Separations Technology IX: New Frontiers in Media, Techniques, and Technologies

An ECI Conference Series

March 5-10, 2017
Grand Real Santa Eulalia Hotel
Albufeira, Portugal

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About This Conference

Goals of the conference/Synopsis

This conference series began in 1985 and the overall goal remains the same: To bring together researchers working in the frontier areas of a variety of separation technologies.

We hope to attract researchers working in adsorption, absorption, bioseparations, chromatography, crystallization, distillation, membranes, novel technologies, etc. The focus will be on new separation media, new separation techniques and new technologies breaking out. These aspects are key to the challenges appearing in carbon capture and sequestration, desalination, and increasing application needs in bioseparations among others. The issues of sustainability, energy consumption and process intensification will be ever present in all of our deliberations.

A very large fraction of the current research in separations involves membranes and adsorbents. New separation media being discovered or developed impact both areas. Therefore in this conference there will be significant attention to the developments in separation media and the role of modeling in such activity. The nature of the separation device and the separation technique employed is crucial to the exploitation of the novel separation media. What novel separation technologies are breaking out is another area of importance.

We expect high and continued interest in the conference on Separations Technology since it is such a crucial part of a number of major industrial processes around the world.

Session topics and program

The program will include sessions on:

    1. Adsorption and Chromatography: Materials, techniques and technologies
    2. Bioseparations:  Recent advances (Novel materials, continuous processes, hybrid systems)
    3. Separation media synthesis and modeling
    4. Membrane separations (Novel membranes and processes)
    5. Crystallization and solid/liquid separations
    6. Other technologies, especially novel separation technologies

Format:  The conference will be held according to the typical format of ECI. It will be held for 4.5 days, beginning on Sunday evening and continuing until the following Friday noon. Sometimes two sessions in the morning will focus on two different areas/topics.

Morning and evening sessions will be scheduled to strike a balance between oral presentations, poster paper session, small group interactions, and informal discussions. Each session may have one invited keynote lecture, followed by several oral presentations. Wednesday afternoon and evening will be kept aside for sightseeing. The conference banquet is scheduled for Thursday evening. Attendance at the conference will be limited in order to encourage maximum interaction. All participants will stay at the conference hotel.

Conference Organization

Prof. Kamalesh K. Sirkar (Conference Chair)
Otto York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA.  (Editor-in-Chief, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering; Former President, North American Membrane Society)

Prof. Steven M. Cramer (Co-chair)
Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
(Former Editor, Journal of Separation Science and Technology; Incoming Chair, Recovery of Biological Products Conference Board)

Prof. João G. Crespo (Co-chair)
LAQV-Requimte, FCT-Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Caparica, Portugal.  Member of the Editorial Board of “Journal of Membrane Science”, “Journal of Biotechnology”, and “Desalination and Water Treatment”

Prof. Marco Mazzotti (Co-chair)
Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Chair of the EFCE Working Party on Crystallization; Past President, International Adsorption Society)

Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof. Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue University, USA
Prof. Dibakar Bhattacharyya, University of Kentucky, USA
Prof. Joao G. Crespo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Prof.  E. L. Cussler Jr., University of Minnesota, USA
Prof. Dr. ir. Joeri Denayer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Prof. Michael F. Doherty, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Prof. Enrico Drioli, Emeritus Professor, University of Calabria, Italy
Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Prof. T. Alan Hatton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Prof. W.S. Winston Ho, Ohio State University, USA
Prof. William Koros, Georgia Institute of Technology,USA
Prof. Dr. Rajamani Krishna, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Prof. Chang-Ha Lee, Yonsei University, Korea
Prof. Young Moo Lee, Hanyang University, Korea
Dr. Norman N. Li, NL Chemical, USA
Prof. Zhong Li, South China University of Technology, China
Prof. Andrew Livingston, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
Prof. Mainak Majumder, Monash University, Australia
Prof. Massimo Morbidelli, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Prof. Allan S. Myerson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Prof. Suzana Nunes, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Prof. Dr. ir. Marcel Ottens, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Prof. Alirio Rodrigues, University of Porto, Portugal
Prof. M. Racquel M. dos Santos Aires-Barros,  Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Prof. Berend Smit, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Prof. Nigel Titchener-Hooker, University College, London, United Kingdom
Prof. Krista S. Walton, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Prof. Rong Wang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Prof. Paul Webley, University of Melbourne, Australia
Prof. S. Ranil Wickramasinghe, University of Arkansas, USA
Prof. Ralph Yang, University of Michigan, USA
Prof. Andrew Zydney, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Abstracts Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:              Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:         February 13, 2017

