iWMK 2019

November 18(16:00-18:30), 19(9:30-18:10)
Kobe University campus
Nov. 18 Kobe University Rokkodai 2nd Campus
Nov. 19 Takigawa Memorial Hall, Kobe University

Thanks to all participants to iWMK2019.
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The International Workshop on Membrane in Kobe (iWMK) is an annual event hosted by the Research Center for Membrane and Film Technology, Kobe University (MaFTech center), with the aim at academic exchanges and discussions on today’s advanced membrane research and technology.

The iWMK2019 is a 2 day event and will be held at the Rokkodai campus of Kobe University. On Nov 18 we have special invited lecture and student presentation session. On Nov 19, totally 13 universities from 9 different countries will give presentations on their recent research achievements. We believe the iWMK2019 will not only provide a wide spectrum of exchanges on today’s membrane research, also a great learning opportunity for students as well as a diverse networking place for academia and industry.

At iWMK2018, we are greatly honored to host 13 overseas universities and institutes as the follows.

  • Chung Yuan University (Taiwan)
  • National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan)
  • Hanyang University (Korea)
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
  • Institut Européen des Membranes (France)
  • Tianjin Polytechnic University (China)
  • Tianjin University (China)
  • Tsinghua University (China)
  • Universiti Teknologi of Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • University of Technology Sydney (Australia)
  • Victoria University (Australia)
  • Zhejiang University (China)
  • University of Arkansas (USA)
  • Kobe University (Japan) 



November 18

16:00-17:30 Featured Lecture
Prof. Michael Guiver
Progress in the design of thin film composite and mixed-matrix membranes for gas separations
17:30-18:30 Poster Presentation

Poster presentations by students


November 19


Opening Remark
Vice President
Prof. Keiji Oda

Presentation 1
National Taiwan University of Sci. & Tech.
Prof. Hsieh-Chih Tsai
Introduction the Advanced Membrane Materials Center in Taiwan Tech
Presentation 2
Universiti Tecknologi Malaysia
Prof. Pei Sean, Goh
Polyamide Thin Film Nanocomposite Membrane Incorporated with Carbon Nanotubes/Graphene Oxide for Carbon Dioxide Removal
Presentation 3
Chung Yuan Christian University
Prof. Antoine Venault
Tuning the molecular design of copolymers for the betterment of antifouling membrane performances
Presentation 4
Hanyang University
Prof. Young Moo Lee
Recent progress in thermally rearranged polymer membranes
Presentation 5
Hong Kong University of Sci. & Tech.
Prof. King Lun Yeung
Catalytic Processes in Membrane Separation for Treatment of Refractory Pollutants in Water
11:50 -13:30 Lunch Break
Presentation 6
13:30 -14:00
Institut Européen des Membranes
Prof. Philipe Miele
Dr. Damien Voiry

Introduction to IEM – Expertise, know-how and facilities

Enhanced sieving from exfoliated MoS2 membranes via covalent functionalization

Presentation 7
14:00 -14:30
University of Arkansas
Prof. S Ranil Wickramasinghe
Prof. Xianghong Qian

Responsive Membranes for Advanced Separations

The Formation of Polyethersulfone Membrane via Nonsolvent Induced Phase Separation Process from DPD Simulations

Presentation 8
14:30 -15:00
Tianjin Polytechnic University
Prof. Jianxin Li
Prof. Yunxia Hu

Ultra-low graphene oxide loading for water permeability, antifouling and antibacterial improvement of polyethersulfone/sulfonated polysulfone ultrafiltration membranes

Structure Tailoring of Hierarchical Fibrous Composite Hydrophobic Membranes for State-of-the-Art Desalination Performance in Membrane Distillation

15:00 -15:30 Coffee Break


Presentation 9
15:30 -16:00

Kobe University

Prof. Hiroshi Onishi

Pico-Newton Force Sensing at Liquid-Solid Interfaces with Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy

Presentation 10
16:00 -16:30
University of Technology, Sydney
Prof. Ho kyong Shon
Ms. Nawshad Akther

Carbon-based nanomaterial incorporated osmotic membranes for water treatment and energy production

Presentation 11
16:30 -17:00
Victoria University
Prof. Mikel Duke

Exploring the beneficial chemical and catalytic features of ceramic membranes for water recovery

Presentation 12
Zhejiang University
Prof. Sheng-Fu Chen

The antifouling zwitterionic materials and their application in membrane separation

Presentation 13
Kobe University
Prof. Hideto Matsuyama

Center’s organizational updates and recent research activities

Closing speech
Prof. Tomohisa Yoshioka


18:10 -20:30 Banquet