Enrico Drioli


Biographical Sketch

  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia (January 2016)
  • Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Center of Excellence in Desalination Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah Saudi Arabia (2012)
  • WCU (World Class University) Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Energy Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul Korea (2009)
  • Emeritus Professor, School of Engineering of the University of Calabria (2012)
  • Professor of Chemistry and Electrochemistry at the School of Engineering of the University of Naples (since 1968-1982)
  • Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Calabria (1981-2011).
  • Dean of the School of Engineering of the University of Calabria (1982-1985).
  • Founding Director of the Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM) of CNR (from 2011)
  • Director of the Institute on Membranes and Chemical Reactors of the National Research Council (1993 – 2001).
  • Director of the Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM) of CNR (2002 – 2008)
  • Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Membrane Engineering (EUDIME) (2011-present).


  • Honorary Citizen Weihai City, China, for his contribution to Weihai City development (2016)
  • MIAC International Award for International Collaboration and Promotion (October 2015)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014)
  • Academician Semenov Medal of Russian Academy of Engineering Science (2014)
  • Honorary Membership of the Czech Society of Chemical Engineering (2012)
  • “Richard MalingBarrer Prize” of the European Membrane Society, for his “outstanding contributions to membrane science and technology” (2011)
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa from University of Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, France (2009)
  • International Cooperation Honor Award, Membrane Industry Association of China (MIAC).
  • Guest Professor, Jiangsu Polytechnic University, China (2005 – Present)
  • Honorary President, European Membrane Society (1999)
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa in Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Russian Academy of Science (1992)
  • Honorary Professor, China Northwest University in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China (1991)
  • President, European Society of Membrane Science and Technology (European Membrane Society) (1982-1998)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the “Journal of Membrane Science” and of the “Polish Journal of Chemical Technology”; Member of the Editorial Board of Desalination, Separation Science and Technology and various (12) other International Scientific Journals.
  • Executive Editor: Applied Water Science Journal, Springer Berlin Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Executive Editor (for Europe): Membrane Water Technology, Techno Press (Korea)
  • Author of more than 800 scientific papers, 22 patents and and 24 books in the field of Membrane Science and Technology.

Research Interests

  1. Science and Engineering of membrane operation
  2. Membrane Science and Engineering
  3. Process Intensification
  4. Integrated Membrane Processes
  5. Regenerative Medicine

Current research topics:

  1. Membrane Science and Engineering
  2. Membranes in Artificial Organs
  3. Integrated Membrane Processes
  4. Membrane Preparation and Transport Phenomena in Membranes
  5. Membrane Distillation and Membrane Contactors
  6. Catalytic Membrane and Catalytic Membrane Reactors
  7. Desalination of brackish and saline water
  8. Salinity Gradient Energy Fuel Cells