Research Associate Position: Hollow Fibre Membranes, University of Edinburgh, UK

Location: University of Edinburgh UK

Position: Research position

Research Associate Position

Applications are invited for a researcher position in the group of Dr García-García in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. The details of the group are at https://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/about/people/dr-francisco-r-garcia-garcia

 

The opportunity:

The successful candidate will develop a pioneering technology for hydrogen purification as part of the blue hydrogen production process: The Hollow Fibre-based Adsorption System. The project brings together two research groups with expertise in porous materials design, synthesis and characterisation (Immaterial Ltd), and hollow fibre-based reactors design and reaction engineering (Dr García-García, University of Edinburgh) with the participation of an advisory board (Sasol Performance Chemicals, Ricardo plc and Repsol S.A.) offering expertise in ceramic materials, environmental legislation and energy production. The synergy resulting from this collaboration allows innovation in material design/optimisation with process intensification directed at sustainable hydrogen production. During this project the ideal candidate will enjoy a stimulating working environment within the recently opened £1.5M Catalysis Design Laboratory at the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. The laboratory is highly multidisciplinary with focus on fundamental science on material synthesis and characterization but also on reaction engineering aspects on reactor design and scale-up.

 

Your skills and attributes for success:

  1. Experience in using non-solvent-induced phase inversion to fabricate polymeric/ceramic hollow fibre membranes.
  2. Experience in the characterisation of polymeric/ceramic hollow fibre membranes.
  3. Strong interest in solving challenging problems marked by success in previous roles.
  4. Proficient in written and spoken English.
  5. Excellence in planning and time management skills.
  6. Prior experience in reaction engineering aspects on reactor design and scale-up would be a bonus.

 

Additional information:

  • Salary: Competitive (depending upon qualifications).
  • Hours: Full time
  • Contract type: Fixed-term/Contract
  • Duration: Six months (possibility of extension up to 2 years)
  • Starting date: May/June 2022

 

Application procedure:

Send an email to francisco.garcia-garcia@ed.ac.uk no later than February 26th 2022 with a cover letter and CV. The CV should be two-pages long and include a detailed educational background, publication record, awards, presentations, and references. The subject of email should be Hollow Fibre Membranes Position. Successful applicants will be invited to interview early March 2022.

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Webinar "Back to cellulose for membranes - Applications in organic solvents and membrane fabrication without organic solvents" - Wednesday February 2nd at 4:00 PM (CET, Paris time zone)- Zeynep Çulfaz-Emecen

Title: Back to cellulose for membranes - Applications in organic solvents and membrane fabrication without organic solvents

Speaker: Zeynep Çulfaz-Emecen, METU Chemical Engineering (https://blog.metu.edu.tr/zculfaz/)

Date and time: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, 4:00 PM Central European Time

Webinar Link:   https://www.youtube.com/c/EuropeanMembraneSocietyEMS

Abstract: Cellulose, being the most abundant natural polymer on earth, has long-standing uses in many fields, among which is membrane technology where many applications started with membranes made of cellulose derivatives. While most of these applications are covered today with membranes from synthetic polymers, cellulose remains being an interesting material, with its intrinsic hydrophilicity, resistance to protein adsorption, excellent solvent resistance and the crystalline domains in its structure. In the webinar, different ways of fabricating cellulose membranes, including phase inversion from ionic liquid solutions, conversion from membranes made of cellulose derivatives and controlled deposition of cellulose nanocrystals will be demonstrated and potential applications will be discussed.

 

Bio: Zeynep Çulfaz-Emecen is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey. She obtained her BSc and MSc degrees from the same department and received her PhD degree in 2010 from the University of Twente, Membrane Science and Technology Group. Her research is on developing membranes and membrane-based processes for enhanced separations in chemical and biochemical industries, and for water treatment and reuse. She is particularly interested in exploring new ways of fabricating membranes using naturally abundant materials, controllable and designable fabrication processes and simple process modifications.

