EMS Best Paper Award 2022 - Deadline June 30th, 2022

The EMS Best Paper Award 2022 (1000 € plus a certificate) aims at rewarding original journal papers on Membrane Science and Engineering (from fundamentals and theoretical study of membrane-related phenomena to membrane development, applications and engineering ) published during years 2020 and 2021, that made a significant contribution to the field. The paper is addressed in particular to researchers at an early career stage.

Deadline:

June 30th, 2022.

Eligibility:
- The Award is intended for original journal papers (review papers are not eligible).
- Candidates must be EMS members at the time applying for the prize and the major contributors of the paper (as described in a statement signed by all authors).
- Candidates must be Students or Young Academics, according to the definition given in the EMS Grants and Awards webpage.
- The year of the publication will be assessed based on the DOI’s date.

Application:

Candidates should submit:
- Copy of their paper.
- Proof of their Student or Young Academic status, such as Student Card or PhD certificate.
- Cover letter detailing in less than 150 words the scientific quality, originality and impact of the publication, the personal contribution and any other detail useful for the evaluation of the work.
- Statement signed by all authors indicating that the applicant is the major contributor to the paper.
- Proof of EMS membership.

To the addresses: avolkov@ips.ac.ru; ems@chimie.ups-tlse.fr; e.lasseuguette@ed.ac.uk

Evaluation
Proposals will be selected against their scientific quality, originality and impact by the EMS Council members. Any conflict of interest between the contestants and the evaluators will be avoided.

The EMS Council reserves the right to decide the number of prizes to award.


EMS Council election - 2023/2026

Dear EMS members,

According to the EMS statutes, the Council has to be renewed by half every other year.
In 2022, 4 positions will be open to replace our departing members, Maria-Grazia de Angelis, Marco Stoller, Anthony Szymczyk and Ilya Vorotyntsev. The 4 new members will be elected for the period 2023-2026.

The timetable for the elections is as follows:
- The EMS will accept applications from 18/07/22 to 16/09/22
- The candidates will have to submit a 2-page CV, a short motivation letter (max 300 words), and 2 nomination letters from current EMS members
- The candidates must be EMS members, i.e. all registration procedures are complete and effective, by 16/09/22
- The Council will review all applications received to verify that the above requirements have been met
- An electronic ballot will be held from 30/09/22 to 31/10/22
- The names of the 4 new members will be announced after the validation of the results by the Council in mid-November 2022.

Applications should be sent to:
e.lasseuguette@ed.ac.uk
anthony.szymczyk@univ-rennes1.fr

Kind regards,
Anthony Szymczyk
EMS President


EMS SummerSchool 2022 - Thank you

Message from the organizers:

Thank you to all the great lecturers, fantastic students and of course the personnel of the venue to make the 37th EMS Summer School a great success in an outstanding location!


PhD position, H2 SITE, University of Basque Country, Spain - 2

Location:University of Basque Country, Spain

Position:PhD

1. Project details

Description: Development of a novel ceramic supported Pd-Ag alloy membrane for H2 production and process optimization of the manufacturing membrane.

Starting date will be end of June 2022, although it can be postponed few weeks in case needed to finish MSc or its thesis.

Most of the research tasks will be done within Membrane Technology Group at Tecnalia R&D facilities at San Sebastián (Spain). Eventually, some of the work related to the membrane manufacturing optimization, will take place at H2SITE facilities at Loiu (Spain). We are opened to those research stays aligned with the project goals proposed by the student or supervisors.

2. Guidance

PhD title will be obtained in Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at University of Basque Country (UPV-EHU).

There will be daily support from H2SITE (dr. Jon Meléndez). Supervision by dr. Alfredo Pacheco Tanaka (from TECNALIA R&D Center) will be carried out too.

3. Objectives and planning

The main goals to be carried out by means of the PhD position are:
• Develop a membrane preparation process to achieve Pd membranes alloyed up to 23% Ag either by electroplating (EP) or physical vapour deposition (PVD).
• Study of Pd-Ag deposition process parameters and work toward their optimization in order to improve the selective layer deposition. Development of new and non-destructive techniques key to validate membrane’s quality are included.
• Definition of quality control to be implemented in an industrial scale production line.
• Characterization of permeation membrane properties under single gas and mixed gas composition, targeting the most interesting applications (industry driven).
• Long-term stability study of Pd-based membranes under fluidization conditions. Track performance for at least 5000 hours under continuous operation.

Main characterization techniques that will be used all along the PhD are SEM, TEM, XRD, Capilary Flow Porometry, Gas permeation tests (room and high temperature, up to 550 °C) and ICP. Other techniques that can help to tackle the goals described above, are not ruled out.

Results and objectives are aligned both with patenting and publishing in order to strengthen the Intellectual Property of H2SITE and to give your work visibility among scientific community in order to get the PhD title.

