IWA-MTC2017 Pre-Conference Workshop

Membrane-based Desalination Processes (Desal-Pro)

Date: 4th – 5th September 2017 (Monday & Tuesday)

Venue: To be confirmed

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Course Fee: S$1,050

Discounted offer at S$600 (regular); S$450 (students)
Limited seats and subject to first-come-first served basis.


This 2-day intensive course for membrane-based desalination processes (Desal-Pro), mainly delivers the comprehensive understanding of membrane-based desalination technologies from theory to applications. Particularly, Reverse Osmosis (RO), Forward Osmosis (FO), Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO), Membrane Distillation (MD), and its integrated processes will be covered. In the course, fundamental mechanisms of transport phenomena in membrane-based desalination processes are firstly offered, fouling and scaling in the membranes are followed, and process design of seawater reverse osmosis desalination will be trained.

Who should attend?

The course is opened to all. It is especially beneficial to professionals who are familiar with membrane-based desalination technologies, with the objective of providing the knowledge from scientific to practical stage and the insights into future direction of the desalination technology.


Participants are to make full course fees payment before the course commences and to confirm the registration. Please complete the online registration form by 1st August 2017. Registration will be on first-come-first served basis.

Important note:

The course will only commence with minimum number of registered participants.

The organizer reserved the rights to cancel the course if the minimum number of registered participant is not fulfilled.

The registration fees will then be refunded back to participants.

Short Bios of Lecturers

Professor Joon Ha Kim is a professor of Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea. He has a background of Chemical Engineering discipline from Korea as well as California in the US. He has researched on the academic area of environmental systems engineering, which associates complex environmental systems with control theories, modeling, and optimized solutions to mitigate the problems caused by the intrinsic complexities in the systems. The main research areas of Prof. Kim are environmental systems engineering including open and closed systems. Specifically, he is specialized in data-mining and modeling of complex systems, desalination engineering and optimization, watershed modeling and water pollution management, membrane systems optimization in water treatment, and non-point source pollutants modeling and management.
Professor Chuyang Y. Tang is a professor of the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong. Before that, he worked as an associate professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he also served as the Deputy Director of the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre. He obtained his PhD degree from the Environmental Engineering and Science Program at Stanford University in 2007. His main research interests include membrane technology, water and wastewater treatment, desalination, water reclamation, water chemistry, and advanced physical and chemical processes. He is a recipient of the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme Fellows Award and the International Desalination Association Fellow Award.
Professor Ho Kyong Shon is a professor of the University of Technology, Sydney in Australia. He is currently an ARC Future Fellow. Since 1998, he has made significant contributions to the understanding of physico-chemical water treatment processes. The initial stage of his research career focused on understanding membrane fouling mechanisms of organic/inorganic materials for wastewater reuse. He has been recently involved in extensive experience of membrane-based desalination processes through National Centre of Excellence Desalination in Australia, Australia Research Council Discovery Projects (ARC DP), European Desalination project (MEDINA) and SeaHERO Korean Desalination project.

Course Timetable

Time Contents Instructor
4th September 2017, Monday (Day 1)
08:30 – 09:00 Opening & Registration
09:00 – 12:00 Fundamentals of membrane desalination processes
  • Transport phenomena in membranes
  • Prof. J. Kim
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
    13:00 – 15:30 Fundamentals of membrane characteristics
  • Membrane fabrication and fouling characteristics
  • Prof. C. Tang
    15:30 – 16:00 Tea break
    16:00 – 17:00 Fundamentals of desalination plant design
  • Designs of intake system, pre-treatment processes, SWRO process describing the key parameters, and any other relevant processes
  • Prof. H. Shon
    5th September 2017, Tuesday (Day 2)
    09:00 – 12:00 Optimization of SWRO plant
  • Modeling studies in membrane processes
  • Optimization points in SWRO plant O&M
  • Prof. J. Kim
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
    13:00 – 15:00 Fouling controls in membrane-based desalination
  • How to measure the membrane fouling?
  • Fouling controls in various membrane processes
  • Prof. C. Tang
    15:00 – 15:30 Tea break
    15:30 – 17:00 Desalination plant design
  • RO system analysis (ROSA) computer aided design software
  • Impact of the brine disposal & shut-down plan of a desalination plant
  • Prof. H. Shon