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Filter Media Technologies

Apirl 2, 2024, Tuesday 

8:00am-10:00am,  ET Canada & US

$USD 350

$USD 175 (Member Only)

Filter Media Technologies

Course Objective

Filter media technology is the core and competitive edge of modern filtration technologies. From nonwovens, membranes, ceramics, metallics, adsorbents, wovens, to nanofibers and other porous materials, this course aims to provide you an overall understanding of the filter media market and products used in various areas of air and liquid filtration. Emerging technologies, challenges, and trends for future development will also be discussed.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the filtration market

  • Key market segments in air/liquid filtration

  • Common filter media types

  • Market statistics and opportunities

  • Filter media technologies for air filtration

  • Filter media technologies for liquid filtration

  • Characteristics and requirements of filter media

  • Things to consider for filter media selection

  • New developments in air/liquid filter media

  • Unmet needs and trends for future development

  • Q&A and panel discussion 

Instructor Biography

Filter Media Technologies

Dr. Christine Sun


Dr. Sun, President of the Waterloo Filtration Institute, is a globally renowned technical and market expert in the filtration and nonwovens industry. With over 30 years of experience in academia and industry, she has in-depth knowledge of filtration and extensive hands-on expertise in product and business development, evidenced by her contribution of over 100 technical publications and patents in the field. She is also actively involved in the development of many air and liquid filter test standards, such as ASHRAE and ISO. Dr. Sun worked for Freudenberg Filtration Technologies from 2004 to 2011 as an R&D manager and then served as Technology Director for Donaldson Company from 2011 to 2013. She was the Chair of the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS) from 2016 to 2017 and has received the AFS Fellow Award in 2019, the Sr. Scientist Award in 2012, and the best paper awards from INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) in 2008. She is also an editorial board member for the Textile Research Journal and the Journal of Industrial Textiles. Dr. Sun received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and her Executive Certificate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA.

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Dr. Sneha Swaminathan


Dr. Sneha Swaminathan earned her PhD in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron. She started her career as scientist in Hollingsworth & Vose and progressed to her current role as Senior Director of Technology. Her primary area of expertise is fibers, nanotechnology and filter media. She has 6 granted patent applications and numerous journal and conference papers. She has served American Filtrations and Separations (AFS)  in committees and in leadership positions including the Board of Directors. Sneha is six sigma and project management professional (PMP) certified.  Sneha has won several awards such as Frank Tiller Leadership award and young professional awards from SAE, TAPPI & AFS associations.

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Dr. Cédric Vallet 


Dr. Cédric Vallet is the Head of Product Management & Business Development – Filtration Division, at Ahlstrom (in France). He has 20 years of experience in Filtration; in R&D, then in Sales & Marketing. Expertise in filtration media manufacturing and various air & liquid applications. He led the Ahlstrom-Munksjö FiltEV® launch, a new platform of high-performance filtration materials for Electric Vehicles. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Rennes (FR) and Engineering Master’s Degree in Chemistry, ENSCR, 2002.


Mr. Scott Yaeger is currently President/CEO of FAST International, Inc. He has over 40 years with a broad range of experience in Membrane Filtration with several market leading manufacturers and marketers including Sartorius, Cuno/3M, Gelman/Pall, and PTI Advanced Filtration/Parker Hannifin. He has held worldwide senior level positions in Sales, Marketing, Engineering, R&D, Manufacturing, and General Management. Since 2004 as President of FAST Consulting, LLC, he has assisted in the development of new membranes into new and existing markets, new membrane device technologies, and new membrane applications for multiple market leading filtration companies. Scott was the Founding Chairman of the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS), a past Member of the Board of Directors, and Program Chair. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Electrocoat Association (EA). Mr. Yaeger has been awarded the Wells Shoemaker Award from American Filtration and Separation Society and the Brewer Award from the Electrocoat Association. He is the inventor on 4 US Patents and has presented over 400 technical papers. Scott is on the Editorial Board for Filtration News.

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Peters is an internationally renowned expert in membrane technology and environmental engineering. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of pressure-driven membrane processes for the treatment of water, process fluids, and wastewater. Related pioneering work was focused between others on the use of reverse osmosis for desalination of seawater, for the purification of landfill leachate and water reuse in different areas. He earned his Ph.D. in 1980 at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg on the subject "Production of drinking water from seawater with reverse osmosis“. After leading management functions in a middle-sized and multinational company, he has been a high-level independent technology consultant since 1986, authored more than 100 publications and more than 50 oral presentations. He is co-editor of a landfill compendium. He received the Stanley Gray Award - Marine Technology 2000/2001 of the IMarEST, London, and the ATCP Award 2007, Concepción, Chile.

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