4th International Workshop on Physics of Membrane Processes (PMP 2020)


September 17-18, 2020 – Rennes, France


The focus of this workshop is presenting novel theoretical approaches to model membrane processes. We aim to discuss theoretical approaches that focus on microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic levels, modeling the membrane-solution interface, the membrane structure, and transport phenomena.

This symposium is driven by a renewed interest in the physics-based modeling of membrane processes, and the need for understanding the laws that all these membrane processes have in common at the fundamental level. Different scales of microscopic models, empirical models and phenomenological approaches all have their various applications. However, it is imperative to build bridges between these levels of modeling.

PMP 2020 will focus on all the membrane processes that have pressure, electrical, thermal, and osmotic effects as driving force. These include, but are not limited to: microfiltration (MF), ultrafiltration (UF), nanofiltration (NF), reverse osmosis (RO), electrodialysis (ED), reverse electrodialysis (RED), membrane distillation (MD), forward osmosis (FO), pressure-retarded osmosis (PRO), and membrane capacitive deionization (MCDI).


List of topics

  • Ion sorption equilibrium and Donnan potential
  • Modeling the membrane-solution interface
  • Overlimiting current phenomena
  • Water transport in ion exchange membranes
  • Transport of multivalent ions
  • Electrokinetics
  • Polarization phenomena
  • Modeling fouling phenomena
  • Modeling pH effects
  • Transport of organics
  • Modeling membrane structure
  • Gas separation membranes