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NanoWater Conference

. Club of Amsterdam: NanoWater Conference  


Date: Monday, September 27, 2004
Location: RAI Congress Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Why attend NanoWater?
About the Cientifica & Club of Amsterdam
Travel, Hotel
Speakers' Bios

Print version

NanoWater 2004 is jointly produced by Cientifica and the Club of Amsterdam. It is co-located with the AquaTech Amsterdam 2004 international trade event. NanoWater is a one-day event to be held on September 27th at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Conference Centre.



The aim of the NanoWater conference is to examine how nanotechnology can help address the issues facing the world's water supplies. According to Unesco, although 70 percent of the world's surface is covered by water, only a fraction of that - 2.5 percent - is freshwater, of which 70 per cent is frozen in ice caps. The remainder is present as soil moisture. This leaves less than one per cent of the world's freshwater resources accessible for human use.

Nanotechnology, while providing only a few radical new technologies for desalination, purification or waste water recovery, does have the ability to tilt the economic balance of many existing water related technologies in favour of large scale use. NanoWater will provide insight on those nanotechnologies and how they can be leveraged into the Water Industry to make them not only economically feasible but desirable.

.Why attend NanoWater?  

For the Water Industry:
  • Learn how nanotechnology is being applied to established areas of the water industry such as water remediation and filtration
  • Discover how nanotechnology can provide improved economics to established processes so as to promote their large-scale use
  • Keep abreast of how your competitors have already applied nanotechnology solutions to their processes
  • Meet the government decision makers, researchers and nanotechnology providers
For Policy and Decision Makers:  
  • Understand how nanotechnology can help solve many of the water issues facing your region(s)
  • Learn what other governments are doing to address their water concerns by applying nanotechnology to their solution
  • Evaluate the options from the viewpoints of both industry and research
  • Acquire the knowledge necessary to direct both research spending and regulation
For the Technology Community:  
  • Understand the technology requirements of water industry players
  • Learn the needs of governments in addressing their nation’s water needs
  • Gain contacts in both the water industry and governments
  • Learn from other nanotechnology providers on how they have successfully developed businesses by applying nanotechnology to water processes


September 27th



08:30-09:30 Registration  


09:30 Opening and welcome  

SESSION 1: The Big Picture: Where Nanotechnology Gets Wet



09:40 Nanotechnology & Water: Revolutionary and Evolutionary Developments


  SPEAKER: Kevin M. McGovern, Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital LLC  


10:10 An Overview of the State of the Art in Nanotechnology and where it Provides Greater Efficiencies and Cost Reductions for the Water Industry


SPEAKER: Tim Harper, CEO, Cientifica, Executive Director, European NanoBusiness Association  


10:40 Examining the Applications of Nanotechnology within the Water Industry


SPEAKER: Uri Sagman, Executive Director, Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance, Founder & Director, C Sixty Inc.  


11:10 Coffee Break  

SESSION 2: Clean Water



11:30 Detection and Monitoring


  SPEAKER: Dr. Bob Carr, Chief Technology Officer, NanoSight  


12:00 Contaminant Removal


  SPEAKER: David E. Reisner, President & CEO, The Nano Group, Inc, President & CEO, Inframat Corp., President & CEO, US Nanocorp, Inc.  


12:30 Filtration


  SPEAKER: Fred Tepper, President, Argonide  

SESSION 3: Affordability



13:00 How Nanotechnology Can Introduce Economic Benefits and New Efficiencies: Will these be Incremental or Disruptive?


  SPEAKER: Dr. Ir. Jeroen Boom, Project Design and Build Manager for Membrane Filtration, Rossmark Waterbehandeling B.V.  


13:30 GWRI’s Activities in Applying Nanotechnology to Water Processes


  SPEAKER: Professor Raphael Semiat, Director, The Stephen and Nancy Grand Water Research Institute, Head, GWRI Rabin Desalination Laboratory, The Chemical Engineering Department, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology  


13:30 Lunch Break


15:00 OPEN PRESENTATIONS (15-20 minute presentations):
Nano and Micro Engineered Water Filtration Membranes
Dr. Cees J.M. van Rijn, General Manager, Aquamarijn Research BV

SESSION 4: New Sources



16:30 Nanotechnology & Desalination  


  SPEAKER: Dr. Eric Mayes, CEO, NanoMagnetics Ltd.  


