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.


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.


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


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.


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).


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



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.



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.

EU_CHINA newsletter

Our colleagues from the Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR), Harbin Institute of Technology and Nanjing Tech University have published their bi-annual newsletter.

Please find below the last edition!

EU_CHINA newsletter



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

Patrick Meares Preselection

Results of the first selection

In this year’s edition of the Patrick Meares prize, a committee of EMS Council members evaluated all the proposals received, which results were accepted by all EMS Council members. No Council member with a conflict of interest was part of the evaluation panel.

The evaluation criteria were the 1- Quality of the work (max. 5 points), 2- Impact of the work (related to papers as first author, other papers, oral and poster presentations, patents, …) (max. 5 points) and 3- "Letters of recommendation" (max. 2 points).

It’s important to highlight the high quality of the proposals, which turned the evaluation process very difficult.

The selected 5 shortlisted candidates (not 4, as usual) are shown below (in alphabetical order):


Candidate Affiliation Title of Ph.D. thesis
Eleonora Ricci Alma Mater Studiorum, Università de Bologna Thermodynamic and Molecular simulation of Pure and Mixed gas sorption in Polymeric Membranes
Faheem Hassan Akhtar King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Water vapor separation: Development of polymeric and mixed matrix membranes
Francesco Benedetti Alma Mater Studiorum, Università de Bologna Development and detailed characterization of innovative, high performance membrane materials for CO2 capture
Paula Arribas Fernandez Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Complutense Madrid Nanostructured, thin film composite and nanocomposite membranes for water treatment
Saravanan Janakiram Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology Nanomaterials enhanced membranes for Carbon capture


The 5 shortlisted candidates will present their work in a Patrick Meares Prize Symposium that will be held at the Euromembrane 2021 conference. A panel will evaluate the presentations and nominate the winner of the prize at Euromembrane 2021.

Call for organizing EUROMEMBRANE 2024

The European Membrane Society (EMS) is keen on supporting scientific or technical events related to membranes and membrane processes. One of the flagships of the Society is the EUROMEMBRANE Conference. Supported by the EMS, EUROMEMBRANE aims to bring together European “membranologists” and colleagues from overseas to discuss in a vibrant and dynamic setting all aspects of research and applications of membrane and membrane processes. EMS, therefore, launches the Call for organizing the EUROMEMBRANE 2024 conference taking place in September 2024.


The application to the EMS Council should specify:

* Description of the facilities for the event and proposed dates;

* The risk assessment that shall include the format of the conference (in person, virtual or hybrid combining either in-person with a virtual component) and the policy of fees cancellation;

* Tentative program including contents and timing;

* Organizing committee, involving at least one of the EMS Council members;

* Scientific committee containing at least one of the EMS Council members;

* Budget outline, including any request for EMS funding or loan, a list of sponsors, and a break-even number. Any outsourcing of organizational work 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 extra income is to be split evenly between EMS and the organizers. The EMS will not cover losses beyond the EMS funding or loan.

* All rights and duties will be formalized in a contract with the EMS.

* Important websites related to the proposal.

* Short pdf presentation (10 slides max.) about the event (organizer, venue, structure, etc.)

A mandatory condition for granting the organization of the conference is the fulfillment of the requirement that the chair of the EUROMEMBRANE conference will be an academic entity. Private companies can participate in the organization of the conference (to help and support).


The deadline for receiving proposals for EUROMEMBRANE 2024 conference is June 30th 2022, 23:59 h Central European Time (CET). The organizers are expected to comply with the Euromembrane guidelines described in the attached document as approved by the EMS Council. Proposals should be sent via email to:

Carla Brazinha (c.brazinha@fct.unl.pt)

Karel Friess (karel.friess@vscht.cz)

Elsa Lasseuguette -EMS secretary (ems@chimie.ups-tlse.fr)


The result will be announced before December 2022, most probably during the closing ceremony of the Euromembrane 2022 conference.




Guide for Applicants and Organizers - EMS Conferences

A short Guide for Applicants for organising an EMS event has been published: Guide Version 2021

It summarizes the principal points you should mention in your application to organise an EMS event and evaluate your application. It is meant to help you prepare the proposal to save time and check that you have considered all relevant aspects to make your proposal and the event a success. This Guide is divided into parts - Part I explains aspects that you should address during your application. Part II describes issues you are expected to follow up on and regularly inform the EMS Council about your successful application. When writing your application, it is recommended to read the information presented in Part II to help make your proposal more complete.