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Day 1 - Monday September 26, 2022

11:00 - 12:00

Arrival, check-in and registration

12:00 - 13:15

Lunch

13:15 - 13:30

Welcome

Session 1:
Membrane technology: Principles and process operation
13:30 - 14:20

Introduction and basic principles

  • Benefits and triggers
  • Overview membrane processes
  • Materials, membranes/modules and unit operations
  • Basic principles and terminology
  • Performance parameters
14:20 - 15:20

Process design and operation

  • From module configuration till process design
  • Membrane fouling and cleaning
  • Practical aspects and points of attention
15:20 - 15:40

Coffee break

Session 2:
Pressure-driven separation processes: Principles and applications
15:40 - 16:50

Pressure-driven membrane processes

  • Technologies: micro-, ultra-, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis
  • Applications: process and drinking water production, water production, waste water treatment and reuse, process applications, etc.
16:50 - 18:00

Industrial applications and case studies VITO

  • From lab-scale feasibility studies till piloting and industrial implementation
  • Techno-economic evaluation
  • Calculation exercises
18:00

Closure Day 1

Day 2 - Tuesday September 27, 2022

08:30 - 08:45

Arrival and coffee

08:45 - 09:30

Invited speaker 1

Session 3:
Solvent-based separation processes: Principles and applications
09:30 - 10:30

Organic solvent nanofiltration

  • Molecular scale membrane processes for chemical process intensification
  • Benefits, drivers and unit operations
  • Membranes, market and technology readiness
  • Advanced membrane design/tailoring
  • Challenges and trends
10:30 - 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 - 11:40

Solvent-based membrane processes for chemical process intensification

  • Industrial reference applications in chemical, pharma and food industries
  • Product purification and concentration, solvent recovery, catalyst recovery, etc.
  • Recent case studies VITO
  • New developments
11:40 - 12:30

Pervaporation

  • Basic principles, membranes and technology readiness
  • Application for solvent reclamation: dehydration, water treatment, organic/organic separations, etc.
  • Industrial reference and emerging applications
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30

Departure to VITO, Mol

14:30 - 16:45

Site visit VITO

  • Welcome and introduction to membrane research at VITO
  • Visit of membrane labs and pilot hall
  • Demonstrations: membrane synthesis/modification, lab testing, piloting, etc.
  • Coffee break
16:45

Departure back to Antwerp

18:00

Arrival in Antwerp

19:00

Dinner @ Fiera Antwerp (optional)

Day 3 - Wednesday September 28, 2022

08:30 - 08:45

Arrival and coffee

08:45 - 09:30

Invited speaker 2

Session 4:
Other membrane processes and applications
09:30 - 10:30

Electro-membrane processes

  • Electrodialysis
  • Capacitive deionization
10:30 - 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 - 11:30

Membrane contactor processes

  • Membrane distillation
  • Membrane extraction
11:30 - 12:30

Membranes for bioprocesses

  • Intensification of biocatalytic processes
  • Integrated product recovery
12:30 - 12:45

Conclusions and closure of plenary programme

12:45 - 13:45

Lunch

Session 5:
Interactive workshops (optional)
13:45 - 16:00

Break-out sessions

  • For interested companies/participants
  • Under guidance of VITO experts
  • Discussion, brainstorming, matchmaking, project ideation, etc.
16:00 - 17:00

Network drink

17:00

Closure

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