17:00 Nanotechnology & Groundwater


  SPEAKER: Dr. Philippe Rychen, Head of Environmental Systems, Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM SA)  


17:30 Nanotechnology & Energy=Sustainable Water


  SPEAKER: Diederik Jaspers, Senior Consultant, Altran Technologies Netherlands BV  


18:00 Conclusions and Open Discussion.  


18:30 Close of conference  


[All prices incl. 19% VAT]


General Audience: €400
For Academic & Government Employees: €335
For European NanoBusiness Association, members of NGI and Club of Amsterdam
Professional Members: €335

Club of Amsterdam Professional Membership

Club of Amsterdam Professional Membership annual fee 2004/2005 [valid till June 30, 2005] €119
Benefits for Professional Members: Discounts on conferences, seminars, publications etc.

Please download the REGISTRATION FORM: click here

Please fill out the Registration form. There you find the instructions for bank transfer or credit card payments. Credit card payments can be processed through our
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The NanoWater Conference is followed by
AquaTech, which takes place from 28 September - 1 October.

.Cientifica & Club of Amsterdam  

Cientifica is the world's largest supplier of nanotechnology information, with activities spanning from basic research, through scientific networks to consultancy, business intelligence and investment appraisals. Cientifica is in constant contact with thousands of scientists, businesses and investors active in the nanotechnology world.


Club of Amsterdam
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The Club of Amsterdam provides resources through publishing and organizes events, seminars, workshops and exhibitions.


.Travel, Hotels  

Please visit the AquaTech travel information site.


Hotel Reservation
RAI Hotel Service is the official housing agent for Aquatech Amsterdam 2004. In close consultation with the event organization, we have made a selection of hotels in Amsterdam for you. As a customer you stand to benefit from our intensive contact with many hotels and we offer you the best available rates. Demand for hotel rooms in Amsterdam is great during conferences and other events. Our advice is to make your reservation far in advance in order to be sure of having the best possible choice from among the various hotels.

For further information:


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.Speakers' Bios  

Dr. Ir. Jeroen Boom

Project Design and Build Manager for Membrane Filtration, Rossmark Waterbehandeling B.V.
The Netherlands

Working Experience
January 1989 till May 1989
Trainee period at Heineken Nederlands Beheer B.V., Zoeterwoude, The Netherlands
Study of technical and economical feasability of clarification of beer by means of microfiltration.

August 1989 till September 1990
Master thesis conducted at the Research Group Membrane Technology, Faculty of Chemical Engineering; University of Twente.
Study into the relation between molecular structure and gas separation properties of poly-oxadiazole and polytriazole membranes

December 1989 till March 1990
Research fellow at X-flow B.V., Enschede, The Netherlands.
Synthesis and characterisation of poly-urethane membranes to be used as artificial skin.
Synthesis and characterisation of asymmetric poly-imide ultrafiltration membranes.

October 1990 till October 1994
PhD study at the Reseach group membrane Technology, Faculty of Chemical Engineering; University of Twente.
Promotors C.A. Smolders and prof.dr. H. Strathmann.
Promotion date 11 November 1994
Improvement of polymeric membranes for the separation of liquids and gases by means of incorporation of zeolites and the moddeling of transport through these type of structures.

February 1995 till March 1996
Post-doctoral fellow at Institute of Physical Chemistry, National Research Centre Demokritos, Athens, Greece
"Study on the diffusion of small molecules in glassy polymers"

May 1996 till February 1998
Consultant membrane technology at the foundation "Membrane Application Center Twente" Enschede, The Netherlands.
Activities are: consultancy, feasibility studies, pilot studies and project management for the implementation of membrane technology in industrial processes.

February 1998 till March 1999
Director MACTbv.
Continuation of the activities of Membrane Application Center Twente on a commercial basis. Besides the activities mentioned above acquisition and general management were a part of the function.

March 1999 till now
Process engineer at Rossmark, Ede, The Netherlands
Design of water treatment installations based on conventional techniques as well as membrane technology. Supervision of pilot studies and PhD students.

From October 2001
manager of the Process Engineering dept.


