International Conference on Emerging Water Desalination Technologies in Municipal and Industrial Applications


CO-LOCATED WITH IDA WORLD CONGRESS

Conference Presentations


Presentations and Posters

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Day 1 (August 28, 2015)

Plenary Presentations

Overview and Roadmap for Membrane Process Development in Desalination
Anthony Fane, Ph.D., Singapore Membrane Technology Center (Singapore)
Energetics of Desalination
Menachem Elimelech, Ph.D., Yale University (USA)

Session 1

Track A: Forward Osmosis
Moderator: Amy Childress, Ph.D. University of Southern California (USA)
Forward Osmosis Principles, Trends, and Applications
Tzahi Cath, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines (USA)
Pressure Assisted Fertiliser Drawn Forward Osmosis Desalination for Fertigation
Ho Kyong (HK) Shon, Ph.D., University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)
Track B: Membrane Distillation
Moderator: Noreddine Ghaffour, Ph.D., King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
Opportunities for Membrane Distillation
Stephen Gray, Ph.D., Victoria University (Australia)
Mechanical Vapor Compression/Membrane Distillation Hybrids for Reduced Specific Energy Consumption
Jaichander Swaminathan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
Sustainable Operation of Vacuum Membrane Distillation for Mineral Recovery from Hypersaline Reverse Osmosis Concentration
Saravanamuthu Vigneswaran, Ph.D. University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)

Session 2

Track A: Salinity Gradient Energy: Pressure Retarded Osmosis
Moderator: Tzahi Cath, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines (USA)
Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO): Should It Stay or Should It Go?
Amy Childress, Ph.D., University of Southern California (USA)
Analysis of Pressure Retarded Osmosis under Varying Draw Pressure by a Novel Method
Seungkwan (SK) Hong, Ph.D., Korea University (Korea)
Track B: Membrane Distillation
Moderator: Stephen Gray, Ph.D. Victoria University (Australia)
Comparative Assessment of Membrane Distillation Configurations and Modules
Noreddine Ghaffour, Ph.D., King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
Solar Membrane Distillation for Off-Grid, Decentralized Water Purification
Wendell Ela, Ph.D., National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (Australia)
Solar Membrane Distillation Desalination Research
Mitchell Haws, United States Bureau of Reclamation (USA)

Session 3

Track A: Salinity Gradient Energy: Reverse Electrodialysis
Moderator: Menachem Elimelech, Ph.D., Yale University (USA)
Overview of European and International Projects for Upscaling of Reversed Electrodialysis and Pressure Retarded Osmosis Applications in Relation to Desalination and Waste Water Treatment
Frank Neumann, Ph.D., Institute for Infrastructure, Environment and Innovation (Belgium)
Techno-Economic Assessment of a Novel Osmotic Heat Engine for Energy Recovery from Low-Grade Heat
Kerri Hickenbottom, Ph.D., Humboldt State University (USA)
Track B: Other Emerging Technologies
Biomimetic Forward Osmosis and Pressure Retarded Osmosis Membranes
Rong Wang, Ph.D., Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (Singapore)
Forward Osmosis Under Pressure: Performances and Challenges of Pressure Assisted Osmosis
Pierre Le-Clech, Ph.D., University of New South Wales (Australia)

Day 2 (August 29, 2015)

Plenary Presentation

Desalination Needs and Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry
Samer Adham, Ph.D., ConocoPhillips (Qatar)

Session 4

Track A: Industrial Applications
Moderator: Samer Adham, Ph.D. ConocoPhillips (Qatar)
Extraction of Water and Minerals from Coal Seam Gas Produced Water for Beneficial Uses
Neil Palmer, National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (Australia)
Zero Liquid Discharge Desalination of Oilfield Produced Water: Survey of Likely-Feasible Systems by Simplified Computations and Experimental Testing
Essam El-Sayed, Ph.D., Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (Kuwait)
Track B: Other Emerging Technologies
Moderator: Tom Pankratz, Water Desalination Report (USA)
Adsorption Desalination
Kim Choon Ng, Ph.D., P.E., National University of Singapore and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
Electrodialysis Metathesis to Prevent Scaling in Desalination of Gypsum-Rich Groundwater
Thomas Davis, Ph.D., Center for Inland Desalination Systems, University of Texas, El Paso (USA)
Electro-Distillation with Brine Bulb Technology–An Emerging Treatment Technology for Aggressive, High Total Dissolved Solids Waste Streams
Eric Dole, P.E., Hazen and Sawyer (USA)
Effect of Transverse Vibration and Aeration on the Mass Transfer and Crystal Formation in Submerged Vacuum Membrane Distillation and Crystallisation
Helen Julian, University of New South Wales (Australia)

