18 August 2021


The Nanofiltration book has arrived, and looks great after a very long and challenging birth!

2 July 2021

Happy 97th birthday to Professor Ora Kedem today! (photo (c) Miriam Balaban June 2021)

29 June 2021

Formal Opening of IAMT with a full day workshop.

Virtual lab tour (acknowledge Kira Heid)

2 June 2021


First outing with our new IAMT vehicle to the Kleine Kinzig Talsperre and Menzenschwand to collect water. Looking forward to many field trip adventures!

11 May 2021

Congrats to Timur Okkali for the successful presentation of his masters thesis under the supervision of Dr Youssef Boussouga.

30 March 2021

Congrats to Eléonore Veron for the successful presentation of her masters thesis under the supervision of Shabnam Lotfi.

30 March 2021

Congrats to Salar Fakhraddinfakhriazar for the successful presentation of his masters thesis under the supervision of Dr Alessandra Imbrogno.

3 February 2021

Night at the movies: “Picture a Scientist”.

PICTURE A SCIENTIST is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientist.

December 2020

Merry Christmas and a happy year 2021 from IAMT. It has been a difficult and yet successful first year for IAMT and we are looking forward to an exciting year 2021. Stay healthy!

6-11 December 2020


Team ICOM London online: superb effort this week with 2 keynotes, 4 orals, 5 posters and 2 prizes: thank you all for a full week online conferencing ‘in’ London! We missed the social interactions with international colleagues and drinks at the pub very much… (photo Boussouga).

11 December 2020


Congrats to Dr Alessandra for winning the ICOM best poster presentation award for early career researcher with the title "Micropollutants partitioning in combined magnetic-ion exchange (MIEX) membrane processes for surface water treatment".

11 December 2020


Congratulations to Shabnam Lotfi for winning 2nd prize for poster at ICOM sponsored by Separation and Purification Technology with the title "Photocatalytic degradation of steroid hormone micropollutants by TiO2 coated PES membranes in a continuous flow-through process".

1 December 2020

Congratulations to Dr Youssef Boussouga for his success with getting his DAAD project "Intelligent nanofiltration membrane systems for natural organic matter removal“ funded for collab with Norway!

11 December 2020

Congratulations to Dr Akhil Gopalakrishnan and Prof. Dr. Bryce S. Richards for a DFG collaboration funding success with Ghana "Solar powered zeolite-composite ultrafiltration for fluoride, nitrate and uranium removal from water".

11 December 2020

Congratulations to Dr Chhabilal Regmi, Dr. Andrey Turshatov, and Prof. Dr. Bryce S. Richards for funding of our project “Solar-driven Photocatalytic Membrane Reactors: Cutting-edge Technology for Provision of Clean Drinking Water” (SPheRe) in collaboration with Namibia.

11 December 2020

Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Espíndola and Dr Chhabilal Regmi for getting their DAAD project "Water-Energy Nexus: Cutting-Edge Technology for Emerging Micropollutant Removal“ funded for collaboration with Taiwan.

18 November 2020

Congratulations to Dr Youssef Boussouga for winning a DFG proposal with the project "Internationale Zusammenarbeit "Solarenergiebetriebenes Nanofiltrationssystem für Trinkwasser: Wasser-Energie nexus in Burkina Faso".

3 November 2020

I am relieved that we could complete in the last six months all 4 masters projects without Corona disruption and I wish the new 4 projects that they can complete without delay also. Thank you to students, supervisors and team for the discipline and hanging in there with less than ideal circumstances! All the best for the future in these challenging times.

2 November 2020

Congrats to Mohammad Allouzi for the successful presentation of his masters thesis under the supervision of Dr Alessandra Imbrogno.

2 November 2020

Congrats to Hieu Than for the successful presentation of his masters thesis under the supervision of Dr Youssef Boussouga.

28 October 2020

Congratulations to Quilin Dong for the successful completion of her Masters under the supervision of Yang-Hui Cai.

