July 1 - 4 , 2015
Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer
Ravello (SA) - Italy
organized by the
Institute on Membrane Technology
Scope & Contents
M embrane engineering is today broadly considered as one of the most efficient way to implement a strategy of process intensification. Among the different operations, membrane distillation (MD) and related technologies represent a powerful tool to improve current production processes with fundamental benefits in terms of process efficiency and products quality. Following the first conference on “Membrane Distillation” held in Rome on May 1986 and the International Workshop on Membrane Distillation and Related Technologies held on October 9-12, the 2nd International Workshop on “Membrane Distillation and Innovating Membrane Operations in Desalination and Water Reuse” will be held on July 1 - 4 , 2015 in Ravello (on the Amalfi Coast), Italy, organized by the Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR).
The aim of the conference is to provide a common platform for scientific exchanges on new ideas and on the latest research works in the still young, but rapidly growing, field and its’ areas of application. The conference will explore all relevant aspects of MD and related technologies, including membrane synthesis and characterization, modelling of the transport mechanism, applications in the food, pharmaceutical, fine chemical, water treatment (desalination and purification), and petro-chemical industries, hybrid MD/RO – MD/MBR systems, membrane crystallization, and the combination with renewable energy sources and low grade waste heat streams. These new membrane operations for a possible contribution to an innovative process engineering will be also discussed.
A compelling program, featuring an interesting line-up of international speakers that will present in-depth information about the latest technologies and products will characterize the conference. Oral presentations at the workshop are by invitation only from the Committee. A poster section with contributions presented by researchers to illustrate leading edge research to an international audience, will be available at the conference site. The event will represent also an excellent opportunity for networking, collaborations and partnerships among scientist coming from different areas of expertise. Prizes will be assigned for the best poster presentations given by early career researchers.
Fundamentals of membrane distillation and related operations
Modeling of mass/heat transport mechanisms
Membranes materials and membrane synthesis/characterization
Membrane fouling and process performances
Process engineering, module configurations and processes simulations
Membrane crystallizers and other membrane-based crystallization systems
Membrane crystallization for bio(macro)molecules
Applications in the food, pharmaceutical, fine chemical, water treatment (desalination and purification), and petrochemical
MD and related operations for biofuels productions
Hybrid systems: MD/RO – MD/MBR – MD/membrane reactors and others
Concepts implementations, scale down/scale up and microfluidics
Combination with renewable energy sources and low grade waste heat streams
Hybrid systems, new applications and future developments
Process intensification and related calculations
Pressure retarded osmosis