American Filtration & Separations Society (AFS)

World Filtration Congress 13 Offers Unparalleled Technical Programming


In six months, 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 prides itself of the range and quality of technical knowledge we disseminate through our events,” said Rahul Bharadwaj, Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS). “As host of the 13th World Filtration Congress, it’s important to the AFS that Congress attendees have access to a large quantity of world-class educational and technical sessions, which are a critical element in solving our toughest global challenges.”

The World Filtration Congress taps the world’s preeminent scientists, business leaders and academic scholars to deliver an outstanding schedule of options, and experts from 23 countries will share their valuable perspectives, discoveries and insights in sessions that range from introductory to highly advanced. Plenary and keynote presenters scheduled thus far include:

Plenary Sessions

  • Erik Hoek, Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, UCLA, “Engineering the Next-Generation of Membrane Materials Needed to Achieve Global Water Sustainability Goals”
  • Val Hollingsworth, President & CEO, Hollingsworth & Vose, “Public Awareness of the Energy Benefits of Filtration”
  • Paul Marold, President, Lydall Performance Materials, “From Farm to (Operating) Table: Air Quality and Health”
  • David Pui, Professor and Department Chair, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, “Filtration Solutions for a Sustainable Environment”
  • Martin Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Pall Corporation, “How Will Membrane Suppliers Ensure State-of-the-Art Provision to Their Served Marketplaces?”
  • Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Prof. of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, “Membrane Technology for the Production of Biopharmaceuticals”

Keynote Speakers

  • Harald Anlauf, Academic Director, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, “Progress in the Development and Future Challenges of Rotary Vacuum and Pressure Filters”
  • Mihail Barboiu, Senior Researcher, CNRS, University of Montpellier, France, “Artificial Water Channels – Toward Biomimetic Membranes for Desalination”
  • Roger Ben Aïm, Professor Emeritus, University of Montpellier, France, “Deep Bed Filtration vs Membrane Separation: Competition or Synergy”
  • Willy Bordignon, Vice President Filtration & Performance, Americas, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, USA, “Expanding Wetlaid Filtration Media Performance through Innovation and Enhanced Product Testing”
  • 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”
  • Liang Yin Chu, Professor and Dean of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, China, “Control and Intensification of Mass Transfer and Separation Process with Smart Materials”
  • Ralph Cutler, President, WesTech Engineering, Inc., USA, “Visionary View of the Current and future Equipment Market and Application”
  • Achim Dittler, Professor, Institute for Mechanical Process Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, “Separation of Reactive Particulate Material from Gas Streams”
  • 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”
  • William Fissell, Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, and Medical Lead, The Kidney Project, USA
  • Antti Häkkinen, Professor, LUT University, Finland
  • Wilhelm Höflinger, Professor, Austria, “Assessing Oil-Water Soluble Coolant Mist Filter Media and Cleanable Dust Filter Media”
  • Karsten Keller, Director of Technology Innovation & Improvement Management, Nitto Denko Avecia Inc., Germany, “Separation and Filtration in Biopharmaceutical Processing”
  • Andreas Kreuter, CEO, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, Germany, “Is There a Place for Filtration in Our World in 2050?”
  • Anke Laurenzis, Senior Research Manager, BASF, Germany, “A Successful Partnership: How Chemistry Can Support Filtration”
  • Tim McCarty, CEO, Filtration Group Corporation, USA, “Visionary View of the Current and future Equipment Market and Application”
  • James McGrath, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester, USA, “Filters in Small Spaces: Using Ultrathin Silicon Membranes to Monitor Health and Pollution”
  • Jon McClean, Vice President, Evoqua Water Technologies, USA, “Developments in Advanced Filtration”
  • 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, Vice President, Water Technology, Pentair, USA, “Water Scarcity – How Technology can Address Our Quantity and Quality Challenges”
  • Shuvo Roy, Director, Biodesign Laboratory, UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, USA
  • Hooman Tafreshi, Qimonda Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, “Studying Filtration Through Micro- and Macro-Scale Modeling Experiment”
  • Hui-Hsin (Anna) Tseng, Professor of Occupational Safety & Health, Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan, “Construction of Organosilica Membrane with 3-Dimension Network for High Gas Separation Performance”
  • Rong Wang, Professor and Director of Singapore Membrane Technology Center, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, “Development of Novel Nanofiber-Based Membranes for Water Applications”
  • 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”
  • Michael Wynblatt, Chief Technology Officer, Donaldson, USA, “Technology Directions for the Filtration Industry”
  • Qiang Yao, Professor, Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

Detailed subcategories for each track and symposium is published here.

Additionally, the 13th World Filtration Congress will begin with a selection of short courses conducted on 11 different filtration and separation topics. Short courses are four hours each and instructed by leading experts in the field. Educational opportunities on these topics are difficult to find, especially with the level of expertise offered at WFC 13. Upon completion, attendees receive certificates of completion and earn CEU credit.

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