EMS Council Elections - Voting is open

Voting for the EMS Council elections is open!

It will be active until October 31st , on https://www.emsoc.eu/elections/

According to our statutes, the council must be partly renewed every other year. This year the term of 4 of our members comes to an end: Maria-Grazia de Angelis, Marco Stoller, Anthony Szymczyk and Ilya Vorotyntsev.
The council proposes to replace them by 4 new members. The new candidates are (by alphabetical order):
– Aamer Ali
– Marco Giacinti Baschetti
– Catherine Charcosset
– Zeynep Culfaz-Emecen
– Joanna Kujawa
– Frank Lipnizki
– Patricia Luis
– Hannah Roth
– Gyorgy Szekely

 

Only active EMS members with a membership registered on or before September 30th can vote for this election.

 


Postdoctoral Research Associate Position, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Location: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position in the group of Prof. Kumar Varoon Agrawal in the Institute of Chemical Sciences & Engineering (ISIC) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The details of the group are at https://www.epfl.ch/labs/las/

Background:
The laboratory of advanced separations at EPFL, Switzerland is developing material chemistry and engineering routes to fabricate high-performance membranes for carbon capture. The laboratory is highly multidisciplinary with focus on fundamental science on material synthesis and characterization but also on engineering aspects on scale-up. This opening is focused on scale-up aspects of nanoporous graphene membranes for energy-efficient molecular separation.

The role and the ideal candidate:
1. The ideal candidates should have recently obtained a PhD in chemical engineering/mechanical engineering/chemistry/material science.
2. They should possess a strong interest in solving challenging problems marked by success in previous roles.
3. The candidate must be proficient in written and spoken English.
4. Prior experience in membrane-based research would be a bonus.

Additional information:
Salary on appointment will be CHF 83,600 (plus social security) per annum or higher depending upon qualifications. The initial contract will be for a period of one year, extendible up to four years.

Application procedure:
Send an email to kumar.agrawal@epfl.ch with a cover letter and CV which should include a detailed educational background, publication record, awards, presentations, and references. The subject of email should be postdoctoral_position@scale-up.

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EMS webinar: Advanced membranes and membrane processes for carbon capture, by Prof. Maria-Chiara Ferrari, Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, 4:00 PM Central European Time

Title: Advanced membranes and membrane processes for carbon capture

Prof Maria-Chiara Ferrari, Professor of Membrane Separations, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, UK
https://eng.ed.ac.uk/about/people/prof-maria-chiara-ferrari

Date and time: Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, 4:00 PM Central European Time
Webinar Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/EuropeanMembraneSocietyEMS

 

Abstract:
Membrane separation processes are among the most promising technologies for carbon capture applications. The competitiveness of polymer membranes with the currently state-o-the-art solvent-based processes have been shown in several studies. Most of the separation configuration presented in literature are analysed considering membrane properties measured under ideal conditions. This leads to unrealistic prediction in terms of separation efficiency, energy requirements and cost. For example, in the case of post combustion applications, flue gas contains water vapour and impurities that can affect dramatically the transport properties of the membrane and must be taken in account in order to carry out a reliable design of the separation scheme. In the case of pre-combustion applications, the operating conditions (high pressure and temperature) are significantly different from the usual lab testing environment and have to be considered in order to evaluate the applicability in real process configuration.
In this seminar, I will look at the application of innovative materials (i.e: Polymers of intrinsic microporosity, mixed matrix membranes, facilitated transport membranes) in different carbon capture scenarios. The effect of real streams conditions, stability issues and membranes characteristics on the separation performances will be taken into consideration in order to design and optimise more realistic capture processes. Case studies will be presented looking at emissions from energy or industrial plants.

