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Membranes in Filtration

June 25, 2024, Tuesday

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

$USD 350

$USD 175 (Member Only )

Membranes in Filtration

Course Objective

Membranes are one of the most dynamic sectors in Filtration from Forward Osmosis (FO) to Reverse Osmosis (RO) to Nanofiltration (NF) to Ultrafiltration (UF) to Microfiltration (MF). These include applications in Sea Water Desalination, Waste Water Recycling and Reuse, Biopharmaceuticals, Forward Osmosis, Membrane Distillation, Produced Water Reuse and/or Beneficial Use, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Semiconductor Fluid Clarification, Food and Beverage Stabilization, etc. This market segment is one of the fastest growing and most profitable in the Filtration Market.

This course is to provide you an overall understanding of membrane market, technologies how to make MF/UF/NF/RO membranes, desired performance characteristics of the various types of membranes for different applications, and how to convert membranes into highly functional filtration devices. The unmet needs, emerging technologies and trends for future development will also be addressed.

Course Outline

- Market Overview for Membranes

  • Relative Size and Growth by Membrane Type and Application

-  Description and Definition of MF, UF, NF, RO and FO Membranes

- The Desired Performance Characteristics of the various types of Membranes

- How Membranes are Manufactured

- How Membranes are Converted into Highly Functional Filtration Devices

- Challenges of Matching Device to Membrane Performance

- The Key Applications for Membranes

  • Desired Performance Attributes for the Key Applications

- Developing Membrane Application

  • Technology Challenges to Developing Applications

- Unmet Needs and Trends for Further Development

- Emerging Technologies, Opportunities, and Trends (Panel discussion)

Instructor Biography

Membranes in Filtration

Mr. Scott Yaeger


Mr. Scott Yaeger is currently President/CEO of Filtration and Separation Technology International, Inc. (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). 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.

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Dr.-Ing. Thomas Peters (Germany)


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.

Membranes in Filtration

Dr. Wilson Poon (USA)


Dr. Wilson Poon is a Senior Scientist at W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. with over 30 years of experience in research and development in air and liquid filtration, including 25 years in membrane research. He holds over 30 US and international patents, both granted and pending. His innovative work has led to products that have received prestigious awards such as the American Filtration & Separation Society’s Product of the Year and DuPont’s Plunkett Award. Dr. Poon is an advisor to the US EPA Environmental Technology Verification Program and serves on the ISO TC 142 WG9 and European Turbine Network Air Filtration Standard committees. He is also an active board member and conference moderator for the American Filtration & Separation Society, as well as the air filtration track co-chair for the 13thWorld Filtration Congress. Dr. Poon earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Particle Technology Lab at the University of Minnesota.


Mr. Richard Lylon, CEO, Molymem, Secretariat of The Filtration Society, UK

Mr. Lydon is a leading expert in the global filtration and separation industry, with a 33-year career holding leadership positions in both public and private businesses. He has driven global growth through M&A, venture capital, and private equity, working with companies like Muon Group/Veco Precision, Filtration Group/Clear Edge, Gamma Holding/Madison Filter, Scapa, and Porvair plc. Currently the CEO at Molymem Ltd., Richard has also served as a Visiting Professor at Loughborough and Leeds Universities in the UK, and as Secretariat of The Filtration Society. He chairs the External Advisory Board (Materials) at the University of Manchester, supporting STEM graduates and potential spin-outs in the ESG space. A prominent figure in the industry, he co-chaired the WFI Annual Conference from 2021 to 2024, contributing significantly to professional education and sustainable development.

Dr. Wu Chen, R&D Fellow at Dow  (retired), USA

Dr. Wu Chen is a recently retired R&D Fellow at Dow. He has 35 years of industrial experience in all areas of solid/liquid separation and air/gas filtration. His experiences include laboratory filtration evaluation, pilot study, full scale installation, startup, production scale operation and trouble shooting. He also has expertise in carbon capture, water management, project management, process design, and plant startup. He has been teaching this course in numerous organizations and countries for 30 years. He is very active in the filtration industry and has been the plenary and keynote speakers in major conferences, served as the chair of the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS), AFS board of directors, conference chairs, and various committee members. His was awarded AFS Frank Tiller Award for outstanding technical achievements, AFS Well Shoemaker Award for leadership and service to the filtration industry and Fellow Member Award for sustained significant contributions to filtration technologies and filtration industry. In 2024, he received the AFS Lifetime Achievement award which recognized his significant lifetime contribution to the filtration industry.

Dr. Christine Sun, President of WFI, 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.

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