News | December 11, 2019

Expanding the boundaries of ceramic membrane separations

Last month Renaud Merlet successfully defended his PhD dissertation. His research was part of one of ISPT’s projects.


Renaud Merlet was born in France. He finished his Bachelor of Science in Polymer Engineering atthe Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. After having worked four years at Kemira’s R&D Specialty Chemicals department as a scientist, he embarked upon a European Master’s. This resulted in a Master’s thesis at the University of Twente.

It was there in Twente that he started the Ph.D. project “Modular functionalized hybrid organic-inorganic membranes”. This was in partnership with TU Delft and jointly funded by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The program was supervised by Louis Winnubst and Arian Nijmeijer.

The project expands the boundaries of ceramic membrane separations by developing several new hybrid, ceramic-based membranes. These membranes perform in challenging applications such as the nanofiltration of apolar solutions, acid or basic media, high temperature applications, as well as CO2 separation.

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Read more about Renaud’s dissertation here.

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