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Entailing the Rising Need for Advancements in the Membrane Separation Techniques
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Membrane Science 2017 Past Conference Report

Allied Academies successfully hosted the International Conference on Membrane Science and Technology during September 11-12, 2017 at Paris, France. The conference focused on the theme “Entailing the Rising Need for Advancements in the Membrane Separation Techniques”. The conference was successful in gathering eminent speakers from various reputed organizations and their paramount talks enlightened the gathering.

Membrane Science 2017 received generous response from the academia, talented researchers and young student community. Researchers and students who attended the event from different parts of the world made the conference one of the most successful events in 2017 from Allied Academies Group. The conference was marked with the presence of Renowned Speakers, Young Researchers, Students and Business Delegates driving the two day event into the path of success with thought provoking keynote and plenary presentations.

Membrane Science 2017 is designed to offer comprehensive range of sessions that revolved around interactive sessions on the following scientific tracks:

Membrane Filtration

Membrane Development and Characterization

Membrane Reactors and Contractors

Gas and Vapour Separation

Crystallization and Solid/Liquid Separations

Membrane for Water & Wastewater Applications

Membrane Technology for Food & Industrial Application

Membrane for Pharmaceuticals & Medicine Application

Bio-membrane & Biotechnology

Industrial Membrane Separation Technology

Ion Exchange Membrane

The proceedings of the conference were embarked with an Opening Ceremony followed by Special Sessions and a series of lectures delivered by both Honourable Guests and members of the Keynote Forum. The adepts who promulgated the theme with their exquisite talks were:

§  Dr. Jianwen Jiang, National University of Singapore, Singapore

§  Dr. L An, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

§  Prof. Christoph Brepols, Erftverband, Germany

§  Prof. Maxime Pontie, Angers University, France

§  Prof. Hannes Richter, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems, Germany

We heartily congratulate the winners of the Poster Competition and appreciate all the participants who put their efforts in poster presentations and young research forum and sincerely wish them success in future endeavours.

We extend our heartiest thanks to all the Organising Committee Members for their kind support rendered towards the success of Membrane Science 2017 conference. At the same time, we take the opportunity to thank all the speakers, delegates and participants for providing their valuable contribution and time for Membrane Science 2017.

The Organising Committee of Membrane Science 2017 would like to thank the Moderators of the conference, Harjot Kaur, Thapar University, India and Zaib Jahan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway who contributed a lot for the smooth functioning of this event.

With the encouragement and enormous feedback from the participants and supporters of Membrane Science 2017, Allied Academies is glad to announce 2nd International Conference Membrane Science and Technology (Membrane Science 2018) during September 13-14, 2018.

                                                                                                                          Let us meet again @ Membrane Science 2018

About Conference

                                                                "Entailing the Rising Need for Advancements in the Membrane Separation Techniques"

International Conference on Membrane Science and Technology organized by Allied Academics welcomes your experience and expertise to the fashion-capital of world- Paris, France during 11-12 September, 2017.

Membrane Separation Processes-The separation techniques that are uniquely physical in nature and operate without the usage of heat and thus utilizing least energy as compared to the orthodox Thermal Separation Methods.

In 2014, the International Membrane Market Analysis shows that Asia-Pacific and North-America, accounted for the major share acquisition. U.S., in North America was the largest consumer of Membranes. The driving forces of the Membrane Market are water & wastewater treatment, pharmaceuticals & medical uses, food and beverages, and chemical processing sectors.The Middle-East Asia region is anticipated to catalog the highest growth rates for the membrane market because of the demand for desalination and wastewater treatment units in the region and is followed by LATAM in terms of growth rate.