 

Bio:

Maria-Chiara Ferrari is Professor of Membrane Separations in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. She graduated with a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Bologna in 2009. During her PhD she spent 13 months at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Prof. Benny Freeman. She moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2010, where she became a lecturer in Carbon Capture in 2011 and Professor in 2020.
Prof. Ferrari leads the research on membranes for carbon capture and energy applications in the School of Engineering, looking at developing polymeric and hybrid membrane materials and processes to tackle environmental challenges with both experimental and modelling tools. Prof Ferrari is one of the 10 Directors of the SCCS (Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage centre), the largest group of academic working on CCUS in the UK.

 


TODAY: EMS webinar, Davide Mattia, Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, 4:00 PM Central European Time

Title: 3D printed UF and NF composite membranes

Davide Mattia, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, UK, d.mattia@bath.ac.uk,
https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/davide-mattia

Date and time: Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, 4:00 PM Central European Time
Webinar Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/EuropeanMembraneSocietyEMS

Abstract:
Fouling presents the largest challenge towards more widespread use of membranes in liquid separations. Patterning of membrane surfaces is a promising chemical-free approach to promote fluid shear stress and create localised turbulence near the membrane surface, leading to reduced or slower fouling build-up. Current patterning methods suffer from insufficient fidelity and flexibility, while at the same time negatively affecting the performance and durability of the membranes. 3D printing can overcome these challenges by enabling the fabrication of complex/irregular patterns. [1]
In this seminar, I will present our work on the development of 3D printed ultrafiltration and nanofiltration membranes to minimise fouling build-up, using a combination of computational modelling and 3D printing: First, CFD was used to understand the fluid mechanics of non-flat membrane surfaces and design 3D printable geometries. Second, flat and double sinusoidal (wavy) structured supports were printed using an industrial Multi-jet 3D printer. UF polyethersulfone (PES) and NF polydopamine‐coated polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF/PDA) selective layers were subsequently deposited onto the 3D printed supports by vacuum filtration.
Bovine serum albumin (BSA) filtration tests on UF PES composite membranes revealed that in comparison to the flat composite membrane, the wavy composite membrane showed superior performance in terms of pure water permeance (PWP) (10% higher) and permeance recovery ratio (87% versus 53%) after the first filtration cycle at Re = 1000. Prolonged testing showed that the wavy membrane could retain approximately 87% of its initial PWP after 10 complete filtration cycles.[2] This impressive fouling-resistant behaviour is attributed to the localised fluid turbulence induced by the 3D printed wavy structure since the maximum surface shear stress for the wavy pattern was significantly higher than the one for the flat one. [3]
Dye rejection tests on NF PVDF/PDA membranes showed that the wavy pattern significantly reduced concentration polarisation, compared to flat membranes, with a nearly tripling of the mass transfer coefficient and a 57% decline of the CP factor. CFD showed that these improvements were due to improved hydrodynamics, with the maximum surface shear stress induced by the wavy structure an order of magnitude higher than that of the flat membranes. [4]

[1] Low, Z.-X., et al., Journal of Membrane Science 2017, 523, 596-613.
[2] Mazinani, S., et al., ACS Appl Mater Interf 2019, 11 (29), 26373–26383.
[3] Al-Shimmery, A., et al., Journal of Membrane Science 2019, 574, 76-85.
[4] Mazinani, S., et al., Journal of Membrane Science 2022, 644, 120137.

 

Short Bio: Davide Mattia, FIChemE, CEng, is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bath. He earned a MEng in Materials Engineering in 2002 from the University ‘Federico II, Napoli, Italy, and a PhD in Materials Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, in 2007. He joined Bath in 2008 as a Lecturer and was promoted to a full professor in 2016. His current research focuses on using membranes to address environmental challenges, including the sustainable manufacturing of materials and the removal of organic micropollutants from water. He is a past Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow and currently holds an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship in Water Engineering. He is PI on the £9M EPSRC Programme Grant SynHiSel on highly selective membranes.