Session 5

Track A: Commercialization Landscape
Moderator: Gary Amy, Ph.D., King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
The Singapore Commercialization Ecosystem
Harry Seah, Public Utilities Board (Singapore)
Going Big with Forward Osmosis
MaryTheresa M. Pendergast, Ph.D., Oasys Water (USA)
Process Commercialization Landscape for Forward Osmosis
Erik Desormeaux, Porifera, Inc. (USA)
Track B: Process Hybrids
Moderator: Masaru Kurihara, Ph.D., Toray Industries (Japan)
Challenges in Future Desalination: Brine Management
Seung-Hyun Kim, Ph.D., Kyungnam University (Korea)
Integrating Tunable Anion Exchange with Reverse Osmosis for Enhanced Recovery During Inland Brackish Water Desalination
Ryan Smith, Ph.D., Lehigh University (USA)

Session 6

Track A: Commercialization Landscape
Moderator: Gary Amy, Ph.D., King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
Brine Management and Zero Liquid Discharge Options
Tom Pankratz, Water Desalination Report (USA)
High Recovery, Low Fouling, Low Energy Reverse Osmosis
Richard Stover, Ph.D., Desalitech (USA)
Pilot Testing of an Integrated Mechanical and Membrane System in a Steam-Flood Produced Water Treatment Application
Arian Edalat, Ph.D., Water Planet Engineering (USA)
Track B: Process Hybrids and Biofouling
Moderator: Seung-Hyun Kim, Ph.D. Kyungnam University (Korea)
Role of Pressure Retarded Osmosis in the Mega-Ton Project
Masaru Kurihara, Ph.D., Toray Industries (Japan)
Magnetic Pickering Emulsions Coupled to Membrane Filtration for Fouling Free Oil/Water Separation
Alexander Dudchenko, University of California, Riverside (USA)
Forward Osmosis/Low Pressure Reverse Osmosis Hybrid for Indirect Desalination of Seawater
Zhenyu Li, Ph.D., King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)

Posters

Modelling Cross Flow Microfiltration of Oil from Effluent using Multi-Channel Ceramic Membrane
Yousef Alanezi, Ph.D., College of Technical Studies (Kuwait)
Determination of Energy Consumption in an Electrodialysis Reversal Pilot Plant
Fattaneh Naderi Behdani, Doctoral Student, New Mexico State University (USA)
Cross-flow Microsand Filtration as Membrane Pre-Treatment
Francis Bordeleau, M.Eng., Sonitec (Canada)
The Next Generation of the Energy Recovery PX Pressure Exchanger
Juan Miguel Pinto, Energy Recovery Inc. (USA)

Downloadable Conference Material

Note that the oral and poster abstracts will not be available as printed hand-outs at the conference. Please download them prior to the conference.

Oral Abstracts, Day One (August 28, 2015) (PDF)

Oral Abstracts, Day Two (August 29, 2015) (PDF)

Poster Abstracts (PDF)

Map of DesalTech Meeting Rooms (Mezzanine Level) (PDF)

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers for DesalTech 2015 include a diverse group of topic sessions featuring 50 presentations on emerging research in forward osmosis, membrane distillation, pressure retarded osmosis, reverse electrodialysis, and other desalination technologies.

