“Challenges Faced by the Filtration Industry During COVID-19 Pandemic” is Theme for AFS Virtual Fall Conference

The filtration industry has been thrust onto center stage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Never before have we had to confront so immediately and intensely the power of an airborne pathogen to endanger the lives of millions, rock public health and lay waste to the world economy.

The American Filtration & Separations Society will devote its entire fall conference on December 2 and 3 to the filtration industry’s response to COVID-19: What we have witnessed, what we have learned, and what is on the horizon.

The exceptional caliber of expert instruction at this virtual event is bringing enormous value to filtration and healthcare professionals all over the world. The event will run 10am – 2pm central time on December 2 and 3. Fees are $250 for members and $400 for nonmembers for both days, $150 for members and $250 for nonmembers for one day, and $50 for students for both days.

Register here.

Wednesday, December 2
10:00 - 10:30am, CST
KEYNOTE: Ashish Diwanji, Lydall: Filter Media and its Role During COVID

SESSION ONE: Filter Media

  • 10:30 - 10:50am, CST | Thad Ptak: Filter Media Development Using Filtration Theory
  • 10:50 - 11:10am, CST | Qishen Ou, University of Minnesota: Use of Common Materials to Make Masks, Efficiency
  • 11:10 - 11:30am, CST | Jay Forcucci, Cerex: Media Development
  • 11:30 - 11:40am, CST | BREAK


  • 11:40 - 12:00pm, CST | Imad Abdul-Khalek, Southwest Research Institute: COVID Research Efforts
  • 12:00 - 12:20pm, CST | Mike Corbat, Rensa: Face Masks
  • 12:20 - 12:40pm, CST | Shawn Chen, Virginia Commonwealth University: Microstructure Change of Masks and Respirators During Loud Talking, Coughing and Sneezing
  • 12:40 - 12:50pm, CST      BREAK

SESSION THREE: Laboratory Testing for Performance Against Bioaerosols

  • 12:50 - 1:10pm, CST | John Zhang, 3M: A Study on Viral Filtration of Residential HVAC Filters
  • 1:10 - 1:30pm, CST | Tim Johnson, TSI: Testing Respirators, Masks and Face Coverings: Current Status and Proposed Changes
  • 1:30 - 1:50pm, CST | Bobby Singer, Blue Heaven Technologies: Testing Face Mask Materials

Thursday, December 3
10:00 - 10:30am, CST
KEYNOTE: Jeff Siegel, University of Toronto: Filtration and Air Cleaning in the Age of COVID-19

SESSION ONE: Air Filtration for Confined Spaces I

  • 10:30 - 10:50am, CST | Tom Justice, NAFA: Fundamentals of Air Filtration for Hospitals and Clinics
  • 10:50 - 11:10am, CST | Brett Stephens, Illinois Institute of Technology: Modeling COVID19 Transmission on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship
  • 11:10 - 11:30am, CST | Martin Lehmann, MANN+HUMMEL: Classrooms
  • 12:30 – 12:40am, CST | BREAK

SESSION TWO: Air Filtration for Confined Spaces II

  • 11:40 - 12:00pm, CST | Thad Ptak: Residential Filtration for Controlling Bioaerosols
  • 12:00 - 12:20pm, CST | Jenny Berens, Freudenberg: Technology Used in Cabin Air Filtration
  • 12:20 - 12:40pm, CST | Seong Kim, University of Minnesota: Experimental Study on Classroom Ventilation
  • 12:40 - 12:50pm, CST | BREAK

SESSION THREE: Disruptions to the Filtration Industry

  • 12:50 - 1:10pm, CST | Joe Gorman, Camfil: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected and Changed the Air Filtration Industry
  • 1:10 - 1:30pm, CST | Brad Kalil, INDA: New Capacities Coming to Alleviate Shortages in the Filtration Market
  • 1:30 - 1:50pm, CST | Rebekah Telford, Industrial Information Resources (IIR): Industry Marketing Trends

Register here.

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