Benjamin Chatillon is working within the scope of the WaterNexus Dutch consortium whose concept is to combine knowledge to find alternatives to imminent water scarcity. This century, half of the world’s population will live in delta areas where the economy relies on freshwater. New solutions to satisfy the growing water demand are sought. Membrane technology is an energy efficient, sustainable separation technology to treat wastewater. Benjamin focuses on the development of Polyelectrolytes Membranes (PEMs) for nanofiltration applications. Polyelectrolytes are charged polymers used as raw materials to functionalize the membranes. Through the smart choice of polyelectrolytes nature and preparation conditions, membranes with enhanced performance and chemical stability are produced. In the last years, studies were mostly devoted to commercial polyelectrolytes. To take advantage of the polyelectrolyte nature, synthesis of new polyelectrolytes is also performed. Finally, membrane characterization and modelling are associated allowing to get more insights on the membrane structural parameters.
Benjamin Chatillon did his BSc on Chemistry and process automation (best of his year), Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT), Rennes, France. His MSc. was Chemical Engineering / Major Biotechnology, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques (ENSIC), Nancy, France.
He first started as PhD candidate Micro cross-flow membrane system design and construction and analysis of phenols (micropollutants) at low concentration levels, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany. Research activities were carried out for 9 months.
After that he started as PhD candidate Membrane Materials and Processes Group, Department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology.
His expertises are Polymer membrane material development, Membrane characterization (surface charge, performance, stability), Modelling nanofiltration (NF) membranes (Matlab®)
Process automation / data acquisition with graphical programming (LabVIEW®)
- Polymer membranes for sustainable process applications
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