Water and wastewater treatment and pharmaceuticals and medical segments become the prime reason for maximum segment in the membranes market with approximately 62% share in 2014. Concentrated growth is probable from industrial gas processing and others segments in the near future. The accumulative use of membranes in the oil and gas fields for gas processing, hydrogen production, carbon dioxide removal from natural gas streams, and so on are likely to motivate the development in the membranes market from 2015 to 2020. Also, the demand for membranes is envisioned to get incremented in the future with the growth of the emerging economies further strengthening the market.

Welcome Note

Membrane Science 2017 welcomes you to the city of Paris, France!!!


Allied Academies invites you to the fantastic city of Paris, France for the International Conference on Membrane Science and Technology during September 11-12, 2017 . The congress is themed “Entailing the Rising Need for Advancements in the Membrane Separation Techniques” which is designed to provide a platform for best discussion and networking as well as exploit the new advancements related to the application of Membrane technology to various fields related to industries like bio-technology and pharmaceuticals.The conference sessions will focus on topics mentioned below:

Track 1: Membrane Filtration

It is the separation process where a semi-permeable material is used as a membrane- a barricade to separate the required substances. The separation is only possible when a driving force is applied across the membrane to facilitate the same. This process is actively used to any and every unwanted matter including bacteria, particulates, microorganisms, organic materials etc. from the solvent under experiment. The main sub-processes categorized under Membrane filtration are micro-filtration, ultra-filtration, Nano-filtration and reverse osmosis.

Track 2:
 Membrane Development and Characterization

Synthetic Polymers, ceramics, metals are usually available as membrane materials. Best working of separation membranes is usually attained through a grouping of many factors, such as membrane chemistry, physical properties, surface features, morphology, etc. Some of these characteristics are fully dogged by the industrial process and enhanced to meet a restricted number of performance-related specification characteristics, for example, flux, rejection and molecular weight cutoff (MWCO). Nevertheless, this information often needs to be supplemented with other a prior unknown data in order to address additional aspects such as fouling, cleaning, and modeling. This requires various characterization methods that have been a crucial part in membrane research, development, and engineering.

Track 3:
 Membrane Reactors and Contactors

A membrane reactor is a PFR that comprises of an added cylinder of some porous material within it. It is of the same kind as the tube within the shell of a ST heat exchanger. This porous inner cylinder is the membrane that is the reason for the name to be Membrane Reactor. MR combines reaction and separation together to upsurge the conversion rates. One of the products of a given reaction is detached from the reactor using the membrane, compelling the equilibrium of the reaction "to the right" (according to Le Chatelier's Principle), so that more of that product is produced. MRs is usually used in dehydrogenation reactions (e.g., dehydrogenation of ethane). Here only one of the products (molecular hydrogen) is small enough to be permitted to pass through the membrane. This elevates the adaptation for the reaction, making the process more economical. A membrane contactor is a device that attains gas/liquid or liquid/liquid mass transfer deprived of dispersing of one phase in the other. This is attained by passing the fluids on opposite sides of a micro porous membrane. By minute control of the pressure difference between the fluids, one of the fluids is stopped in the pores of the membrane so that the fluid/fluid interface is located at the mouth of each pore

Track 4: Gas & Vapour Separation

Many plants and industries use vapor-permeable membrane to permeate the more condensable vapor, often in aggregation with a second process such as condensation or absorption. The compressed feed gas is sent to a condenser. On cooling the gas, a portion of the propylene is detached as condensed liquid. The residual uncondensed propylene is detached by the membrane system to produce a 99% nitrogen stream. The propylene-enriched permeate gas is recycled to the incoming feed gas. The liquid propylene condensate contains some dissolved nitrogen, which is removed by flashing to a lower pressure. The propylene produced is more than 99.8% pure.

Track 5: Crystallization & Solid/Liquid Separation

Membranes are an interesting tool to control and to limit the mass transfer. In combination with crystallization we get the maximum level of supersaturation. Membrane crystallization (MCr) has the capability to extract concomitantly fresh water and valuable components from various rivulets. The membrane based crystallization takes place in batch mode. Liquid filtration involves size-based particle parting. The particle of interest should either pass through or be reserved by the filter.  The liquid properties (pH, viscosity, polarity, surface tension) play a key role in liquid filtration performance.

