F Petrus Cuperus

24 Aug 2012

Dr Ir F.P. Cuperus is co-founder and current managing director of SolSep BV. SolSep develops and produces membranes and membrane separation devices for use in organic solvents.

Since 1990 Dr Cuperus is involved in R&D leading to new separation and reactor technology for the environment-friendly processing. He has done extensive work on membranes and membrane reactors for food and non-food industry. He took part in many European projects (FAIR, CRAFT, Brite-Euram, FP6, FP7).

Dr Cuperus has been working for the Agrotechnological Research Institute (ATO-DLO), Wageningen,1990-2000) The Netherlands. He was involved part-time as Research Coordinator with the “Stratingh Institute” of the University of Groningen. Within this institute chemical engineers and experts on organic synthesis and catalysis are working on integrated projects.

Dr Cuperus owns a Ph-D degree of the University of Twente (Prof. Dr C.A. Smolders) on Membrane Technology (1986-1990). The theme of his masters thesis was the development of ceramic gas separation membranes (Burggraaf, TH Twente).

He is (co-)author of more than 50 papers and 7 patents and has been (invited) speaker at more than 50 scientific and engineering (membrane) conferences.

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Membrane Technology in organic solvents: Membranes and processes In chemical industry

Currently, developments in membrane technology in organic solvents are focused on materials as well as process engineering. Very often it is typically a co-development of membrane company and end-user. In the past years SolSep BV has been working on nanofiltration of organic solvents to obtain a solvent or a valuable compound from an organic solvent. Focus is at economically sound technology using polymeric membranes and spiral wound elements. At this moment Solsep produces membrane modules of the spiral wound type. These have been tested in long term tests in solvents like: methanol, ethanol, acetone, ethyl acetate, toluene, chlorobenzene, other chlorinated solvents, many alkanes, alkenes as well as solvent mixtures. By their special design also highly viscous feeds can treated.

To be discussed:

solvent recovery processes (chlorinated solvent, acetone/MEK)

reclaim of (natural) compounds (natural carbohydrates, bio-fruit-waxes)

influence membrane materials on performance