EMS General Assembly - 22/11/22, Sorrento 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Dear EMS members,

You are invited to attend in person  the EMS General Assembly, which will be held during Euromembrane 2022 in Sorrento on Tuesday November 22th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

The agenda will be:
1 - Introduction
2 - Financial report 2022
3 - Activity report 2022
4 - Best paper award
5 - 38th EMS Summer School 2023
6 - EMS elections
7 - Administrative secretary of EMS
8 - WA-MS update
9 - Open floor to questions

See you in Sorento!

Research Associate Chemical Engineering, Newcastle University, GB

Location: Newcastle, GB

Contract Type: Fixed Term, a 1-year initial appointment and the possibility of extension up to early 2027

Working Pattern: Full Time

What we are looking for:

We want to work with highly-talented, ambitious scientists and engineers. You should therefore be able to demonstrate a track record (suitable for your career stage) that is based upon collaborative, thought-provoking laboratory research aligned with the Materials, Concepts and Reaction Engineering Group.

As this position will be funded by two specific research grants, you must have experience in laboratory experiments with ion-conducting ceramic membranes or molten salts, and, in addition, experience in one of the following: carbon dioxide separation processes; experimental study of gas-solid and/or gas-liquid reactions; experimental study of ion transport processes.

Your role will be to fabricate and characterise supported molten-salt membranes, which will include inorganic materials synthesis, gas sorption/permeation testing, and (typically via external collaboration) inorganic materials characterisation (diffraction, tomography, microscopy, spectroscopy, surface area and porosity analysis etc).

More details here

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EMS Email: Scam/Fraud

Dear EMS members,

Please be aware that a fraudulent email (see below) has been sent to several EMS members, by somebody pretending to be Anthony Szymczyk.
This is a scam, so do not reply to this email.

Please see below the email:
"Subject: EMSOC - info
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2022 07:33:27 -0500 (EST)
From: Anthony Szymczyk <exec@boardinfo.org>
To: ---

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Best regards,
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Best regards
EMS Secretary

EMS Council Elections - Results

The election of EMS Council members has been concluded. We would like to thank all of you for taking the effort to vote.

The following colleagues have been elected as EMS Council members for the period 2023-2026 (in alphabetical order):
– Aamer Ali
– Frank Lipnizki
– Hannah Roth
– Gyorgy Szekely

We congratulate our new Council members, and on behalf of all the EMS, we thank them in advance for the work they will do for all of us, on a voluntary basis.
We also explicitly thank the candidates who were not elected. The voting results were very sharp, which means that all candidates had a broad support. Their willingness to stand for the elections is more than appreciated.
The new Council will become effective at the beginning of next year (late January or early February 2023).

Professor Anna Narebska

It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the passing of Professor Anna Narebska, honorary member of the EMS. It is a huge loss for the great Membrane family.
A note will be published shortly on the EMS website.

Kind regards,
Anthony Szymczyk
EMS President

Reminder: EMS Council Elections - Hurry up! End of votes: Monday, October 31st

It is your last chance to vote for the next EMS Council!

You have the possibility to vote until Monday, 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.


Reminder: 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

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


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.



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.


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/

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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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

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.

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:


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