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WFI 2023 Annual Virtual Conference: A Resounding Success

Filtration and Its Influence on the Future of our Planet

December 5–6, 2023, 8:00AM–12:00PM EST

Welcome

On behalf of the WFI 2023 organizing committee and all the speakers, we invite you to join us at the Waterloo Filtration Institute 2023 Annual Conference (WFI 2023), December 5–6, 2023, 8:00AM –12:00PM EST. The theme of this conference is Filtration and Its Influence on the Future of Our Planet. It will be an international leadership conference to address the critical roles of filtration and separation for healthy living, surrounding environments, and their impacts on future generations. The virtual conference will feature the following sessions:


Session 1: New Regulations and Demands for Clean Air and Water
Session 2: Advanced Technologies for Next-Generation Filtration Solutions 
Session 3: Sustainable Filtration Solutions for a Circular Economy
Session 4: Filtration's Impact on the Future of Our Planet 


These sessions promise to delve into new developments, future trends, and emerging technologies in air and water filtration. The topics to be covered encompass a wide range of areas, such as new government regulations and guidelines (ASHRAE, EPA, Eurovent, BAuA, US Green Building Council, etc.), emerging market opportunities, IoT-enabled filtration systems/advanced sensors, sustainable and eco-friendly materials, nanofiltration, evolution of healthy buildings/residential living, carbon footprint reduction, advanced water and membrane filters, waste minimization, hot gas/catalytic filtration, net-zero goals and innovative approaches to address global clean air/water challenges related to filtration.


The Waterloo Filtration Institute (WFI) is a global non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the global filtration industry's growth and advancing the science and technologies of filtration and separation processes for a clean, healthy, and sustainable world. We welcome you to join us at WFI 2023, where you will gain insights from global industry experts, researchers and thought leaders who share their knowledge, expertise, and vision. Together, we will explore innovative ideas, technologies and strategies to address the challenges faced by the global filtration industry and promote a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable world.


We are excited and look forward to meeting you online at WFI 2023, December 5-6, 2023.

Sincerely,
WFI 2023 Chairs

Dr. Christine Sun

President

WFI, US

Mr. Richard Lydon

Secretary-General,

Filtration Society, UK

Mr. Paul Marold

CEO

Aeristus, Inc., US

Dr. Bryan Haynes

Sr. Technical Director

Kimberly-Clark, US

Conference Coordinator: Mr. Mitch McCreary

Program Manager: Dr. Iyad Al-Attar

Conference Secretary: Ms. Camilla Gomes da Silva

Contact: info@wfinstitute.com

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The Conference Program

New Regulations and Demands for Clean Air and Water

December 5, 2023

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM EST

Advanced Technologies for Next-Generation Filtration Solutions

December 5, 2023

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Sustainable Filtration Solutions for a Circular Economy

December 6, 2023

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM EST

Filtration's Impact on the Future of Our Planet

December 6, 2023

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

WFI 2023 Session Introductions

WFI 2023 Session Introductions
WFI 2023 Session 1 Jenny Berens Welcome

WFI 2023 Session 1 Jenny Berens Welcome

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WFI 2023 Session 2 Richard Lydon Welcome

WFI 2023 Session 2 Richard Lydon Welcome

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WFI 2023 Session 3 Thomas Peters Welcome

WFI 2023 Session 3 Thomas Peters Welcome

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WFI 2023 Session 4 Tyler Smith Welcome

WFI 2023 Session 4 Tyler Smith Welcome

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 8:00AM–12:00PM EST

 

8:00–8:10  Welcome Introduction

8:10–9:50  Session 1: New Regulations and Demands for Clean Air and Water
Chaired by Dr. Jenny Berens, Filter Engr. Mgr., Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, US​A

8:10–8:25  1.1. New Filtration Technologies to Meet Increasing Market Expectations

Presented by Mr. Mike Clark, President, Filtration Division, H&V, USA

8:25–8:40  1.2. Latest Advancements of Clean Air Standards and Emerging Opportunities

Presented by Dr. Thomas Caesar, VP, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, Germany

8:40–8:55  1.3. EU-Wide Restriction Proposal Addressing PFAS As A Group – State of Play

Presented by Dr. Frauke Averbeck, Scientific Officer, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Germany

8:55–9:10  1.4. Medical Air Filtration Regulation Update and New Opportunities “When Your Life Depends On It”

Presented by Mr. Dennis Cook, CEO, Superior Felt & Filtration, USA

9:10–9:25  1.5. Preparation for the Future: Introducing New ASHRAE Standard 241 and Its Application Opportunities

Presented by Mr. Jon Douglas, Director of Healthy Building, Johnson Control,  USA

9:25–9:40  1.6. New Water Quality Regulations: Challenges and Opportunities in the United States

