Dr. Paul Wiper
Manager, Molymem, UK
Dr. Paul Wiper is the Business Development and Project Manager at Molymem Ltd. responsible for the growth, deployment and commercial exploitation of the 2D membrane coating technology. Prior to this role, he was Application Manager at the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) heading up the deposition and printing laboratories, which developed a range of 2D material applications and technologies across semiconductor and energy-storage sectors. In addition, Paul was the programme lead of an ERDF funded programme, Bridging The Gap. The aim of the programme was to work with Greater Manchester SMEs to develop and accelerate the commercialisation of graphene/2D materials products and processes. Prior to this role, he was the Business Engagement/Product Manager at AIXTRON UK Ltd. responsible for the sales and growth of the 2D/Nano division. Paul has PhD in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool, has extensive research experience working with BP and Pilkington Glass (NSG) and has authored over 21 research publications.
Co-presented by Mr. Luke Davies, Manager, Molymem, UK
Mr. Luke Davies began working for Molymem in 2021, following on from the completion of a master’s degree in chemistry at The University of Manchester. He began his career at Molymem as an Application Scientist, focusing on the design and optimisation of 2D MoS2-based membranes for nanofiltration applications, pairing chemical functionalisation and characterisation to develop structure-performance relationships for these membrane systems. Luke currently works as a Laboratory and Project Manager for Molymem, working closely with the technical team to further develop Molymem’s technology in key application areas, and to scale the technology from the lab into practical membrane systems.
Dec 5, 2023, 10:00AM -10:15AM EST
New and Advanced 2D Membranes & Applications
Access to fresh, clean water for all is a universal problem. Climate change, pollution and population growth are factors that will further exacerbate this issue in years to come, placing stress on current supplies. Novel technologies are required now more than ever to provide the solution, in a way that is robust, economical and scalable.
At Molymem, we are developing the next generation of membranes, based on two-dimensional molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) to form highly efficient water filtration membranes. Our membranes aim to combine the best features of commercially available membranes such as the small pore size and separation efficiency of polymeric membranes and the robustness and lifetime of ceramic membranes. High water permeation and contaminant rejection positions these membranes as lower energy alternatives to traditional nanofiltration membranes, with the added benefit of specific functionality, tailored rejection and hence tuneable membrane technology.
In this talk, we will focus on the journey of Molymem, from lab-scale trials to pilot scale deployment in the field, tackling the removal of natural organic matter (NOM). NOM is a complex mixture of organic compounds that are highly prevalent in ground and surface waters. Through necessary introduction of disinfection agents to these waters, NOM breaks down to form disinfection by-products (DBPs) such as trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs), regulated health hazards. Molymem have targeted the removal of these nanoscale compounds, to protect public health whilst maintaining a practical and economical solution for water suppliers through the use of our disruptive membrane technology.