Plenary & Keynote Lectures

FILTECH 2021 Conference - Dr. Martin Lehmann

Roaring twenties in air filtration – Driving for a cleaner world

Dr.-Ing. Martin Lehmann

Principal Expert Research Network and Public Funding – MANN+HUMMEL / Germany


In medias res: Air filtration is omnipresent for delivering clean air: protecting engine and equipment known as engine filtration, enabling processes and technology known as industrial filtration, providing comfort and indoor air quality known as HVAC filtration. Adding gas adsorption, the domain of cabin air filtration shows up. However, in this talk the focus will be on particle filtration.


Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis. A bit more than twenty years ago, the digital revolution in air filtration started. First realistic simulations of particle collection on single fibers. First time visualization of the 3D microstructure of a fibrous filter. CFD and FEA have become a key tool for designing air intake systems. Nowadays, we are starting to use AI-based simulation tools for designing air filter elements. In addition, in the past twenty years the design of the filter elements changed significantly. There is no longer a set of just rectangular or round filter elements. With evolving production technology, we are now thinking and designing in flexible design shapes with concave curvature, oval shape or variable pleat heights. Customers have become used to filter elements fitting just right into their complex 3D design space.


Quo vadis air filtration? Our decade of the 2020s is a quite prosperous time for air filtration. The production of new internal combustion cars is still growing (until the end of 2020s), the vehicle in operations will further grow, and filtration for heavy duty and industrial equipment will continue to be in demand. But it is also a time to redefine air filtration: New air filtration products will be needed, even for e-mobility. Focusing on reducing emissions adds the need for innovative filtration solutions, such as brake dust filtration, but also demands some kind of an altruistic, community-centered approach: With my frond-end air filter, I contribute to lower fine dust emissions while driving!


The plenary lecture will be a personal collection of examples illustrating the evolution of air filtration in the approximately last twenty years as well as an outlook into the roaring 2020s in air filtration.

Dr.-Ing. Martin J. Lehmann is Principal Expert Research Network and Public Funding at MANN+HUMMEL. Before he served four years as Vice President Air Filtration and Engineering Air Filter Elements at MANN+HUMMEL GmbH. In this assignment Dr. Lehmann has been responsible for the strategic orientation of air filtration as well as for the global R&D of air filter elements in the transportation segment. From 1998 until 2003, he worked in Prof. Kasper’s research group at University Karlsruhe and earned his doctoral degree in 2005 on modeling loading kinetics and 3D MRI visualization of single fibers in air filters. In 2004, Martin Lehmann joined Cummins Filtration at Stoughton, Wisc. From 2006 until 2016, he advanced and set milestones with his simulation team for filtration at MANN+HUMMEL, Ludwigsburg, regarding simulation of filter media and elements. Dr. Lehmann is a member of the Scientific Committee of the FILTECH, the American Filtration and Separation Society, WFC13. He is appointed member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the GSaME at Uni Stuttgart and elected board member of the AFS (2020-2022). He was co-chair of several AFS conferences and is co-chairing the 2021 AFS conference. Dr. Lehmann was an invited keynote speaker at InterPore, AFS and FILTECH and has published over 80 technical papers.
FILTECH 2021 Conference - Prof. Liang Yin Chu

Membrane science and functional materials

Prof. Dr. Liang-Yin Chu

Membrane Science and Functional Materials Group – Sichuan University / China

Functional membranes are playing paramount roles for sustainable development in myriad aspects such as energy, environments, resources and human health. However, the unalterable pore size and surface property of traditional porous membranes restrict their efficient applications. The performances of traditional functional membranes will be weakened upon the unavoidable membrane fouling, and they cannot be applied to the cases where self-regulated permeability and selectivity are required. Inspired by the natural cell membranes with stimuli-responsive channels, artificial stimuli-responsive smart functional membranes are developed by chemically/physically incorporating stimuli-responsive materials as functional gates into traditional porous functional membranes to provide advanced functions and enhanced performances for breaking the bottlenecks of traditional membrane technology. The smart functional membranes, integrating the advantages of traditional porous membrane substrates and smart functional gates, can self-regulate their permeability and selectivity via flexible adjustment of pore sizes and surface properties based on the “open/close” switch of the smart gates in response to environmental stimuli.[1-4] This presentation will introduce the recent development of stimuli-responsive smart functional membranes, including the design strategies and the fabrication strategies that based on introduction of the stimuli-responsive gates after or during membrane formation, the responsive models of versatile stimuli-responsive smart functional membranes, as well as the advanced applications of smart functional membranes for separating chemical/biological substances based on size or affinity, regulating substance concentration in reactors, and controlling release rate of drugs. With the self-regulated membrane performances, smart functional membranes show great power for global sustainable development.

