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Membrane distillation and related technologies workshop
January 15, 2016
You are cordially invited to attend the ‘Membrane distillation and related technologies workshop’ on January 15, 2016 at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Flyer of the workshop can be downloaded here.
A number of research groups around Australia are focusing on membrane distillation (MD) research and its related technologies, and their potential as an alternative to reverse osmosis (RO) or in integration with RO or other processes. Given the significant role that desalination and water reuse technologies could play for water security in the future, developing energy-efficient technologies are necessary to drive Australia and global desalination and water reuse plants. As such, the aims of the workshop are to discuss and share current and new MD-based technologies, and to explore innovative approaches to further advance the MD process for a wide range of commercial opportunities. The workshop will bring together Australian researchers and some international experts to present different perspectives of MD and related technologies from fundamental aspects to application-based studies.
This workshop is organised by UTS Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater (CTWW) and Univ. of Wollongong Membrane Filtration Research Group, in collaboration with the Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA), National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA), UNSW UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology and VU Institute for Sustainability and Innovation.
|08:00 – 09:00||Arrival/Registration|
|09:00 – 09:10
09:10 – 09:15
Professor Glenn Wightwick, UTS DVC and VP (Research)
Short welcome message
Dr. Aaron Thornton, MSA president
|09:15 – 10:05||Keynote: Progresses in membrane distillation for innovations in industrial productions
Prof. Enrico Drioli, ITM-CNR, University of Calabria, Italy
|10:05 – 10:55||Keynote: Developments in membrane distillation & forward osmosis
Prof. Anthony Fane, NTU, Singapore
|10:55 – 11:30||Morning tea break/photo session|
|11:30 – 12:00||Desalination research in Australia – the next ten years
Mr. Neil Palmer, NCEDA, Australia
|12:00 – 12:30||Autonomous desalination and other niches for membrane distillation
Prof. Wendell Ela, Murdoch University, Australia
|12:30 – 13:00||Application of membrane distillation for seawater and groundwater treatment
Prof. Saravanamathu Vigneswaran/Dr Gayathri Naidu, UTS, Australia
|13:00 – 14:30||Lunch break/lab tour (for those who are interested)|
|14:30 – 15:00||Enhancing performance of submerged membrane distillation
Prof. Vicki Chen, UNSW, Australia
|15:00 – 15:30||Application of membrane distillation to industry waste water recycling
Prof. Mikel Duke, Victoria University, Australia
|15:30 – 16:00||Recent advances in membrane distillation module designs
Dr. Lijo Francis, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
|16:00 – 16:30||Afternoon tea break|
|16:30 – 17:00||Strategic role of membrane distillation for resource recovery
Prof. Long Nghiem, UoW, Australia
|17:00 – 17:30||Mixed-matrix nanocomposite membranes for treatment of RO brine from coal seam gas produced water by AGMD
A/Prof. Ho Kyong Shon/Dr Leonard Tijing, UTS, Australia
|17:30 – 18:00||Free discussion/Close session|
Who will be interested to attend? – Students (HDR and undergraduate) and researchers from academy and industry working on membrane distillation, other membrane contactors and related technologies as well as those working in other membrane separation processes or membrane technology in general. The speakers are all working on diverse fields of membrane processes, and this workshop presents a perfect venue for networking and discussions with prominent professors and researchers.
Deadline: Jan 4th 2016 (Seats are only limited to 50, register now to secure yours).
Fees: FREE for MSA members / $100 for non-members. Inclusion: Tea breaks and lunch
Subject: MD workshop 2016 registration
Contact number (mobile # if possible)
MSA member? Yes or No (If No, you will be advised on how to proceed with payment).