxide as membrane components, nanostructured mixed matrix membranes for gas and liquid separation, recent developments in the field of reverse and forward osmosis membranes, bio-mimetic/inspired membrane systems, 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 of Materials Engineering at the University of Washington, heading a laboratory on nanoscale fabrication for active membranes platforms. He has been working in the membrane field for 15 years bringing a prior experience in microfabrication and chemistry. His initial membrane research, for over a decade, at the University of Kentucky created a new method to form carbon nanotube membranes, demonstrating nano-fluidic flow thousands of times faster than conventional materials by harnessing a near perfect slip-boundary condition over atomically smooth graphite tubes. Using this phenomena his group developed a smart-phone activated skin patch membrane to treat nicotine dependence for new active membrane applications in health care. Current research efforts are focused on electrochemically active membrane systems that mimic natural protein pumping cycles. He received an NSF Early Career Award, Presidential Early Career Award with NIH/NIDA, and a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellowship from the National Academy of Science.

Suzana P. Nunes is Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and Associate Dean at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where she heads the Nanostructured Polymer Membranes Lab. She has been working on polymer and membrane science for more than 30 years, previously as Humboldt Fellow in Mainz, as head of department of Membranes for Sustainable Energy at Helmholtz Research Center, Germany, having been visiting scientist at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Max-Planck for Polymer Research and Associate Professor at University of Campinas in Brazil. Her current research topics are polymer self-assembly, membranes for water treatment, liquid separations for chemical industry and biomolecules separation (For details see http//:npm.kaust.edu.sa). She edited 6 books, has more than 180 papers in scientific journals, is fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and member of the Advisory Board of the Barrer Membrane Center at Imperial College London.

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 Professor for Chemical Engineering at the Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center at KAUST, Saudi Arabia.


   Sunday, June 10, 8:00 A.M.

Workshop 3: Membrane Gas Separations

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

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
  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 & 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

Workshop 4: Polymeric and Inorganic Membrane Materials and Membrane Formation

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

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, and gas and liquid transport.

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.
  • Transport in composite membrane materials.
  • 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.
  • Electroless deposition of metal components.
  • Defect control and abatement.
  • Drying phenomena and crack-free drying.
  • Conventional and rapid thermal processing.

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

Meeting Co-Chairs
Dibakar Bhattacharyya (DB)
University of Kentucky
Isabel C. Escobar
University of Kentucky
Ingo Pinnau
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology