Advanced Membrane Technology VII

An ECI Conference Series

September 11-16, 2016
Maryborough Hotel and Spa
Cork, Ireland

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About This Conference

Synopsis:  This conference series addressed technical and scientific advances in membrane science and technology.  It will also discuss broader issues related to membrane material and development that will be of interest to institutional and academic participants.  Emphasis will be particularly placed on emerging process.

Potential sessions:

  • Fouling and Monitoring
  • Membranes for Bioseparations
  • Membrane Formation
  • Inorganic Membranes
  • Membranes for Water Treatment
  • Gas Separations
  • Membrane Reactors and Bioreactors
  • Membrane Surface Modifications
  • Membrane Transport
  • Pervaporation and Vapor Separation
  • Membranes for Biofuel Applications
  • Membrane-based CO2 Capture
  • Membranes for Sustainability
  • Fuel Cells and Batteries
  • Pressure Retarded Osmosis and Forward Osmosis
  • Membrane Distillation

Plenary Session Speakers

Dibakar Bhattacharyya
Klaus-Viktor Peinemann
Bart Van der Bruggen
Rong Wang

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Conference Organization


Isabel C. Escobar, Professor, University of Kentucky, USA     (
Jamie Hestekin, Associate Professor, University of Arkansas, USA

Organizing Committee Membership

Ayse Asatekin (Tufts University, USA); Uwe Beuscher (W.L. Gore, USA); Dibakar Bhattacharyya (University of Kentucky, USA); Mihail Barboiu (Institut Européen des Membranes,France); Michael Dixon (NanoH2O, Inc., USA); Isabel Escobar (University of Kentucky, USA); Caleb Funk (Dow Water); May-Britt Hägg  (NTNU, Norway); Jamie Hestekin (University of Arkansas, USA); Bruce Hinds (University of Washington, USA); Jeffrey McCutcheon (University of Connecticut, USA); Ingo Pinnau (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia); Giulio Sarti (University of Bolgna, Italy); Nora Savage (NSF, USA); Dr. Andrea Schaefer (KIT, Germany);Thomas Schäfer (Polymat, Spain); Bart Van der Bruggen (K.U. Leuven, Belgium); Rong Wang (NTU, Singapore); Andrew Zydney (Penn State University, USA)

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Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:       May 5, 2016
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:     June 15, 2016

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically:

The abstract template available at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Maryborough Hotel and Spa in Cork, Ireland. Just a 10-minute taxi ride from both Cork City Center and the Cork International Airport, the hotel is surrounded by lush gardens and provides a serene setting for conferences. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, pool, full-service spa and fitness center.  Bedrooms feature flat screen televisions, tea and coffee facilities, and safes, as well as irons and ironing boards. The hotel has 93 rooms, many with verandas and balconies overlooking the gardens. The conference sessions will be held in the Sherrad Ballroom, which will provide ample space for both technical and poster sessions. Complimentary high-speed wifi is available throughout the property, including  the meeting rooms. The Douglas Golf Club is just a six-minute walk from the hotel and the town of Douglas, with many shops, pubs and restaurants, is a 5-10 minute walk away.

Cork, Ireland  Known as the food capital of Ireland, Cork is rich in history and features a number of art galleries, theaters and museums. In 2005, Cork was designated the European Capital of Culture and it was recognized as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2010. Located in the Southeast of Ireland, Cork City serves as the shopping and commercial capital of the south.

The city dates back to the sixth century, when St. Finbar founded a monastic settlement there. Around 915, Viking settlers established a trading community. By the 12th century the settlement had become the chief city of the Kingdom of South Munster, having survived raids and sporadic settlement by Norsemen. Irish rule was short-lived, and by 1185 Cork was under English rule. Thereafter it changed hands regularly during the relentless struggle between Irish and Crown forces. The complete history of Cork can be found here.

The city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.

The city is easily walkable, and popular attractions include ringing the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne’s Church, and visiting the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. There are many unique shopping and dining options, including the famous English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world.

At every corner you’ll come across another panoramic view, another interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries ,theatres and museums in Ireland.

The city is home to University College Cork, established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges – at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges were established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her.

The famous Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone, is just twenty minutes drive from the city center.  West Cork, nicknamed “A Place Apart, offers a break from the speed of the city.  Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland – stretching from Kinsale  on the south coast to three rugged westerly peninsulas reaching into the wild Atlantic: Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.

More information can be found on the Cork City Tourism web site and the Discover Ireland Cork Guide.


Directions to Maryborough Hotel from Cork Airport:

The hotel is located approximately 10 minutes away from Cork airport by car or taxi.

  • Travel down Airport Hill
  • At Airport Road roundabout, take first exit onto Farmers Cross N27
  • Follow N27 to Kinsale roundabout
  • Take 4th exit onto South Ring road  – N25 East
  • Once on N25, take 2nd exit for Douglas, ignoring 1st exit marked for Douglas West
  • At the traffic lights, turn right
  • At the roundabout, take 2nd exit traveling straight ahead
  • At the traffic lights, drive straight on, until you reach a second roundabout
  • Take 3rd exit off roundabout (Douglas Golf Club on directional fingerpost)
  • This is Maryborough Hill; the hotel is situated up the hill on the left hand side

Directions from other Airports

From Shannon Airport, Ireland to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 1 hour 45 mins Distance: 128 km
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From Kerry Airport to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 1 hour 26 mins Distance: 104 km
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From Dublin Airport to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 2 hours 26 mins Distance: 263 km
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Train Service  Train service is widely available between cities in Ireland. For complete details, schedules and fares, visit Irish Rail.

Conference Fee Estimates

All fees listed below are estimates and may fluctuate due to changes in currency exchange rates or changes to the conference schedule. Final fees will be posted when the preliminary program is available.

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), all meals with the exception of one dinner, excursions, taxes, and gratuities from the welcome reception and dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.

The ESTIMATED conference fees are:

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $2,115.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,840.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) US $1,425.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals) US $620.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Bed and Breakfast only) US $155.00

General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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