Optimisation of catalytic membrane reactor systems

Optimisation of catalytic membrane reactor systems

News and Views Optimisation of catalytic membrane reactor systems The fourth workshop organised by the E u r o p e a n S c i e n c e F o u n d a t i ...

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Optimisation of catalytic membrane reactor systems The fourth workshop organised by the E u r o p e a n S c i e n c e F o u n d a t i o n n e t w o r k o n catalytic m e m b r a n e r e a c t o r s will b e h e l d i n Oslo, Norway, May 3 0 - - J u n e 1, 1997. T h e w o r k s h o p will focus o n t h e u s e a n d f u t u r e p o s s i b i l i t i e s of catalytic m e m b r a n e r e a c t o r s i n i n d u s t r y . P r e s e n t a t i o n s of t h e o r e t i c a l a n a l y s i s , m o d e l l i n g a n d e x p e r i m e n t a l r e s u l t s r e l a t e d to i n d u s t r i a l p r o c e s s e s will be the b a s i s for d i s c u s s i o n s . Topics i n c l u d e t h e i n t e g r a t i o n of m e m b r a n e s into processes, m e m b r a n e property optimisation, p r o c e s s d e s i g n , r e a c t o r s y s t e m modelling, n e w a p p l i c a t i o n s a n d t h e t e c h n o - e c o n o m i c a s p e c t s of membrane systems. T h e o r g a n i s e r s h a v e i s s u e d t h e first call for p a p e r s . Oral a n d p o s t e r p r e s e n t a t i o n s are invited. T h e d e a d l i n e for s u b m i s s i o n of titles for p r e s e n t a t i o n is J a n u a r y 20, 1997.

For further information, contact: SINTEF Forum, PO Box 124 Blindern, N-0314 Oslo, Norway. Tel: +47 22 06 73 O0; fax: +47 22 06 75 22.

S h o r t c o u r s e in food processing T h e Food P r o t e i n R e s e a r c h a n d D e v e l o p m e n t C e n t e r of T e x a s A&M U n i v e r s i t y a r e h o s t i n g a p r a c t i c a l s h o r t c o u r s e o n t h e u s e of m e m b r a n e t e c h n o l o g y i n food p r o c e s s i n g . T h e c o u r s e will t a k e place i n H o u s t o n , Texas, USA o n 2 - 6 March, 1997. T h e c o u r s e will review b a s i c p r i n c i p l e s of m e m b r a n e p r o c e s s i n g , i n c l u d i n g s y s t e m design, m e m b r a n e s e l e c t i o n , cost, e c o n o m i c s a n d p r a c t i c a l a p p l i c a t i o n s . D e s i g n e d to o r i e n t a t e p r o d u c t formu l a t o r s , food s c i e n t i s t s a n d e n g i n e e r s to p r o c e s s i n g a n d p r o d u c t s of m e m b r a n e technology, m a j o r a p p l i c a t i o n s of m i c r o f i l t r a t i o n , u l t r a f i l t r a t i o n , reverse o s m o s i s , n a n o f i l t r a t i o n a n d p e r v a p o r a t i o n i n food p r o c e s s i n g will b e covered. T h e c o u r s e will also cover t h e f u n d a m e n t a l s a n d p r a c t i c a l a s p e c t s of m e m b r a n e fouling a n d c l e a n i n g . C a s e s t u d i e s , s u c c e s s stories, i n d u s t r i a l / c o m m e r c i a l applications and the economics of m e m b r a n e s y s t e m s will be reviewed. T h e t h e o r e t i c a l s e s s i o n s will b e b a c k e d u p w i t h h a n d s o n d e m o n s t r a t i o n s . T h e s e pilot p l a n t d e m o n s t r a t i o n s will t a k e p l a c e o n M a r c h 6, i n t h e pilot facilities a t the Food P r o t e i n R e s e a r c h a n d Developm e n t Center, T e x a s A&M University.

For further information, contact: Dr Sefa Koseoglu, Food Protein Rsearch & Development Center, Texas

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PES for c r i t i c a l applications North A m e r i c a n Filter C o r p o r a t i o n h a s i n t r o d u c e d a p o l y e t h e r s u l p h o n e m e m b r a n e for critical filtration a p p l i c a t i o n s . D e s i g n a t e d , t h e Biofil, t h e cartridge provides a n a r r o w pore size d i s t r i b u t i o n a n d h i g h void v o l u m e , for pore sizes 0.04, 0.1, 0.2, 0 . 4 5 a n d 0.65 microns. The PES Microbial c a r t r i d g e s are v a l i d a t e d for b a c t e r i a l r e m o v a l a c c o r d i n g to HIMA g u i d e l i n e s . All c a r t r i d g e s are identified w i t h a u n i q u e serial n u m b e r , for full traceability.

For further information, contact: North American Filter Corporation, 200 Westshore Boulevard, Newark, N Y 14513, USA. Tel: +1 315 331 7000;fax: +1 315 331 6304.

RO c r e a t e s a better bagel A U n i t e d S t a t e s bagel s h o p is b u i l d i n g a n a t i o n a l r e p u t a t i o n , t h a n k s it s a y s to u s i n g w a t e r purified b y reverse o s m o s i s . B a s e d i n Livingston, New J e r s e y , Bagel B u d d i e s are p r o d u c i n g b a g e l s so soft a n d l o n g - l a s t i n g t h a t t h e y are r e q u e s t e d b y c u s t o m e r s a c r o s s the US. "People a s k u s to F e d E x t h e m a s h i p m e n t b e c a u s e o u r p r o d u c t is b e t t e r t h a n a n y t h i n g t h e y c a n find locally," s a y s c o - o w n e r Ira Orchowitz. "People from - get this - - New York, the bagel capital, drive all the way h e r e to c h e c k u s out." B e c a u s e bagels are 50% water, t h e q u a l i t y of the w a t e r d i c t a t e s the t a s t e a n d longevity. "With reverse o s m o s i s water, we find t h a t o u r i n g r e d i e n t s b l e n d t o g e t h e r better, t h a t we d o n ' t n e e d a s m u c h yeast, a n d t h a t t h e y t a s t e fresh t h e n e x t day," O r c h o w i t z says. " C u s t o m e r s tell u s t h a t o u r b a g e l s even freeze better." O n a n average w e e k e n d , Bagel B u d d i e s u s e s m o r e t h a n 100 g a l l o n s of r e v e r s e o s m o s i s w a t e r to m i x a n d boil a s m a n y a s 10 0 0 0 b a g e l s - - i n m o r e t h a n two d o z e n varieties. The m e n u b o a r d even s t a t e s , "Bagels m a d e with s t a t e - o f - t h e - a r t reverse o s m o s i s w a t e r p u r i f i c a t i o n system." Bagel B u d d i e s u s e s a t a b l e t o p ORION RO s y s t e m from O s m o n i c s . T h e ORION w a s originally developed for l a b o r a t o r y p o i n t of u s e w a t e r p u r i f i c a t i o n .

For further information, contact: Osmonics, Inc., 5951 Clearwater Drive, Minnetonka. MN 55343-8995, USA. Tel: +1 612 933 2277;fax: +1 612 933 0141.

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