Please find below all our joint workshops :

- Catalytic Membrane Reactors, What's Next? workshop, Petten, April 2015.

- The joint Workshop on Scale-up of Pd membrane Technology From Understanding to Pilot Demonstration, Petten November 2014.

- The Inorganic membranes for green chemical production and clean power generation.

- The DEMCAMER & CARENA workshop.

The CACHET II & CARENA & COMETHY Workshop on Pd-based Membrane Scale-Up Workshop

- The IMeTI & CARENA Workshop on Inorganic Membrane Technology - Advanced Production & Design.




Catalytic Membrane Reactors, what's Next? Workshop in Petten, April 2015, 29&30                              




The workshop was organized by the EU‐funded projects CARENA and ISPT.  This was a 2‐day (day1- lectures, posters

session and day 2 interactive discussions to generate ideas and next steps) event including a visit to ECN facilities

packed for an intense Dutch experience. It proved a unique knowledge‐sharing experience for representatives of

academia, research institutions and industrial stakeholders.

54 participants from 9 countries got together to further explore the latest topics in Catalytic Membrane Reactors and

their future. The first day of the event was hosted by ECN, and the second day located on the seaside at camposide

at Struin Paviljon. On the behalf of the CARENA and ISPT, Congratulations for the good job!




Programme: Download  Workshop_agenda_april2015

Organizing Committee:

Arend de Groot (ECN,CARENA), Chair & Coordinator

Hank Vleeming (ECN, CARENA)

Laurence Bosch (EMH, CARENA)

Gilbert Rios (EMH,CARENA)

Ilona Kaandorp (ECN, CARENA)

Luisa Groothuis (ISPT)




To download: click on the authors names in brackets to access the pdf for the presentations available in the

differents sessions. Refers to the programme for the presentations titles.

Day 1:

Opening and welcome, Introduction CARENA (A de Groot); Introduction ISTP

Session 1: Novel Membranes for Catalytic Membrane Reactors

Overview (ML_Fontaine), Highlights (N Benes; J Caro)

Session 2: Novels Catalysts for Membrane Reactors

overview (Y Schuurman), highlights (D Farrusseng; ME Rivas-Velazco; A Ricca)

Session 3: Modeling and Design of Catalytic Membrane Reactors

Overview of CARENA (H Vleeming) and Highlights (R Roelant; F van Berkel and E Palo), Overview of DEMCAMER (I_Mirabelli)

Session 4: Processes Employing Catalytic Membrane Reactors

overview (N Doucet; G Remmers)

Session 5: Exploitation of Novel Materials and Catalytic Membrane Reactors

Exploitation and poster session

Introduction to the CARENA Innovation Leaflets  (H Vleeming)


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The Joint Workshop on Scale-up of Pd Membrane Technology From Fundamental Understanding

to Pilot Demonstration, in Petten, The Netherlands, November 2014, 20&21.


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This joint workshop brought together the 4 EU‐funded projects CARENA, CoMETHy, DEMCAMER and ReforCELL
for the second time! The previous workshop was held in Rome, Italy in 2012.
This was a 2‐day (lectures, posters sessions and interactive discussions) event including a visit to ECN facilities
packed for an intense Dutch experience. It proved a unique knowledge‐sharing experience for representatives of
academia, research institutions and industrial stakeholders.



74 participants from 17 countries got together to further explore the latest topics in fundamental aspects of Pd membrane technology, manufacturing and scale‐up challenges and towards industrial applications and alternatives others. The whole event was hosted by ECN on the behalf of the 4 EU‐funded projects: Congratulations for the good job!  


Feedback from the workshop attendees was extremely positive. Frans van Berkel (ECN Senior Scientist and Chair of the Organizing Committee) admitted “There was such genuine contribution and common drive to find the right way to make sure that palladium membrane scale up happens – and soon – as we all believe this to have breakthrough potential for so many applications including hydrogen power, refining, petrochemicals, hydrogen vehicles to name a few!”                                                                                                                      


ecn-groupnov2014web2.jpg The joint workshop at ECN in Petten, The Netherlands, November 20&21, 2014.
 Organizing Committee:
  • Laurence Bosch (UM2-EMH, France; CARENA)
  • Gilbert Rios (EMH, France; CARENA)
  • Emma Palo (KT, Italy; CARENA)
  • Frans van Berkel (ECN, Netherlands: CARENA)
  • Alberto Giaconia (ENEA, Italy; CoMETHy)
  • Thijs Peters (Sintef, Norway; Reforcell)
  • Enrico Drioli (Univ. Calabria, Italy; Demcamer)
  • Adele Brunetti (Univ. Calabria, Italy; Demcamer)
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To Download:

Final Booklet: Final_booklet_worshop_petten2014 

Presentations available of the workshop:


