ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
 

Organiser:

 

IMSTEC 2022 is organised by Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA) and ARC Research Hub for Energy-Efficient Separation (ARC-EESep).

Date:

 

4 - 8 December 2022 (Sunday - Thursday)

Venue:

Melbourne (Australia)

Key Themes:

1. Circular design and engineering of membranes

  • Proposed to focus on sustainable technologies, chemistries, and materials processing routes towards a circular economy

  • What does the industry need? 

  • How can afterlife of membranes be integrated in the design and operation?

2. Crossing the gap with the new normal – separation to support societies recovery

  • Supporting biosecurity efforts

  • Integration of membranes and potential in air traffic protection

3. Vision 2030 – where next?

  • Proposed to have series of visionary talks on where the field should go. 

  • Errors not to repeat. Habits to change. 

  • Crossing the gender gap. 

  • How to further collaborations globally and in Asia and Pacific especially.

Topics:

1. Applications of membranes

  • industry – case studies and experience (needs, challenges)

  • water treatment (purification, desalination)

  • gas separation (carbon capture, biogas upgrading)

  • energy storage and utilization (batteries, hydrogen generation, CO2 conversion)

  • specific resource recovery (ultra-selective membranes and strategies)

  • biotechnology (bio-refinery and fuel production)

  • atmospheric capture of water and humidifiers

  • air separation (particle matter, viruses)

  • food security and food processing

  • microfluidics and membranes for small batch separation

  • industrial usages textiles, chemical and pharmaceutical industries

  • biological and healthcare applications of membranes (cell separation, virus removal, nutrient or resource recovery)

  • integration of advanced applications in future materials and devices (biosensors, electrochemical devices)

  • space applications of membranes (low gravity applications)

 

2. Membrane processes

  • pressure driven filtration (MF, UF, NF, RO)

  • activity driven separation (FO, dialysis) 

  • electrically driven separation (electrolysis, capacitive deionisation)

  • thermal separation (membrane distillation)

  • crystallization strategies (membrane crystallization)

  • membrane bio-reactors

  • membrane contactors (emulsification, liquid/liquid contactors)

  • catalytic membrane reactors

  • liquid membrane reactors

  • integrated or hybrid membrane processes

  • general mass transfer

3. Membrane operation and modules design

  • module and configuration design

  • fluid dynamics

  • membrane reactors design (bioreactors, catalytic/photocatalytic membrane reactors)

  • fouling and cleaning strategies

  • circular re-engineering of used membranes and modules

 

4. Membrane materials

  • inorganic membranes (ceramic membranes, metallic membranes)

  • carbon membranes

  • membranes from carbon-based or 2D/1D materials)

  • polymeric membranes

  • ion-conducting polymer/hybrid membranes

  • mixed matrix membranes

  • stimuli and smart responsive membranes

  • nanostructured membranes

  • circular design of membranes

 

5. Advanced membrane characterization techniques

  • non-destructive porous properties characterization techniques

  • mixed matrix membranes characterization

  • complex transport phenomena determination

  • application of novel surface properties evaluation 

  • techniques for fouling and scaling evaluation

  • membrane autopsy of aged membranes

 

6. Separation modelling and simulation

  • molecular simulations of membrane structure to performance relationships

  • modelling transport across membranes and modules

  • modelling and simulation of membrane systems

  • modelling and prediction of general membrane performance

 

7. Democratization of separation science

  • humanitarian applications of membranes

  • low cost membrane systems and locally designed systems

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