Keynote speakers

Plenary speakers


Roni Kasher,Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Izrael

Keynote lecture:
Hydrostable metal-organic framework layer on ultrafiltration membranes for efficient separations: Synthesis principles and treatment of oilfield produced water

Prof. Roni Kasher is an Associate Professor at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Prof. Kasher did his BSc in Geology and Chemistry, and MSc and PhD in Organic Chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, whereas his postdoc was at Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel).

Significant accomplishments of Prof. Kasher are the development of novel oligoamide thin-film membranes for nanofiltration, stabilizing metal-organic framework (MOF) nanoparticles on UF membranes for selective removal of pollutants, the development of antifouling reverse osmosis membranes by surface immobilized antimicrobial peptides, antifouling membrane modifications for mitigating with calcium phosphate scaling in reverse osmosis desalination of domestic wastewater, understanding silica scaling mechanisms in brackish water desalination, and the use of saline groundwater as an alternative for seawater as feed for desalination. R. Kasher received many awards and grants, among them are the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) in a joint program with China (NSFC), the German-Israeli Foundation for Science (GIF), and BMBF-MOST Germany-Israel Water Program. He is a coauthor of more than 70 research articles, and in addition patents and book chapters. Kasher supervised and is supervising 37 graduate students (MSc, PhD, and postdocs).  


Marcin KŁOSHidrofilt Sp. z o.o., Poland

Keynote lecture:
Lime softening process pretreatment method for EDR

Marcin Kłos is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Environmental and Power Engineering, Silesian University of Technology.
Over 25 years of experience in cooperation with the industry.
Implementation of over 30 industrial projects in the field of water and wastewater treatment. Currently, the Senor Process Engineer at Hidrofilt Sp. z o.o.


Niels van LINDEN, Lenntech, Netherlands

Keynote lecture:
Treatment of the coal mine wastewater for water, salt, and minerals recovery

Niels van Linden obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology. During his MSc thesis, Niels worked on the separation of organic matter and salt in a brine of a zero liquid discharge process, using ion exchange, nanofiltration and electrodialysis as separation technologies. Subsequently, Niels conducted his PhD research on removal and recovery of ammonium/ammonia from water, using electrodialysis, bipolar membrane electrodialysis and vacuum membrane stripping. Currently, Niels is working at Lenntech as R&D Coordinator at Lenntech B.V., where he is involved in various European and Dutch funded research project, as well as a wide variety of industrial project. For the projects at Lenntech, again many membrane technologies are used on lab-scale and pilot-scale, such as ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis and (bipolar membrane) electrodialysis. By having access and experience with a variety of membrane technologies, often technologies are combined to meet the needs of the industry.


Giacomo Bandinu / Pooja Halvawala, Lenntech, Netherlands

Keynote lecture:
Deionization and concentration of sugar solutions using electrodialysis and reverse osmosisy

Giacomo Bandinu works as Engineer at Lenntech Water Treatment Solution (The Netherlands). Giacomo has an MSc in sanitary engineering and PDEng in water treatment system design both from the Delft University of Technology. Before joining Lenntech, he worked for Yara International, one of the biggest fertilizer producers worldwide. During his work at Yara International, Giacomo helped in developing an innovative membrane treatment system for the recovery of ammonia from the different industrial waste streams. At Lenntech, among his tasks, Giacomo is deeply involved on electrodialysis processes for unconventional applications in several industries such as food & beverage, chemical, cosmetics, and biorefinery.


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