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.