 


2 pH D Positions Membrane Science - Queen Mary University of London, UK

Location: Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Positions: 2 PhD positions

Location: London, UK

Institution: Queen Mary University of London

Supervisor: Professor Andrew Livingston

School: Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy, School of Engineering and Materials Science

Project: Advanced Membranes from Poly Aryl Ether Ketones

Sponsor: Evonik Industries AG

Application Deadline: 30-01-2022

Organic Solvent Nanofiltration (OSN) separates molecules present in solutions of organic solvents. In OSN, a pressure gradient is applied across a solvent stable nanoporous film, inducing transport of liquid across the film. Depending on relative permeation rates, molecular species in a feed liquid stream can be concentrated and separated. Typically OSN will use a small fraction of the energy of thermal methods such as evaporation and distillation, and can work at temperatures around ambient. These advantages have led to a huge surge in interest in OSN technology in the past few years, and a rapidly increasing number of commercial applications.

The key challenges in fabricating membranes for OSN include ensuring solvent stability, controlling molecular selectivity, and building in robustness in the form of resistance to physical aging.

This project will focus on membranes formed by phase inversion processes from polymer-solvent mixtures, using poly-ether-ether-ketone (PEEK) as starting point. PEEK is stable in nearly all organic solvents and resists physical aging well due to its semicrystalline structure. It is an ideal polymer for OSN membranes, and this project will seek methods for membrane fabrication from PEEK. The aim will be to prepare PEEK membranes with controlled selectivities that can separate solutes in the range 500 – 5,000 g mol-1. These membranes will be prepared first as small size bench cast materials, and then fabrication will be developed as a roll-to-roll process. To control selectivity, PEEK membranes will be post treated by annealing at elevated temperatures to tune the pore sizes. The industrial sponsor, Evonik Industries AG, is a world leading membrane producer and the project student will be based in Livingston Group at Queen Mary and will work closely with colleagues at Evonik.

This studentship is open international and UK students. To apply follow link: https://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/research/studentships/398/advanced-peek-membranes

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position - EPFL, Switzerland

Location: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

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 sponsored by our industrial collaborator (Shell) for a postdoc position focusing on scale-up aspects of
nanoporous graphene membranes yielding record-high carbon capture performance.

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@membrane.

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2 Positions Membrane Science - Tecnalia, Membrane Technology and Process Intensification Group - Spain

Location: Tecnalia, Spain

Positions: 1 - Project Manager

                   2 - Inorganic Membrane Team Leader

Job Position 1: PROJECT MANAGER

 

Apply in this link: Project Manager with expertise in Membrane Modelling: https://bit.ly/3GwRgtI

 

TECNALIA Research & Innovation is willing to strengthen its activity in the field of Inorganic Membranes. We are looking for an experienced, skilled and highly motivated Project Manager with expertise in chemical process design and membrane modelling.

 

Project Manager with expertise in membrane process design

(Membrane Technology and Process Intensification department at TECNALIA, Spain. Membrane Technology and Process Intensification)

 

Requirements:

  • A recognized PhD in Chemical or Environmental Engineering – or similar industry experience.
  • >5-year experience in chemical process design and modelling related to separation technologies, more precisely membrane technology.
  • Experience in project management (EU-H2020 and private)
  • Experience in Research Centres/Industries is welcome.
  • Good planning and management skills.

Job description:

Being part of the Membrane Technology team, will be in charge of Project Management (reporting, relation with customers, relation with partners and granting bodies). Moreover, as part of the technical activities in the projects, the person chosen will be in charge of process design and membrane modelling.

 

We offer

Becoming part of a leading research organisation in Europe, with excellent opportunities for professional development. Working in an open, multi-cultural environment, contributing with creativity and rigor to research and innovation projects. Retribution according to the value of the candidate.

 

 

JOB POSITION 2: INORGANIC MEMBRANE TEAM LEADER

 

Apply in this link: Inorganic Membrane Team Leader: https://bit.ly/3rka4bC

 

TECNALIA Research & Innovation is willing to strengthen its activity in the field of Inorganic Membranes. We are looking for an experienced, skilled and highly motivated senior researcher willing to lead the activities related to Inorganic Membranes.

