Ivo Vankelecom

29 Aug 2012

Ivo Vankelecom (┬░Ninove, Belgium, 1967) studied Bioscience Engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium, where he graduated in 1990. In 1994, he obtained his PhD in Applied Biological Sciences from the Department of Interphase Chemistry on "Inorganic Porous Fillers in Organic Polymer Membranes". Until 2002, he worked at K.U.Leuven as postdoc on membrane catalysis. During this period, he spent 6 months at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beersheva, Israel) and at Imperial College (London, England). Since 2002, he is professor at K.U.Leuven where he teaches Membrane Technology, Adsorption and Chromatography. He is author of more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and 15 patents.

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High-throughput equipment for fast synthesis, characterization and screening of membranes

An overview will be given of the high-throughput equipment, designed and patented by KU Leuven, for the fast synthesis, characterization and screening of membranes. The equipment allows very fast development of membranes prepared via phase inversion or interfacial polymerization. The screening in NF, RO, FO, PRO, UF, MF, GS and MBRs can happen with up to 20 different membranes or different feeds at the same time. To steer the membrane development towards really high-performance membranes, combinatorial techniques based on genetic algorithms, have been applied. Special equipment was also developed for in-situ characterization of membrane fouling.