Mexican Society of Membrane Science and Technology




October 22-23, 2020

Queretaro, Mexico


Important Dates

February 15, 2020

Registration opens

July 31, 2020

Deadline for abstract submission

to appear in Congress Proceedings

September 8, 2020

Deadline for late abstract submission

October 22-23, 2020


Keynote Speakers

Advanced membranes for water electrolysis

Dr Antonino Salvatore Aricò
Consiglio Nazionale per le Ricerche
Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies "Nicola Giordano" ITAE

Dr Aricò obtained his BA Degree in Industrial Chemistry and his Master’s Degree in Chemical Process Technology at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences at the University of Messina. He is currently a Research Supervisor, I level, at the Advanced Energy Technology Institute “Nicola Giordano” CNR-ITAE Messina. He recently played roles as SRG Italian Representative at the FCH JU – European Commission, Contract Manager related to the Project “Energy distributed generation” by the Department of Engineering, ICT and Energy and Transport technologies at the National Research Council (CNR), Country manager at the CNR for the European platform EERA (Joint Programme on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells) and the National Platform AIREN on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, and Manager of Energy Storage of the Foresight Project organised by CNR.
His research lines include solid oxide fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, hydrogen-feed polymer cells for automotive applications, hydrogen production based on renewable sources through electrolysis process, ZEBRA and iron-air batteries, third generation solar cells and CO2 electrochemical conversion. He has authored 8 International Patents, around 250 publications in Scientific Journals (ISI) and as many presentations during conferences (including around 30 keynotes and invited lectures). He is the author of a book on DMFC Fuel Cells and 8 Book Chapters on Fuel Cells. His work has been cited more than 12,000 times, with an H-index of 59 (Scopus) as of 2020.

Dr Aricò has been Project Manager for three H2020 and Seventh Framework Programme Community projects. He has also been Head of Research/Project Supervisor for 30 projects including: EC and national contracts (FP6, FP7- FET, PON, POR, PRIN, FISR-MIUR Projects), Bilateral Projects Italy-Canada (MAE), Italy-Mexico (CNR) and Private Contracts with international and national companies.
Dr Aricó has been Faculty Opponent of PhD Dissertations for the KTH Stockholm University, University of Udine, University of Karaikudi, University of Marsiglia, and Referee for various international journals such as Nature, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., Advanced Materials, Energy and Environmental Science etc. He has also been reviewer of science projects for ASTAR Singapore, NRC Canada, ANR Francia, National Science Centre Poland, Programme Strategic Scientific Alliances (PSA), MIUR, among others.

Development and Application of Organic/Inorganic Composite Membranes in PEM Technology

Dr Janet Ledesma García

Facultad de Ingeniería
Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro

Dr Janet Ledesma García graduated from the University of Guanajuato with a degree in Chemistry. She obtained her Master's and Doctorate degrees in Electrochemistry at the Center for Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry. She made two research visits at CNR-ITAE Istituto di Tecnologie Avanzate per L'Energia "Nicola Giordano" in Messina, Italy. Currently she is a full time Professor-Researcher cat. VII at the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. She is the coordinator of the Master of Science with terminal line in Nanotechnology and Responsible for the Consolidated Academic Body of Catalysis. She is co-author of more than 100 publications in JCR indexed international journals (H index 23-September 2020). She is a member of the National System of Researchers level II.  
She is the leader of the National Laboratory of Micro and Nanofluidics (UAQ), responsible and collaborator of several national and international research projects related to the development of nanostructured materials with electrocatalytic properties, enzymatic immobilization and development of proton exchange composite membranes for their application in electrochemical systems of energy conversion. 

