2024 EMS Council elections

Dear EMS Member,

The European Membrane Society is managed by a council of elected members. According to our statutes, the council must be partly renewed every other year.
Five positions will be open in 2024 to replace our departing members, Carla Brazinha, Eric Favre, Karel Friess, Elena Tocci, and Alexey Volkov.
To fill these positions, we will hold an election to recruit five new council members who will serve from 2025 to 2028.

According to our statutes, the primary responsibilities of council members include:

  • Electing the board (President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer)
  • Assisting the President in running the society
  • Coordinating working parties on various matters as decided by the council or the General Assemblies

Council members elected by the society's members represent the broader membrane community rather than any private or public institutions. The major activities of our society, which are detailed on our website (www.emsoc.eu), include sponsoring the esteemed "Euromembrane" conference series and the annual Summer School. The council is responsible for organizing calls for applications, reviewing proposals, and selecting hosts for these conferences. Additionally, the council oversees the society's budget, offering travel grants and awards, especially to students and young researchers. The council also collaborates with other prominent societies, such as NAMS and the Aseanian Membrane Society, in organizing the rotating world membrane conference, ICOM. As a founding World Association of Membrane Societies (WA-MS) member, EMS nominates representatives to the WA-MS steering committee.

We invite you to consider becoming a candidate for the council. As a council member, you will represent the entire membrane community. If you have ideas for enhancing our society's management or introducing significant innovations, now is the perfect time to step forward and make a difference!

To be a candidate, you need to:

  • Be an EMS member, i.e., all registration procedures are complete and effective by 25/09/24.
  • Submit a 2-page CV, a short motivation letter (max 300 words), and 2 nomination letters from current EMS members
  • Send your applications to ems@emsoc.eu

Election Timeline:

  • Application Period: 17/07/24 - 18/09/24
  • Application Review by the Council: By 25/09/24
  • Balloting Period: 30/09/24 - 30/10/24
  • Announcement of Results: Mid-November 2024, after Council validation

 

Elena Tocci
EMS President
On behalf of the council


European Membrane Society Summer School 2025: Call for proposals is open

European Membrane Society Summer School 2025: Call for proposals is open

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 39th EMS Summer School in 2024.

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 the following:

  • description of the facilities for the Summer School and proposed dates;
  • the tentative program, including course contents and timing;
  • members of the organizing 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;
    • registration fee estimation. Any organizational work outsourcing 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 will be split evenly between the EMS and the organizers. The EMS will not cover losses beyond the EMS funding. The EMS membership fees should be collectible with the registration fees. All rights and duties will be formalized in a contract with the EMS.
  • Important websites related to the proposal.

Proposals will be selected according to the following criteria:

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

The selected application will be announced in November 2024.

Please, send your proposal by September 30, 2024, to:

Karel Friess, karel.friess@vscht.cz

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

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

EMS Secretary, ems@emsoc.eu


Recovery of bioactive peptides from wastes for edible antimicrobial coatings formulations, DC6, PhD position in Bio-GENTLE Doctoral Network, University of Bologna, Italy

The successful candidate for this post (DC6) will be employed full-time for a fixed-term of 36 months and enrolled on a PhD at the University of Bologna from 1st November 2024 to research and write a PhD thesis on Recovery of bioactive peptides from wastes for edible antimicrobial coatings formulations within Work Package 4 “Enhancing sustainability of bio-processes assisted with assessment tools”.

Job duration: 36 months

Main research field: membrane separation processes

Research subfield: chromatography, enzymes, polymer science, microbiology

 

Job description: DC6 – ‘Recovery of bioactive peptides from wastes for edible antimicrobial coatings formulations’


Design of membrane chromatography units and their implementation in bioprocessing, DC9, PhD position in Bio-GENTLE Doctoral Network, University of Bologna, Italy

The successful candidate for this post (DC9) will be employed full-time for a fixed-term of 36 months and enrolled on a PhD at the University of Bologna from 1st November 2024 to research and write a PhD thesis on ‘Design of membrane chromatography units and their implementation in bioprocessing’ within Work Package 3 “Maximising process throughput and precision via design of separation units/systems (S/T)”.

Job duration: 36 months

Main research field: membrane chromatography

Research subfield: process chromatography, bioprocessing, mathematical modelling

 

Job description: DC9 – ‘Design of membrane chromatography units and their implementation in bioprocessing’


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)