Inorganic Membrane Team Leader 

(Membrane Technology and Process Intensification department at TECNALIA, Spain. Membrane Technology and Process Intensification)

 

Requirements:

  • A recognized PhD in Chemical or Environmental Engineering – or similar industry experience.
  • >5-year experience in inorganic membrane development (i.e gas separation, pharmaceutical applications, etc).
  • Experience in Team management
  • Experience in Research Centres/Industries;
  • Expertise in Proton Conducting membrane development will be a surplus
  • Project management experience (Private and Public projects)
  • Good planning and management skills.

Job description:

Being part of the Membrane Technology team and together with the Head of the membrane Department, will be in charge of managing a Team of 6 people (Senior Researchers, Researchers and technicians):

  • Business Development
  • Strategy definition and Team building
  • Membrane development
  • Project technical management
  • Customer relationship
  • Project proposal preparation and presentation (private and public)

We offer

Becoming part of a leading research organisation in Europe, with excellent opportunities for professional development. Working in an open, multi-cultural environment, contributing with creativity and rigor to research and innovation projects. Retribution according to the value of the candidate.

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Richard Maling Barrer Medal

Richard Maling Barrer Medal

The Richard Maling Barrer Medal for Membrane Science and Technology, consisting of 10,000 € plus a lifetime membership in the European Membrane Society, is awarded to an individual to recognise outstanding work of exceptional significance in the area of membrane science and technology. Richard Maling Barrer was one of the pioneers in the membrane field with extensive and significant research on membrane material and gas transport. This award is given by the European Membrane Society to honour Professor Barrer memory and to recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions that have significantly advanced membrane science and technology.

Eligibility

Anyone working in membrane science and technology is eligible to be nominated (except for current Council members of the European Membrane Society).

Nominations

Nominations should be submitted by a current member of the European Membrane Society (EMS), not directly by the nominee. Current members of the EMS Council cannot submit the nominations.

The nomination package should include:

(1) A cover letter describing the nominee’s contribution and its importance to the field of membrane science and technology;

(2) Three additional letters in support of the nomination;

(3) Supporting Materials – a complete list of the nominee’s publications, patents, technical reports etc., and pdf copies of 4 selected essential outputs.

Deadline

The deadline for the complete nomination package submission to the EMS Secretary (via email ems@chimie.ups-tlse.fr) is January 31st 2022, 23:59 h Central European Time (CET).

Evaluation

A panel of referees will review nominations with final decisions made by the EMS Council. An award will only be made if there is a nominee whose contributions are sufficiently outstanding to warrant the prestigious medal. Medal winners will be presented during the Euromembrane 2022 conference.


Webinar "Towards a fully sustainable membrane preparation" - Wednesday March 2nd at 4:00 PM (CET, Paris time zone)- Francesco Galiano

Title: Towards a fully sustainable membrane preparation

Speaker: Francesco Galiano, Institute on Membrane Technology, National Research Council of Italy (ITM-CNR)

Date and time: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022, 4:00 PM Central European Time

Webinar Link:https://www.youtube.com/c/EuropeanMembraneSocietyEMS

 

Abstract:

Green environment-based initiatives and regulations are necessary, now more than ever, to protect and improve the human health and the environment for the future. In this scenario, it is imperative to design operations and production processes in accordance with the basic principles of the Green Chemistry such as: waste prevention, safer chemicals design and synthesis, renewable feedstocks use. Membranes are widely recognized, as one of the most successful cleaning technologies, in different sectors. However, despite the environmentally friendly approach adopted by membrane processes, the way the membranes are produced is not sustainable at all, often requiring the use of toxic and hazardous solvents. For this reason, the interest of the scientific research towards the use of more sustainable materials in membrane preparation is constantly increasing. Recent trends are, in fact, focused on the replacement of traditional harmful and toxic solvents, normally employed in membrane preparation, with more benign and safer alternatives (such as bio-based solvents, deep eutectic solvents and ionic liquids). A series of green solvents (e.g. Cyrene, dimethyl isosorbide, Rhodiasolv®Polarclean, ethyl lactate) have been already identified and successfully applied for the preparation of membranes employing the most common polymers. These solvents demonstrated their potentiality in producing stable membranes with defined and tailorable structures without compromising membrane properties and performance opening up new horizons for a more and more sustainable fabrication of polymeric membranes. Complementary to the use of green solvents, is the employment of sustainable materials such as biopolymers able to provide a series of undoubtable benefits including biodegradability, biocompatibility, easy processability, low cost and safe waste disposal. Seminal works have started to explore the combination of green solvents with biopolymers in order to make the entire membrane production process fully sustainable.