Polymeric Ionic Exchange Membranes for Electrochemical Devices

Dr Enza Passalacqua
Consiglio Nazionale per le Ricerche
Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies "Nicola Giordano" ITAE

Dr Passalacqua graduated in Industrial Chemistry and specialized in Chemistry and Catalysis Technology at University of Messina. She has been a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies "Nicola Giordano" (ITAE) of CNR since 1989 and Research Manager since 2010. From 1993 to 2012 she has coordinated the research team on "Polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC) and hydrogen storage". In 2008 she was lecturer in the II level Master in "Systems for Production and Transport of hydrogen and fuel cell" of the University of Messina-Department of Industrial Chemistry and Materials Engineering. From 2009 to 2011 she was a component of the Female Researchers in Europe Window (FRIEND) of CNR to help and push female researchers to project participation. From 2011 to 2013 she has carried out technical and scientific activity in the Joint Programme of European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) as expert for CNR. Since 2014 he has been the contact person for the CNR-ITAE of the "Aerospace Technologies and Earth Observation" Project Area (AP). Since 2016 she is in the Panel Transport as CNR expert to evaluate MiSE Projects. In 2016 she was Member of the International Scientific Committee and Chairman of the "Low Temperature Fuel Cells" session within the "IVth International Symposium on Innovative Materials for Processes in Energy Systems (IMPRES2016)" held in Taormina during the period October 23-26, 2016. In 2017 she was chairman and organizer of the "Nano-Bio Materials for Energy" session in the "Nanomaterials and Biomaterials for the Next Decade" Workshop held in Pantelleria in the period July 5-7, 2017. From 2013 to today she is a Scientific Advisor at CNR-ITAE for the same research activity pertaining to the CNR “Engineering, ICT and technologies for energy and transportation Dept” (DIITET).

She has authored more than 100 papers for international journals and more than 200 for international congresses. She has been technical leader of several National and European projects addressed to the development and characterisation of components (gas diffusion electrodes, membranes, membrane/electrodes assembly) and to the realization of small size PEFC stack and systems.

Her  scientific activity is mainly addressed to the following topics:

  • Techniques for preparation of gas diffusion electrodes (GDE) polymeric membranes (PEM) and catalyst coated membranes (CCM) for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC);

  • Development of polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM): Nafion re-cast, sulfonated poly-sulfone, sulfonated polyarylketone. Polymers sulfonation, films cast;

  • Design, realization and characterization of PEFC stack and small size systems for portable application.

  • Materials for hydrogen storage.

Characterization of nanostructures with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Dr Alberto Herrera Gómez

Cinvestav México

Dr Alberto Herrera completed his bachelor's degree in Physics at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, and later completed his master's degree in Physics at the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV); he then completed a master's degree and a doctorate in applied physics at Stanford University, in California, USA, and in 1994 carried out a post-doc in Electrical Engineering at the same institution. Currently, he is a professor of Materials Science and Researcher at CINVESTAV and a level 3 member of the National System of Researchers (SNI). He was president of the Mexican Society of Science and Technology of Surfaces and Materials (2002-2004) and visiting professor at the University of Texas, Dallas (2005-2007). In 2016 he was distinguished as Fellow of the American Vacuum Society "For his seminal contributions to developing quantitative surface analysis, especially for XPS" and in 2019 he received the "Francisco Javier Espinoza Beltrán" Award (Mexican Society of Surface and Materials Science and Technology) "For his pioneering contributions in the field of X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy (XPS), particularly in the improvement of data analysis and acquisition techniques, and for the formation of an XPS school in Mexico".
During his trajectory, Dr Herrera has published more than 90 articles, has more than 1400 citations and has an h 23 index. He has directed 9 postdoctoral researchers, 11 doctoral students, 15 master's students and 1 undergraduate student.
Dr Herrera's main research topics are transition metals and their oxides, background signals in XPS data, thermal stability and mass transport in multilayer nanoparticles. Development of international standards: "Group Leader" within the International Standardization Organization (ISO/TC201:SC7), for the development of a standard for the determination of background in XPS data. "Technical Contact", within the ASTM-E42, committee for the revision of the standard on the background signal and the load reference of the XPS technique.

