Plenary speakers

Keynote speakers


Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Plenary lecture

Membrane Contactors: a Brave New World or the same old story?

Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Science and Technology – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Director of the Laboratory of Membrane Processes at iBET, Potugal. Former Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation at NOVA and former Coordinator of NOVA Doctoral School. Former Vice-President of the Portuguese National Science Foundation. Honorary Member of the European Membrane Society. Member of “Academia de Engenharia”, Portugal. Member of the editorial board of “Journal of Membrane Science”, “Journal of Biotechnology”, “Desalination and Water Treatment” and “Membranes”. Author of circa 310 papers in peer reviewed journals (h factor 55). Founder of the spin-off company “Zeyton Nutraceuticals”.


NX Filtration

Plenary lecture

Membrane based strategies for water footprint reduction

Dr. Ir. Elshof is currently working as Sr. Membrane Scientist at NX Filtration where she, with her team, focusses on improving the performance and sustainability of membranes and membrane processes. Mariël is specialized in membrane chemistry and has authored several peer reviewed publications and patents on the stability of dense selective layers in harsh conditions. She obtained her master’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, where she also conducted her PhD research on new pH stable nanofiltration membranes within the Films in Fluids research group.


State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Plenary lecture

Development and application of multifunctional nanocomposite membrane in water treatment

Graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology (BS, MS and PhD), Postdoctoral Fellow at Imperial College of UK (recipient of first class Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship). Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Gust Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) at Switzerland (Under the scheme of Federal Science Foundation of Switzerland). He is the Changjiang Scholar Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology and the Deputy Director of the National Engineering Research Center of Urban Water Resources, China. His interest has been in the area of Water and Wastewater Treatment. He has been working in the processes of oxidation, reduction, coagulation, dissolved air flotation, carbon related adsorbents and adsorption processes, nanoparticles and membranes, disinfection and by-products control. He is also interested in iron and manganese and arsenic removal from water, he has been devoted to heavy metal removal from water. He is the recipient of “Sustainable Water Award” of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016), He is the recipient of Honor Award for Scientific Excellence by the American Chemical Society in 2017, in the ACS conference in honor of Professor Jun Ma. He also received two National Inventory Awards from the Chinese Government. He is the recipient of China Young Scientist Award (one of the ten recipients in 2006), and the recipient of Achievement Award of Chiangjiang Scholars (Engineering Science Award, the single recipient in 2007 in China). He holds 6 US patents and 120 Chinese Invention patents and over 300 peer reviewed international journal papers. He is the recipient of Super Reviewer Award and Excellence in Review Award of the journal of Environmental Science and Technology. He is Associate Editor of ACS ES&T-Engineering, and the IWA official journal of Water Research, and the journal of Applied Water Science, and the journal of Advanced Oxidation Technology. He is also the Advisory Board Editorial Member of “Environmental Science and Technology Letter” and RSC Journal of “Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology”.

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Energy Engineering Department at Hanyang University (HYU), Seoul, Korea

Plenary lecture

Tailoring nanomaterials to improve membrane performance in gas separation

Dr. Park is a Professor in the Energy Engineering Department at Hanyang University (HYU) in Seoul in Korea. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from HYU in 2002 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow for the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) between 2005 and 2008. He joined HYU as an assistant professor in 2008, an associated professor in 2011, and a full processor in 2017. He has established a state-of-the-art research laboratory for advanced membrane research at HYU since 2008 and a dozen research collaborations and international scholar exchange programs. He has served on the Membrane Society of Korea (MSK) Board of Directors for 14 years. He now serves as a Department Chair of Energy Engineering at Hanyang University. He has organized many international and national conferences, and also severed as an editorial board member of five scientific journals related to chemical engineering and materials science and engineering. He is also an Editor of “Journal of Membrane Science Letters”. Dr. Park’s research interest is to design and develop advanced membrane materials for gas separation, liquid separation, and fuel cell. Currently, he directs a multidisciplinary research group focusing on the fast, selective transport of small molecules and ions in a variety of new membrane materials including polymers, nanomaterials, and inorganic materials for carbon dioxide separation, desalination, fuel cell, and battery applications. Recently, he has much dived into graphene or nanocarbon-based membrane materials for gas and liquid separations, which had given significant impacts on the membrane science community. He has also performed fundamental researches in membrane materials guidelines for energy-saving separation processes using polymeric and promising nanomaterials such as carbon nanotube, graphene, and metal-organic framework. Dr. Park is the recipient of numerous awards including the HYU Distinguished Research Fellow Award (2016), MSIP National Excellent Research Award (Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning) (2014), HYU Outstanding Teachers Award (2031), MOST National Outstanding Research Award (Ministry of Science and Technology) (2007), MSK Excellent Scientific Paper Award (The Membrane Society of Korea) (2021, 2020, 2003), Hanyang University Excellent Scientific Thesis Award (2002), and Outstanding Young Scientist Award (North American Membrane Society) (2007).