KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Prof Wojciech Kujawski

Nicolaus Copernicus University

Research professional with over 35 years of experience in education, research, and cooperation with diverse external companies. Faculty Member at Faculty of Chemistry, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Head of the Chair of Physical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of Polymers /since October 2017/, Mobility Coordinator /1999-2020/, Deputy Dean /2012-2016/). President of Polish Membrane Society (2015-2018, 2019-2022), member of Council of European Membrane Society (2009-2012 and 2015-2018), Treasurer of Worlds Association of Membrane Societies (2017-2020). Principal investigator of national and international projects funded by NATO, Polish National Science Centre (NCN), National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), and National Agency for the Academic Exchange (NAWA). Reviewer to a number of various international JCR indexed journals.

Mr Mark Forbes

Akvotec

Mark is a founding shareholder and director of Akvotek.  Mark began his career as a research chemist and moved into the water and membrane industries more than thirty years ago. He has held senior international positions with companies based in Australia, UK and USA and has participated in hundreds of projects in the water, wastewater, food and beverage and municipal solids waste industries. He has been a director of the Australian Water Industry Alliance and is a member of the Australian Water Association, International Water Association and, previously, the International Desalination Association.  

Dr Ludo Dumee

Khalifa University

Dr Dumee's research is focused on the development of novel nano-materials for water desalination, industrial waste purification and gas separation. He is a materials engineer who enjoys working on multi-disciplinary projects. Ludo is currently investigating routes to fabricate nano-porous metal membranes by de-alloying, metal nano-fibre spinning, nano-particle electrical sintering and metal functionalized block co-polymer self-assembly. He has worked for more than 5 years in separation science across a variety of purification systems (membrane distillation, nano-filtration, electro-dialysis, reverse osmosis). Ludo also works across a team of researchers at Victoria University on novel pathways to reduce fouling and enhance polymeric membranes chemical resistance. He previously worked on carbon nanotube membranes for fast vapour transport and on nano-lithography techniques based on X-ray irradiation to pattern carbon nanotube surfaces. Although primarily interesteding in nano-separation, Ludo has also previously worked on joint projects on flexible electronics devices fabrication, graphene interface chemistry and advanced composite materials.

Prof Benny Freeman

University of Texas at Austin

Prof Benny Freeman is the William J. (Bill) Murray, Jr. Endowed Chair in Engineering at The
University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor of Chemical Engineering and has been a faculty
member for 30 years. Dr. Freeman’s research is in polymer science and engineering and, more
specifically, in mass transport of small molecules in solid polymers. He currently directs 20
Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows performing fundamental research in gas and liquid
separations using polymer and polymer-based membranes and barrier packaging. His research
group focuses on discovery of structure/property relations for desalination and gas separation
membrane materials, new materials for hydrogen separation, natural gas purification, carbon
capture, and new materials for improving fouling resistance and permeation performance in
liquid separation membranes. He is Director of the Department of Energy’s Energy Frontier
Research Center entitled Materials for Water and Energy Systems (M-WET). His research is
described in more than 450 publications and more than 30 patents/patent applications. He has co-
edited 5 books on these topics. He has won a number of awards, including a Fulbright
Distinguished Chair (2016), the Distinguished Service Award from the PMSE Division of ACS
(2015), Society of Plastics Engineers International Award (2013), Roy W. Tess Award in
Coatings from the PMSE Division of ACS (2012), Joe J. King Professional Engineering
Achievement Award from The University of Texas (2013), American Institute of Chemical
Engineers (AIChE) Clarence (Larry) G. Gerhold Award (2013), Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings
from the PMSE Division of ACS (2012), the ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science (2009),
AIChE Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology (2008), and the Strategic
Environmental Research and Development Program Project of the Year (2001). He is a Fellow
of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS), AAAS, AIChE, ACS, and the PMSE and
IECR Divisions of ACS. He has served as President of NAMS, Chair of the PMSE Division for
ACS, and Chair of the Separations Division of AIChE.

Dr Jonathan Schmidt

South East Water

Jonathan Schmidt is a Senior Scientist at South East Water and manages the HACCP accreditation of their recycled water and biosolid products.  This includes the validation and verification of ultrafiltration, ultraviolet radiation and chlorination for the removal or inactivation of pathogenic microorganisms.  He has expertise in microbiology and provides relevant support to the industry in this area and has worked on a number of key projects including Victoria’s first Class A recycled water scheme at Western Water’s Melton treatment plant,

Melbourne Water’s ozonation process at Eastern Treatment Plant, the validation of alternative treatment processes for the production of biosolids for land application and South East Water’s rainwater to hotwater treatment process at the Aquarevo residential estate.

Dr Sam Martin

NematiQ

Dr. Samuel Martin is the Operations Manager at NematiQ, a start up commercializing graphene oxide membrane technology.  He was awarded his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University in 2017 and began working on graphene oxide membranes during his postdoctoral studies there. 

Dr Jing Guan

Origin Water

Dr Jing Guan is currently working as Chief Scientist of OriginWater Technology Co., Ltd.,
Director of Originwater International Pty Ltd. and Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to her appointment, Jing had worked at Centre for Water and Waste Technology, University of New South Wales (UNSW) for ten years since 1998 to 2008. 
Jing has been engaged in research and project management of environmental engineering for more than 35 years. She has made great achievements in areas such as water treatment engineering, wastewater treatment and reuse, membrane technology development, industrial wastewater treatment and reuse and water resources management. She led and participated in national projects of 863 and 973 in China, ARC Linkage project in Australia and the projects involved in the Torch Innovation Precinct at UNSW. She is also a reviewer for a range of SCI journals including Journal of Environment and Pollution; Journal of Hazardous Materials; Journal of Membrane Science; Biotechnology and Bioengineering; Water Research etc.

Prof Vicki Chen

The University of Queensland

Vicki Chen is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology at The University of Queensland. She is a graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and from the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Queensland, she was the head of the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). At UNSW, she was the director of the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology (2006 – 2014). 

Her interests span water/wastewater treatment, gas separation, bioseparations, and membrane fabrication and functionalization. She has published over 192 journal papers and 12 book chapters. She also led multi-institutional projects, including a collaboration with the European Union Framework programme in advanced desalination. She was the 2017 Barrer Centre Distinguished Lecturer at Imperial College and council member of the Aseanian Membrane Society (2007 – 2014). Her research sponsors ranged from government to SMEs and multinational industrial partners and include the Australian Research Council, Australian Low Emission Coal R&D, Coal Innovation New South Wales (CINSW), Simplot, Beijing OriginWater, Printed Energy, Dairy Innovation Australia, Bluescope Steel, Sydney Water, BASF, the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Polymer, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gases Technologies (CO2CRC). 
 

Mr Paul Turner

Advanced Materials Solutions (AMS)

Mr Paul Turner have spent over 37 years predominantly in membrane filtration, majority of that time has been in drinking water, waste water, process and water recycling water recovery and reuse.

 

In his time he has represented some of the largest technology companies, examples Thames Water, Koch Industries, PCI, GE Water & process technologies/Suez. In those roles, he has worked / lived in Asia, Middle east, Europe, USA and United Kingdom spending the last fifteen years based in Australia / New Zealand. This has provided a greater direct understanding into many of the environmental technical challenges we all are facing in both waste and water every day.

 

He represents one of the most exciting breakthrough in filtration for 50 years, visualising a filtration world of strength, longevity and agility over plastic and chemicals.