EMS Awards - AMSIC 2024 - Deadline: July 8, 2024, 12 PM CET

EMS offers 2 Young Academics Awards and 2 MS/PhD Students Awards for the 4th Congress of the African Membrane Society in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - November 5-8, 2024  (https://www.amsic-africa.com/amsic4)

The deadline is approaching: July 8, 2024, 12 PM CET!

http://emsoc.eu/ems-awards/


EMS Awards - Euromembrane 2024: Results

We are thrilled to announce the highly competitive EMS Awards for Euromembrane 2024 winners!

The names of the Young Academics Awards winners are the following:
Kseniya Papchenko
Sagar Arya
José Agustín Epstein
Magdalena Soledad Cifuentes Cabezas
Mariagiulia Longo
Rita Pires
Mahmoud Atif Abdulhamid
Riccardo Onesti
Marcel Balcik
Valerio Loianno

The names of the MSc/PhD winners are the following:
Agathe Lizée
Anders Kjær Jørgensen
Ceren Kocaman
Ching Yoong “Sean” Loh
Diana Gulyas Oldal
Elena Medri
Giuseppe Prenesti
Irian Baert
Miguel Jorge Reig Valor
Zuzanna Flanc

Procedure: The winners should pay for the early bird registration; later, the EMS will reimburse the registration cost.

 

We would like to thank all the applicants. All submissions were impressive, and it made it a difficult decision.


EMS Webinar: June 5th, 2024, Development of Membranes for Environmental Protection, Prof. Chivukula Narayana Murthy

Title: Development of Membranes for Environmental Protection

Speaker: Prof. Chivukula Narayana Murthy, new President of the Indian Membrane Society

Abstract: Getting potable water is one of the UN declared sustainable development goals (SDG 6). Due to the higher energy costs per metric cube of clean water, desalination by reverse osmosis has been preferred over thermal desalination. Though polymeric membrane based treatment technologies using reverse osmosis are now well known and have reached homes across the world, both domestic and commercial applications of membranes for water and wastewater treatment require significant improvements in both the membrane materials as well as the technologies that use these advanced membranes. It has been established that carbon nanotubes impart outstanding mechanical properties to polymeric materials into which they are dispersed. It is equally interesting when it has been shown that CNTs can transport water. Reports have shown that these CNTs impart selective separation when incorporated into polymers like polysulphones which form porous materials when they are cast from solution. Controlling the porosity is a challenge which ultimately determines the composite materials varied applications. The incorporation of functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes into this polymer matrix was shown to induce variations in many parameters one of them being the porosity [1]. Similarly functionalized single walled nanotubes alter the porosity and the resulting separating characteristics of membranes [2]. When analysed by small angle neutron scattering (SANS), these composite membranes show interesting pore structure [3,4]. These studies also highlight that nanotubes form linked channels as reflected in the very high pure water flux. Removal of heavy metals like Cr(VI) from waste-water was efficient, the composite membranes showing removal capacities of >95%. Studies using suitable chemistry not only change the bulk porosity but also the surface can be engineered [5,6]. This talk will explore some of the recent applications of CNT incorporated membranes.

References
1. Shah, P., Murthy, C. N. (2013) Studies on the porosity control of MWCNT/Polysulphone composite membranes and its effect on metal removal. J. Membr. Sci., 437, 90-98.
2. Gupta, S., Digvijay, Murthy, C. N.(2015) Metal Removal Studies by Composite Membrane of Polysulfone and Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Sep. Sci. Tech., 50(3), 421-429.
3. Mangukiya, S., Prajapati, S., Kumar, S., Aswal, V. K., Murthy, C. N.,(2016), Polysulfone-based composite membranes with functionalized carbon nanotubes show controlled porosity and enhanced electrical conductivity. J. App. Polym. Sci., 133 (32).
4. Km Nikita, Kumar,,S., Aswal, D. K., Kanchan, Murthy, C. N. (2019), Porous structure studies of the mixed matrix polymeric membranes of polyether sulfone incorporated with functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes. Desal. Water Treat., 146,29-38
5. Km Nikita, Ray, R., Aswal, V. K., Murthy, C. N., (2020), Surface modification of functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes containing mixed matrix membrane using click chemistry, J. Membr. Sci.. 596, (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2019.117710)
6. Mistry, P., Murthy, C. N., (2023) Positively Charged Polysulphone and Polyether sulphone Mixed Matrix Membranes Modified with Polyethylenimine: Enhancing Heavy Metal Rejection and Antifouling Properties, ACS Environ. Sci. Tech. Water, 3 (12), 4168-4182.

