Dr. Ranil Wickramasinghe
Tuesday, Aug 25th
5885 Hollis Street, 3rd Floor Emeryville CA
Join us for great presentations and guided site tour
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As chemical engineers perhaps the best known membrane based separation process is reverse osmosis for desalination of salt water to produce drinking water. However membranes find many other applications including
Membrane separations are commercially attractive for the following reasons.
As the drive to develop more sustainable manufacturing processes increases, many new membrane based processes are being developed. The aims of this presentation are threefold.
(a) Highlight the great breadth of commercialized membrane based separation processes.
(b) Introduce some potential new membrane based separation processes e.g. for treating hydraulic fracturing flow back waters; producing fuels and chemicals from biomass
(c) Highlight some of the challenges facing designers of new membranes for future separations.
Ranil Wickramasinghe has been active in AIChE for many years. He is a past-Chair and a current member of the Career and Education Operating Council (CEOC). He was the Meeting Program Chair of the 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco which was the largest annual meeting to date. He was very active in the Boston Local Section holding many positions including vice-president of the section and was on the General Arrangements Committee of the last AIChE summer meeting. He is a member of the AIChE Licensing and Professional Development Committee, and is a member Chemical Exam Committee of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), the committee that writes questions for the Chemical Engineering PE Exam. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the North American Membrane Society.
Ranil Wickramasinghe's research interests are in membrane science and technology. Typical unit operations include: microfiltration, ultrafiltration, virus filtration, nanofiltration, membrane extraction etc. His group is actively developing responsive membranes which change their physical properties in response to changed environmental conditions. A second research focus is the development of catalytic membranes for biomass hydrolysis by grafting catalytic groups to the membrane surface.
Prof Wickramasinghe, obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, all in Chemical Engineering. He is a licensed chemical engineer. He worked for 5 years in the biotechnology/biomedical industry in the Boston area before joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at Colorado State University. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas in 2011 where he holds the Ross E Martin Chair in Emerging Technologies. He has published over 120 peer reviewed journal articles, several book chapters and is co-editor of a book on responsive membrane and materials.
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