Track 6: Membrane for Water & Wastewater Applications

Membrane water treatment systems were initially used only in desalination projects. But developments in membrane technology have made them a progressively popular choice for removing microorganisms, particulates, and natural organic materials that foul water’s taste and taint its clarity.Water treatment membranes are thin pieces of material that are able to detach contaminants based on assets such as size or charge. Water passes through the membrane; but depending on their size, larger particles, microorganisms, and other contaminants are separated out.Mainly these systems are pressure driven, depending on water pressure to separate the particles based on size. Microfiltration serves the largest pore size, and can remove sand, silt, clay, algae, bacteria, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium. Ultrafiltration can remove viruses as well. Nanofiltration systems provide nearly entire protection against viruses, remove most organic contaminants, and can decrease hardness in water. Reverse osmosis systems are dense membranes that remove almost all inorganic contaminants and all but the smallest organic molecules.

Track 7: Membrane Technology for Food & Industrial Application

Food and beverage industries utilises membrane filtration as a state-of-the-art technology for clarification, concentration, fractionation (separation of components), desalting and purification of a variety of beverages. It is also used to increase the food safety of products while evading heat treatment. Some examples of final products using this technique are fruit and vegetable juices, like apple or carrot; cheeses, like ricotta, ice cream, butter or some fermented milks; skimmed or low-lactose dairy products; microfiltered milk; non-alcoholic beers, wines and ciders, etc.

Track 8: Membrane for Pharmaceuticals

Tubular membrane Ultrafiltration is the best separation technique in the pharmaceutical industry. Adoption rates of membrane technology in the pharmaceutical industry are growing at a fast pace as manufacturers recognize the benefits offered by membranes. Water treatment in the pharmaceutical industry is fetching more and more challenging. Severe rules and regulation necessitate advanced water treatment technologies. Diverse cellulose membrane filters are used in pharmaceutical industries in microbial analysis and water systems.

Track 9: Bio-membrane & Biotechnology

Membrane processes are progressively reported for various applications in both upstream and downstream technology, such as the established ultrafiltration and microfiltration, and evolving processes as membrane bioreactors, membrane chromatography, and membrane contactors for the preparation of emulsions and particles. Membrane systems adventure the inherent properties of high selectivity, high surface-area-per-unit-volume, and their potential for controlling the level of contact and/or mixing between two phases.

Track 10: Industrial Membrane Separation Technology

The use of membranes in separation processes like distillation, adsorption, absorption, stripping and extraction have been developed. For analysis, generation of energy and reactors in the industry of electro-chemical usage, synthetic membranes have become an integral part of the concerned devices.

Track 11: Ion exchange membrane

Ion-exchange membranes are transport dissolved ions across a conductive polymeric membrane. The membranes are regularly used in chemical recovery applications and desalination, moving ions from one solution to another with little channel of water. Ion-exchange membranes are made of a polymeric material attached to charged ion clutches. Anion-exchange membranes contain fixed cationic groups with predominantly mobile anions.

Market Analysis

The global membrane technology market has paced up with a concrete momentum in the recent past, and is projected to accomplish extraordinary growth in the near future. The in-depth analysis and estimation of the global membrane technology market in pharmaceutical, biopharma and life sciences for a five-year forecast period, 2014-2019 is being provided by Persistence Market Research’s afresh published report on the worldwide membrane technology market. Considering 2013 as the initial year for scheming of market values, the report provides appraised values of the market size, revenues, and growth rates is being provided by
Moreover, data relating to current market subtleties including key market drivers and major limitations has been provided only after widespread market research. The report also expounds on prominent recent trends in the industry that are likely to impact the market during the forecast period. It also put lime-light on the chief market openings that the market will present in this five-year period. In section analysis, the report lengthily examines various parts of the international membrane technology market, centered on the technology. There are four key segments, and the report measures each of them in terms of market share, growth rate, drivers, challenges, and applications.

