Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 2nd International Conference and Expo on Separation Techniques Valencia, Spain.

Day 2 :

OMICS International Separation Techniques 2016 International Conference Keynote Speaker Johannes Carolus Jansen photo

Johannes Carolus Jansen has completed his PhD in the Department of Polymer Technology of the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands in 1996. After a short stay as a Visiting Researcher at DSM Resins, he has worked at the Agrotechnological Research Institute ATO-DLO, Wageningen, Netherlands from 1997-2000 and the CNR Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Milan, Italy from 2000-2001. In his current position as a Researcher at the CNR Institute on Membrane Technology, Rende, Italy, he is responsible for various national and international public and private research projects. He holds 2 patents and is the author of 1 book, over 80 publications and book chapters with an h-factor of 29.


Due to the increasing need for sustainability in all industrial sectors, membrane operations are gaining territory over energy demanding and less environmentally friendly traditional separation processes. Successful implementation of membrane technology requires the development of novel materials with enhanced performance. In the field of gas separation, polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) and mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) are two classes of such materials which are intensively investigated by the scientific community. PIMs have exceptional permeation properties owing to their stiff contorted polymer backbone that induces an unusually high fractional free volume, in combination with a modest size-sieving behavior. MMMs consist of porous materials dispersed in a dense polymer matrix and metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are often used as such fillers because of their generally good compatibility with the polymer and their specific pore structure. MOFs may further increase the selectivity of polymeric membranes, enhancing the permeability of certain gas species and blocking others, especially MOFs with a high aspect ratio. The use of novel materials also requires better characterization methods to analyze their performance. In this light, the present paper discusses the development of a novel method for the analysis of the individual permeability and diffusion coefficients of gas mixtures in polymeric membranes, using in-line analysis of the permeate composition by a Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer. A comparison is made with the so-called time lag method for pure gases and some peculiarities of the gas and vapor transport in PIMs and other high free volume polymers will be discussed.


OMICS International Separation Techniques 2016 International Conference Keynote Speaker Adolfo Iulianelli photo

Adolfo Iulianelli, Degree in Chemical Engineering, is a PhD in Chemical and Material Engineering. Nowadays, he works at the Institute on Membrane Technology of the Italian National Research Council. He published more than 50 articles in international scientific ISI journals, more than 20 chapters in international books, author of one patent and a book and of more than 50 papers in proceedings of National and International Conferences. He is Reviewer of more than 20 scientific ISI journals, Associate Editor of International Journal of Membrane Science & Technology, Editor of Journal of Membrane Science and Technology, Advances in Chemical Engineering and Process Technology, Journal of Fuels and Scientific World as well as serving as Guest Editor for International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. His H-index today is equal to 22.


Nowadays, inorganic membrane technology is considered as an attracting option for the separation and purification of hydrogen, particularly in the field of fuel cells supplying. The application of inorganic membranes in membrane reactors makes feasible the chemical reaction to produce hydrogen and its simultaneous separation/purification in only one process unit, without requiring any other complementary stage. Among them, Pd and Pd-alloy membranes represent excellent systems for the purification of hydrogen rich-streams due to their special behaviors of perm-selectivity towards hydrogen with respect to all of the other gases. Unfortunately, Pd-based membranes are expensive and many efforts are still on going to combine high performance (in terms of high grade hydrogen separation) and cost effective processes. Meanwhile, Pd-based membrane reactors technology combined to biofuels exploitation is considered today really attracting to solve the issues related to the environmental pollution. It is worth noting that there is an extensive literature addressing hydrogen production through membrane reactors via reforming reactions of biofuels as renewable feed-stocks coming from biomass transformation and/or utilization. Hence, this work gives a panoramic view about the state of the art on the recent progresses about inorganic membranes and their application in membrane reactors to generate high grade hydrogen from reforming reactions.


OMICS International Separation Techniques 2016 International Conference Keynote Speaker Sergey N Krylov photo

Sergey N Krylov obtained his PhD from Moscow State University and was trained as PDF at the University of Alberta. He has been Professor of Chemistry at York University in Toronto since 2000. He has held Canada Research Chair Tier II for a maximum term and is now York Research Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry. He is a Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions. He is recognized internationally for his pioneering work in the fields of chemical cytometry, kinetic analysis of affinity interactions, and selection and applications of oligonucleotide aptamers. He has authored over 160 peer-reviewed papers and his research contributions have been recognized with a number of distinctions including two awards from the Chemical Society of Canada.