Dr. Bob Carr
Chief Technology Officer, NanoSight

Dr Bob Carr is founder and CEO of Macranal Ltd having previously led an optical detection and biosensor Research Group at Porton Down for 19 years. Recently acting as lead coordinator for a DTI BEP programme on the exploitation of MicroSystems Technology in the Biosciences, Bob is a committee member of the Microsystems Manufacturing Association. Bob will be CTO post funding.


Kevin M. McGovern

Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital LLC

Mr. McGovern's firm, McGovern Capital, is one of three owners of the largest manufacturer and worldwide seller of carbon filters for air and water purification, KX Industries (KXI). KXI has developed a revolutionary nanotech microbiological water filter (MB) that incorporates anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents into its structure.


Tim Harper
CEO, Cientifica
Executive Director, European NanoBusiness Association

Tim Harper is the founder of CMP Cientifica, Europe's largest nanotechnology information company, the Executive Director of the European NanoBusiness Association and an advisor to the US NanoBusiness Alliance.
Before founding CMP Cientifica, Tim was an engineer at the European Space Agency's research and development centre in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. He managed the micro and nanoscale characterisation facility, and has published extensively on analytical techniques and characterization of advanced materials.
Tim lives in Madrid, Spain, with his family, after working in the UK, US, Germany, and the Netherlands. Originally from the UK, he also speaks French, Spanish, and Dutch.


Diederik Jaspers
Senior Consultant, Altran Technologies Netherlands BV
The Netherlands

Diederik Jaspers was born in 1965 in The Netherlands. At the Delft University of Technology he studied Chemical Technology and graduated in 1991. He worked on inorganic and physical chemistry, and did research on ceramic membranes and solid oxide fuel cells. This resulted in three patents. After that he studied further at MBA, at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where he did technology and ICT management orientation (MBI). Currently, he is the Specialist Consultant in the Skill Center Sustainability and Hydrogen at Altran Technologies Netherlands BV.


Dr. Eric Mayes
CEO, NanoMagnetics Ltd.

Eric founded then served as NanoMagnetics' chief technology officer until being appointed CEO in 2003. Dr. Mayes brings seven years of experience in technical management and the commercialization of nanomaterials. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bath and a BS in Physics from Arkansas State University. He is the author of over a dozen refereed academic journal articles and eight primary patents, and also serves on the UK's LINK Information Storage and Displays Programme panel to advise the DTI and EPSRC on information storage related funding. He was recently named 'Entrepreneur of the Year 2003' by the Royal Society of Chemistry.


David E. Reisner
President & CEO - The Nano Group, Inc
President & CEO - Inframat Corp.
President & CEO - US Nanocorp, Inc.

Dr. David Reisner, a 1978 University Honors graduate from Wesleyan Univ, received his Ph.D. at MIT in 1983 in the field of chemical physics. In 1996, Reisner co-founded both Inframat® and US Nanocorp® as a vehicle to develop nanostructured materials technology. Since founding, Inframat and US Nanocorp have been funded over $20 MM in Government Contract R&D. Both Companies have been recognized in both Y2002 and Y2003 for their fast revenue growth as Deloitte & Touche Connecticut Technology Fast50 Award recipients, the first time that two companies under the same management have won as well as being the first two nanotech winners in the U.S. He is head of The Nano Group, Inc. a recently formed holding company. He is also Chairman of US Nanocorp's commercialization spin off, Battery IntelligenceTM Incorporated. Reisner is very active on the Board of the Connecticut Venture Group and has recently joined the Board of the Connecticut Technology Council. He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. Reisner is serving a 3-year term as a Technology Pioneer for the World Economic Forum.


Dr. Philippe Rychen
Head of Environmental Systems, Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM SA)

Mr. Philippe Rychen, Swiss and French citizen, began his studies in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Technology in Strasbourg (France) in 1982 and continued in Aalen (D). In 1986 he received his degree in Chemical engineering (equivalent to master’s degree in Science) in Aalen (D). In 1987 He started his industrial career at Christ AG, CH-Aesch, a well-established water treatment company in Switzerland with international Businesses. He started in the company as a process engineer then he became responsible as R&D director. In parallel, during two years, he built up a brand new production facility for the production of a novel product (SEPTRON Moduls) developed in House under his direction.