These speakers include:

Tzahi Cath
Tzahi Cath Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines
Presentation Topic: Forward Osmosis Principles, Trends, and Applications
Amy Childress
Amy Childress Professor and Director, Environmental Engineering Program, University of Southern California
Presentation Topic: Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO): Should It Stay or Should It Go
Noreddine Ghaffour
Noreddine Ghaffour Research Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Presentation Topic: Comparative Assessment of MD Configurations and Modules
Stephen Gray
Stephen Gray Professor and Director, Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI), Victoria University, Melbourne
Presentation Topic: Opportunities for Membrane Distillation
Seung-Hyun Kim
Seung-Hyun Kim Professor, Kyungnam University
Presentation Topic: Challenges in Future Desalination: Brine Management
Masura Kurihara
Masura Kurihara Fellow, Toray Industries, Inc.
Presentation Topic: Role of Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO) in the MEGATON Project
Frank Neumann
Frank Neumann Director, Institute for Infrastructure, Environment and Innovation (IMIEU) (Belgium)
Presentation Topic: RED Principles and the EU (INES) Salinity Gradient Power Network
Kim Choon Ng
Kim Choon Ng Professor, National University of Singapore (Singapore) and WDRC (KSA)
Presentation Topic: Adsorption Desalination
Neil Palmer
Neil Palmer CEO, National Centre for Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA)
Presentation Topic: Extraction of Water and Minerals from Coal Sean Gas Produced Water for Beneficial Uses
Tom Pankratz
Tom Pankratz Consultant, Editor, Water Desalination Report
Presentation Topic: Brine Management and Zero Liquid Discharge Options
Harry Seah
Harry Seah Chief Technology Officer, Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore
Presentation Topic: The Singapore Commercialization Ecosystem
Rong Wang
Rong Wang Professor and Director, SMTC, Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC)
Presentation Topic: Biomimetic Forward Osmosis (FO) and Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO) Membranes

Plenary Speakers

The organizers are pleased to announce the Plenary Speakers for DesalTech 2015

Samer Adham
Manager of Water Solutions Group, ConocoPhillips
Presentation Topic: Desalination Needs and Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry
Samer Adham Samer Adham is the Manager of Water Solutions at ConocoPhillips in Doha, Qatar. He is responsible for delivery of technical support, innovative solutions, and analytical capability. He also works on advancing technology and functional development across the whole water spectrum, from sourcing and production to treatment to reuse and disposal. Dr. Adham received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Neal Chung
Professor and Provost's Chair, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
Presentation Topic: Polymeric Membranes for Clean Water and Osmotic Power Generation
Neal Chung Neal Chung joined National University of Singapore in 1995; he was appointed as Provost's Chair since 2011. Neal is a Subject Editor for Chemical Engineering Research and Design and serves on the editorial board of 20 journals. His research focuses on membranes for clean water, clean energy, and CO2 capture. Neal has received numerous awards for his work including the Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award from the Institution of Engineers, Singapore) (2010) and IChemE (Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK) Underwood Medal for Exceptional Research in Separations (2015). Neal was also a Fellow in the Academy of Engineering Singapore. He has published 18 book chapters, 70 patents and patent applications, and 566 journal articles.
Menachem Elimelech
Professor, Yale University
Presentation Topic: Energetics of Desalination
Menachem Elimelech Menachem Elimelech is the Roberto Goizueta Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Hebrew University in Israel and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include (i) engineered osmosis for sustainable production of water and power, (ii) environmental applications and implications of nanomaterials, (iii) membrane separations for desalination and water reuse, and (iv) water and sanitation in developing countries. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his research and teaching. Notable among these are his election to the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and the Clarke Prize for excellence in water research in 2005.
Anthony Fane
Director Mentor, Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC)
Presentation Topic: Overview and Roadmap for Membrane Process Development in Desalination
Anthony Fane Tony Fane is a Chemical Engineer from Imperial College, London, who has worked on membranes since 1973. His current interests are in membranes applied to environmental applications and the water cycle, with a focus on sustainability aspects of membrane technology, including desalination and reuse. He is a former Director of the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of New South Wales and former Head of the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW; he is now Emeritus Professor at UNSW. In 2008 he founded the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre at Nanyang Technological University and he continues to serve as director of that program. Tony Fane is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Membrane Science, for which he served as editor from 1992 to 2005, and is on the and editorial board of Desalination. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science & Engineering and the Patron of the Membrane Society of Australasia. He received the International Water Association's Membrane Technology Award in 2013.