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.  Please indicate the session for which you are submitting your abstract and whether the abstract should be considered for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available. Thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

For session information, see Session Topics above.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at:

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

There will be a poster competition for Best Student Poster and Best Overall Poster.  More details will be announced.

Conference Venue

Situated in the extreme south of Portugal, the Algarve was the final piece of territory to be conquered from the Moors by the Portuguese King Dinis in 1292. Traces of Moorish presence are still seen in its architecture – terraces, chimneys and whitewashed houses. The name Albufeira has its etymological root in the Arabic, a result from the maritime trade relations with North Africa. Al-Buhera means “Sea Castle,” which may reflect the existence of a fort in the region. The great 1755 Lisbon earthquake destroyed the town of Albufeira, destroying activity which was only resumed in the mid- 19th century. For years the export of fish and several nuts were the main economic sources of the region. Tourist activity arose in the 1960s.

The Algarve, known for its idyllic beaches and ideal temperatures, is just three hours from Lisbon by motorway. In the northern part of the Algarve, the hills of Espinhaço de Cão, Monchique and Serra do Caldeirão shelter the coast from strong winds. This brightly colored region, with its fig and carob trees, orange groves and almond trees in blossom complement the rich green vegetation and fertile land so characteristic of the whole of the northern Algarve. In strong contrast with the north, the southern Algarve is a coastal zone with long stretches of sandy beach, separated by extraordinary rugged cliffs and fantastic grottoes.

The town of Albufeira is a cosmopolitan town rich in historical and cultural sites. Notable attractions include the 19th Century Clock Tower (a symbol of the city), and the charming 18th Century parish church built in neo-classical style. The remains of one of the towers of the old Castle Wall can be explored as can the Arch of the Travessa da Igreja Velha, a beautiful example of Arab architecture.

Other nearby places of interest include Castro Marim (one can visit the dirt-built Castle), the Old Town of Faro, the Ilhas da Ria Formosa (National Park), the old town of Lagos with its old slave market, Loulé, Paderne (last Moorish castle ruin – one of the battlements featured on the Portuguese flag), Vila do Bispo, Sagres (the western most point of Europe and strongest lighthouse in Europe), and Silves where one can visit the medieval castle and old Moorish town.

The following web sites contain useful information:

Tourism:,, (Algarve culture, tradition, nature and landscape, Albufeira, cultural calendar, golf, sports and adventure)

Weather:  High temperatures in the Algarve at this time of year (June) average around 25°C (77°F), and the lows are about 17°C (63°F).  Bring appropriate clothing and sun protection.  Keep in mind that you may want a sweater, as conference rooms tend to be chilly at the beginning of the

Conference Hotel:  The conference will be held at the Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal. The resort has state of the art conference facilities and has hosted numerous meetings. It boasts 1,500 square meters of meeting space, including a large ballroom area, five breakout rooms, a business centre and two large foyers. The hotel offers free wireless internet in the conferences area and guest rooms. There is a Thalasso Spa with a fitness room, sauna and heated indoor interactive swimming pool, four tennis courts, and four outdoor heated swimming pools (including a salt water pool). A small gift shop is on site. Dry cleaning and laundry services are available. Family amenities include a children’s pool, babysitting and supervised activities. Parking is free. There is direct access to the Santa Eulalia beach and multiple golf courses in the area. The hotel is also a short distance from Maria Luisa Beach and Oura Beach.

