Menno Houben


The ReCoVR project aims to develop electrically driven separation technologies for the recovery of valuable resources.  To do so, novel functional materials need to be designed to selectively manipulate the molecules or materials of interest via electric stimuli. Lactic acid is a important material that has major applications in the food industry, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Lactic acid is often produced by fermentation processes, but during conventional fermentation especially calcium lactate salts are produced instead of lactic acid. Electrodialysis with bipolar membranes (EDBM) has the potential to convert lactate salts into lactic acid without the introduction of other chemical reagents. Therefore, the goal of this research is to design novel bipolar membranes that allow for high water dissociation rates and to investigate the production of lactic acid from lactate salts in a electrodialysis process with these novel bipolar membranes.


Menno Houben received his BSc Chemical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His master thesis was carried out in the Stimuli Responsive Function Materials & Devices group, Eindhoven University of Technology. Menno continued his academic pursuit as a PhD student in the Membrane Materials and Processes Group, Eindhoven University of Technology. He investigated plasticization phenomena at high CO2 pressures and supercritical conditions in polyimide membranes for gas separation. In December 2021 he started as a post-doctoral fellow in the Membrane Materials and Procsesses group under the supervision of Kitty Nijmeijer. Menno will work in the ReCoVR project, which aims to develop electrically driven separation technologies for the recovery of valuable<br/>resources. <br/><br/>

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