Keynote speakers




Alexey Volkov

Alexey Volkov was graduated in 2001 from Moscow State University with M.S. degree in Polymer science. During his Ph.D. he also worked in University of Twente (the Netherlands) –group of Prof. Geert Versteeg and Prof. Matthias Wessling. Shortly after receiving of his Ph.D. degree in Membranes and Polymer Science (2007), he was appointed by Scientific council on a position of deputy director of A.V.Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Russian Academy of Sciences (TIPS RAS). In 2012 he was elected in the Council of European Membrane Society. Besides, he is actively working for Russian Membrane Society. Alexey Volkov is being actively involved in the establishment of World Association of Membrane Societies (WA-MS), and in 2017, he was appointed by EMS to the Board of WA-MS.



Mónica Faria

Mónica Faria currently works as a Research Fellow at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon (IST-UL), on a project with the title “Hemocompatible Nanostructured Membranes for Artificial Organs”. The project aims at developing blood compatible membranes for extracorporeal blood circulation devices such as blood oxygenators and hemodialysers.
She holds a MSc in Biochemical Engineering from FCTUC, University of Coimbra and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico. In 2012 she became a Postdoctoral Researcher at the AORL-Artificial Organs Research Laboratory at Columbia University (New York, USA) where she initiated a project aimed at developing block-copolymer nano-porous materials for separation of biological cells. In 2013 she became the principal researcher of an ongoing AORL project dedicated to the development and testing of a portable, continuous ultrafiltration device for amelioration of hypertension associated with end stage renal disease and congestive heart failure. As part of this effort, she designed and conducted in vitro (bench) and in vivo (animal) studies. Mónica’s main research interests are extracorporeal blood circulation devices, polymer membrane synthesis for biomedical applications, hemocompatible nano- and micro- structured materials, biocompatible polymers, surface modification and functionalization.



Miguel Menendez

Miguel Menendez was lecturer (since 1987) and is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) since 2003. Coauthor of 152 articles in referred journals and 17 books or book chapters; H-index (WoK): 34, Google index: 39. Among his publications, membrane reactors and zeolite membranes (77 papers), and fluidized bed reactors (50 papers) have been the main topics. In recent years he has joined both passions, using fluidized bed membrane reactors.



Anja Drews

Anja Drews received her doctorate from TU Berlin where she also did several years of postdoctoral research on membrane fouling in MBRs. After a position as lecturer at the University of Oxford, she became professor of Chemical Engineering at HTW Berlin in 2009. Her research interests span various aspects of membrane processes and technology such as fouling, MBRs and enzymatic reactors, multi-phase flow, separation of emulsions and organic solvent nanofiltration.



Michael D. Guiver

Michael D. Guiver obtained his BSc (London University) and MSc (Carleton University) in Chemistry, and his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Carleton University in 1988. He has been an Editor for the Journal of Membrane Science since 2009. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Macromolecules and ACS Macro Letters, from 2013-2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Barrer Centre, Imperial College, UK. He has published over 225 SCI articles and book chapters and holds about 25 patents and patent applications. From 1987-2014, he was a scientist at the National Research Council Canada. In September 2014, he was appointed as a National 1000-Plan Foreign Experts professor at the State Key Laboratory of Engines, Tianjin University.



Viatcheslav Freger

Viatcheslav Freger holds M.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Mendeleyev Institute of Chemical Technology, Moscow, and a Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Since 2011 he has been a faculty at Wolfson Department of Chemical Engineering of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. His main interests are in the areas of membrane technology for water and energy, desalination, and water treatment, as well as theory of membrane transport, polymers, surface science and electrochemistry. He has authored over 80 scientific papers, book chapters, as well as several patents, and collaborated with industrial companies in Israel, USA and Europe.