Biography: Chivukula Narayana Murthy is a professor in the field of materials science, holding an MTech in Materials Science and a PhD from IIT Mumbai, which he completed in 1991. C. N. Murthy has received several notable professional distinctions. Since 2013, he has been a Fellow of the Gujarat Science Academy. He was also a Brain Pool Fellow with the Korea Research Foundation in 2015-16, where he spent a year on sabbatical. His international experience is further highlighted by his role as an INSA Visiting Fellow at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea in 2007, a Visiting Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in 2005, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea. In terms of work experience, C. N. Murthy has balanced both industrial and academic roles. He worked with the multinational company Johnson and Johnson in their Permacel Division in Bombay as a Technical Services Executive from 1993 to 1996. On the academic front, he served as the Head and Dean of the Faculty of Technology & Engineering from 2021 to 2022. Murthy is actively involved in various professional bodies. He is the President of the Indian Membrane Society and a member of both the Society for Polymer Science India and the Indian Chemical Society.

His contributions to the field are also reflected in his patents, which include: a water-soluble cyclodextrin-fullerene complex and its preparation (Korean patent, 2005); a water-soluble fullerene-DNA conjugate and its preparation (Korean patent, 2005); polymer-coated metal oxide nanoparticles prepared by self-emulsion polymerization (Indian patent, 2023). He has led several research projects funded by prominent agencies like UGC, UGC-DAE, DST, CSIR, and DRDO. His research output includes around 60 publications in refereed journals and over 70 presentations at national and international conferences.  Furthermore, C. N. Murthy has been involved in international collaborations, notably with the India-Taiwan S&T Cooperation program from 2010 to 2013. His extensive experience and contributions have made him a respected figure in the field of materials science.

Time: 5th June 2024, 4:00 pm (CET time)

Location:  our EMS Youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBzUqWLIW-VXIDGLgI8QpiA

 

 

List of the previous EMS webinars: https://www.emsoc.eu/ems-webinars/


Ph.D. position in developing membranes for gas separation applications, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Description of work
The Department of Chemistry is opening a Ph.D. position in Chemistry with a specialization in polymer chemistry, industrial chemistry, material science, or any related field. The thesis project will focus on developing carbon molecular sieve membranes. The position is for four years of doctoral studies, including participation in research and postgraduate courses. The last day to apply is June 12, 2024. The starting date is September 1, 2024 or by agreement.


About the position

Our research group strives to design and synthesize innovative materials that will shape the future of separation science. In this particular project, we are dedicated to synthesizing polymer, and fabricating carbon molecular sieve membranes for gas separation application. The project represents a true intersection of various disciplines, offering you the opportunity to actively participate in the design and synthesis of polymers, fabricate membranes, and test the membrane for gas separation applications. Within this project, you will have access to cutting-edge gas separation facilities (e.g., gas booster, gas permeation, gas filtration, etc.), spinning hollow fiber membranes (single layer and dual layer), and carbonization equipment. Your contributions will play a crucial role in advancing our understanding and development of new materials for gas separation applications.

More informations here.


Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Biotechnology (Dublin City University, Ireland)

Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Biotechnology (Dublin City University, Ireland)

About the position
The individual will join a multidisciplinary team to contribute to a funded project focusing on developing, scaling up and validating an innovative membrane biofouling control solution.
Please take a look at the full details of the job:
https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/236152

• Duration of position: 15 months with possibility of 9 months extension
• Salary Scale: €43,908- €50,302
Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and in line with current Government pay policy.
• Application deadline/Closing date: Friday, 7th June 2024
• Informal Enquiries: Dr. Yandi Lan, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology, Dublin City University, Email: yandi.lan@dcu.ie
• Application through Dublin City University Career Opportunities online application system: https://www.dcu.ie/hr/vacancies-employment-opportunities-human-resources
(External vacancies, Search by Job Ref: 002554)


EMS Best Paper Award 2024 - Deadline 20/08/2024

The EMS Best Paper Award 2024 (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 the year 2023, that made a significant contribution to the field. The paper is addressed in particular to researchers at an early career stage.

All the informations about Eligibility and Application can be found in the Award Section (Here).


Postdoctoral scholarship (2 years) in Synthesis of polymeric materials for developing superhydrophobic hollow fiber membranes, Umeå University, Chemistry Department, Umeå, Sweden

The Department of Chemistry is offering a postdoctoral scholarship within the project focused on synthesis of polymeric materials for developing Superhydrophobic hollow fiber membranes. The postdoctoral project involves the synthesis of polymer and the fabrication of hollow fiber membranes. The scholarship is full-time for two years with access by mutual agreement. Last day to apply is May 13, 2024.