The bedrooms have satellite television, air conditioning, climate control, safes and minibars.


The Municipality of Albufeira lies on the southern coast of Portugal, in the Algarve. As a tourist destination, Albufeira offers good air, rail and road links. The nearest airport is Faro International Airport, 35Km from Albufeira, which is served by various national and international links.

The Algarve is served by two main roads which extend parallel along the southern coast, the A22 Motorway (Castro Marim to Vila do Bispo) and the National Road 125 (Vila Real de Sto. António to Sagres), both passing close to Albufeira, linking it with Faro.

The road link between Albufeira and Lisbon is the A2 SUL Motorway and by the IP1, and the rail link is the Lisbon-Faro line. The nearest train station is 11Km from the hotel.

The hotel offers a free shuttle to Albufeira.

Transportation from the Faro Airport (FAO) to the Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort in Albufeira

The distance from the Faro Airport to Albufeira is approximately 46 km and the transfer takes about 40 minutes.

There are numerous transportation choices available including rental cars, taxis, limousines, shared shuttles and buses.

We do not recommend local buses – the trip is longer and the bus will not drop you off at the hotel and you will need a taxi for the last part of the journey. The local bus will pass through the airport approximately every 30 minutes.  You will first be transported to the Faro Bus Station at Faro City and then you will need to check the schedule for your next bus. (Note that on weekends buses are not as frequently available as during the week.)  This local bus only goes to the bus station, which is a mile (1.6km) from Albufeira.  A transfer to another bus is then necessary for the tourist hotel areas and old town; however the same ticket can be used. Note that the last bus from Faro to the Albufeira station is at 7:40 pm on weekdays and 6:45 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Shared shuttles are available One of the companies offering shared shuttles is Shuttle Direct.  Choose your language and currency to get a quotation (for both a private transfer and a shared shuttle).  Use FAO as the airport and Grande Hotel Santa Eulalia as the destination. Frequently you will need to wait in line to board the vehicle.  You will travel through the Algarve with multiple stops until you reach your destination.

Pre-booked Private Transfers This is usually your best choice as you pre-book your transfer online, insert your personal information and your flight details. On the day of your arrival a driver will be waiting for you at Faro Airport arrival’s hall with a sign with your name on it.  Some of the vendors are:

Sun Transfers offers both private car and minibus transfers.  If you are travelling with several companions, this might be worth considering.

Faro Airport Transfers provides fixed rates for private transfers.  The driver meets you at the arrivals hall and guides you to your assigned transfer vehicle, which may vary from an estate car for 4 passengers to a mini-bus which holds 19 passengers.

Local Taxis – Local taxis are exactly the same as some of the pre-booked transfers as they will transport you directly to the hotel, with no extra stops.  The inconvenience of getting this type of transfer is that they are much more expensive than a pre-booked transfer.  The taxis are metered.

By Train:  For specific train times & bookings, please consult official train site :

Please note that the earliest train from Albufeira / Ferreiras train station to Lisbon is at 06H55 (am), due to arrive in Lisbon – Gare Orient ( near Lisbon Airport ) at approx 09H55 (am).

For more detailed information, check the Faro Airport Guide.

Transportation from the Lisbon Airport.

Fees and Registration

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights), all meals and drinks with the exception of dinner and drinks during the excursion, excursion, taxes, and gratuities from the welcome drink 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 conference fees are:

Register on or before February 10, 2017 Register after February 10, 2017
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $2,055.00 US $2,255.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,795.00 US $1,995.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $1,380.00 US $1,580.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals as well as the conference excursion) US $625.00 US $625.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Bed and Breakfast only) US $100.00 US $100.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it.

If you are not sure whether you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we don’t have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were found. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Pre- and Post-Conference Reservations:  If you are planning to arrive early (before March 5) or to stay after the conference (after March 10) you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

All participants are encouraged to register before February 3, 2017.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Preliminary Program

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General Information about ECI

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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