iWMK 2021

November 18 (09:55-17:35), 19 (08:55-18:35)
Zoom Online Webinar

The International Workshop on Membrane in Kobe in 2021 (iWMK2021) was held successfully. We would like to express our thanks to all participating professors, researchers, students as well as general audiences.

We prepared on-demand online video watching for the presentations on November 19 (with permissions). Feel free to explore them on the link below during December 8 – 22.
Watch the on-demand videos HERE !


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.

Owing to COVID-19 pandemic the iWMK2021 will be an online event on ZOOM. Totally 15 universities from 9 different countries will give presentations on their recent research activities. By the time Kobe University celebrating its 120th anniversary, apart from research exchanges by each university’s representative, we also added a new session of student’s online poster presentation. Live Q&A on Zoom is included in this new session by which the participating students can have interactional exchanges with audiences. Utilizing recent online conference platforms, we believe the iWMK2021 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.

Participating research facilities:

  • 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)
  • Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia)
  • Nanjing Tech University (China)
  • Tiangong 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
Student Poster Presentation Session 09:55-17:35
The posters and online Q&A URLs are divided into 3 groups (3 different periods). Welcome to check the details HERE.
Please go to the featured page blow for the contents (poster, Q&A on Zoom, comment*).
The featured page for student poster presentation
*You can leave questions and comments to the students from November 15.

Feel free to read the abstract of each presentation here.


Session Guide
Dr. Ken Man

Staff in charge of international affairs

Group 1

Chung Yuan Christian University,
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology,
University of Arkansas,
Hanyang University

Group 2 

Nanjing Tech University,
University of Technology, Sydney,
Zhejiang University,
Tiangong University,
Tsinghua University

Group 3

Victoria University,
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
Universiti Tecknologi Malaysia,
Institut Teknologi Bandung,
Kobe University,
Institut Européen des Membranes

Closing Speech
Prof. Hideto Matsuyama

Director of the Research Center for Membrane and Film Technology

November 19
Research Presentation from each facility’s representative 08:55-18:35
Please go to the featured page blow for the contents on Zoom.
The featured page for research presentations


Director’s Message
Prof. Hideto Matsuyama

Director of the Research Center for Membrane and Film Technology

Opening Remarks
Prof. Tamotsu Nakamura

Executive Vice President in charge of University Reform, Digitalization and Evaluation, Kobe University
Presentation 1
University of Arkansas
Prof. S Ranil Wickramasinghe &
Prof. Xianghong Qian

Hydrolysis and Dehydration of Lignocellulosic Biomass using Catalytic Membranes: Fundamental Research to Commercialization

Multi-Scale Modeling Tools for the Membrane Formation Process via Phase Inversion by Nonsolvent and Thermal Induced Phase Separation

Presentation 2
Victoria University
Prof. Mikel Duke
Current progress on novel membrane materials and separations for desalination and industrial wastewater treatment
Presentation 3
National Taiwan University of Sci. & Tech.
Prof. Chih-Feng Wang
Preparation of superwetting materials for oil/water mixtures and emulsions separations
Presentation 4
Chung Yuan Christian University
Prof. Da-Ming Wang
Control of crystal polymorphism of poly(vinylidenefluoride) membranes — effects of solvent polarity and removal rate
Presentation 5
University of Technology, Sydney
Prof. Ho kyong Shon
Novel inkjet-printing assisted composite membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration
11:35 -13:00 Lunch Break
Presentation 6
13:00 -13:30
Zhejiang University
Prof. Zhikan Yao

Thin film composite membrane prepared on reactable substrate via interfacial polymerization

Presentation 7
13:30 -14:00
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Prof. King Lun Yeung

Inorganic dual membrane reactor for ozone treatment of recalcitrant pollutants

Presentation 8
14:00 -14:30
Institut Teknologi Bandung
Dr. Helen Julian
Membrane Technology in Food Processing: Current Research in ITB.
14:30 -14:45 15 min Break
Presentation 9
14:45 -15:15

Nanjing Tech University
Mr. Long Cheng

Manipulating the interlayer channel of graphene oxide membranes for H2 purification

Presentation 10
15:15 -15:45
Universiti Tecknologi Malaysia
Prof. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail

Construction of CO2-separative membranes through polymer and nanofiller design

Presentation 11
15:45 -16:15
Kobe University
Prof. Eiji Kamio

Development of Ionic Liquid-based Gel Membrane for CO2 Separation

16:15-16:30 15 min break
Presentation 12
Tiangong University
Prof. Yunxia Hu

High-flux organic solvent nanofiltration membrane with rigid-flexible microporous structures

Presentation 13
Tsinghua University
Prof. Yuan-hui Tang
Dr. Yakai Lin

Effect of polymer chain flexibility on the membrane formation via NIPS and N-TIPS processes from dissipative particle dynamics simulations

Preparation of PMP hollow fiber membranes for ECMO by thermally induced phase separation method

Presentation 14
Institut Européen des Membranes
Prof. Sebastien Balme
Track-etched membranes for simultaneous separation and detection of biomarkers
Presentation 15
Kobe University
Prof. Hideto Matsuyama

Recent research activities at Membrane Center of Kobe University

Closing speech
Prof. Tomohisa Yoshioka

 Closing Speech