Indo-German Bilateral Workshop
Membranes for Water and Energy

Feb. 18th – 20th 2019

Bhavnagar, INDIA

Last date of : | Abstract submission January 15, 2019 | Notification of abstract January 25, 2019 | Registration January 31, 2019 Reg. Form

Paper publications: Selected papers will be published in Elsevier and Wiley Journals after peer review process.

Aims and Objectives

A three-day Indo-German bilateral workshop on membranes for water and energy will provide an opportunity for membrane technocrats/researchers to discuss stable membrane and sustainable membrane technologies, their potential applications & challenges. Further, active synergy and collaboration between Indian and German membrane researchers will provide greater impact in membrane research and industrial end-users with emerging membrane technologies. This bilateral workshop will also provide a platform for young researchers to discuss with the R&D experts and industry person about the development and challenges.


CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSIR-CSMCRI) at Bhavnagar is a constituent R&D laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. CSIR-CSMCRI is known for its contribution and achievements in the area of salt and water technologies, catalysis, material science, inorganic material, phycology and waste management processes. The existing synergy of electrochemistry and materials science at CSIR-CSMCRI has been testified by the development of technologies and devices like electro-active materials for batteries and fuel cells, sensor, pervaporation membranes, gas separation membranes etc. We have technologies on electro-active membranes and cost effective plastic electrodes.. Read More

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Add to My Calendar 2019-01-18 10:00:00 2019-01-20 18:00:00 Asia/calcuta Indo-German Bilateral Workshop on Membranes for Water and Energy Conference | Indo-German bilateral workshop on membranes for water and energy Bhavnagar, INDIA Indo-German Science & Technology Centre

Scope of workshop

Sustainable production of potable water and green energy always play pivotal role in the world’s socio-economic growth. Apart from drinking water, reuse of waste water is an important issue to be deal with the environment and ecological system.
For sustainable solution of water Desalination/purification, membrane based technologies such reverse osmosis (RO), nanofiltration (NF), ultrafiltration (UF), and electrodialysis (ED) plays an important role. In addition, providing potable water with right composition of nutrient ions (such as K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, SO42-, CO32-/HCO3- etc as per the recommendations of WHO) is highly desired in the different part of the world. In this regard, specific selective membrane could play the important role. Providing the right composition of nutrients or selectivity for ions, preferentially for crop growth, would require membranes with tailored pore size and functionality and is still an open challenge. Membrane based separation processes can also be employed for various technologies related to chemical processes, down-stream processes, and waste water management. For a particular application, architecture of membrane with controllable pore and charge density and membrane stability are highly important. Commercial membranes with high flux and salt/molecule rejection are available, but specific functional membranes with well-defined pores or functionalized pathways could provide breakthroughs for water desalination/purification, waste water treatment and recovery of valuable products (mining, electro-plating, metal finishing, chemical and bio-tech industries). Industrial effluents treatment will offer more opportunities for membrane technology in the future due to zero-discharge regulations in most of the countries. Chlorine and oxidative resistant membrane would increase the life-time under harassed operating conditions (chlorine, acid and alkali treatments) and also in regular wastewater treatment, where fouling is a serious problem. These research activities would also facilitate the membranes applications in the oil and gas industries. Solvent resistant membrane is also an important area of research where separation of pharmaceutical ingredients and other valuable small molecular weight compounds is required.
In the production of biofuels and different energy conversion or storage technologies, membranes are key components, and success of these technologies depend on the availability of high performance membrane forming materials. For fuel cell applications, high temperature stability and low humidity aligned to high chemical and oxidative resistance are important parameters. During last decade innovative approaches and important achievement were made in the field of membrane science. Membrane technology as a whole now become more mature for the market penetration. Synergized characteristics is required for battery separators, where the industrial growth in increasing rapidly. Longer term options, such as osmotic power, energy from the concentration gradient are also in the horizon. However, these requires significant advances in the membrane technology, while maintaining cost and competitiveness. Generation of new membrane will provide the new directions of research in the above mentioned problems.
There are a large number of open challenges and opportunities for new materials in membrane technology. With the advent of better materials in this area, new sustainable technologies and separation processes will be implemented. Thus, organisation of Indo-German workshop on membranes for water and energy is an urgency to full-fill the demand of the society, and industry for better environment protection. The deliberations between Indian and German researchers will provide an opportunities for membrane technologies in water and energy sustainability by analyzing their potential applications and current status; providing emerging technologies and scrutinizing research and development challenges for advanced membrane.

Abstract Submission/ Publication/Posters/ Awards

Information For Participants

Participants may submit their abstract to, In single page MS word format (figure/graph included)
Sample Abstract template-IGWMWE 2019

Words Limit : 300 words maximum | Font : Times New Roman | Title Size : 14 pt bold
Author names and affiliation :  12 pt. | Abstract text size :  10 pt.

Paper publications:

Selected papers will be published in Elsevier and Wiley Journals after peer review process.