 

Bio:

Francesco Galiano received the degree in Pharmacy (with honours) in 2009 from the University of Calabria (Italy). He obtained his Ph.D. in “Organic Materials of Pharmaceutical Interest” at the same University in 2013. Since 2018 he has been working at the Institute on Membrane Technology of the National Research Council where he has been appointed as a permanent researcher in July 2019. In 2014, he was awarded the prize for the Best Oral Presentation at the ICOM conference and in 2021 he was selected as the winner of the Clean Technology Journal Young Investigator Award. In 2021 he was selected as a member of the Early Career Editorial Board of the Journal of Membrane Science. He serves different journals as guest editor and topic editor. Dr. Galiano has participated in several international and national scientific projects, he is the author of 69 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals, 2 patents and 12 book chapters. His main research activities are oriented towards the preparation, characterization and application of polymeric membranes (both in flat and hollow fiber configuration) for water treatment and purification processes. During the last years particular attention was paid on the researches aimed to the replacement of traditional toxic solvents with greener alternatives in membrane preparation.


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Postdoc Positions on Polymer and Membrane Science - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Location: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Position: Postdoc Positions on Polymer and Membrane Science

Prof. Suzana Nunes leads the Nanostructured Polymeric Membranes Lab at KAUST and has open positions for highly qualified postdoc candidates to work in polymeric membrane development.

Nanostructured Polymeric Membranes

https://npm.kaust.edu.sa

https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=UBNm22gAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

 

About KAUST

KAUST is a leading international research graduate university (kaust.edu.sa) with commitment to innovation, sustainability, interdisciplinarity and freedom of research in science and technology, with high cultural diversity (researchers of more than 100 nationalities live on campus joining from top world institutions) with unparallel laboratory facilities (https://kaust.edu.sa).

Postdoc topics and skills requirements

The postdoc will work on fundamental aspects of membrane science and applied strategic topics of sustainable separations (liquid or gas systems).The candidate should have a PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, or materials science with experience in polymer science or membrane development.A certificate of completion of the PhD (translated to English) is essential. Availability for immediate starting after completing the visa formalities is a requirement.This search is for positions with expertise in at least one of the following fields:

1. Polymer synthesis

2. Hollow fiber membrane fabrication

3. Membrane preparation and characterization for gas separation

4. Membranes for ions separations

5. Electron microscopy and synchrotron characterization of porous polymeric systems

Opportunities

Besides the salary (contract of 2 years with possible extension), KAUST will cover flight, health insurance, accommodation on campus, where around 7000 persons live, including 1000 students 185 faculty members, researchers, and their families. An international school (IB system) is available on campus for children up to K12.

Application

The candidate shall send the CV

suzana.nunes@kaust.edu.sa

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Update: Webinar "Membrane surface functionalization: Why and how?" - Wednesday October 6th at 4:00 PM (CET, Paris time zone)- Mathias Ulbricht

Membrane surface functionalization: Why and how?

In this webinar, the very active research area of membrane surface modification or functionalization will be discussed with emphasis on the needs for special surface properties in real membrane applications. Criteria are modularity, tunability and sustainability of the approaches. One important aspect is the decision about the integration of surface functionalization in the membrane fabrication process or in the usage cycle of a membrane module. The latter option is preferred for a number of long-time continuous membrane operations, but it will require adapted methodologies that allow task-specific functionalization of membranes in modules including methods that are suited for regeneration of the desired functionality.

Prof. Dr. Mathias Ulbricht is full professor for Chemical Technology in the Chemistry Department of University Duisburg-Essen, Germany (www.uni-due.de/tech2chem). His research interests are in the field of functional polymeric as well as nanohybrid materials and have a focus on synthetic membranes and membrane-based technologies for water purification, bioseparation and energy conversion.

 

Date/Time: Wednesday October 6th at 4:00 PM (CET, Paris time zone)

Access: EMS YouTube Channel Live