Membranes for liquid seperation

Membrane technologies have been established for many applications in a wide range of areas, for instance for water purification and reuse, for medical therapies, in the food, pharmaceutical or chemical industries, for energy technologies as well as for environmental protection. The development of this multidisciplinary area is very dynamic. The European Membrane Society (EMS) is organizing annual summer schools with the aim to provide young researchers, in particular Ph.D. students, and young professionals in depth insights into the fundamentals and recent trends of the field.

The topic of the 29th EMS Summer School in Essen, Germany, is:
Membranes for liquid separation: Development, production and characterization of polymer-based membranes for separations in aqueous systems and organic media discussed from a fundamental and industrial point of view

In the core of the program are tutorial lectures by European membrane experts from academia and industry. With the focus on liquid separation, some of the presentations will deal the theoretical background for membrane materials and process development. Complementary presentations will be given by experts from various companies which are either producing or applying membranes. Selected lectures will also be devoted to emerging or new aspects of the field

Planned lectures will deal with:
• Established and „novel“ membrane processes for liquid separations: Overview and trends (academic)
• Water purification with membranes (industry)
• Bioseparations using membranes (industry)
• Membrane separations in pharmaceutical / chemical industry (industry)
• Biorefinery processes (academic)
• Hybrid membrane processes – with thermal separations and catalysis (academic & industry)
• Electromembrane processes (academic)
• Pervaporation, membrane distillation (academic)
• Biofilms and membranes (academic)
• Polymer membrane formation / manufacturing (academic & industry)
• Mixed matrix membranes (academic)
• Novel membranes materials and structures (academic)
• Transport through membranes (academic)
• Membrane characterization (academic & industry)
• Membrane modules (industry)

The Summer School in Essen will also involve an excursion to a membrane producing company where the participants will gain insights into industrial manufacturing of flat-sheet and hollow-fiber membranes and respective modules.
During the scheduled poster session, all participants are given the possibility to present their own work to the audience.