Emerging Membrane Processes for Water Purification - January-2020

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Attend this 4-day hands-on course to explore the fundamentals of membrane processes and membrane process modeling software. You will start this course by proposing a treatment process to remove contaminants from a given wastewater containing mixtures of particles, metals and/or inorganics. Then, design and perform experiments testing your hypotheses in bench-scale systems and use the bench-scale data to calibrate process software.

After bench-scale system testing, you will conduct operation of pilot-scale systems to validate model predictions and learn the basics of membrane PI. With the results of the pilot-scale system and the models you’ll update your hypotheses, redesign the experiments and perform simulations for a newly proposed PI or MCPI system and will determine contaminant removal efficiencies and the energy and cost efficiency of the processes. Lastly, you will perform economic and energy optimization of the proposed processes to establish practical viability.

This course is part of RAPID’s ongoing Education & Workforce Development efforts. RAPID Member organizations are exclusively entitled to 1 complimentary seat in the pilot offering of this course (January 7-10). Future offerings of this course will be available to RAPID Members, AIChE Members, as well as non-members for a fee.

To reserve your seat in the January 7-10, 2020 pilot, select 'Register Now' and complete the form. Once your registration is confirmed, you'll receive notification from RAPID. Seats are limited (first come first serve basis).


Andrea Achilli

Andrea Achilli is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Arizona (UA) and affiliated faculty at the UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center. He received a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno where he developed the osmotic membrane bioreactor and investigated pressure retarded osmosis. He has almost 15 years of research experience in membrane processes for desalination and water reuse, including membrane distillation and energy recovery. His research focuses on process...Read more

Itzel Marquez

Itzel Marquez is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering at Central Michigan University. She obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona where her research was focused on the removal mechanisms of Trace Organic Compounds from wastewater. She was also a post-doctoral associate at the UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center doing research on membrane treatments for wastewater reuse.  She has worked and done research in different processes and projects in wastewater treatment for the past 8 years. Her research focuses in wastewater...Read more

Eduardo Sáez

Eduardo Sáez is a distinguished professor in the UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at The University of Arizona. He is from Venezuela, where he earned a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Simón Bolívar University. Subsequently, he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. He worked as a faculty member in Simón Bolívar University and North Carolina State University before joining UA in 1998. He has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Physics in Bristol University (UK) and at Pacific Northwest National...Read more

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