Project description

Our research group strives to design and synthesize innovative materials that will shape the future of separation science. In this particular project, we are planning to synthesize polymeric materials to develop superhydrophobic membranes. The target membranes will be prepared in a hollow fiber configuration on a large scale with the potential of being patented and becoming commercial products. The project offers you the opportunity to actively participate in the design and synthesis of polymers, flat sheet, and hollow fiber membranes (single-layer/dual-layer) and develop your skills in membrane applications.

The stipend is tax-free and is financed by WISE-UmU via a generous research grant from Kempe Foundations. The amount is 350 000SEK/year.

Qualifications

To qualify as a postdoctoral scholarship holder, the postdoctoral fellow is required to have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree. This qualification requirement must be fulfilled no later than at the time of the decision about the scholarship recipient.

Priority should be given to candidates who completed their doctoral degree, according to what is stipulated in the paragraph above, no later than three years prior. If there are special reasons, candidates who completed their doctoral degree prior to that may also be eligible. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, appointments of trust in trade union organizations, military service, or similar circumstances, as well as clinical practice or other forms of appointment/assignment relevant to the subject area.

Doctoral degree should be within the field of polymer chemistry, chemical engineering or equivalent.

Additional requirement is a solid scientific background in synthesizing polymers and characterizing the prepared polymers is required.

Meriting criteria are:
A documented good ability to conduct research and present it in writing in the form of scientific publications in expert-reviewed journals. A desire to conduct research in a multidisciplinary project and in an environment that promotes collaboration between people with different skills.

We are looking for candidates who are highly motivated. It is important that you are creative and have the ability and interest to co-operate with other team members. It is required that you have excellent oral and written knowledge of English.

Application

A full application should include:

  • A cover letter summarizing how your previous research aligns with the advertised scholarship, with a specific focus on your polymer synthesis skills. Your qualifications, your scientific interests, your motives for applying, and how you feel you meet the essential and meriting criteria (max two pages),
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list,
  • Copy of doctoral degree certificate or documentation that clarifies when the degree of doctor is expected to be obtained,
  • Copies of other diplomas, list of completed academic courses and grades,
  • Copy of doctoral thesis and up to 5 relevant articles,
  • Other documents that the applicant wishes to claim,
  • Contact information to three persons willing to act as references.

Submit your application as a PDF marked with the reference number FS 2.1.6-829-24, both in the file name and in the subject field of the email, to medel@diarie.umu.se. The application can be written in English (preferably) or Swedish. Application deadline is 13 May 2024.

More information

For more information, please contact Assoc. Prof Naser Tavajohi, phone: +46 90-786 60 61 or email: naser.tavajohi@umu.se.

We look forward to receiving your application.

About us

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology with approximately two hundred employees and strong and expanding research. The Department has four major research areas: Biological Chemistry, IBEAM, Organic Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry. We are also a strong partner in the KBC, Chemical-Biological Center.


MSCA-Doctoral student in Food and Pharma on membrane concepts for food waste upcycling, Lund University, Sweden

MSCA-Doctoral student in Food and Pharma on membrane concepts for food waste upcycling, Lund University, Sweden

Description of the workplace

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Department of Process and Life Science Engineering (PLE) covers a wide range of industrially relevant research, including e.g. plant-based meat analogues, carbon capture and formulation and purification of biopharmaceuticals.  The position is a joint position between the Food Bioprocess group and the Membrane group in the Department of Process and Life Science Engineering. The Food Bioprocess group is one of the leading groups in Sweden and the valorisation of plant-based proteins is one of the group’s key research areas, while the Membrane Group is the most established membrane research group in Sweden and has with MemLab – the Industrial membrane process research and development centre – an excellent infrastructure to develop and optimize membrane processes from lab to pilot scale.

Subject description

The project will focus on the removal and recovery of phytic acid and proteins from oilseed press cake (rapeseed and hemp) and oat fibre residues by membrane processes. The oilseed press cakes are by-products from vegetable oil production and oat fibre residues result from oat beverage production. Currently, high phytic acid concentrations limit the use of the by-product streams, e.g., in the food industry, since phytic acid is an anti-nutrient chelating mineral, and thus high concentrations of it increase the risk of iron deficiency of consumers. The project will combine membrane processes with mild protein extraction methods to reduce the phytic acid content. Ultrafiltration with diafiltration will be used to concentrate and purify the protein, while reverse osmosis will be used to concentrate the phytic acid. Furthermore, forward osmosis and electrodialysis will be explored as concentration and purification alternatives. The protein-rich retentate will be tested for extrusion into meat analogues, while concentrated and purified phytic acid has great potential as raw material for the dental care and pharmaceutical industries.

The project is part of the Horizon Europe MSCA Doctoral Network Mem-Fast - Membranes as Enablers for Future Biorefineries: from Fabrication to Advanced Separation Technologies.

Curious ??? More information is available under:

https://lu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:719184/