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Membranes and Desalination
  • The Membranes & Desalination Specialist Network consists of two clusters of individuals whose special interests share much in common and where there is often considerable overlap. Typically the two-way interaction is evident in applications where membrane technology is utilised as pre-treatment for thermal or reverse osmosis desalination, thermal processes are being incorporated into new membrane reactors and reverse osmosis is employed as the final “polishing” step in water recycling processes.


    While there are small differences in the emphasis to place on the best use and most appropriate choice of technological mix to apply at any one time, both groups have shared the same Conference platform and enjoyed the three events so far concluded: the Membranes & Desalination Specialty I in Adelaide in 2005, Membrane & Desalination Specialty II in Melbourne in 2007, and Membrane & Desalination Specialty III in Sydney in 2009. Reports from these events are available in the 'Publications' section.


    Want to join the Membranes and Desalination Specialist Network?

    If you or a colleague would like to keep updated on the latest developments and events in Membranes and Desalination, then join us! To join this network you must be an AWA member. 




    Membranes, the Key to Australian Desalination and Water Reclamation Practice


    Reverse osmosis, micro- and ultra-filtration membranes are the essential components for drinking water systems, water recycling and reclamation and brackish water desalination in Australia. Below are some of the leading examples of their application to the country’s water management agenda.


        Kwinana Seawater Desalination Plan 1



     LHS: Tugun Seawater Desalination Plant


    RHS:  Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme
     LHS: Kwinana SeawaterDesalination Plant    LHS: Tugun Seawater Desalination Plant

     RHS: Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme 







     March 2014

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    Presented by National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia and supported by the Membranes & Desalination Specialist Network

    Monday 28 April, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 



    1.00 to 2.00 pm  

    2.00 to 4.30 pm
    • Setting the scene: opportunities for improved safety and efficiency in operations through information sharing
    • Around the grounds presentations - status updates from each of Australia’s major desalination plants: current and forecast operating modes, key challenges
    • NCEDA research projects and outcomes relevant to operations - methods of collaboration of industry with research bodies
    • AWA Membrane and Desalination Specialist Network: partnering opportunities to solve issues of safety, performance and efficiency
    • Discussion: finding solutions to the major safety and efficiency challenges
    4.30 to 5.30 pm NETWORKING DRINKS 

    Enquiries:  Neil Palmer 0417 996 126; Sean McCagh  0409 924 599

    RSVP by April 24 to

    Presented by National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia

    Tuesday 29 April, 1.15-3.15pm, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


    As Australia expands its mining interests and tightens environmental control on mining operations, the need for onsite water treatment will become more critical. Membrane technology can provide an easily transportable option for water treatment, especially to serve the remote locations of many mining sites. The workshop will be conducted in two parts: 

    Educate participants on the potential for membranes in mining and coal seam gas operations, and 

    Work in cross-disciplinary groups of varied experiences to identify potential areas for new investigations that will assist the industry in optimising its delivery strategies

    Speakers include:

    • Dr Mike Dixon, Senior Applications Engineer, NanoH2O Inc (US)
    • Prof Stephen Gray, Director of the Institute for Sustainability & Innovation, Victoria University
    • Rob Heilbronn, Director Water, Hatch
    • Hiep Le, Senior Process Engineer, Osmoflo
    • Associate Prof Mike Duke, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Sustainability & Innovation, Victoria University

    Attendance at the workshop is included in the Ozwater registration fee. For more information go to

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