Prof. Dr. Liang-Yin CHU is a Distinguished Professor of Chang Jiang Scholars Program of Chemical Engineering and a Vice President of Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. He became the Director of Sichuan Provincial Key Laboratory for Filtration and Separation in 2001. He was a research fellow at the University of Tokyo (1999-2001) and a visiting scholar at Harvard University (2006-2007), ESPCI ParisTech (2007-2008) and the University of Birmingham (2011). He has authored and co-authored more than 400 articles, 50 patents, 6 books and 16 book chapters. He has received many honors and awards including Natural Science Award issued by the Ministry of Education (2003) and Sichuan Provincial Government (2015), Distinguished Young Scholar issued by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (2008), Distinguished Professor of “Chang Jiang Scholars Program” issued by the Ministry of Education (2009) , Te-Pang Hou Chemical Science and Technology Innovation Award issued by the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (2013), Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2014), and National Technological Invention Award (2018). His teaching and research are focused on filtration and separation technologies, smart membranes, advanced functional materials, and microfluidics.
FILTECH 2021 Conference - Prof. Andrzej Krasinski

The role of structural and surface properties of depth filter media designed for selected separation processes

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrzej Krasinski

Chair of Integrated Processes Engineering – Warsaw University / Poland

The presentation covers examples on the enhancement of filtration performance by modification of fibrous media tailored for specific processes. The topic will include an optimization of depth filter for solid filtration and coalescence (both gas-liquid and liquid-liquid), methods for modification of filter structure by deposition or synthesis of particles on the fibers to obtain expected wettability as well as fabrication and testing of antibacterial filters. The latter application will be addressed for filtration of water biofuels, where the formation of biofilm can lead to a rapid clogging of filter due to bacteria growth and bacteria reemission to the outlet. Other prospective features like photocatalytic effects of the composite filters for organics decomposition will also be presented.

Prof. Andrzej Krasiński holds Ph.D. in chemical engineering obtained in 2005 at Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering of Warsaw University of Technology, and in 2018 the D.Sc. (habilitation) for a comprehensive research on emulsion separation using the coalescence filtration method. Currently he has been employed as Associate Professor at afore mentioned faculty, in Chair of Integrated Processes Engineering (initially in Process Equipment Department). Prof. Andrzej Krasiński is a co-author of more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals, over 30 conference presentations, and 2 patents. He is an expert of National Center for Research and Development, and past member of IChemE, where he obtained the Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. His research track is related to the separation processes, with focus on the droplets coalescence and separation of gas-liquid and liquid-liquid dispersions, pervaporation and gas cleaning techniques. He has been involved in numerous industrially oriented projects including pyrolysis of wastes, development of filtration products for the automotive industry and for the ammonia plant. Based on past experience his area of expertise covers also aggregation of particles in turbulent
FILTECH 2021 Conference - Prof. Sergiy Antonyuk

Simulation of solid-liquid separation processes: Challenges in modeling and experimental validation

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sergiy Antonyuk

Institute of Particle Process Engineering, Technical University of Kaiserslautern / Germany


With the rapid increase in computing power, numerical simulation is becoming increasingly important for the prediction and description of solid-liquid separation processes. Numerical studies can improve knowledge of complex separation mechanisms and support the model-based optimization of existing and the development of novel separation processes.


The approaches used for the modeling and simulation of solid-liquid flow processes differ in the resolution of the flow and boundary layer, consideration of physical effects, microprocesses and interactions as well as the computational effort. This contribution gives an overview of the different approaches and demonstrates their suitability and challenges for the description of the transport and separation of fine particles by comparing simulations with measurements.