The slowing discovery of new chemical entities in small-molecule drug development calls for disruptive approaches in drug discovery. Among such approaches is selection of drug leads from ultra-diverse (>109 different structures) combinatorial libraries. However, such selections as well as kinetic characterization of selected molecules constitute ultimate analytical challenges: They require ultra-efficient separation without immobilization, highly-selective detection without labeling, and data deconvolution algorithms for extracting kinetic information. We are developing a novel conceptual platform “Kinetic Separation with MS Detection” for addressing these challenges. Uniquely, a single method of kinetic separation can be used for 3 major applications: Selection of drug leads and affinity probes from ultra-diverse libraries, kinetic characterization of binding of drug leads and affinity probes to their protein targets and the use of affinity probes in disease diagnostics. We dub this multi-blade tool an Analytical Swiss Army Knife. The concept of kinetic separation has been proven for 2 modes of separation: Capillary electrophoresis and size-exclusion chromatography. We are now developing the application of kinetic separation to development of drug leads from libraries of DNA-encoded small molecules and affinity probes from random DNA libraries. In this lecture, the fundamentals of kinetic separation will be explained and examples of its practical use for selection and characterization of drug leads and affinity probes will be presented. Prospective of the utilization of kinetic separation in the pharmaceutical industry and academic research will be discussed.


Keynote Forum

Muataz Ali Atieh

Hamad Bin khalifa University, Qatar

Keynote: Can carbon nanomaterials revolutionize membrane separation for water treatment and desalination?

Time : 10:20-10:45

OMICS International Separation Techniques 2016 International Conference Keynote Speaker Muataz Ali Atieh photo

Muataz Ali Atieh is an Associate Professor at the College of Science and Engineering and Senior Scientist in the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute under Hamad Bin Khalifa University. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University Putra Malaysia in 2005. His research focuses on design and fabrication of different types of CVD reactors for production of micro and nano carbon materials for different applications. He produced different materials from nanostructure materials such as Carbon Nanotubes, Carbon Nanofibers, Nanocatalyst and Graphene to microstructure materials such as Activated Carbon, Vapor Grown Carbon Fiber, Polymers and Membranes. He is working in different applications such as water treatment, water desalination, water disinfection, heat transfer, nano-fluid, nanocomposite, nanocatalyst, polymerization, membrane synthesis, nanosensors and corrosion. He is the author of over 75 peer-reviewed publications, 50 conference papers, 5 published USA Patents. In 2010, he was awarded with an Excellent Research award from King Fahd University, Saudi Arabia.


Membrane separation is a separation process where specifically-fabricated membranes act as a semi-permeable barrier and the separation process takes place by the membrane controlling the movement rate of various molecules between two liquid phases, two gas phases, or a liquid and a gas phase. Despite its superior impact (economically and environmentally) when compared with thermal separation, membrane separation still has several drawbacks, which prevents its global reliance by people as a robust separation technology. Some of these drawbacks are the high fouling rate (organic, inorganic, and bio-colloidal). Several techniques have been introduced to develop novel membranes, which exhibit anti-fouling behavior in addition, to be highly selective, permeable and stable (chemically and mechanically) which requires less replacement. Due to their attractive properties (such as stability and antibacterial behavior), the use of carbon nanomaterials have been widely practiced by scientists to fabricate smart membranes which are strong and exhibit less fouling. Additionally, the surface modification of conventional membranes by incorporating carbon nanomaterials have also been reported in several research papers for the same reasons. This review paper aims to cover the use of carbon nanomaterials in the field of membrane separation as freestanding or surface-modified membranes. The carbon nanomaterials covered are: Carbon nano tubes (CNT), graphene, graphene oxide, carbon nano fibers (CNF), MXene, carbide derived carbon (CDC) and fullerene. This presentation is important for membrane scientists/researchers who work on fabricating/modifying separation membranes using carbon nanomaterials.