The 13th World Filtration Congress Keynotes Offer Unparalleled Technical Presentations

On October 5-9, the 13th World Filtration Congress (WFC13) will present educational and technical programming that is unparalleled among international filtration conferences. The array of offerings includes seven plenary sessions, 30 keynote lectures, 285 oral presentations and panel discussions, 11 short courses and dozens of student and industry posters. Content is organized into four tracks (Solid/Liquid, Air/Gas, Membranes, Filter Media) and three symposia (Energy, Environment, Health).

“The American Filtration and Separations Society is committed to a high quality of technical knowledge at our events,” said Jeni Wong, Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS). “As host of the 13th World Filtration Congress, we have invited the world’s preeminent scientists, business leaders and academic scholars to share their valuable perspectives, discoveries and insights in sessions that range from introductory to highly advanced.”

Keynote presentations include:

  • Dr. Christoph Asbach, Air Quality and Filtration Department Head, Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IUTA), Germany, “On the Effectiveness of Air Purifiers to Improve Indoor Air Hygiene”
  • Dr. Mihail Barboiu, Senior Researcher, CNRS, University of Montpellier, France, “Artificial Water Channels – Toward Biomimetic Membranes for Desalination”
  • Dr. Roger Ben Aïm, Professor Emeritus, University of Montpellier, France, “Deep Bed Filtration vs Membrane Separation: Competition or Synergy”
  • Cedella Beazley, Senior Director Product Management, Evoqua, USA, “Proven Commercial Applications of Membrane Technology in Wastewater and Water Reuse Treatment”
  • Bob Burkhead, President and CEO, Blue Heaven Technologies, USA, “Multi-Pass vs. Single-Pass Air Filtration Testing: Meaningful Assessment of the Impact of HVAC Air Filters on Indoor Air Quality”
  • Peter Cartwright, Peter Cartwright Consulting, USA, “New Developments in Membrane Technologies”
  • Prof. Liang Yin Chu, Professor and Dean of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, China, “Control and Intensification of Mass Transfer and Separation Process with Smart Materials”
  • Prof. Yoram Cohen, Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UCLA, USA, “Autonomous Membrane-Based Water Treatment and Desalination”
  • Ralph Cutler, President, WesTech Engineering, Inc., USA, “Scaling Water Capacity in a Water Stressed World”
  • Dr. Xianshe Feng, University Research Chair and Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, “Gas Separation by Membranes Based on Cyclic Pressure Swing Permeation”
  • Dr. William Fissell, Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, and Medical Lead, The Kidney Project, USA, “Building an Implantable Artificial Kidney:  Part 1: Landscape and Challenges”
  • Dr. Marco Gleiß, Senior Scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, “On the Way to a Digital Twin for Solid Bowl Centrifuges:  Advantages to Multiscale Modeling”
  • Prof. Antti Häkkinen, Professor, LUT University, Finland, “Novel Tools for Improving the Energy Efficiency and Process Control of Vacuum Filtration”
  • Prof. Wilhelm Höflinger, Professor, Technical University Wien, Austria, “PM2.5 Separation Efficiency and Energy Assessment for Cleanable Oil-Water Soluble Mist- and Dust Filter Media”
  • Dr. Andreas Kreuter, CEO, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, Germany, “Is There a Place for Filtration in Our World in 2050?”
  • Prof. Wallace Leung, Distinguished Research Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, “Centrifugal Separation of Monoclonal Antibody for Cancer and Vital Drugs”
  • Dr. Jon McClean, Vice President, Evoqua Water Technologies, USA, “Developments in Advanced Filtration”
  • Dr. Baoxia Mi, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California, Berkeley, USA, “Potential of 2D Nanomaterials in Membrane Technology for Solving Water-Energy Nexus”
  • Sean O'Reilly, Global VP of High Purity Sales & Innovation, AAF, USA, “Minimizing Assumptions to Understand True Total Cost of Ownership of Air Filters”
  • Philip Rolchigo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Pentair, USA, “Water Scarcity – How Technology can Address Our Quantity and Quality Challenges”
  • Dr. Shuvo Roy, Director, Biodesign Laboratory, UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, USA, “Building an Implantable Artificial Kidney Part 2: Technology & Opportunities”
  • Prof. Hooman Tafreshi, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, North Carolina State University, USA, “State of the Art of Gas Phase Filtration Modeling - Broader View”
  • Prof. Hui-Hsin (Anna) Tseng, Professor of Occupational Safety & Health, Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan, “Membrane Reactor for Energy Production: Potential Materials for Gas Molecules Separation”
  • Anil Suthar, Director for Membrane Technology, Donaldson Company, USA, “Micro-Engineered Filtration; the Study and Design of Filtration Materials at the Micro-Scale”
  • Dr. Stephanie Taylor, Founder and President, Building4Health, USA, “Understanding the Role of the Indoor Environment in Human Health”
  • Dr. Xiao-Lin Wang, Professor and Director of Beijing Key Laboratory for Membrane Materials and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, “Approaches to Prepare PVDF-Based Hollow Fiber Membranes for Clean Water”
  • Kent Williamson, Head of Product Development, Americas, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, USA, “Expanding Wetlaid Filtration Media Performance through Innovation and Enhanced Product Testing”
  • Michael Wynblatt, Chief Technology Officer, Donaldson Company, USA, “Technology Directions for the Filtration Industry”
  • Prof. Zhaoxiang Zhong, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Technical University, China, “Microstructure Design and Interface Engineering in Advanced Filters for High-Efficient Nanoscale Particle Separation”

Detailed descriptions of each speaker and keynote are published here.

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