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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

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. New Opportunities and Trends (Panel Discussion)

Instructor Biography

Solid Liquid Separation

Dr. Wu Chen


Dr. Wu Chen is an R&D Fellow at Dow. He has over 30 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 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.

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. 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.


Dr. Christine Sun, President of Waterloo Filtration Institute (USA), 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.

Dr. Matt Thundyil, President of Transcend (USA), has nearly 30 years’ experience in the separation technology field.  He has been the President and CEO of Transcend Solutions since 2014, which is a rapidly growing separation technology manufacturer focused on the process industry.  Prior to Transcend, Matt started up GTC’s sulfur removal service business and led Porous Media/Pentair in research, and then global sales in the energy industry.  Matt has had a focus in starting up and rapidly growing, high margin businesses.  He is a Chemical Engineer, with a PhD in Advanced Separations from The University of Texas at Austin.  He has been published in many peer reviewed and industry journals, and spoken at many industry conferences and is named as an inventor for 7 patents.

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.

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.

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