4. Requirements

Education: Chemist, Chemical Engineering, Material Engineering or similar. Master’s degree on similar in a period of less than 3 years
Languages: High level of spoken and written English.
Personal skills: Interpersonal skills, ability to function in a multidisciplinary environment and with a spirit of teamwork, conflict resolution. Goal-oriented and self-sufficient work style

5. Contact
Please, send your CV and cover letter to: jon.melendez@h2site.eu; Tlf: +34 667 11 96 39

Deadline to receive CVs: 31/07/2022

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PhD position, H2 SITE, University of Basque Country, Spain

Location:University of Basque Country, Spain

Position:PhD

1. Project details

Description: Development of new supported Pd alloys membranes for H2 production.

Starting date will be end of June 2022, although it can be postponed few weeks in case needed to finish MSc or its thesis.

Most of the research tasks will be done within Membrane Technology Group at Tecnalia R&D facilities at San Sebastián (Spain). Eventually, some of the work related to the membrane manufacturing optimization, will take place at H2SITE facilities at Loiu (Spain). We are opened to those research stays aligned with the project goals proposed by the student or supervisors.

2. Guidance

PhD title will be obtained in Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at University of Basque Country (UPV-EHU).

There will be daily support from H2SITE (dr. Jon Meléndez). Supervision by dr. Alfredo Pacheco Tanaka (from TECNALIA R&D Center) will be carried out too.

3. Objectives and planning

The main goals to be carried out by means of the PhD position are:
• Develop new Pd membranes alloys (i.e Ru, V, Y, Nb,) by electroless plating, electroplating (EP) or physical vapour deposition (PVD) on commercial porous supports. Selective layer no thicker than 5 µm.
• Study of new Pd membrane alloy deposition process parameters and work toward their optimization.
• Definition of quality control values to be implemented in an industrial scale production line and assess their integration in membrane reactors.
• Characterization of main permeation membrane properties under single gas and mixed gas composition, targeting the most interesting applications (industry driven).
• Long-term stability study of Pd-based membranes under fluidization conditions.

Main characterization techniques that will be used all along the PhD are SEM, TEM, XRD, Capilary Flow Porometry, Gas permeation tests (room and high temperature, up to 550 °C) and ICP. Other techniques that can help to tackle the goals described above, are not ruled out.

Results and objectives are aligned both with patenting and publishing in order to strengthen the Intellectual Property of H2SITE and to give your work visibility among scientific community in order to get the PhD title.

4. Requirements

Education: Chemist, Chemical Engineering, Material Engineering or similar. Master’s degree on similar in a period of less than 3 years
Languages: High level of spoken and written English.
Personal skills: Interpersonal skills, ability to function in a multidisciplinary environment and with a spirit of teamwork, conflict resolution. Goal-oriented and self-sufficient work style

5. Contact
Please, send your CV and cover letter to: jon.melendez@h2site.eu;

Tlf: +34 667 11 96 39

Deadline to receive CVs: 31/07/2022

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Reminder: Call for organizing European Membrane Society Summer School 2023

The Society is keen on supporting scientific or technical events related to the field of membranes and membrane processes, particularly with a focus on events involving young and early-stage researchers. Therefore, the EMS has opened the Call for Proposals for the 38th EMS Summer School in 2023.

In order to have your Summer School accepted as an EMS event, you should apply to the EMS Council according to the following guidelines:

 

The application should specify:

  • description of the facilities for the Summer School and proposed dates;
  • tentative program including course contents and timing;
  • members of the organising committee (including members of the EMS Council);
  • members of the scientific committee (including members of the EMS Council);
  • budget outline, including:
  • any request for EMS funding or loan;
  • list of sponsors;
  • expected number of participants;
  • break-even number.

Any outsourcing of organisational work should be included in the budget. Any EMS loan received would be expected to be returned as the first call on excess income over expenses. Additional excess income is to be split evenly between the EMS and the organisers. The EMS will not cover losses beyond the EMS funding. The EMS membership fees should be collectable with the registration fees. All rights and duties will be formalised in a contract with the EMS.

  • Important websites related to the proposal.

 

Proposals will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific programme
  • Conference venue/organisational and professional planning
  • Registration fees
  • Financial risk involved in the event
  • Geographical distribution

 

The selected application will be announced during the EUROMEMBRANE 2022 conference in November 2022.

 

Please, send your proposal by September 30, 2022, to:

 

Karel Friess, karel.friess@vscht.cz

Carla Brazinha, c.brazinha@fct.unl.pt

Elsa Lasseuguette, e.lasseuguette@ed.ac.uk

 

 

 


EMS Award 2022 - Euromembrane 2022

EMS launches a program for supporting the participation of Master, PhD students (Students Awards) and early-stage researchers (Young Academics Awards) at Euromembrane 2022 in Sorrento, Italy, from November 20th to 24th 2022 (http://www.euromembrane2022.eu/).

Support will be provided to cover the conference fee excluding accommodation and meals (when included in the conference fee).

The EMS is offering:
* 10 awards for Students Awards
* 10 awards for Young Academics Awards

The deadline for the application is July 24th 2022.

More information about the application and the eligibility can be found on the Award section (https://www.emsoc.eu/ems-awards/).


Separation and Purification Scientist, Wageningen, Netherlands

Location: University of Wageningen, NL

Position: Scientist

We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist/project leader membrane separation technologies to complement our group Bioconversion within the Wageningen Food and Biobased Research institute.