Boguslaw Kruczek

Boguslaw Kruczek was born in Poland. He received his degrees in Chemical Engineering in Canada; B.Sc.Eng from the University of New Brunswick in 1993 and Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 1999. He is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Ottawa since 1999, and from 2016 he serves as a Chair of Department. Dr Kruczek’s research focuses on development and characterization of membranes for gas separation, and more recently also for reverse and forward osmosis. He is particularly interested in fundamental aspects of transport in membranes.



Enrico Drioli

Enrico Drioli Emeritus Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Calabria, and Honorary President of European Membrane Society (1999); Founding Director of the Institute on Membrane Technology, CNR,Italy. Since 2018 Guest Professor of School of Marine Science and Technology of Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai, P.R.China. Since 2012 Distinguished Adjunct Professor, CEDT King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah Saudi Arabia; since 2010 WCU Distinguish Visiting Professor, at the Hanyang University, Seoul Korea. Currently Chairman of the Section on "Membrane Engineering" of the EFCE and coordinator of EU-EUDIME Doctorate School on Membrane Engineering.
He is the recipient of various Awards and Honours, ex. “Richard Maling Barrer Prize” of the EMS. Author of more than 800 scientific papers, covering in the years various topics in Membrane Science and Engineering from desalination to membrane reactors to biomedical application of membrane systems.



Victor V. Nikonenko

Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Kuban State University, Krasnodar, Russia. Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Montpellier, France. Russian co-director of the French-Russian International Associated Laboratory “Ion-exchange membranes and related processes”. Member of the editorial board of “Russian Journal of Electrochemistry” and “Membranes and Membrane Technologies” (published in English within the “Petroleum Chemistry” journal).
Research Keywords: Mass transfer and chemical reactions in electromembrane systems; Experimental study and Mathematical modeling.



Suzana Nunes

She got her D. Sc degree in Chemistry from the University of Campinas, Brazil, was a postdoctoral Humboldt Fellow at the University of Mainz, Germany, and visiting scientist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Max Planck fur Polymerforschung. Before joining KAUST she was head of the Department of Membranes for Sustainable Energy at the Helmholtz Association in Germany. She served in the council of the European Membrane Society, is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry UK and is member of the Advisory Board of the Barrer Center at the Imperial College. She has more than 200 papers in referred scientific journals on membranes and polymer science.



Arnout D'Haese

Arnout D'Haese has studied bioscience engineering at Ghent University, graduating in 2010. He started his doctorate in 2011 at the Particle and Interfacial Technology group (Paint), also at Ghent University. His doctorate was finished at the end of 2016, titled "Mechanistic modelling of mass transfer in Forward Osmosis". He has since started a postdoctoral assistantship at Paint. Currently, Arnout D'Haese has (co-)authored 10 papers and is focussing on membrane defects and membrane characterization



Kitty Nijmeijer

Kitty Nijmeijer is Professor Membrane Materials and Processes at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and vice dean of the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the TU/e. Her expertise is the development, characterization and application of polymer membranes for industrial separation processes in a circular economy. Her research has a strong focus on closing cycles, recovery of valuable components and valorization of waste streams. Kitty Nijmeijer is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Membrane Science and the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science.



Olfa Khelifi

Olfa Khelifi holds a PhD degree in environmental engineering from the University of Tokushima (Japan). She joined the Faculty of Science & Technology (REALTEK) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in 2016. She is the project leader of ongoing projects in the area of membrane separation processes. Her research expertise lies in the area of membrane bioreactor systems for wastewater treatment and reuse, with particular emphasis on characterization and control of membrane biofouling. Dr. Khelifi current research project include the use of Quorum Quenching Bacteria in Membrane Biofouling Control.



