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    2016 AFS Fall Conference - Clean Air and Water Solutions

    October 24-27, 2016 at the DoubleTree Mission Bay in San Diego, CA.

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Conference and Events

Clean Air and Water Solutions Conference

October 24 – 27, 2016, DoubleTree San Diego Mission Bay

For the first time in recent memory, AFS will be holding a conference on the West Coast!
The Fall Conference will be at the Double Tree San Diego Mission Valley during the week of October 24, 2016.

The extreme drought in California has resulted in extraordinary water conservation and reuse measures, and, as we all know, this state leads the nation in new technology and regulations to address both air and water contamination.

October 24th will be devoted to Short Courses, and we are planning numerous technical tracks addressing such diverse areas as new developments in air and water filtration, membrane technologies, wastewater recovery and reuse, monitoring/instrumentation, filter manufacturing, and more, over the next two days.

Snehal Desai, Global Business Director, Dow Water & Process Water Solutions, will give a plenary lecture to open the Conference on Tuesday, and Mark Lambert, CEO of IDE Americas, Inc. will give a plenary Tuesday afternoon.

The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant is a 50 million gallon per day seawater desalination plant located adjacent to the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad California.  IDE Technologies designed and is operating and maintaining the plant for 30 years.  Mark Lambert, CEO of IDE Americas, Inc. will lead a tour of the plant on Thursday, October 27.  The tour will be limited to 50 participants.

Be an active participant in the conference by giving a technical presentation!  Abstract submission is open!  New for the Fall Conference:  Technical presentations will 30 minutes which include 25 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes Q & A.  Oral presentations of 10 – 15 minutes will also be available.  Presenters who want to give a shorter presentation or have late breaking research can submit an abstract for an oral session.

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego in October!

Peter Cartwright, Cartwright Consulting, Co-chair
Thad Ptak, AO Smith, Co-chair

Oil, Gas & Chemical Industries Led AFS Topics

The American Filtration & Separations hosted its 58th Conference in Houston, May 9-11th.  The first conference of the Society was hosted in 1988, six months after the formation of the Society.   Over the years, the conferences have covered virtually every topic in filtration and separation and have been hosted in locations throughout the country. 

As the AFS continues its growth, this spring’s conference in Houston had the highest attendance in years, in spite of the downturn of the oil and gas industry.  Activities began with its Short Course format Monday with seven half-day and two full day educational courses.  Tuesday morning opened with plenary speaker, Larry Ryan, Business President of Dow Energy and Water providing a strategic industry overview.  Klaas De Waal, AFS Chair, spoke at the Awards Luncheon and detailed the recent AFS selection as host of its third World Filtration Congress.   WFC13 will be hosted in the spring of 2020 in San Diego, with over 1,000 global delegates and large expo.  Wednesday’s plenary speaker Michael Spearman detailed the start-up and highly successful sale of his company, Porous Media to Pentair after 23 years in business along with details of its many successes and struggles along the way.  Dr. Scott Northrop from ExxonMobil was the keynoter at the Wednesday luncheon providing an insightful presentation into natural gas recovery filtration & separations. 

The 2016 Spring Conference Chair was David Engle of Nexo Solutions, LLC supported by ten industry leaders who developed three concurrent tracks, an expo and other arrangements making this conference one of the best in recent memory.  The conference hosted numerous sessions and speakers covering almost everything you want to know about oil, gas and chemical filtration and separations.  Session moderators included: Peter Cartwright - Cartwright Consulting, Maria Anez-Lingerfelt - Pall Corporation, Patrick McGough - Dow Chemical, Paul Hart - Elements Global, Barry Perlmutter - BHS Filtration, Wu Chen - Dow Chemical,  Brad Nelson - Rice University, Jay Stell - Schulz Process Services, Bob Chin, Mark Willingham - Filtrate Solutions, LLC, Bill Zavora - Calgon Carbon, Andy Narayanan - Mycelx, and Heath Burns - Nexo Solutions. 

The most exciting feature of the event was the reintroduction of booths in the expo in over 10 years.  New Corporate Sponsor, Graham Rideal, of Whitehall Scientific Ltd. based in the UK, dressed as a Blues Brother played a pretty jazzy sax during the AFS conference reception.  Graham was “hot” and received an ovation Wednesday at the AFS luncheon for his great music and entertainment. 

As with all AFS conferences, the AFS hosted a Corporate Sponsors meeting which included the introduction of new corporate activities and additional information was provided about WFC 13. The event provided a networking opportunity as well as a forum for sharing information for both Corporate Sponsors and non-sponsors seeking to learn more about the AFS. 

The American Filtration & Separations Society is the largest filtration society in the world and the principal educator of the industry. The Society hosts semi-annual conferences in support of the industry and infrastructure where filtration and separations are an essential factor in the success of American business and education.