Annually, we perform dozens of applied research projects, each of which is staffed with a dedicated team of scientists and led by a matching project leader. Together, we contribute to sustainable solutions for national and global challenges. You will become a member of the Separation and Purification (S&P) expertise team. This team has all the capabilities needed and is embedded in the Water cluster of Wageningen University and Research.

Your work will be:

  • performing applied research in the field of membrane separation technologies to provide solutions for our customers. Initially, desk research and lab tests are intertwined elements of your work;
  • leading projects in the areas outlined above. You rely on the collective knowledge among your team members, and they rely on your managerial and personal skills to forge an effective team. Internally, you achieve project goals on time and within budget, with a keen eye for opportunities for personal growth of team members. Externally, customer contact and the reporting & presentation of results are important elements of your work;
  • acting as a linking pin towards colleagues who are active in various domains. The S&P group’s research is highly multidisciplinary, crossing boundaries between a variety of expertises that reside within the Biobased Products but also the Food domains;
  • acquiring new projects together with our Business Development Managers. You therefore must have convincing and negotiation potential with customers and other external stakeholders.

More details: https://www.wur.nl/nl/vacature/Separation-and-Purification-Scientist-1.htm

Application: https://www.wur.nl/nl/Vacatures-reageren-pagina.htm?vacancyurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.connexys.nl%2Fwageningenurpublic%2Frun%2Fregister%24.startup%3Fz_f_taal%3D2%26z_kan_advertentie_id%3D126663

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PhD position, University of Iceland, Iceland

Location: University of Iceland, Iceland

Position:PhD

Job Advertisement
Location: University of Iceland, Iceland
Position: PhD

Description:
The Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering is looking for a full-time doctoral student for a three-year project: Electrodialysis Membrane Process for Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery.

In recent decades, nutrient (ammonia and phosphate) recovery from wastewater has been considered as an alternative solution to cope with potential challenge of fertilizer shortage and achieve circular economy. This project aims to provide a feasible solution for simultaneous wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery via combining gravity-driven membrane (GDM) and electrodialysis (ED) membrane process. This study will seek to answer: (1) how the GDM operation condition impact on ED performance in terms of ion exchange membrane performance and nutrient recovery? (2) how to improve the performance of the hybrid GDM+ED process? (3) is this hybrid process economic feasible and environmental feasible? and what parameters are associated with its economic benefits?

Qualification requirements
 Master degree in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, or related disciplines.
 Experience in membrane technology, wastewater treatment is an advantage.
 Skills in mathematical modelling are an advantage.
 Independent work and good communication skills.
 Good skills in written and spoken English.

The doctoral student is expected to start work no later than 1 Sep, 2022.

Application process:
The application process is in three steps:
 The applicant submits an application which must include i) a letter of application, ii) a curriculum vitae, iii) a copy of the diplomas (BS and MS) and transcripts, iv) information about two referees, their relationship with the applicant and how to contact them. The application and all accompanying documents must be in English.
 After the application deadline, applications will be reviewed and those applicants who are considered the most suitable for the job in question will be invited to online interviews (Zoom, MS Teams or equivalent).
 The applicant who will be offered a doctoral position must then send a formal doctoral application to the University of Iceland. At this stage, certified copies of all diplomas must be submitted. The document that demonstrates English proficiency must also be submitted if necessary. (https://english.hi.is/node/17996)
All applications will be answered and applicants will be notified of the job placement once a decision has been made. Applications can be valid for six months from the end of the application deadline.
When recruiting for jobs at the University of Iceland, the University’s gender equality plan is taken into account, see here: http://www.hi.is/haskolinn/jafnrettisaaetlun#markmid2
Attention is drawn to the University of Iceland’s language policy, see here: http://www.hi.is/haskolinn/malstefna_haskola_islands
Employment rate is 100%
The application deadline is until 20.06.2022

Please send your application documents to Associate Professor Bing Wu, wubing@hi.is

Learn more about the job
https://www.emsoc.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/PhD-position-advertisment-Iceland.pdf

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Online Workshop: Advanced Methods for Determining Physicochemical Properties of Solid State Materials - Tuesday 17th May - 1:00 pm BST | 2:00 pm CEST | 8:00 am EDT

In collaboration with CARPOR platform of the University of Liège, Surface Measurement Systems is organizing a workshop to explore pharmaceuticals and inorganic materials using vapor sorption techniques.

Attending this workshop, you will hear from sorption science experts as they discuss the use of DVS and iGC techniques to determine physicochemical properties of solid state materials, providing invaluable insights to those involved in pharmaceutical or inorganic material research. Attendees will also be able to engage our scientists, Dr. Susannah Molisso and Dr. Connor Hewson, in a live Q&A.

The workshop will cover in-depth Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS) and Inverse Gas Chromatography (iGC) techniques and their applications on studies of materials such as powders, nanomaterials, fibres, polymers, pharmaceuticals, and inorganic materials.

More information: https://www.surfacemeasurementsystems.com/wrk-17may-uliege/