DAY 1: 20th November 2014


  • Introduction to CoMETHy: Compact multi-fuel-energy to hydrogen converter (Alberto Giaconia, ENEA, Italy) -PDF-
  • Introduction to ReforCELL: Advanced multi-fuel reformer for fuel CELL CHP systems (José Luis Viviente) -PDF-
  • Introduction to DEMCAMER: Design and manufacturing of catalytic membrane reactors by developing
     new nano-architectured catalytic and selective membrane materials (José Luis Viviente) -PDF-
  • Introduction to CARENA: Pd-membrane based reactors for C1 to C4 conversion (Arend de Groot) - PDF-

Session 1

  • Hilde Johnsen Venvik (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Investigation of fundamental
     phenomena affecting the performance of thin Pd-Ag membranes -PDF-
  • Alessio Caravella (UniCal, ITM-CNR), Concentration polarization and inhibition by CO in supported Pd-based membranes
  • José-María Sánchez-Hervás (CIEMAT), Impact of syngas components -CO2, H2O, and CO- on hydrogen
     permeance behaviour over relevant testing times -PDF-
  • Thijs Peters (SINTEF, The performance of Pd-Ag alloy membrane films under exposure of trace amount of H2S
     - Not available
  • Andreas Goldbach (DICP), Stability of Pd-membranes under practical operation conditions -PDF-
  • Frans van Berkel (ECN), Long term testing of Pd-membranes under methane steam reforming conditions -PDF-
  • Amanda Lewis (Pall), presenting on behalf of Doug Way (CSM), High temperature stability of Pd alloy composite membranes and their application to membrane reactors -PDF-

Session 2

  • Annarita Salladini (PI), Optimization of porous metal support for Pd-deposition -PDF-
  • Alfredo Pacheco Tanaka (Tecnalia), Development of Pd-based supported membranes -PDF-
  • L. Baldassari (Ecorecycling), Pd-recycling and LCA  -PDF-
  • Giuseppe Barbieri (ITM CNR, UniCal), Membrane reactors innovating H2 steam upgrading -PDF-
  • Moshe Sheintuch (Technion), Reactor modelling, simulation and operating parameters optimization – Not available
  • Fausto Gallucci (TU/E), Fluidized bed membrane reactors for hydrogen production and CO2 capture -PDF-

DAY 2: 21st November 2014

Session 3

  • Annarita Salladini (PI), Solar assisted reforming and CCS in novel process schemes for H2 production-techno
    economic assessment – Not available
  • Markus Haydn (Plansee SE), Metal-supported Pd-membrane for hydrogen production – Not available
  • Andy Tsai (T3 Scientific LLC), The road to robust Pd-membrane – Not available
  • Amanda Lewis (Pall) presenting on the behalf of Scott Hopkins (Pall corporation), Pd-membrane development
     at Pall -PDF-
  • Xavier Quek (Johnson Matthey), Pd-membrane activities at Johnson Matthey -PDF-
  • Tony Boyd (MRT), Summary of fluidized bed reactor and membrane experience at Membrane Reactor Technologies -PDF-
  • Adele Brunetti (ITM-CNR, UniCal), How can membrane reactors can affect H2 production cycles -PDF-
  • Leonardo Roses (HyGear), Simulation, integration and assembly of pilot-scale fluidized bed membrane reactors -PDF-
  • Giampaolo Manzolini (Polytecnico de Milano), Techno-economic optimization of Pd-based membrane reactors
     in PEM micro-CHP systems -PDF-
  • Spyros Voutetakis (CERTH), Integrated membrane reactor testing and modeling -PDF-

Session 4

  • Roland Dittmeyer (KIT), Overview on Pd-membrane reactors (for dehydrogenation) -PDF-
  • Thijs Peters (SINTEF), Investigation of Pd-based membranes in propane dehydrogenation (PDH) processes Investigation
    of Pd-based membranes in propane dehydrogenation (PDH) processes -PDF-
  • Emma Palo (KT), Novel process scheme for selective propane dehydrogenation -PDF-
  • Emma Palo (KT), Novel process scheme for syngas production for gas to liquid processes -PDF-
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The Inorganic membranes for green chemical production and clean power generation. Valencia, Spain, 4-6 September 2013 


This event was organized in the frame of four FP7 European projects: (1) NASA-OTM which aims to develop supported oxygen transport ceramic membranes; (2) DEMOYS which is focused on the development of thin mixed conducting membranes for O2 and H2 separation by using a new deposition technique Low Pressure Plasma Spraying Thin Film (LPPS-TF) in combination with nano-porous, highl y catalytic layers; (3) CARENA that promotes catalytic membrane reactors in the European chemical industry to reduce the dependency of the European community on imported oil; and (4) HETMOC which will develop and demonstrate highly efficient tubular membranes for oxy-Combustion for implementing cost-efficient carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) in future coal fired power plants.

