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6th MEMTEK International Symposium on Membrane Technologies and Applications

18-20 November 2019, Istanbul, TURKEY


6th MEMTEK International Symposium on Membrane Technologies and Applications

18-20 November 2019, Istanbul, TURKEY

MEMTEK is the unique symposium organized in the field of membrane technologies in Turkey. MEMTEK 2019 symposium will be held by Istanbul Technical University, National Research Center on Membrane Technologies in Istanbul from 18 to 20 November 2019.


Abstract Submission Deadline is extended! New Date is: 19 August 2019

Turkish Airlines is the official airline of “6th MEMTEK INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS” and special discounts are offered on certain booking classes. In order to proceed with the online booking tool for Turkish Conventions please visit the Turkish Conventions website https: and use the event code “072TKH19” under delegate section.

Selected manuscripts will be published on Desalination and Water Treatment (DESWATER) and Journal of Membrane Science and Research (JMSR).

Abstract Submission and Review System is opened    

Selected Student Oral Presentations and Student Poster Presentations will be awarded. The details will be announced soon.


19 August 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline
20 September 2019
Notification of Acceptances
30 September 2019
Last Day of Early Registration
15 October 2019
Full Paper Submission Deadline
18-20 November 2019
Symposium Dates

Symposium Language: English


Membrane Technology for Desalination and Waste Water Treatment: State-of-the-art, Innovations and Challenges

Our planet is rapidly running out of clean fresh water as the consequences of natural and human factors in the context of the unequal level of economic development, technological capacity and excessive water pollution. Membrane-based water treatment processes have emerged as engineering solutions to provide immediate solutions to this growing crisis. Over years, membrane technology has been widely accepted as a means of producing high quality treated water from various sources including surface water, well water, brackish water and seawater. Membrane technology has also been used in industrial wastewater treatment for recycling and reclamation purposes. In the last decade, a steep rise in the level of nanotechnology research efforts has been observed worldwide. Science-based technology, particularly nanotechnology, has offered a great extent in material improvements. The integration of nanomaterials in membrane-based water treatment processes in terms of materials and systems enhancement has been acknowledged as the unprecedented key to overwhelm the barriers and limitations that are facing current membrane technology. The innovative research progresses prompt a wide range of engineered nanomaterials to hold vast potential in advancing membrane-based separation to improve the overall efficiency as well as to reduce environmental footprint. This presentation provides the insights into the advances driven by membrane technology to resolve the global water issues. Emphasis is placed on the fabrication of nano-enabled membranes where the membrane structures can be carefully tailored and controlled through the incorporation of engineered nanomaterials. The innovations and challenges faced in the lab scale and commercial scale development of membrane technology for desalination and wastewater treatment will be presented.

Innovations in Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Technology

Since the early 2000, anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBRs) have been increasingly researched for their feasibility and practical applications. In AnMBRs, biomass and particulate organic matter are physically retained inside the reactor, providing optimal conditions for organic matter degradation. AnMBRs represent an attractive treatment option for industrial wastewaters and/or slurries at extreme conditions, such as high salinity, high temperature, high concentrations of suspended solids (SS), high lipid concentrations and/or the presence of refractory compounds. The solids-free effluent facilitates physicochemical downstream processing of the permeate e.g. with reverse osmosis (RO) for cost-effective water recovery.

Thus far, all full-scale AnMBR applications concern industrial wastewater. However, there exist a growing interest for the treatment of domestic and municipal sewage, concomitantly opting for water reclamation. Since macronutrients such as ammonium and orthophosphates are not removed by anaerobic bioprocesses and pathogens largely can be retained by the membrane unit, permeates of AnMBRs are certainly of interest for agricultural use. However, with the increased hydraulic flows, achievable membrane fluxes and thus membrane fouling phenomena, will determine the economics of the plant. At present our research focuses on the online measurement of sludge filterability, opting for automated control of the membrane flux.

The presentation will summarize recent developments on AnMBR and will discuss future potentials.

The Role of Membrane Technology in Sustainable Desalination and Water Treatment

The amount of currently available fresh water on earth is in continuous decline due to rapidly increased consumption as a result of population growth, industrial use and climate change. According to new findings, one in three people are enduring one form or another of water scarcity. Therefore, there is an urgent need to address such world water shortages. Membrane technology for Desalination and water treatment increasingly proves to be one of the most practical solutions and the application of nanotechnology to membrane separation processes has shown to be extremely valuable to reduce cost and improve efficiency.

The lecture will focus on the global water shortages and will show the role of membrane technology in sustainable Desalination and water treatment. It will also show how the application of nanotechnology and in particular, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) to membrane separation processes, can provide us with modern tools that may be applied for further costs reduction of water. Since 1994, the research of Professor Hilal has focused on developing and applying nanotechnology to process engineering, particularly in the fields of Desalination, water treatment, membrane separation and (bio)colloidal interactions. Some of his major achievements have been the development of novel membranes tailored for specific water treatment applications, the smallest colloid probe reported in the literature, the coated colloid probe technique and the cell probe technique. The lecture will focus on the use of such probes to quantify directly the force of interaction of coated colloid or microbiological cells in a direction normal to the membrane surface, at which the interaction is taking place. The potential of the technique has been demonstrated when such probes are used to assess the rejection of colloids at the entrance to membrane pores, and the adhesive characteristics (fouling) of synthetic membranes.

Energy-Efficient Innovative Desalination Technologies for Water Supply Sustainability

The current desalination technologies are very energy-intensive compared to the thermodynamic limits, despite recent technical improvements. Furthermore, membrane technology development is hampered by relatively low flux performances and membrane (bio) fouling. Several countries have realized that they are not going to be protected from the future global energy crisis and have started to set up plans to diversify their energy resources, e.g. renewable energy, and development of innovative low-energy desalination technologies. There is therefore a need to develop more suitable integrated technologies. In previous work we have shown that these new technologies can significantly lower the specific energy consumption. In this talk, emerging desalination technologies developed by our group, mainly membrane distillation, forward osmosis, and adsorption desalination and hybrid systems will be presented, with a focus on one specific case study, and supported by experimental and simulation results.