Euromembrane 2022 - EMS Conference Fees awards Results

The EMS is pleased to share with you the list of the winners of the EMS Conference Fees Awards, which cover the registration fees for Euromembrane 2022:.
This year, the competition was very competitive with more than 100 applicants.

Young academics:
Ayesha Ilyas, Belgium
Joanna Kujawa, Poland
Gaëtan Blandin, Spain
Valerio Loianno, Italy
Raka Mondal, India
Nunzio Cancilla, Italy
Swathi Suran, India
Baig Muhammad Irshad, Netherlands
Yusak Hartanto, Belgium
Shiqi Huang, United Kingdom

Students:
Victor Moreira, Brasil
Raúl Mompó Curell, Spain
Chi Heng-Yu, Switzerland
Gergo Ignacz, Saudi Arabia
Tyler Malkoske, Canada
Mariana Figueira Alves, Spain
Minh Nhat Nguyen, Germany
Beatriz Cristóvão, Portugal
Abdessamad BELGADA, Marrocco
Serena REGINA, Italy

 

The EMS would like to thank all applicants for their efforts and also encourages them to attempt the competition next time at future EMS events.


Reminder: EMS Council election - 2023/2026 - Deadline: 16/09/2022

The deadline for sending in your applications to be part of the EMS council is coming soon!

This year, 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  until 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:

ems@emsoc.eu
e.lasseuguette@ed.ac.uk
anthony.szymczyk@univ-rennes1.fr

Kind regards,
Anthony Szymczyk
EMS President


Research Associate Position, University of Bologna, Italy

Location: University of Bologna, Italy

Position: Research Associate

Position for a research fellow at the University of Bologna to work on the development of Membrane and hybrid systems for CO2 Capture from Flue Gas.
The appointment is for 1 year with the possibility of renewal for a second one.

The deadline for application id on the 23rd of August.

The information about the call can be found here:

https://bandi.unibo.it/ricerca/assegni-ricerca?id_bando=65373

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New email address: ems@emsoc.eu

Dear colleagues,

Please note that the EMS email address has changed.

Now, you contact us at :  ems@emsoc.eu

 

Best regards,

Elsa Lasseuguette

 


Research Associate in Gas Separation Membranes, Edinburgh University, UK

Location: Edinburgh University, UK

Position: Research Associate

Job Description
School of Engineering, College of Science & Engineering

Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP)

Grade: UE07

Salary Range: £34,304 – £40,927 per annum

Fixed-term for 24 months

Full-time, 35 hours per week

One position available

 

The Opportunity

This Research Associate (RA) position will contribute to the £9 million EPSRC Programme Grant ‘SynHiSel’, which is funded by EPSRC and in collaboration with colleagues at Bath, Manchester, Newcastle, Imperial College, Queen Mary universities.

Chemical separations are critical to almost every aspect of our lives, from the energy we use to the medications we take, but consume 10-15% of the total world energy. Highly selective membranes could make these separations 10-times more efficient and save 100m tonnes/year of CO2 emissions annually. More selective separation processes are needed for renewable energy, clean growth, waste recovery, pharma and food processing, water treatment and many others.

The SynHiSel team’s vision is to develop the high selectivity membranes needed to enable the adoption of a novel generation of emerging high-value/high-efficiency processes.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

A good undergraduate degree and a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a clearly related area, with a focus on membranes, or a closely related area.

Proven track record of research in gas separation membranes, with a specific focus on experimental study of diffusion and permeation or a closely related area.

Experience in delivering research project results in a peer-reviewed journals.

Capable of working collaboratively with researchers from different disciplines or technical background.

Click here for more information.

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Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Bath University, UK

Location: Bath University, UK

Position: Lecturers (Assistant Professor)/ Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) 

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath has 3 open positions at assistant and associate professor level in the broad area of membrane science and engineering.

We are looking for ambitious and inspiring colleagues to join a diverse and inclusive team to advance our membrane-related research and teaching activities.

 

Closing date: 31/08/22.

More information here.

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