AFS Spring Conference Courses - Houston, TX

The following short courses will be offered at the AFS Spring Conference in Houston, TX:

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016
Houston Marriott Westchase
Houston, TX

Full Day, 0.8 CEUs
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Introduction to Liquid Filtration
Introduction to Gas/Air Filtration

Half Day, 0.4 CEUs
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Morning

Coalescer Training – Principles and Industrial Applications
Filtration & Separation Media Use & Market
Fuel/Oil/Lube/Hydraulic Filtration
Microfiltration Membrane

Half Day, 0.4 CEUs

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Afternoon

Advanced Nonwovens in Filtration
Designing Media and Filters for Air Filtration
Ultrafiltration Membrane

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Latest News

AFS Awards Presented at Spring Conference

AFS presented honorific and product awards at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 10 at the Spring Conference in Houston.  Congratulations to all award winners:

Young Scientist Award – Goutham Viswanadam

Fellow Award – Mark Willingham

Engineering Merit Award – Haver & Boecker/W.S. Tyler

New Product of the Year – Cummins Filtration, LF 14000NN NanoNet Combo Lube Filter


Pictured from left to right, Christine Sun, Bill Lucas, Steve Kopfstein, Klaas De Waal, Mark Willingham, Chris Wallace, Lyn Sholl.  Not pictured Goutham Viswanadam, Cummins representative.


Congratulations to all students who submitted a poster for the student poster competition at the Spring Conference in Houston.  The posters are presented to a panel of judges who have the task of selecting the winners from the outstanding submissions and presentations.  The winners from the Spring Competition are:

1st Place – Mana Amrei, Virginia Commonwealth University, Modeling Detachment of a Droplet from a Fiber Crossover

2nd Place – Ashish Bandekar, University of Akron, Coalescence of Water Drops in Water-Diesel Emulsion using Electro-coalescer Device

3rd Place (Tie) – Stuti Rajgarhia, University of Akron, Separation of Water from Ultra-low Sulphur Diesel using Polymer Nanofibers with Interpenetrating Network Morphology

3rd Place (Tie) – Ahmed Saleh, Virginia Commonwealth University, Modeling Performance of Pleated Filters under Dust-Loading Condition


Students pictured from left to right are Ahmed Saleh, Ashish Bandekar, Mana Amrei and Student Poster Competition Chair, Wenping Li.  Not pictured Stuti Rajgarhia.




AFS Will Host the 13th World Filtration Congress (WFC 13)


After the announcement was made by the INDEFI Board AFS Members joined together to celebrate in the AFS booth.
From left to right: Chris Wallace, Rahul Bharadwaj, Christine Sun, Klaas De Waal, Lyn Sholl, Wallace Leung, Wu Chen and Wenping Li.

The American Filtration & Separations Society was awarded the host country for World Filtration Congress 13 to be held in spring of 2020.  This will be the third World Filtration Congress hosted in North America; the last being in New Orleans in 2004, an event that set the record as the best Congress to date, at the time.  Following every World Congress, a host country must wait a minimum of 16 years to re-apply to host the event again.  


Upcoming Dixie Chapter Meeting

Please join us for the upcoming Dixie Chapter Meeting:

Date: September 15, 2016
Location: Richmond, VA
Theme: Innovative Filtration Solutions  
For Sponsorship and Presentation opportunities, contact Todd Furbee,, Ph: 804-798-2888


AFS Awards Presented at Fall Conference


Students pictured from left to right are Jia Wang, Zhangxin Wang, Steven Weinman, Kokuvi Akoto, Nithinart Chitpong, and Christine Duval.

The AFS sponsors a student poster competition at the Fall and Spring conferences.  Fourteen students competed at the Advanced Technologies in Filter Media Conference.  Congratulations to all the students who competed. The winners were:

  • 1st place, Christine Duval, Clemson University – Rapid Uranium Isotopic Analysis using Ultrafiltration and Alpha Spectroscopy
  • 2nd place, Nithinart Chitpong, Clemson University – Poly(acrylic acid) Functionalized Cellulose Nanofiber Composite Membranes for Removal of Heavy Metals from Impaired Waters
  • 3rd place, Kokuvi Akato, University of Tennessee – Meltblown Submicron Fiber Filter Media from Ingeo, a Sustainable Polymer
  • Honorable mention was given to:
    • Zhangxin Wang, Vanderbilt University – Anti-oil-fouling Membrane Distillation Enabled by Omniphobic Membrane
    • Steven Weinman, Clemson University – Development of Anti-fouling, Anti-microbial Membranes for Wastewater Treatment
    • Jia Wang, Case Western Reserve University – Fibrous Filters Using a Novel Co-extrusion Process for Fuel Filtration