Mexican Society of Membrane Science and Technology



June 20-21, 2019

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Important Dates

February 15, 2019

Registration opens

May 8, 2019

Deadline for abstract submission

June 20, 2019

Deadline for full paper submission

June 20-21, 2019



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Plenary Speakers

Polymeric membranes for gas separation: Efforts to develop them with attractive properties of perm-selectivity and resistance to physical aging

Dr. Alberto Ruiz Treviño

Universidad Iberoamericana


Dr. Alberto Ruiz Treviño obtained his Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León; his Master of Science at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana; his Doctorate (Ph. D.) at the University of Texas at Austin; and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a member of the National System of Researchers level II; Mexican Academy of Sciences; and the Mexican Society of Membrane Science and Technology.

He has taught courses on Transport Phenomena, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Polymeric Materials, among others, at the Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences of the Universidad Iberoamericana from 1985 to date. His research focuses on the synthesis and physical and/or chemical modifications of polymers that find applications as gas separation membranes (H
2, O2, N2, CH4 y CO2) or for capturing/sequestering greenhouse gases (CO2). His work includes polysulfone membranes with modified gas transport properties incorporating molecular meshes such as MCM-41 (Exxon-Mobil); polystyrene membranes containing POSS nano structures; and aromatic polymers whose permeability and selectivity properties towards gas pairs fall in or above the area of industrial interest. He has been responsible for research projects supported by CONACYT (Mexico), STINT (Sweden) and the Universidad Iberoamericana. His results are reflected in 41 papers published in peer-reviewed journals; more than 700 citations received in papers and patents; 21 masters and four doctoral students trained in Materials Science. He has been advisor of technological development for the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas and advisor for extended vision projects for the Research and Development Center of the KUO Industrial Group

New functional polymers for advanced technologies

Dr. Mikhail Zolotukhin
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Dr. Mikhail Zolotukhin completed his undergraduate studies at Ufa State University of Technology, Russia. After graduating, he began his academic career at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences. At this institute, Dr. Zolotukhin received Ph.D. (1980) and Doctor of Science (1997) degrees working on the development of new methods of high-performance polymer synthesis, and later served as laboratory head. He also carried out research visits as a visiting professor at the Universities of Manchester and Reading in the United Kingdom, at the University of Mons in Belgium and at the Institute of Structure of Matter, CSIC, in Spain. Since 2003 he has been a researcher at the UNAM Materials Research Institute (IIM). He is currently a level C researcher and holds a level III at the SNI.

During the last few years of his work at the IIM, Dr. Zolotukhin has developed a new method of step synthesis of aromatic polymers using superacids as catalysts. The method is based on superacid polyhydroxyalkylation which uses commercially available aromatic and carbonylic compounds as monomers. With this efficient method a wide variety of polymers with desirable structures can be produced. Some of these polymers were designed and developed for use in applications such as gas-liquid separation membranes and in electro-optic systems in collaboration with several research groups in Mexico. New multifunctional aromatic polymers were recently synthesized for use in advanced technologies. Dr. Zolotukhin has published 130 papers in indexed journals and has obtained 27 international patents (Russia, Spain, Germany and the United States). He has received 1 USSR Inventor medal, 3 Various Expositions medals, and a Lenin Comsomol award for his work "Development of Highly Effective Fibrous Polymer Filters" (1982). Of the theses he has directed, a bachelor thesis received First Place from the Polymer Society of Mexico (2004), a doctoral thesis received the award for Best Doctoral Thesis in the area of Materials Science and Engineering, IIM-UNAM (2012) and a doctoral thesis received First Place from the Polymer Society of Mexico (2018).