Frank Lipnizki
Business Manager, Business Centre Membranes
Alfa Laval Nakskov A/S

F1995: BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing and Management at the University of Bath, U.K., 1996: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Process Engineering) at the University of Bochum, Germany 1999: PhD (Hydrophobic Pervaporation: Process Integration and Optimisation) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath, U.K., 2000: Post-doc Druvan Scholarship in Food Engineering at Lund University, Sweden. Since 2001: Alfa Laval - Business Centre Membranes (previously Danish Separation Systems), Denmark and since 1st Jan. 2014 adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering at Lund University, Sweden.

His main research interests are the integration and optimisation of membranes and membrane process for the food, biotech and pulp and paper industry. Frank Lipnizki has authored over 25 publications in reviewed journal and books and gave more than 40 presentations at international conferences on membrane technology.

Optimization and Integration of Membrane Processes - The Power of Synergies

The pressure driven membrane processes - microfiltration (MF), ultrafiltration (UF), nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) – are often considered as competition to the conventional separation processes like high speed separators, decanter and evaporators. The aim of this lecture is to highlight the potentials of combining membrane processes and these conventional separation processes by the means of process synergies.

In the first part of the lecture the concepts of process synergies will be introduced in general terms with supporting examples.

The second part of the lecture will deal with the latest development of process synergies combining membrane processes with decanter, high speed separators and evaporators. Examples of process synergies will be given with focus on applications in the bulk fermentation, food and process industry. The process synergies will be evaluated from a technical and economical point of view and compared with stand-alone units.