Electrochemical advanced oxidation processes for hard-to-treat industrial wastewater

Dr Olivier Patrick Lefebvre

National University of Singapore

Dr Olivier Lefebvre  is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research work is mainly in the fields of electrochemical technologies, advanced oxidations processes, industrial wastewater treatment, technology transfer and water reuse. He is also an adjunct Professor at the Research Institute of Mines and Environment of the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and a management committee member of the specialist group on water reuse, within the International Water Association. An agronomic engineer by formation, Olivier obtained his Ph.D. from Supagro Montpellier in 2005, on a collaborative work between the Narbonne laboratory of the French National Research Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the Anna University in Chennai, India. The topic was related to biological treatment of tannery wastewater. Dr Lefebvre has several awards like the 2016 Singapore Science & Engineering Fair Gold Award for “Designing a photo-electro-catalytic reactor with transparent electrodes for advanced wastewater treatment”. Dr. Lefebvre has book chapters, patents, and he has more than 40 articles in high-quality journals like Journal of Science of the Total Environment (IF: 5.92), Journal of Materials Chemistry A (IF: 10.66), and many papers in Water Research (IF: 8.55).

Removal of contaminants in water using functional membranes

Dr Rosa María Gómez Espinosa

Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEM-UNAM

Dr Gomez obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry of the UAEM. She obtained a Master's degree in Chemical Sciences with an emphasis on Organic Chemistry. Her Doctorate in Sciences was in the area of Homogeneous Catalysis, carrying out the Synthesis of Binders to modify homogeneous catalysts in the Amidocarbonilation reaction; both her Master's and PhD were within the Postgraduate Studies in Chemical Sciences of the UNAM. She took part in a Post-Doctoral research visit working with polymeric membrane supported polymers at McMaster University, in Ontario Canada, in the group of Prof. Ronald Childs and Dr. Valliant.
Dr Gomez works at the Faculty of Chemistry of UAEM as a full time Professor within the Department of Basic and Applied Chemistry. Currently she is commissioned to the Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable (Joint Research Center for Sustainable Chemistry) UAEM-UNAM in the area of Chemistry carrying out Applied Chemistry. She has had different appointments during her academic career; leader of the Consolidated Academic Body "Coordinating Chemistry", tutor in the academic tutoring program of the Faculty of Chemistry of UAEM, coordinator of the academic area of Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry in the Graduate School of Chemistry. President of the Academy in Chemistry and Basic Chemistry, Academic Counselor, she is a project assessor for CONACyT and SIyEA UAEM.
She has directed a wide variety of theses for Undergraduate, Master's and PhD degrees in the Graduate School of Chemistry in Chemical Sciences, Materials Science, Environmental Sciences. She is part of the National System of Researchers (SNI) and has a desirable PRODEP profile. She has also been lead investigator for multiple projects with institutional funding; as well as national funding.
She is the author of a great variety of research articles published in national and international journals, which is why she is part of the SNI. She is also the author of book chapters in national and international publishing houses; has a patent granted by the IMPI, related to a polymeric material with environmental application in the treatment of residual water by changing the use of water, it is important to mention that it is the first patent of the Faculty of Chemistry of the UAEM and it is related to the care of the environment, which made her worthy of the Recognition of Environmental Merit 2019, granted by the Secretariat of the Environment of the Government of the State of Mexico. In addition, she holds another patent registered with the IMPI and with an approved substantive examination.

