Sticky, Squishy & Stuck. a soft matter approach to membrane failure

PhD defence

Sticky, Squishy & Stuck. a soft matter approach to membrane failure

PhD candidate TX (Ties) van de Laar
Promotor prof.dr.ir. CGPH (Karin) Schroen
Co-promotor dr.ir. JHB (Joris) Sprakel
Organisation Wageningen University, Food Process Engineering, Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter
Date

Fri 25 May 2018 11:00 to 12:30

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

This thesis is the result of research at the interface between two scientific disciplines; membrane technology and soft matter science. The aim of this thesis is to explore common problems encountered in membrane processes by linking them to classical topics of study in soft matter science. In order to do so, we simplify the problems to their basic elements and design model systems to study these challenges in detail and provide new fundamental insights. We try to understand the microscopic processes near, at, and within filtration membranes that ultimately may lead to membrane failure, or as we found out may also improve filtration behavior.