28 October 2020

Congratulations to James Joseph for successfully defending his Masters under the supervision of Dr Youssef Boussouga and in collaboration with Prof Mihail Barbiou (Institut Europeen des Membranes, University of Montpellier, France).

16 October 2020

Congratulations to Phuong Bich Trinh for winning second prize with her poster “Determination of glyphosate (GLY) and aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) in water by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)” at the 16th Annual Workshop on Emerging High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) and LC-MS/MS Applications In Environmental Analysis And Food Safety. Thank you to Prof Damia Barcelo (conference chair) as well as our collaborators at Perkin Elmer.

15 October 2020

Congratulations to Yanghui Cai for getting the EMS travel award take part in ICOM online.

7 October 2020

Happy 89th birthday to The Arch who is celebrating, as always, with the annual peace lecture this year life streamed.

10th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture:

30 July 2020

Team VL 22644 International Concepts in Water Treatment (ICWT) 2020 - well done all for performing well in the Corona online teaching & learning effort and what great pleasure to be able to at least have our final workshop in person!

Thank you to Professor Hadas Mamane Steindel (Uni Tel Aviv, Israel) for the lecture video in lieu of the industry lecture this year!

10 July 2020

We ended the Team Days on the Achalm where today our Nanofiltration conference would have ended - we are looking forward to welcoming you here in a year!

6 - 10 July 2020

Team Days St Georgenhof: what a great pleasure to get out after months of Corona restrictions and enjoy a week of research skill training and fun!

5 July 2020

Team LC-MS/MS: after a few months of tribulations and a full instrument exchange our new state-of-the-art LC-MS/MS is functional!

26 June 2020

Congratulations to Johan Colella for successfully defending his masters with Veolia Environnement supervised by Philippe Sauvignet (and Profs Heilmaier and Schäfer at KIT)

15 May 2020

We feel privileged that with a significant amount of Corona precautions we have been able to keep IAMT open and functioning almost as per normal. With social distancing, face masks and some home office (mostly because schools are closed) all students and researchers are able to proceed with their projects. Stay safe and healthy!

6 May 2020

Dr. Fader visits for CANDECT project meeting

23 April 2020

Team online teaching SS 2020: VL22644

7 May 2020

Congrats to Oscar Ivan Gutierrez Cardenas for successfully completing his masters!

17 March 2020

The Nanofiltration 2020 Conference has been shifted by one year to 29 June - 2 July 2020 due to the Corona situation. Stay healthy and we are looking forward to meeting you on the Achalm in June 2021!

Nanofiltration 2021 29 June to 2 July:

5 March 2020

Congrats to Malini Bangalore Mohankumar for successfully completing her masters!

6 February 2020

Congrats to Luiza Von Sperling for successfully completing her bachelors!

1 January 2020

With effect of today we are the Institute for Advanced Membrane Technology (IAMT)!

We are looking forward to growing in coming years and work productively towards our vision.

4 December 2019

Congratulations Minh for winning 3rd oral presentation prize at the Green Technologies for Sustainable Water Conference (GTSW) in Ho Chi Minh City. The jury was Prof Damia Barcelo and Dr Eldon Raj, it was a bit of a shock that the honour to award the prize fell on the boss!

13 September 2019

Congrats to Mehran Aliaskari for successfully completing his masters.

12 -13 September 2019

Dr Laura Richards (Uni Manchester, UK) coming to visit her old PhD supervisors

1 Aug 2019

Team ICWT2019 with record results - well done all for a superb learning effort and thank you Dr Pia Lipp for this year's industry keynote!

30 July 2019

Congrats to Rubén Hervás Martínez for successfully completing his masters.

8 May 2019

Congrats to Hannes Frey for successfully completing his masters.

