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Solid/Liquid Separation

June 11, 2024, Tuesday

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

$USD 350

$USD 175 (Member Only )

Solid/Liquid Separation

Course Objective

This course is designed for certifying professionals as a specialist in solid/liquid separation (or sometimes called liquid filtration). Separation of particles from a liquid can be accomplished by filtration (separation with a filter medium) or field separation (separation without a filter medium). This course will focus on the field separation from industrial application perspective. In addition, pretreatment which is commonly used in the industry to enhance filtration and separation performances will be discussed. Practical information and examples are used to allow the audience good understanding and appreciation of this technology. The curriculum is designed for people who are new to the filtration industry either in technical, sales or business functions. It is also a very good refreshing course for those who have been involved in filtration for a while, especially in relating some fundamental principles to practical operations.

Course Outline

1. Introduction

2. Key Particles and Liquid Properties Related to Field Separation

3. Principles of Field Separation

4. Separation Equipment & Testing Methods

5. Pretreatment

6. The Role of Solid/Liquid Separation in Sustainability

7. New Opportunities and Trends

Instructor Biography

Solid/Liquid Separation

Dr. Wu Chen


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.

Solid/Liquid Separation

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.

Solid/Liquid Separation

Mr. Richard Lydon


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. Eric Hoek, Professor in UCLA, USA

Eric Hoek is a professor in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, specializing in nanomaterials, membrane technology, and electrochemistry for water, energy, and environmental applications. Dr. Hoek has advised over 50 graduate and post-graduate students, published over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, and filed over 30 primary patents. He is the founding and former editor-in-chief of the Nature journal npj Clean Water and former associate editor of the Elsevier journal Desalination. He has authored books on Sustainable Desalination & Water Reuse and Oil & Gas Produced Water Management, and also was co-editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Membrane Science. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Hoek has co-founded several successful technology companies, including NanoH2O, PolyCera Membranes, IntelliFlux Controls,Water Planet, SpecifX Lithium and Active Membranes. Dr. Hoek holds a Ph.D. from Yale, an M.S. from UCLA, and a B.S. from Penn State - all in engineering.

Mr. Mark Willingham, AFS Fellow, Independent Consultant, USA

Mr. Willingham is a leading expert in the field of filtration and separation, with extensive experience in on porous metal filtration, including sales and marketing management. new product research and launches, developing and training sales teams, and acquisitions. He is currently an independent consultant based in High Point, NC, specializing in industrial filtration. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President of Sales for Purolator Advanced Filtration in Greensboro, NC, where he led a global team in the sales and marketing of industrial filtration products to primarily Fortune 500 companies in the chemical processing, pharmaceutical, power generation, and oil & gas market segments. He held various sales management roles at Purolator for over 20 years. Mark is a past Chairman of the American Filtration Society (AFS) and received Fellow Award in 2014. He has been involved in leadership roles on AFS committees since the 1990s.

Mr. Scott Yaeger, President/CEO of FAST, USA

Mr. Yaeger has over 40 years of experience in Membrane Filtration with leading companies such as Sartorius, Cuno/3M, Gelman/Pall, and PTI Advanced Filtration/Parker Hannifin. He has held senior roles in Sales, Marketing, Engineering, R&D, Manufacturing, and General Management. Since 2004, as President of FAST Consulting, LLC, he has developed new membranes, technologies, and applications for leading filtration companies.

Scott was the Founding Chairman and a past Board Member and Program Chair of the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS). He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Electrocoat Association (EA). He has received the Wells Shoemaker Award from AFS and the Brewer Award from EA. Scott holds 4 US patents, has presented over 400 technical papers to more than 10 technical societies, and serves on the Editorial Board for Filtration News.

Dr.-ing  Nicolas PETILLON,  CTO of IFTS (Institut de la Filtration et des Techniques Séparatives) in France, has over 25 years of  experience in liquid filtration testing and over 10 years of experience in cleanliness expertise. He serves as Convenor and expert at ISO committee, such as ISO TC 70/SC7; ISO TC 22/SC34; ISO TC 131/SC6. He worked as a ssistant professor at the University of CAEN and a research engineer at SOGEFI FILTRATION in the past. He gratuated from  Chemical engineering, ENSIC – Université de Lorraine (1991) and received his Ph.D. in 1996, Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, France.

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