The focus is on the detailed description of the separation of particles from suspensions in complex nonwoven structures or in a filter cake by taking into account micromechanisms and real filter medium microstructure. The particle-particle, particle-fibre and particle-fluid interactions, formation and breakage of aggregates, clogging of pores and the compressibility of particles in the filter cake can show a major influence on the filtration process. For the description of these microprocesses, the particle separation can be simulated with the coupled Discrete Element Method (DEM) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The contacts between particles and fibres are calculated numerically by DEM with force and angular momentum balances, where contact deformation and adhesion as well as drag and viscous forces due to flow obtained with CFD are considered. The kinematics and dynamics of each individual particle and the entire particle collective in the suspension can be obtained. In contrast to other methods, DEM is able to consider such effects as particle size distribution and irregular shape, plastic deformation, friction, rotation, sticking of particles and breakage of agglomerates. The real microstructure of the filter medium can be obtained by computed microtomography and implemented in a 3D model for simulation of particle deposition.


The recent applications of DEM-CFD methods in the field of filtration are presented. The measurement methods for the parameter estimation (mechanical particle properties, friction, restitution coefficient, adhesion) and validation of the DEM-CFD model will be explained with examples of experiments.

Prof. Sergiy Antonyuk is full professor and director of the Institute of Particle Technology at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He studied Process Equipment and Engineering at the Donetsk National Technical University in Ukraine. In 2004 he obtained his first PhD in ecological safety at the National Technical University Kyiv. In 2006 he received his second PhD in Process Engineering at the University of Magdeburg (Germany) and continued his research in particle technology during postdoctoral period in the group of Prof. Jürgen Tomas. In 2008 he moved to Hamburg University of Technology to work as Assistant Professor in the Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology (Prof. Stefan Heinrich). Since 2014 he is full professor at the TU Kaiserslautern. His research covers filtration and separation processes in the liquid and air, contact mechanics and breakage dynamics of the particles and agglomerates, flow behavior of powders, surface functionalization, and simulation of multiphase flow using Discrete Element Method, Computational Fluid Dynamics and other numerical methods.
FILTECH 2021 Conference - Prof. Pierre-Yves Pontalier

Test membrane filtration and sustainable development

Prof. Dr. Pierre-Yves Pontalier

ENSIACET LCA Laboratoire de Chimie Agro-industrielle / France


Membrane processes are used in a very large number of industrial fields such as the food industry, the chemistry, the pharmaceuticals or the environment. Membrane processes contribute to the protection of the environment as they allow the depollution of industrial and urban effluents. They may also help to limit environmental degradation by integrating new cleaner processes, particularly those related to the biorefinery concept. This concept, which aims at the multivalorization of plant and animal resources, is a perfect example of the integration of membrane processes in this approach. For example, in the context of the valorization of lignocellulosic biomasses, the purification of hemicelluloses and lignins is carried out through a membrane filtration stage. Similarly, the valorization of proteins contained in wheat bran or rapeseed cake passes through an ultrafiltration stage. Another pathway that is developing is the fractionation of microalgae, called algo-refining, in which membrane processes are involved in the purification of polysaccharides and proteins.


In the case of drinking water production or industrial effluent treatment, very large membrane surfaces are used, with a lifetime of a few years. Thus, membrane processes become a very important source of pollution. The life cycle analysis of membrane processes thus shows that their impact is not negligible. Two types of impacts are generally highlighted, those related to the production of the membranes (e.g., the use of petro-sourced materials) and those related to the operation of the processes (e.g., the energy used and the chemicals during the cleaning phase). One environmental impact that is neglected is the end-of-life impact of the membranes, the fate of which poses problems. Studies are beginning to appear to evaluate methods of reusing used membranes in order to increase their lifespan, but this does not solve the problem of the end-of-life of the materials. Within the framework of sustainable development, it would be desirable to produce membranes from bio-sourced molecules and above all to facilitate their destruction.

Pierre-Yves Pontalier has a scientific background in food engineering. He obtained a PhD on the modeling of the nanofiltration separation mechanisms, applied to whey fractionation. He has been a Professor in Process Engineering at the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse since 1998. He has been working for 30 years in the field of separation processes, with a particular focus on liquid/solid separation membrane and chromatographic processes. He is the author of 50 peer-reviewed papers, 3 patents and 4 book chapters in the field of liquid/solid separation. He has been a member of French Society in Fluid Solid Separation (SF2P) since 2010 and chair since 2019. He participates to the organization of FPS and FrancoFilt congresses..