Under local analysis, the world-wide membrane technology market report includes a thorough inspection of all the key local markets across the globe. Each market has a principal region, and a set of positive and negative issues manipulating the market growth. The report delivers appreciated data on this and estimates leading and other market values during the estimated period. In the next unit, all the key market players are evaluated on the basis of their market shares, probable revenues, product selections, development policies, and antedate growth pattern. This part helps to understand the competitive scene of the global membrane technology market. Recent growths have been delivered in the report. Some of the main players in the membrane technology market for pharmaceutical, biopharma, and life sciences industry are GE Healthcare Life Sciences, Pall Corporation, Sartorius, Merck Millipore and 3M. These key market players have been profiled on the basis of attributes such as company overview, recent developments, growth strategies, sustainability and financial overview.

Segment Analysis:
Based on technology, the international membrane technology market is divided into ultrafiltration, microfiltration, nanofiltration, and chromatography. Microfiltration characterizes a major segment, due to its presentations in water treatment, turbidity removal, disinfection, and sterilization of beverages. Applications of ultrafiltration in food and beverage processing will create growing demand for the technology. Nevertheless, emergence and rising disbursement on nanofiltration are likely to expand the propagation of this section in amino acids extraction process in the healthcare industry, and tar removal process in the oil and gas industry.

Regional Analysis:
The world-wide membrane technology market is geologically sectioned into North America (the U.S.), Europe (Switzerland, Germany, Italy, the U.K., Ireland, France), Asia (China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore), and rest of the world. In 2012, North America itself had for over 40% of the international pharmaceutical sales. North America, led by the U.S., will remain the principal market for membrane technology, universally. Europe is likely to observe a considerable development during the predicted time period, due to lively provision from numerous societies, organizations, and associations to market growth. Asia will however characterize the firmest rising regional market owing to speedily mounting pharma and biopharma sectors.

Significant Market Players:
Some of the most protuberant thespians in the international membrane technology marketplace for pharma, biopharma, and life sciences industries, are GE Healthcare Life Sciences, 3M, Pall Corporation, Sartorius, Merck Millipore, Koch Membrane Systems Inc., Novasep, TriSep Corporation, Amazon Filters Ltd., and Advantec MFS.

Company Profiles:

  1. Pall Corporation.
  2. Sartorius.
  3. 3M.
  4. Merck Millipore.
  5. GE Healthcare Life Sciences.
  6. Koch Membrane Systems Inc.
  7. Novasep.
  8. TriSep Corporation.
  9. Amazon Filters Ltd.
  10. Advantec MFS.

Related Societies:

European Membrane Society
American Membrane Technology Association
North American Membrane Society
Membrane Society of Australasia
European Desalination Society
Society of Dairy Technology
Indian Membrane Society

Organizing Committee
OCM Member
University of Angers
Angers, France
OCM Member
Hannes Richter
Head of the department
Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems
Dresden, Germany
OCM Member
Leonardo dos Santos Lima
Professor, Physics
Federal Center for Technological Education of Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
OCM Member
University of Paris-Sud
Orsay, France
OCM Member
Uma Sharma
Vikram University
Ujjain, India
OCM Member
Gassan Hodaifa
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Pablo de Olavide University
Ctra. de Utrera, Spain
OCM Member
Prof.Dr. Nese Öztürk
Head of the department, Chemical Engineering Department
Eskisehir Osmangazi University
 Bornova, Turkey
OCM Member
Prabirkumar Saha
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Guwahati, India
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Conference Venue:

Novotel MARNE LA VALLEE - Noisy le Grand

02 allee Bienvenue – 93885,Noisy Le Grand Cedex

Paris, France.

Conference Dates :

September 11-12, 2017


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