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Filtration and Separation in Water Treatment

August 6, 2024, Tuesday

8:00am-10:00am, ET Canada & US

$USD 350

$USD 175 (Member Only)

Filtration and Separation in Water Treatment

Course Objective

In many producing sectors water is one of the most important resources interacting with several steps of the value-added chain. Here, pressure-driven membrane processes usually offer reliable and resource-efficient solutions. The objective of this course is to help get a high-level understanding of operating principles, possibilities, and limitations of these membrane processes for the treatment of water, process fluids, and wastewater.

Upon completion, the participants of this course, in close cooperation with experts, will be able to identify and design the adequate processes that can be used to resolve production-specific / product-relevant tasks in their respective water-related problems. Using a technological approach based on a phenomenological oriented methodology, fundamentals, and application examples will be discussed.

The panel will discuss new developments, challenges, opportunities and trends in clean water solutions with Live Q&A.   

Course Outline

1. General aspects of water treatment with membrane technology

2. Technological fundamentals of the pressure driven membrane processes microfiltration (MF), ultrafiltration (UF), nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO)

3. Membranes as well-defined barriers

4. Strategies in water management and application examples for membrane processes in selected areas of water treatment

    4.1  Production

    4.2  Reuse

    4.3  Protection

5.  Example for improving operation of membrane processes

6.  New developments, opportunities and trends (panel discussion)

Instructor Biography

Filtration and Separation in Water Treatment


Dr.-Ing. Thomas Peters


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.

Filtration and Separation in Water Treatment


Dr. Eric Hoek


Dr. Eric Hoek is a professor in UCLA’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability and the California NanoSystems Institute. At UCLA, he serves as the faculty director of the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, which is a university-wide initiative that connects scholars across campus with regional partners with the mutual goal to make Los Angeles the most sustainable megacity by 2050. Prof. Hoek’s research explores membrane formation and application to water, energy and environmental separations. Prof. Hoek has over 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 70 patents filed globally, is Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and is Editor-in-Chief of npj Clean Water. Prof. Hoek studied engineering at Yale (Ph.D.), UCLA (M.S.) and Penn State (B.S.).

Filtration and Separation in Water Treatment


Mr. Richard Lydon 


Mr. Lydon is a leading expert in the global filtration & separation industry. He has led and held a number leadership positions at public and private filtration & industrial businesses in a career spanning 30 years. Having both a business and technology background, he has helped companies grow and develop on global platform basis through M&A, VC and PE. He is currently adviser and business lead at Molymem Ltd. Richard has held a number of institutional roles including Visiting Professor, previously at Loughborough University and currently at Leeds University in the UK. He is also Secretariat of The Filtration Society and previously lead this knowledge sharing network. He is also Chair of the External Advisory Board (Materials) at University of Manchester, helping & guiding the next generation of STEM graduates and nurturing potential spin-out businesses in the ESG space across the North West of the UK, where he resides. He is on WFI Advisory Board and served as WFI 2021-2023 Co-Chair.


Mr. Scott Yaeger, President/CEO of Filtration and Separation Technology International, Inc. (FAST International, Inc.) 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). He was awarded the Wells Shoemaker Award from AFS and the Brewer Award from EA. He is the inventor on 4 US Patents and their International counter parts, has presented over 400 technical papers into more than 10 technical societies. Scott is on the Editorial Board for Filtration News.

Dr. Swarna Agarwal is Senior Material Scientist at PTI Technologies. At PTI she is responsible for all the liquid, air and fuel cell filter product development for aviation industry. Prior to this, she was Engineering Manager for filtration media R&D at Parker Hannifin, Engine and Mobile Original Equipment Division, USA. At Parker she was responsible for R&D for diesel fuel, hydraulic nand H2 fuel-cell filters. While working at Parker she has developed more than 50 new products and improved the R&D technology and capabilities to an advanced level.  Prior to Parker, she worked as a filtration scientist at UCLA, Water Planet Inc. Los Angeles and ITV Denkendorf Germany. She has over 18 years of academic and industrial experience in new product development for various filtration applications, nonwovens manufacturing, nanotechnology and surface functionalization. She is an expert for coalescence through porous media, emulsion formation, characterization and separation, interfacial and wetting science, bio-inspired textiles, medical textiles, and project management She received the AFS Senior Scientist Award in 2018, Parker Inventor appreciation Award 2021, WFI product of the Year Award 2021. She has over 30 publications, one book and 3 patents. Dr. Agarwal received her PhD from University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Dr. Christine Sun, President, Waterloo Filtration Institute, USA

Dr. Sun is a renowned technical and market expert in the global filtration industry. With over 30 years of experience in both academia and the industry, she has an in-depth knowledge of filtration, and extensive hands-on expertise in product development, with over 100 technical publications and patents. She is also actively involved in many air/liquid filter standard test developments.

Dr. Sun received her Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and her Executive Certificate from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management. From 2004 to 2011, Dr. Sun worked for Freudenberg Filtration Technologies as the R&D manager and Technology Director for Donaldson 2011-2013. She was the AFS Chair from 2016 to 2017 and received the AFS Fellow Award in 2019, Sr. Scientist Award in 2012, and the best paper award from INDA in 2008. She is also an editorial board member for Textile Research Journal and Journal of Industrial Textiles.

Mr. Nikolay Voutchkov, President, Water Globe Consultants, LLC, USA, is a Senior Expert Adviser to the Saline Water Conversion Corporation of Saudi Arabia & Member of Saudi Desalination Roadmap Committee. He is a worldwide expert in desalination and brine mining. He is a Professional Engineer and Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He recieved 2022 Award of the International Desalination Association for Beneficial Reuse of Brine. Mr. Voutchkov has a Master of Science in Engineering from UCLA.

Dr. Kuo-Lun (Allan) Tung is a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei, Taiwan. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in 1991, 1994, and 1998, respectively, from the NTU, all in chemical engineering. Before joining NTU in August 2012, he was the Director of the R&D Centre for Membrane Technology at Chung Yuan University from 2009 to 2012, with a specialty in research and development on membrane filtration applications for water and wastewater treatment for 20 years. He is now serving as the editor of the Separation and Purification Technology journal and the Vice-Chair of the Membrane Technology Specialist Group in the International Water Association (IWA). He has been a fellow of IWA since 2019.

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