As part of the festivities of the golden jubilee of COPPE, the graduate school of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Membrane Separation Processes Laboratory of COPPE is celebrating 45 years of activities on fundamental research and technology development on the applications of synthetic membranes.

The original research project entitled “Permeação através de Membranas” – PAM, (Permeation through Membranes) began in 1968, under the supervision of Petrobras engineers Marcos Luiz dos Santos and Dorodame Leitao, supported by the Scientific and Technological Development Fund – FUNTEC and Petrobras, and strongly backed by Professor Alberto Coimbra, founder of COPPE. A couple of years later, the Membrane Separation Processes Laboratory was established in the Chemical Engineering Program of COPPE, which promoted a  strong increase in academic and applied research in the membrane science and technology fields. By the end of 2012, more than 150 graduates thesis (MSc. and DSc.) were completed in the lab under the supervision of A. Claudio Habert, Cristiano Borges and Ronaldo Nobrega.

SIMPAM 2013 has been organized to celebrate this special anniversary and will be held between July 29 and August 02, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition, two workshops were included as special events: the I Workshop on Gas Separation and the I Workshop on Ion Separation and Pre-treatment. The main objectives are to bring out and discuss with the Brazilian scientific and technical community the recent research in Membrane Science and Technology developed throughout the country.

The scientific program consists of plenary lectures which will cover the state-of-art in selected areas, highlighting the main challenges for the future, delivered by international membrane experts, from academia and industry. About 100 selected papers will be presented in the oral and poster sessions. The topics include membrane formation and characterization; membrane processes such as MF, UF, NF, ED and RO and their hybrid operations; energy generation; pervaporation and vapor permeation; gas separation; and membrane bioreactors (MBR).

The first day of SIMPAM 2013 will be devoted to four short courses, aiming at introducing students as well industry professionals to the fundamentals and applications in membrane technology. During the events, the participants will also have the opportunity  to visit the Membrane Separation Processes Laboratory. The start-up of a new pilot plant for water treatment is also scheduled.

General information

For additional information about these events, please contact simpam2013@peq.coppe.ufrj.br



Desenvolvido por Arthur H