  1. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Impact Factor: 4.229)
  2. Separation and Purification Technology (Impact Factor: 3.927)

20 selected posters will be awarded by a citation and cash reward.
Note: Brainstorming sessions in round table format with German and Indian participants including students will be arranged for extended discussion.

Guidelines for Poster preparation

  • The poster should be prepared and printed in a ‘Portrait Format’ with A0 size [Height: 46.8 inch (118.9 cm) and Width: 33.1 inch (84.1 cm)] keeping around 1 inch margins/borders on each side of the poster.
  • Please make the poster self-explanatory, even in the absence of the author. It is suggested to divide the contents of each poster mainly into introduction, results and conclusions/summary.
  • The Posters will be numbered according to the list of posters in the abstract book and poster number will be mounted by the organizers on top of the poster board.
  • The author’s name and address and the title of the poster should be indicated on the top section of the Poster.
  • The author have to take responsibility to fix the poster on the board provided and should remove them as per instruction.
  • Material for attaching the posters and illustrations (double-sided tapes or pins) will be supplied by the organizers.
  • Water Desalination/Purification
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Reverse Osmosis / Nanofiltration
  • Ultrafiltration / Microfiltration
  • Electrodialysis / Diffusion Dialysis
  • Forward osmosis / Pervaporation
  • Membrane distillation
  • Fuel Cells / Microbial Fuel Cell
  • Redox-Flow Batteries
  • Electrodeionization
  • Membrane Electrolyzer
  • Reverse Electrodialysis
  • Membrane Bioreactor
  • Anti-fouling Membrane
  • Solvent Resistant Membrane
  • Hollow fibre Membrane
  • Proton Exchange Membrane
  • Bipolar Membrane

Our Committees

Chief Patron: Dr. Amitava Das, Director, CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar | Patron: Dr. Paramita Ray, CSIR-CSMCRI

German Coordinator : Prof. Mathias Ulbricht | Indian Coordinator : Dr. Vinod K. Shahi, CSIR-CSMCRI

Secretary : Dr. Vaibhav Kulshrestha, CSIR-CSMCRI | Treasurer : Dr. Uma Chatterjee, CSIR-CSMCRI

Dr. Puyam Singh Dr. Suresh Jewrajka Dr. Nirmal Kumar Saha
Dr. Amit Bhattacharya Mr. S. D. Patil Dr. Saroj Sharma
Dr. Ankkur Goel Dr. R. K. Nagarale Dr. Subhash C. Ghosh
Dr. Asit B. Panda Dr. Mangal S. Rathore Mr. S. Vaniya
Dr. Avinash Mishra Dr. Santanu Karan Mr. Bhoumik Sutaria
Dr. D. R. Chaudhary Dr. Ketan Patel


Dr. Puyam S. Singh

Dr. Vinod Kumar Shahi

Dr. Nirmal K Saha

Dr. Uma Chatterjee

B. P. Tripathi

S. D. Bhat

D. Sangeetha

G. Arthanareeswaran

B. Skibinski

Sagar Mitra

Beena Rai

Satyajit Mayor

Sunil Dhole

Thomas Schiestel

S. Sridhar

S. D. Manjare

S. Kasibhatla

S. Chattopadhyay

Susanta Banerjee

U. K. Kharul

Andrea Schäfer

Stefan Panglisch

Z.V.P. Murthy

Mihir K Purkait

Jochen Kerres

R. C. Bindal

Sven-Uwe Geißen

D. Parvatalu

Peter Berg

Mathias Ulbricht

Sirshendu De

Ashok K. Pandey

Angelika Heinzel

Volker Abetz



by Inaugural Talk 1 Padma Shri Prof. G.D. Yadav, Vice Chancellor, ICT Mumbai, Inaugural Talk 2 Dr. Sanjeev S. Katti, Director General ONGC-OECT

Inauguration followed by Inaugural Talk


High Tea



by 1. Prof. Volker Abetz, 2. Prof. Sirshendu De, 3. Dr. Peter Berg, 4. Dr. S Kar, BARC,

Chair: Prof.  Mathias Ulbricht, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Advanced membranes and membrane processes for water purification




13:30- 14:10


by 5. Prof. Andrea Schäfer, 6. Prof. Tushar Jana, 7. Dr. Bertram Skibinski, 8. Prof. G. Arthanareeswaran,

Chair: Prof. A. K. Pandey, BARC, Mumbai

Membrane processes for water and energy



Tea Break

16.20 -16.40


by 9. Prof. Stefan Panglisch, 10. Prof. M. K. Purkait, 11. Dr. S. Sridhar, 12. Dr. S Mazumdar,

Chair: Prof. Sven-Uwe Geissen,

Tailoring of high performance membranes



Conference Dinner

19.30 Onwards

Address by the Director, IGSTC

by Dr. Roshan Paul

Growing Research Partnership of Industrial Relevance between India and Germany.



