ICIM 2014

Additional Conference Workshop

ICIM Conference Workshop: Inorganic Membranes – Concept, Theory and Applications

The workshop will cover the most important inorganic membrane types with an emphasis on transport properties of single- and multi-layer structures. The attendance of this workshop will enable the participants to quickly evaluate the design and viability of supported membrane concepts. The workshop is of interest for researchers, students, teachers, and project managers. It will be slow-paced with much participant interaction.

Workshop Program

6th July 2014


9:00 AM Introduction / Overview
9:45 AM Applications
10:30 AM Morning Tea
11:00 AM Characterisation
11:45 AM Transport Introduction
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Transport in mesoporous / macroporous structures
2:15 PM Transport in microporous /dense structures
3:00 PM Afternoon Tea
3:30 PM Fabrication
4:00 PM Case Studies
5:00 PM Finish


The registration for this workshop will include full-day access to the seminars, print-out materials, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Registration fee
Standard Registration $550
Student Registration $250

Workshop Organizers and Presenters

The workshop will be run by Prof Hendrik Verweij (Ohio State University), Dr Simon Smart and Dr David Wang (The University of Queensland).

Presenters’ Profile

Hendrik VerweijProfessor Hendrik Verweij (OSU)
Hendrik (Henk) Verweij received his BS and MS in 1975 from Delft University of Technology, and his PhD in 1980 from Eindhoven Technical University. Until 1991 he was a research scien-tist at Philips Research Laboratories where he studied the structure and formation of inorganic glasses, insulators, superconductors, and translucent ceramics. Verweij was professor in Chemical Engineering at Twente University until 2000. In 2001 he moved from the Netherlands to the USA to become professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the Ohio State University. Verweij’s expertise includes colloid & interface chemistry, solid state thermodynamics, sorption and transport in dense and porous matter, wet-chemical and colloidal synthesis, and process control. His current research topics are inorganic membranes for CO2, H2, and O2 separation and water treatment, and thin film solid oxide fuel cells.

Simon SmartDr Simon Smart (UQ)
Simon Smart received his BE/BS (Honour IA) in 2003 and PhD (Carbon Nanotubes and Polyurethane Nanocomposites) in 2008 at The University of Queensland. He is currently a Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering and a deputy-director of Films and Inorganic Membrane Laboratory (FIMLab) at UQ, where he leads research into membrane and membrane reactor technologies for clean energy and water applications. The major focus of his research has been on developing enabling separation technologies to increase the efficiency and decrease the cost of hydrogen production, CO2 capture and treatment of waste waters from the mining and coal seam gas industries. He has a keen interest in the development of inorganic and hybrid nanocomposite materials for membranes and membrane reactors, industrial applicability of new separation technologies including scale-up, design and cost estimation and most of his projects operate in the nexus of engineering science, technology development and industrial deployment. Successful outcomes from this research lead to Dr Smart being awarded a prestigious Early Career Researcher Fellowship in 2012 from the Queensland Government to investigate silica based membranes for desalination applications in the coal seam gas industry.

David WangDr David Wang (UQ)
David Wang received his BBiotech (Honour I) in 2006 and PhD (Polymeric Biomaterials) in 2011 at The University of Queensland. He is currently employed as a postdoctorate research fellow of FIMLab and researching on (1) rapid thermal processing of tubular and flat supported membranes for H2/CO2 and CO2/N2 gas separations, (2) photocatalysis of titania membranes for wastewater treatment, (3) interlayer-free and seeding sol-gel derived ceramic membranes for desalination, (4) polymeric composite membranes for alcohol dehydration and (5) inorganic membranes for selective salt recovery.

To register your interest in this conference please contact customerservice-ICIM2014@elsevier.com


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Supporting Organisations

The University of Queensland
UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology
The University of New South Wales
Victoria University
The University of Melbourne
Monash University
Curtin University

Supporting Journal

Separation Purification Technology