Before joining the CSEM team, he gained one year in Business development as a product manager at ZEOCHEM in Uetikon (CH), selling Molecular sieves (Zeolites) for the oil & gas process market. In 2000 he finally joined CSEM as a manager in order to develop the sensor and Nano-Diamond technology for the water treatment market.

This activity will be spin-off CSEM beginning of 2005 in a start-up company called “Adamant Technology” under his direction.


Uri Sagman
Executive Director Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance (Toronto, Canada)
Founder & Director, C Sixty Inc.

Dr. Sagman is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance, an association dedicated to the promotion of the nanotechnology sector in Canada. The Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance has a diverse membership, which includes representation of government agencies, academic centers of excellence, industry and the investment community. Dr. Sagman is cofounder and President of C Sixty Inc. At C Sixty, Dr. Sagman has recruited some of the world’s leading scientists, including the 1996 Nobel Prize awardee and co-discoverer of fullerenes, to advance the development of fullerene-based technology for biomedical applications. To that end, Dr. Sagman has enlisted a comprehensive R&D network, based at leading academic centers, which include Rice University, UCLA, Columbia University, Dartmouth University, the University of Toronto, Erlangen University in Germany, and the University of Taiwan. Dr. Sagman is the Chairman of GRN Health International Inc., a globally based academic research organization dedicated to medical research and development.
Dr. Sagman is currently engaged in the development of strategies for National Nanotechnology Initiative programs in several countries, specializing in the development of paradigms for public and private sector alliances. In addition, Dr. Sagman’s efforts are focused on the application of nanotechnology to problems of global scope.
Dr. Sagman is a medical oncologist, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a fellowship recipient of the Medical Research Council of Canada. He is a recognized researcher in the field of clinical oncology, tumor biology and immunology. Dr. Sagman obtained his training at McGill University, The University of Calgary, The University of Toronto and Oxford University. Dr. Sagman is the recipient of numerous awards and citations including the Young Investigator awards of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). He has organized and participated as keynote speaker at numerous nanotechnology-based conferences. Dr. Sagman has been extensively profiled in numerous journal and press publications, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, the Economist, the New York Times, Red Herring, Technology Review, Chemical Engineering, the National Post, the Houston Chronicle, and The Toronto Star amongst others.


Fred Tepper
President, Argonide

Fred is a former Vice President for the Mine Safety Appliance Company (MSA) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When he retired in 1996, he had almost 40 years with MSA, starting out as a chemist/materials scientist in respiratory filter development and water purification. In 1970 he was promoted to General Manager of the Catalyst Research Corp, where he led the team that developed the long life lithium pacemaker battery. He was promoted again to General Manager of the Instrument Division of MSA that included several additional profit centers including the Callery Chemical Company. While his responsibilities covered all the facets of a profit center (manufacturing, marketing, accounting), Fred was never far from the research lab.


Dr. Cees J.M. van Rijn
General Manager
Aquamarijn Research BV
The Netherlands
See also Nano and Micro Engineered Membrane Technology (Membrane Science and Technology Series, Vol 10)


Professor Raphael Semiat
Director, The Stephen and Nancy Grand Water Research Institute
Head, GWRI Rabin Desalination Laboratory, The Chemical Engineering Department, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Research Topics

Water Technology
Desalination using evaporation and membrane processes. Development of scale free desalination evaporator. Problems of membranes fouling, pre and post treatment. Uses of membranes for water quality problems and waste treatment.

Separation Processes
Development of improved method for phase separation in liquid-liquid settlers.
Modeling of liquid-liquid settlers. Investigation of effective properties of concentrated suspensions. Mechanisms of heat transfer enhancement. Membrane processes.
Crystalliztion. Nano crystallization.

Industrial Project
Double falling film evaporator for solution concentration.
Crystallization of aluminum chloride.
Water treatments.

Optical measurements techniques
Use of Laser Doppler Velocimetry for two phase-flow.
Development of Laser Grating Velocimetry technique for relatively large particles.
Study of liquid-liquid jet breakup by laser grating velocimetry.
Study of drops motion in printing heads.
Shear induced migration in concentrated slurries.











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