4 April 2019

Visit of Billy Shapira Head Israel Office of the Helmholtz Association Tel Aviv to IFG-MT - Photo with Oliver Schmidt (INTL, KIT)

29 March 2019

Congratulation to Phuong Bich Trinh for her success with a DAAD PhD scholarship

Scholarship name: Research Grants - Doctoral Programmes in Germany, 2019/20
Issuer: DAAD
Duration: 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2022

26 March 2019

Visit from Qatar: Mr Bahaa Elkaisy enjoys our work in Tanzania. It is an international month!

25 March 2019

Scientific integrity seminar by Prof Heinz Kalt (Physics, KIT)

22 March 2019

Visit of Westafrican universities delegation to KIT

21 March 2019


Lab Opening: Thank you all for a great effort moving in and now we are finally - after celebrating 5 years of IFG-MT on 1 March - ready to research!

13 March 2019


It is with great honour that we welcomed our Vice Principal Research Professor Oliver Kraft as our first visitor to our new labs. Thank you for all the support to make this possible!

13 March 2019

Congratulation to Samuel Bunani for his success with a Humboldt Georg Forster Research Fellowship.

Fellowship name: Georg Forster Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers
Issuer: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Duration: 01.06.2019 - 31.05.2021

28 February 2019

Congratulation to Shabnam Lotfi for her success with a DAAD PhD scholarship

Scholarship name: Research Grants - Doctoral Programmes in Germany, 2019/20
Issuer: DAAD
Duration: 01.07.2019 - 30.06.2022



23 January 2019


Men at work: The labs are moving! (photo Prantik Samanta)

22 January 2019


The labs are ready and look absolutely stunning - what a great way to start the new year!

7 November

Happy birthday to Marie Curie!

A nice way to celebrate this inspiring woman is to watch 'Marie Curie: The courage of knowledge'. In some ways not so much has changed. My favourite scene is when Albert Einstein discussed science with Marie Curie - he was obviously big enough to engage in an eye level conversation with her, while the 'feeling so threatened by a strong and intelligent women types' fade into the background. May there be more Einsteins (and Curies of course) in this world!

First principle: never to let one's self be beaten down by persons or by events. (Marie Curie)

3 October 2018

Congratulations to Professor Frances Arnold who brought this year's Chemistry Nobel Prize to Engineering! Super news and I had the amazing privilege to attend an inspiring plenary by Prof Arnold at the EuCheMS Meeting in Liverpool 27 Aug. Cool chemical engineering and encouragement for junior scientist for the role being a taxi driver helped navigate research. What an amazing year this seems to be - it feels as if change in the air...

Not sure we'll pull off that suggested collaboration anytime soon though...?!

1 October 2018

Dr. Chhabi Regmi makes the first ever membrane in our team which starts a new era of research for us!



28 September 2018

A third Nobel prize in physics (congratulations to Professor Donna Strickland) and an uproar about a guy saying what many are thinking (and living).
The statement of the scientific community can be found and signed here .

My career started with applied physics. Diversity in physics (or engineering for that matter) remains vastly unachieved with women very regularly overseen, marginalized and pushed out - the stronger and visible women are the worse.

If women were recognized for their achievement in science & engineering we would have 50% distribution of leadership roles. This is clearly not the case. Naturally men will have to learn to share if women were to participate rather than securing near 100% of the share of jobs and recognition. Forward thinking institutions will lead with excellence, while those sticking with old boy rules will be left behind.

Thank you CERN for taking action, may it take us a step forward in achieving equality and may those women living blatant inequality have the strength to continue.

25 September 2018

Welcome to Prof Jiansheng Li and colleagues VP Prof. Xi und Dr. Wang visiting from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China.

20 September 2018

It is green at the end of the tunnel! Building project progressing to plan thanks to very organized and well managed team.

19 September 2018

Congrats to Phuong Bich Trinh for successfully defending her masters via video conference with Uni Hanoi, Vietnam & INSA Toulouse, France!

