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Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen


With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe’s leading institutions for science and research. Currently around 31,400 students are enrolled in over 100 academic programmes. Over 5,000 of them are international students hailing from 120 different countries. Research and development conducted in the research centres at RWTH Aachen is strongly oriented toward the current needs of industry, commerce, and the professions. This has led to numerous innovations, patents, and licenses. The Chemical Engineering Department (AVT), has more than 30 years of experience in all fields of membrane technology research, ranging from electrodialysis, micro- and ultrafiltration to gas permeation. It has also played a leading role in propagating membrane technology in Germany, through books, publications, courses on membrane processes and regular organization of membrane conference (Aachener Membran Kolloquium).

Contact: Prof. Matthias WESSLING ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


SAPIO Produzione Idrogeno Ossigeno S.r.l.


“Gruppo Sapio” has been active in technical and medical gas sector since 1922. The Sapio Group is leader in production of hydrogen for Italian merchant market (more than 50 % of national requirement). This role of leader in Italian Hydrogen market was strengthened by the partnership with Air Products and Chemical Inc., which is the leader of the hydrogen merchant market in the world, supporting from the beginning NASA Space Program, sharing epochal success.The Sapio Group is particularly busy in Research and Development activities, it has an experimental centre of 348 m2 in Monza to develop Cryogenic applications, WWT units and oxy-combustion systems for industrial employment, and 280 m2 of laboratories working about special gases and their mixture. The company is even dealing with on-site production plant for technical gases, to be installed at customer site.

Contact: Dr. Luana GRIMOLIZZI ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)




Anjou Recherche, the water research centre of Veolia Environment, was created in 1983 in France as an Economic Interest Group (French legal structure to permit companies to join their efforts when they have common interests while preserving their independence). Anjou Recherche (215 employees) develops tools to prevent and control water resource pollution, as well as to assist decision making for the efficient management for the entire water cycle. Anjou Recherche also develops innovative technologies for treating drinking water, municipal and industrial waste water. The main research facility is located in Maisons Laffitte, with a Research Hall equipped with bench-scale test rigs and industrial pilot with flow rate up to 1,5 m3/h. Anjou Recherche has a staff of 33 full-time persons active in projects relative to membrane technologies.

Contact: Dr. Jean-Christophe SCHROTTER ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Alfa Laval Nakskov A/S


Alfa Laval Nakskov A/S is part of  the Alfa Laval group, a global leader in separation, heating and fluid handling  founded in 1883 in Lund, Sweden. Alfa Laval has 12,000 employees and a turn-over of approx. 2.7 billion Euro in 2008. Alfa Laval Nakskov A/S has long-term experience of membrane production and membrane applications in various industries. In 1965, Alfa Laval Nakskov A/S was established under the name of DDS Filtration and became one of the pioneers within the area of cross-flow membrane separation. DDS Filtration was the membrane development and production facility of De Danske Sukkerfabrikker A/S, later part of Danisco A/S. In 1989, DDS Filtration was acquired by The Dow Chemical Company and became part of Dow Liquid Separation Systems. Due to a change in strategy, The Dow Chemical Company divested the business in Nakskov in 1997. In September 2002 Alfa Laval acquired DSS.

Contact: Dr. Frank LIPNIZKI  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


GVS S.p.A.


GVS S.P.A. is a company located in Bologna (italy) of about 140 people. It is the mother company of an industrial group (GVS Group) characterized by a strong manufacturing and market-oriented vocation. GVS Group employs about 1050 people in facilities located in Italy, Europe, South America, USA, and China. It produces filters for the biomedical, pharmaceutical, laboratory, air treatment, and automotive sectors by using a proprietary unique insert molding technology.

GVS also manufactures hydrophobic membranes in Polyvinylidenefluoride, hydrophilic membranes in Polyethersulphone, and functionalized Polyester filtration media. The company is fully equipped to develop his own products (filtration media, filters, emanufactring equipment,etc.) and includes a R&D department with about 25 graduate researchers.

Contact: Dr. Soccorso GAETA  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Mikropur s.r.o.


Mikropur Ltd., is a SME firm founded in 1994 as an engineering and consultancy company for filtration and membrane separation processes. Long-term experience in research and development of chemical processes, membrane materials , as well as in the design, construction and manufacture of unique laboratory units and special scientific instruments, such as photocatalytic reactors, membrane cells, hybrid cells for membrane-photocatalysis, laboratory units for reverse osmosis, nano-, ultra- and microfiltration, pervaporation, simulated moving bed chromatography, etc. The laboratory is adapted for research in the field of chemical engineering and chemistry, and is equipped with facilities for research and development of various processes, such as membrane separation, photocatalysis, thin layer preparation, sol-gel methods including calcification.

Contact: Dr. Jaroslav PRIDAL  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)




The European Membrane House is a non-profit making international association set up in 2008 by universities and research institutes in 10 European countries working together within the framework of NanoMemPro (FP6 Network of Excellence). EMH is dedicated to enhance the industrial implementation of membrane-based technologies. EMS also wants to help develop a coherent and structured European system for membrane research and technological innovation. This is achieved thanks to: Institutional Lobbying, developing research and industry partnerships, offering facilitation services, reports, technical studies subcontracted to best-qualified structures, technological watch, regulatory & normalisation actions.

Contact: Prof. Gilbert M. RIOS  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)




The European Membrane Society is a non-profit society devoted to the promotion and transfer of scientific information.

It is a meeting forum for scientists and engineers who work in the field of membrane science and technology. The EMS promotes, sponsors and supports the organization of conferences, workshops and schools. In particular, its major traditional events are the Euromembrane performed every second year, the Summer School performed every year, and ICOM performed every tree years and organized in cooperation with the North American Membrane Society and the Aseanian Membrane Society. Next ICOM will be hosted by the EMS and will be performed in Amsterdam on July 2011.

The EMS supports student mobility, award and prizes for the best student and young researcher scientific work. Disseminates information, through its newsletter the Membrane News, about membrane science and technology activities, innovation, development, application.

Contact: Dr. Lidietta GIORNO  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)