Presented by Dr. Greg Pierce, Director, UCLA Water Resources Group, UCLA, USA

9:40–9:50  Q&A and Panel Discussion

9:50–10:00  Coffee break

10:00–11:40  Session 2: Advanced Technologies for Next-Generation Filtration Solutions

Chaired by Mr. Richard Lydon, Secretary-General, Filtration Society, UK and Dr. Iyad Al-AttarStrategic Director, WFI ,Canada

10:00–10:15  2.1. New and Advanced 2D Membranes & Applications

Presented by Mr. Luke Davies and Dr. Paul Wiper, Managers, Molymem Ltd, UK 

10:15–10:30  2.2. Recent Developments in Industrial Air Pollution Control Using Catalytic Ceramic Filters

Presented by Dr. Ian Chisem, Technical Director, Ceramic Filter Alliance, UK, and Mr. Cameron Kiani, Precision Partners, USA

10:30–10:45  2.3. Smart Homes and IAQ Sensors

Presented by Dr. Jatin Khanpara, Chief Technology Advisor, Research Products, USA

10:45–11:00  2.4. Filtration to produce RNG (Renewable Natural Gas) – Turning waste into clean energy 

Presented by Mr. Kevin Jameson, CEO, PureAir Filtration, USA

11:00–11:15  2.5. Next-Generation Filtration Media for Automotive Industry

Presented by Dr. Cedric Vallet, Head of PMBD, Ahlstrom, France

11:15–11:30  2.6. Clean Air Standards and Advanced Technologies

Presented by Mr. Sean O’Reilly, Global SVP, AAF International, USA 

11:30–11:40  Q&A and Panel Discussion

11:40–12:00  2023 Product of the Year Award Ceremony

Presented by Mr. Mike Malloy, Principal, Malloy Strategies, USA

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 8:00AM–12:00PM EST

 

8:00–8:10  Welcome Introduction

8:10–9:50  Session 3: Sustainable Filtration Solutions for a Circular Economy

Chaired by Dr. Thomas Peters, Sr. Director, Dr. Peters Consulting, Germany

8:10–8:25  3.1. PFAS : Challenges and Opportunities for the Global Water Filtration Industry

Presented by Mr. Rob Astle, Vice President, Residential Filtration, Marmon Water, USA

8:25–8:40  3.2. Treatment of Residuals from Biogas Production

Presented by Dipl.-Ing. Peter Bolduan, CEO, atech innovations GmbH, Germany

8:40–8:55  3.3. Optimization Methodology for design and performance of SWRO Desalination Plants

Presented by Mr. Fernando Suarez, Founder and CEO of INEXA , Spain

8:55–9:10  3.4. Next-Gen MBR: Energy-Efficient and Space-Saving Wastewater Treatment

Presented by Dr. Klaus Vossenkaul, CEO, Dr. Johannes Lindemann, Director, Membion, Germany

9:10–9:25  3.5. Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for Air Filters –Upcoming Standards, Challenges and Opportunities

Presented by Mr. Tobias Zimmer, Vice President, Camfil, Germany

9:25–9:40  3.6. Innovative policies and practices to embrace a Sustainable built environment for Air Quality inclusion

Presented by Dr. Iyad Al-Attar, Strategic Director, WFI, Canada

9:40–9:50  Q&A and Panel Discussion

9:50–10:00  Coffee break

10:00–11:40  Session 4: Filtration's Impact on the Future of our Planet

Chaired by Mr. Tyler Smith, Vice President, Johnson Controls, USA and Dr. M. Ramaswamy, Technical Director, Level Engineering, Oman

10:00–10:10  4.1. EPA’s Research to Motivate Standardized Testing and Evaluate the Effectiveness of Air Cleaning Technologies

Presented by Dr. Katherine Ratliff, Physical Scientist, EPA, USA

10:10–10:20  4.2. The North Star - Occupant Health Guides Indoor Air Quality

Presented by Dr. Stephanie Taylor, CEO, Building4Health, USA

10:20–10:30  4.3. Role of Filtration Strategies in Achieving Decarbonization Goals

Presented by Dr. Marwa Zaatari, Board of Directors at US Green Building Council, USA

10:30–10:40  4.4. TAML/Peroxide Power: Unprecedented Efficacy in Purifying Multiple Water Matrices of Pharmaceuticals

Presented by Dr. Terrence Collins, Professor, Carnegie Mellon, USA

10:40–10:50  4.5. New Challenges and Opportunities in Water Filtration 

Presented by Mr. Richard Lydon, Secretary-General, Filtration Society, UK

10:50–11:40  Roundtable discussion

Overall theme: Forward-looking discussion on the future of filtration, IAQ, water quality, and the intersection with sustainability, decarbonization, and climate change

11:40–12:00  CFSS 2023 Class Ceremony and Conclusion

Presented by Dr. Christine Sun, Dr. Bryan Haynes, Mr. Paul Marold, Mr. Richard Lydon​

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