We are pleased to announce that following keynote speakers have accepted to give a talk:
Prof. Michael D. Guiver
Prof. Michael Guiver obtained his BSc in chemistry from London University, his MSc in chemistry (Carleton), and his PhD in polymer chemistry from Carleton University, Canada, in 1988. His work at the National Research Council Canada (NRC) has been in the design of specialty polymer materials for membrane separations. He has been an Editor for the Journal of Membrane Science since 2009. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board for Macromolecules and ACS Macro Letters, on the International Advisory Board of Macromolecular Research and on the Editorial Board of Polymers. Since 2009, has been a visiting professor at the Department of Energy Engineering at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. He is known for his published work on polysulfone modification by lithiation, and on novel polymeric materials for membrane separations and fuel cell membranes. His present research is focused primarily in two areas: (1) polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cell application and (2) the development of specialized intrinsically microporous polymers, which are high free-volume ladder polymers for membrane gas separation applications such as carbon dioxide capture.
Prof. Dr. Ing. Gilbert M. Rios
Prof. Dr. Ing. Gilbert M. Rios has an initial background in Chemical Engineering and Automatics. During his career at University, he held different positions in food and chemical engineering. At present he holds an emeritus position at the Ecole Nationale Supèrieure de Chimie and at the European Membrane Institute (IEM UMR 5635) in Montpellier (France).
He is an expert in the field of Membrane Technologies. Other activities are related with Supercritical Fluids and Fluidization. He is the author of more than 120 papers in International Journals or Congress Proceedings, and more than 100 oral or poster presentations in International Conferences. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London), as well as a Member of the European Membrane Society (EMS) and of the Working Party on Membranes of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE).
He is serving today as the Chief and Executive Officer (CEO) of the European Membrane House, the Durable Integrated Structure (DIS) created to continue the action of NanoMemPro (www.euromemhouse.com). As such, he is involved in new European projects and platforms , with a number of operations directly related to membrane technologies for water and the contribution of nanotechnology.
Gilbert M. Rios is also the chairman of SIMEV, a UNESCO chair on “Membranes for the environment” (http://www.simev.org). As such, he is working on practical questions concerning education and R&D for a better implementation of membrane technologies for developing countries, with a lot of applications concerning the triptych "water/health/energy".
Prof. F. (Fausto) Gallucci
Fausto Gallucci was born in Crotone (Italy), on November 7th, 1974. He has got a degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calabria on April 4th 2001 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the same university. His research interest is the interaction of heterogeneous catalysis, transport phenomena, and fluid mechanics in novel multifunctional reactors. In particular the process intensification of interesting processes such as methanol production, Fisher-Tropsch reaction, hydrogen production by reforming/dehydrogenation reactions are his main interests. He gained a full understanding of gas separation systems, methanol synthesis from carbon dioxide and hydrogen carried out in zeolite membrane reactors, membrane reaction systems: partial oxidation, steam reforming, water gas shift, carried out in novel membrane reactors. Fluidized bed MR, CLC systems... He already had scientific co-operations with the Research Institute on Membranes and Modelling of Chemical Reactors and with the Research Institute on Membrane Technology in Italy, with the GKSS Research Institute in Germany and the University of Twente.
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Prof. Michael Harasek
Dr. Michael Harasek obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from Vienna University of Technology. Currently, he has a permanent staff position at the Institute of Chemical Engineering. There he leads the research group “Separations Engineering – Computational Fluid Dynamics” and supervises 10 PhD candidates. His research topics are separations engineering (thermal process engineering), combined heat and mass transfer, membrane separations (gas permeation, pervaporation, reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, elctrodialysis and hybrid processes), process control, as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for process engineering applications, modelling of reactive and multiphase systems, transient flows, and experimental fluid dynamics for the validation of CFD by Laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV), particle dynamics analyzers (PDA), particle image velocimetry (PIV) and related methods.
He has been project manager for several national projects in order to develop, demonstrate and implement biogas upgrading processes and to separate hydrogen from gasifier producer gas or from natural gas by membrane technology. With his research group, he has been partner or coordinator of international and EU funded research projects. He has also filed various international patents. His main goal in research and teaching is scale-up and technical implementation of energy efficient process technologies.
Prof. Marc Heran
Chemical Engineering professor at Polytech’Montpellier, Marc HERAN was graduated in 1997 with an Engineering level in water science and technologies and obtained his PhD in 2000 with the thesis High frequency reverse filtration in Micro/Ultrafiltration. Its fields of expertise concern water and wastewater treatment, separation process, membrane separation, biological process and membrane bioreactors. He has taken part in numerous national and international conferences and has been tutoring several Ph.D. in fields of waste treatment for tomorrow: water management, membrane separation, waste and valuations of co-products as well as the integration of chemistry of interfaces in the development of selective separation by membrane. His research team has various equipment, and hardware dedicated to wastewater treatment and modeling. And its mains activity is dedicated to process intensification by the help of membranes.