10 September 2018

It has been an intense summer of travel and several conferences. A keynote lecture at the EuChemMS Meeting in Liverpool speaking on the stage of Paul McCartney, two days after a Bootleg Beatles Concert, meeting Prof Jan Schippers (photo) who so enthusiastically received my 1998 Desalination paper on organic matter fouling for the same conference in Amsterdam. Hearing Professor David Hasson (Technion, Israel) confess at the EDS conference in Athens that they were in Athens in 1962 also where Sidney Loeb presented cellulose acetate membranes for desalination for the first time and no one believed him that such a thin sheet could take 50 bars. It was the birth of reverse osmosis - visionaries are not always recognized immediately it seems!

3 August 2018

Congrats to Julia Wolters for successfully completing her masters.

1 August 2018

'Richtfest' at Building 352 - thanks to a superb buildings team led by Michael Guhl, we are ahead of schedule. Thank you also to the many colleagues who are helping with extended temporary accommodation.

9 - 13 July 2018

Valencia, Spain: this is our team attending Euromembrane 2018. 5 orals (2 short notice) and 3 posters with all presenters attending their first international conference. Absolutely great performance guys!


6 July 2018

Welcome to Professor Soo Wohn Lee visiting from the Sun Moon University in Korea and enjoying a few German traditions.

18 May 2018

Dr Martin Goller (BMBF) visits to see the new equipment funded under CANCECT. Flow field flow fractionation with Prantik.

16 May 2018

A new electrodialysis system is delivered to an excited team.

24 April 2018

The new building has been 'delivered'.

21 March 2018

The foundation for our new labs is ready after a tough winter.

12 March 2018

After some 20 years of anticipation an LC-OCD system arrives in our (temporary) laboratory.

22 February 2018

Congratulations to Minh Nguyen for his success with a DAAD Sustainable Water Management PhD scholarship.

Scholarship name: Sustainable Water Management: Study Scholarships and Research Grants - Doctorate in Germany
Duration: 1.5.2018 - 30.4.2021

23 November 2017

Yanghui Cai completed his Masters degree on 23 Novemeber 2017 at the Department of Desalination and Water Treatment, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He was supervised by Prof. Jack Gilron.

22 November 2017

A flow field flow fractionation device is delivered to our (temporary) lab to characterize particles and particle-membrane interactions.

October 2017

Construction of our new laboratories has begun.

12 October 2017

Congratulations to Prantik Samanta on graduating with a Masters in Water Engineering and Water Management from INSA Toulose, France on 12th October 2017.


September 2017

Funding opportunity for PhD applicants from Brazil, Chile, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Namibia, Peru, South Africa and Vietnam.

Deadline 31st October 2017

10 August 2017

Dr Markus Kyburz presents his membrane experience to 30 enthusiastic bachelor students at the final workshop of 'International concepts in water treatment' and then listens to 10 student presentations.

22 July 2017

Congratulation to Prantik Samanta for his success with a GRACE PhD scholarship.

Scholarship name: Graduate School for Climate and Environment
Issuer: GRACE
Duration: 15.10.2018 - 14.10.2019


1 June 2017

CANDECT project team visits from IIT Chennai

27 May 2017

Congratulation to Yanghui Cai for his success with a CSC PhD scholarship.

Scholarship name: The State-Funded Postgraduates' Oversea Study Program For High-Level
University Building
Issuer: China Scholarship Council (CSC)
Duration: 1.5.2018 - 30.4.2021


10 May 2017

Prof Ora Kedem who is delivering conference keynote lecture aged 93, and Miriam Balaban, desalination first lady, relentlessly organizing conferences soon to reach her 90s. Thank you!

April 2018 addition: we are wishing Ora a good and full recovery!

25 April 2017

NanoMembrane team presents at the STN Programme Day at KIT.

20 - 21 April 2017

Dr. Beate Bornschein very kindly offers a special scientific writing workshop.

18 April 2017

An inspirational encounter on supramolecular chemistry with Professor Jean-Marie Lehn (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1987) at the YIN Lecture at KIT.

9 March 2017

A thank you for Prof. Volker Saile with a new edition of 'Spuren der Macht' (Traces of power) at the NanoMembrane workshop.