Advanced Membrane Technology VI: Water, Energy, and New Frontiers

An ECI Conference Series

February 8-13, 2015
Grand Hotel Minareto
Sicily, Italy


Conference Chairs:

Dibakar Bhattacharyya (University of Kentucky, USA)
Benny Freeman (University of Texas, USA)

 Conference Program and Posters

Chemical Engineering Education article on D. Bhattacharyya.

Poster Award Winners


1st Place Winner:  Jovan Kamcev, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

“Model for predicting ion sorption and transport in ion-exchange membranes”        Poster Number 18

Runners Up

Sebastián Hernández Sierra, University of Kentucky, USA

“Synthesis and evaluation of nanoparticle membrane-supported systems for degradation of toxic organic contaminants”       Poster Number 8

Jian-Yuan Lee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

“Metal-Organic Framework – based porous matrix membranes for improving mass transfer in forward osmosis membranes”       Poster Number 2

Gossaye Tirunehe, Southern Denmark University, Denmark

“Microbial method of converting CO2 into methane at low energy consumption using membranes for introducing hydrogen into a microbial reactor”       Poster Number 10


1st Place Winner:  Joseph Imbrogno, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

“Discovery of novel anti-fouling membranes via combinatorial chemistry and a unique high throughput system”     Poster No. 21

Runners Up

Yali Zhang, University of Twente, Netherlands

“Performance study of pervaporation in a microfluidic system for the removal of acetone from water”        Poster Number 3

Valentina Morelli, DICAM, University of Bologna, Italy

“Nanofiltration membrane characterization for the separation of oligosaccharides mixtures: an experimental study”        Poster Number 27

Paolo Gabrielli, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

“Multi-module membrane configurations for gas separation”     Poster Number 34


 From left to right (holding awards):  Sebastian Hernandez Sierra, Paolo Gabrielli, Gossaye Tirunehe

Chair Dibakar Bhattacharyya and Sebastian Hernandez Sierra

Chairs Bhattaccharyya and Freeman, Poster winner Joseph Imbrogno

Chairs Bhattaccharyya and Freeman, Poster winner Joseph Imbrogno

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