Prof. Bart Van der Bruggen

Plenary Speaker

Plenary lecture

Prof. Bart Van der Bruggen is scheduled to provide a lecture “Membranes: a solution for water availability on a global scale”.

Research and editorial roles

  • Editor of Separation and Purification Technology
  • Executive Editor of Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
  • Full time research professor, KU Leuven, Belgium since 1 October 2009
  • Visiting professor, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Member of the Council of the European Membrane Society (2013-2017)
  • Postdoc/Visiting Researcher in Universita della Calabria and ITM-CNR, Italy; in Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland; and in the University of North Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill), USA
  • PhD in Applied Sciences, Chemical Engineering, KU Leuven, 20 Sept. 2000

Research interests

Current research interests include (but are not limited to): 

Solvent separation: pervaporation and pervaporation membrane reactors for (trans)esterification; solvent resistant nanofiltration or organic solvent nanofiltration; modeling of transport in nanofiltration.

Resource recovery: phosphate recovery from wastewater and other sources using (s)electrodialysis and pellet crystallization; concentrate treatment by using electrodialysis and forward osmosis; recycling of active pharmaceutical ingredients; membrane contactors and membrane crystallizers.

Water treatment: arsenic removal from potable water sources; membrane synthesis for nanofiltration and reverse osmosis; nanoparticles in membranes; membrane fouling; low cost & high-performance membranes for potable water production; local adsorption materials for pesticides removal from drinking water sources; technologies to prevent intrusion of saline water into freshwater bodies.