Synthesis and Characterization of Membrane Polymers

Dr Andrea Antonino Scamporrino
Consiglio Nazionale per le Ricerche - Istituto per i Polimeri, Compositi e Biomateriali
UOS di Catania

Dr Scamporrino obtained a degree in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Catania in 2006, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 2010 with the thesis entitled "Synthesis and characterization of new copolyether-sulphones amino terminated as impact modifiers for epoxy resins". His research activity has been developed at the following scientific structures: Department of Physical and Chemical Methodologies for Engineering of the University of Catania; Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Catania; Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials of the National Research Council (IPCB-CNR). In addition, he has carried out various activities in the industrial field at the Hellatron and Raecycle companies. The activities during his scientific training period can be summarized in: design, synthesis and characterization of monomers, their polymerization (e.g. PES, PEES, PCL, PEG); structural and thermal characterization and usage tests (e.g. amino-ended oligomers as curing agents for epoxy resins). In recent years, in order to extend the application range of polymers with high conformational stability to sectors such as water purification, selective membranes and others, his research has been aimed at creating polymers with electrolytic functions, obtained through post-polymerization modifications designed to insert groups or pendants with these characteristics. The activity carried out at private companies has allowed to develop excellent knowledge of the chemistry of silicates and of their processing / production techniques and of issues related to industrial recycling, disposal and classification of various categories of waste.

Development of polymeric membranes and some applications

Dr Sergio Pérez Sicairos
Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana

Dr Pérez Sicairos completed his studies in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa in 1997. He then studied a Master of Science in Chemistry at the Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, graduating in 2001. His research topic was oriented to solve problems of environmental pollution, where the substances responsible for unpleasant odors in the city of Ensenada, Baja California were determined. Later, he pursued his PhD in Chemistry, obtaining his degree in 2007, at the Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana. The research topic was the removal of arsenic from contaminated groundwater, through an electrochemical process coupled with NF membranes. His teaching experience began in 2000. He has directed and co-directed 7 undergraduate theses, 8 master's theses and 2 doctoral theses. He is currently directing 3 bachelor's degree theses, 2 master's degree theses, 2 doctoral theses and co-directing 2 doctoral theses. He has published around 32 scientific articles, is a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), Level 1, in the period 2017-2020, and has a PRODEP Desirable Profile, in the period 2018-2021. He has approximately 50 presentations in National and International Congresses. He is currently a Research Professor at the Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, attached to the Chemistry Graduate and Research Center. He is a member of the Graduate Studies in Chemistry and the Graduate Studies in Engineering Sciences at Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana.

The topics of interest in his research include the development and application of ultrafiltration, microfiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes to remove organic contaminants, metal, emerging, etc. for water conditioning avoiding or minimizing environmental impact. Recently it has focused on the development of dense polymeric membranes with high ion exchange capacity for application in fuel cells and flow batteries. Removal and degradation of contaminants from different environmental matrices, as well as water recovery. Moreover, he also researches the application of advanced photochemical oxidation methods for the treatment of contaminated water, as well as the development and application of electrochemical methods to remove contaminants present in water. Another relevant topic is to develop combined methods of the above to propose viable treatments.

Membranes for gas and liquid separation: challenges and opportunities

Dr María Ortencia González Díaz

Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán

Dr Gonzalez holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) with a specialty in polymeric materials. She has professional experience in Research and Development in the Petrochemical Industry. Since 2014 she holds a CONACYT Fellowship at the Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán A.C. The reseaarch of Dr Gonzalez is focused on the synthesis of new polymers and on the science of membranes with applications in the separation of gases of industrial interest, catalytic membrane reactors and biomedical applications (hemofiltration and dressings for the repair of skin tissue).

Porous polymeric membranes: versatile materials with potential application in tissue engineering, catalysis and biofilm growth inhibition

Dr J. Betzabe González Campos

Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo

Her research line is focused on the production and characterization of porous membranes based on biocompatible and biodegradable polymers with potential applications in tissue engineering, catalysis and biofilm growth inhibition. Membranes based on chitosan and polyvinyl alcohol are of particular interest due to their physicochemical characteristics that allow the versatility of their processing through electrospinning and solution-induced phase separation techniques using deep eutectic solvents (DES). These techniques allow the production of porous architectures which are highly attractive and versatile for diverse applications, in which porosity is a factor of interest and impact on the desired response. These membranes have been successfully tested as scaffolds for cell culture, as supports for catalytic species or for inhibiting the growth of biofilms.