International Workshop on Physics of Membrane Processes

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General scope

The focus of this one-day workshop is presenting novel theoretical approaches to model membrane processes. We aim to discuss theoretical approaches that focus on the microscopic level, modeling the membrane-solution interface, the membrane structure, and the single compartment.

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 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.

The workshop will focus on all the membrane processes that have pressure, electrical, and osmotic effects as driving force. These include, but are not limited to: microfiltration (MF), nanofiltration (NF), electrodialysis (ED), reverse electrodialysis (RED), reverse osmosis (RO), forward osmosis (FO), 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
  • Non-ohmic energy losses
  • Polarization phenomena
  • Modeling fouling phenomena
  • Modeling pH effects
  • Transport of organics
  • Modeling membrane structure
  • Gas separation membranes

Scientific and Organizing Commitee

Michele Tedesco, Wetsus, The Netherlands (chair)
Maria Grazia de Angelis, University of Bologna, Italy (co-chair)
Jacopo Catalano, Aarhus University, Denmark
Maarten Biesheuvel, Wetsus, The Netherlands
Ali Mani, Stanford University, USA
Aaron Thornton, CSIRO, Australia
Kyle C. Smith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Anthony Szymczyk, Université de Rennes 1, France
Martin Z. Bazant, MIT, USA




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