by 13. Prof. Mathias Ulbricht, 14. Prof. Ashok K. Pandey,

Chair: Prof. S De, IIT, Kharagpur

Membrane based processes


SL-1 and SL-2


Tea Break



by 15. Dr. Thomas Schiestel, 16. Dr. S. D. Bhat,

Chair: Prof. R. C. Bindal, BARC, Mumbai

Membrane based processes




Round table discussions on mutual interest for future collaboration on about 10 numbers of tables

12.15 -13.20


13:20- 14:00


Poster session followed by Tea



by 17. Prof. Jochen Kerres, 18. Prof. Susanta Banerjee, 19. Prof. Angelika Heinzel, 20. Prof. K. Ramanujam, 21. Dr. (Mrs) D. Sangeetha,

Chair: Prof. Stefan Panglisch, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Membranes for energy: fuel cell, and redox flow batteries



Conference Dinner

19.30 Onwards


by 22. Prof. Sven-Uwe Geissen, 23. Prof. Z.V.P. Murthy, 24. Prof. S. D. Manjare, 25. Dr. Shankar Kushlay,

Chair: Prof. M Purokait, IIT Guwahati, India

Industrial waste water treatment and reuse


SL 3-SL 4


Tea Break



by 26. Prof. Harikrishnan Ramanan, 27. Prof. Sujay Chattopadhyay,

Chair: Dr. Jochen Kerres, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Water desalination and purification: New prospective


SL 5-SL 6


Lunch Break



Round table discussions on mutual interest for future collaboration on about 10 numbers of tables 



by 28. Dr. Damaraju Parvatalu, 29. Dr. Sunil Dhole, 30. Prof. Bijay P. Tripathi,

Chair: Dr. Bertram Skibinski, Technische Universität München, Germany

Membranes for different applications




Closing remarks and future recommendations followed by High Tea



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Students Pass
(Participants Indian / Foreign)
₹ 4000 / € 100
  • Free kit
  • Free dining during the conference
  • Accommodation extra (On request basis only)

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Indian / Foreign
₹ 6000 / € 200
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  • Free dining during the conference
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Industries Pass
(Participants from the industries)
Indian / Foreign
₹ 7000 / € 250
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get to the venue?

Bhavnagar is well connected by Air/Rail/Road.
The most convenient and economical way is to reach either Vadodara (Baroda) or Ahmedabad by train and then proceed to Bhavnagar by Bus (preferably by private buses).
From Ahmedabad: Paldi private bus stand to Bhavnagar; 3.5 to 4 hours (170 KM) From Vadodara to Bhavnagar: 4 to 4.5 hours by private bus (200 KM). Bhavnagar is connected with Mumbai by daily Air-India flight.

Accommodations Tariff?

Limited accommodations are available on first come first book basis for faculty and students on pre-payment basis as per follows:


  • For Students INR 600/night on twin share/ INR 1200/night for single occupancy
  • For Faculties INR 1500/night on twin share/ INR 2800/night for single occupancy
Can participants also book their accommodation directly to the Hotels nearby venue?

Participant can also book their accommodation directly to the following Hotels.
Suggested Hotels @ Bhavnagar

    1. Sarovar Portico ( 0278-2412200
    2. The Basil Park ( 0278- 30052 42/43; 2225242
    3. GenX ( 0278- 300480 0/1
    4. Hotel Aradhna Auberge ( +91-8401010111, +91-8000577677
    5. Hotel Silver-Star: 0278- 25170 80/81
Whom to contact for accommodation?

Send your accommodation request latest by 15 January 2019 with details (Name, Designation, Phone Number, Email, Arrival Time, Departure Date & Time, University/Institute/College, Single or Double Occupancy and Address) with fee receipt to the following

1. Dr. Amit Bhattacharya Email:
2. Dr. Avinash Mishra Email:

What payment types do you accept?

All payments are to be processed via Bank Transfer. Copy of the bank transfer challan/ NEFT advice must be sent by email before the deadline. In absence of that the application is liable to be rejected.

The payment of the registration fee and/ or accommodation charges can be made through NEFT or bank transfer. The bank details are as follows:

Account Holder: Director, CSMCRI

Bank: State Bank of India,

Branch: Waghawadi Road, Bhavnagar

Account No.: 30267310153.

IFC Code: SBIN0010863.

MICR Code: 364002023.

Can I get a refund on my tickets?

All tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by us, in which case we will always make a full refund.

Any other important information?
    • CSIR-CSMCRI will book only Hostel (on pre-paid basis)
    • Check tariff through on-line hotel booking sites (exciting discount may available)
    • CSIR-CSMCRI shall not be held any responsibility for any hotel booking done by Guest
    • Local travel (too and fro from hotel to CSMCRI only) is limited to recommended hotels
  • Availability of local travel facility to other guests (residing any other place) depends on the geographical location of residing place.


Event is Jointly organised by Organized by
CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, INDIA
And Sponsored by
Indo-German Science & Technology Centre



CSIR- Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute
G. B. Marg, Bhavnagar-364002, Gujarat, INDIA

Time: 09:15 AM to 5:45 PM



Conference Secretariat, IGWMWE-19


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