Gerald Pourcelly

Chemist qualified to the level of Engineer (ESCIL, Lyon, 1970) Gerald POURCELLY got his Ph.D in the electrochemistry of anhydrous NH3-HF mixtures (INSA-Lyon, 1976). In 1986, he joined the University of Montpellier to strengthen the studies on ion-exchange membranes and electromembrane processes. He was Director of the European Membrane Institute (2003-2010). In the energy domain, he was cluster leader of “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen” in the CNRS Energy program (2004-2010) and Director of the CNRS research grouping 3339 “Fuel Cells and Systems” (2010-2013). Conference chairman of “Euromed & Desalination Strategies 2006” and “Euromembrane 2009” at Montpellier, he published 160 papers in international journals (WoS h-34) among which 125 dedicated to membranes and presented more than 50 invited conferences or keynotes.



Katsuki Kimura

Katsuki Kimura is Associate Professor at Hokkaido University, and has 20 years research experience into membrane processes. He is serving as the chairman of the IWA Particle Separation Specialist Group, and also serving as the chairman of Membrane Technology Specialist Group in Japanese Society on Water Environment. His current research interests cover both water treatment and wastewater treatment, including characterization of membrane fouling, resource recovery from wastewater by membrane processes, development of new measures to mitigate membrane fouling.



Lidietta Giorno

Lidietta Giorno is serving as the Director of the Institute on Membrane Technology of the National Research Council of Italy, ITM-CNR, since 2009.
She is expert in membrane science and membrane bioengineering with particular focus on biocatalytic membrane reactors, membrane emulsification, integrated membrane processes for water, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and biorefinery.
She awarded The International Awards "Guido Dorso" for Research in 2011, sponsored by the Italian Senate and the University of Naples Federico II. She awarded the Sapio Red Carpet Award in 2016 among the female scientists of highest scientific profile who are engaged for the development of the Country.
Lidietta Giorno is co-author of 8 books, over 180 peer reviewed papers, and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Membranes, Springer, 2016.
She has served on the European Membrane Society Council as the President of the EMS Council and the Editor of the EMS Membrane Newsletter. She is Honorary Member of the European Membrane Society since 2014.



Corinne Cabassud

Corinne Cabassud, PhD., is professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the National Institute for Applied Science (INSA) in Toulouse - France. Her main research topics are focusing on membrane processes for water production, wastewater treatment and reuse, and desalination, with a specific attention given to membrane distillation. She published about 340 papers on these topics. She is now leading the group MOST at the “Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et des Procédés” (LISBP, INSA/CNRS/INRA, www.lisbp.fr) with the objective to develop membrane based systems powered by solar energy for desalination in remote places.



Ranil Wickramasinghe

Ranil Wickramasinghe obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia in Chemical Engineering. He obtained his PhD from the University of Minnesota, also in Chemical Engineering. He worked for 5 years in the biotechnology/biomedical industry in the Boston area before joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at Colorado State University. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas in 2011 where he holds the Ross E Martin Chair in Emerging Technologies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Membrane Society. He is the current center director of the Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology (MAST) Center, a United States National Science Foundation Industry and University Cooperative Research Center.
Prof Wickramasinghe’s research focuses on synthetic membrane-based separation processes for purification of pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals, treatment and reuse of water and the production of biofuels. Typical unit operations include: microfiltration, ultrafiltration, virus filtration, nanofiltration, membrane extraction etc. A current research focus is surface modification of membranes in order to impart unique surface properties. His group is actively developing responsive membranes. These membranes change their physical properties in response to changed environmental conditions. A second research focus is the development of catalytic membranes for biomass hydrolysis by grafting catalytic groups to the membrane surface.



Álvaro Ramírez-Santos

Álvaro Ramírez-Santos received his bachelor degree in chemical engineering at the Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia) in 2009, and his master and doctorate degrees in process engineering in 2013 and 2017 at the Université de Lorraine (UL) (France). His thesis work with Professor Favre at UL was centered on the application of membrane gas separation processes to CO2 and H2 recovery from steelmaking gases for carbon capture and use. He has worked in the past for the Colombian Petroleum Institute, and he is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the LRGP at UL in the topic of innovative gas membrane separation processes.