Topics : Oxygen transport membranes Hydrogen permeable membranes Advanced manufacturing techniques Application to catalytic processes and advanced separations Theoretical modelling of transport and surface chemistry Shape-selective separation on porous membranes

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The Demcamer & CARENA Workshop. 30 January 2013, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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The Demcamer-CARENA workshop on Membranes and Membrane Reactors has been hosted at Eindhoven University of Technology on January 30th 2013. Around 45 people attended the meeting both working in Carena and Demcamer projects but also external guests.

The introduction to both projects, given by the coordinators, have shown how the two consortia share similar challenges in membrane preparation and in membrane reactor configurations. Four main lectures have been given during the meeting on membrane preparation, catalyst preparation, membrane reactor application and membrane reactor modeling.

The participation of several young researchers made the discussion very interesting especially during the poster session. From the discussions during the meeting it has been proposed to repeat this event in 12-18 months by giving the opportunity to PhD students to present their work. The team in both projects are discussing on the best way to proceed with this new meeting. An idea is to also cooperate with other projects dealing with membrane reactors to have a more effective dissemination of the results. Another idea is to co-organize an exploitation workshop where we can show to industrial partners the demonstration units developed in the current projects



01- TUe Demcamer-Carena meeting

02- Introduction to CARENA

03 - Introduction to Demcamer

04 -Catalyst preparation

05 - CO2 utilization for workshop 30-01-2013 Thijs de Groot

06 - Presentation Harro for workshop 30-1-2013 Thijs de Groot

07 - Modelling of membrane reactors


The DEMCAMER is a Large scale collaborative project funded under FP7 Cooperation Specific Programme and Nanotechnologies, Materials and Processes NMP Theme. The Project has started the 1st of July of 2011 and it will last for 48 months. It is conducted by 18 Partners and coordianted by Tecnalia. The aim of DEMCAMER project is to develop innovative multifunctional Catalytic Membrane Reactors (CMR) based on new nano-architectured catalysts and selective membranes materials to improve their performance, cost effectiveness (i.e.; reducing the number of steps) and sustainability (lower environmental impact and use of new raw materials) over four selected chemical processes ((Autothermal Reforming (ATR), Fischer-Tropsch (FTS), Water Gas Shift (WGS), and Oxidative Coupling of Methane (OCM)) for pure hydrogen, liquid hydrocarbons and ethylene production.


The CACHET II & CARENA & COMETHY Workshop on Pd-based Membrane Scale-Up Workshop. 

12-14 November 2012, Rome, Italy

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Workshop Scope   

CACHET-II, CARENA and COMETHY are three European FP7 projects developing palladium membrane technology for hydrogen production. Due to such technology synergy, the three projects have joined force and organized a workshop together, focusing on discussing “palladium membrane Scale-Up challenges and solutions”. The workshop was a 3-day event in Italy on 12-14th November 2012, including 1 day of membrane pilot plant tour in Chieti and 2 days of presentations and interactive discussions in Rome.


The workshop brought together more than 70 participants from more than 45 different organizations worldwide, with a broad participation of industrial stakeholders besides representatives of research institutions and universities. In addition to the members of the three organizing projects, a good number of “external” participants and projects also presented and contributed to the interactive discussion. Therefore, the event proved to be a unique knowledge-sharing experience for the three projects and all participants, providing a clear picture of the status of palladium membrane technology in view of its commercialization. The workshop covered a good breadth of topics that are critical for palladium membrane technology scale-up: from the fundamentals of palladium membranes, support and seal manufacturing, mechanical design, to various concepts of membrane module design and system integration; from lab-scale long-term stability testing results to industrial pilot plant operational insights.

The closing discussion session sketches a picture of the general opinion on the status of the Pd-technology and an overview of the critical issues to be addressed in the near future.  


To download : Brochure h , Booklet


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 Opening & Welcome  
  • Opening speech PDF (9.48 MB)
  • Project introduction of workshop partners

    • Introduction to CoMETHy: Compact Multifuel-Energy To Hydrogen converter (Alberto Giaconia, ENEA. Italy) PDF (1.28 MB)
    • Introduction to CARENA: Pd-membrane based reactors for C1 to C4 conversion (Arend de Groot, ECN. The Netherlands) PDF (1.22 MB)
    • Cachet II: Carbon capture and hydrogen power production with palladium membrane (Bai Song, BP. United Kingdom) PDF (320 KB)

Session A: Individual Scale-up Challenges

  • A1. Scale-up of Pd/Pd-alloy deposition

    • Very large deposition equipment for industrial membrane manufacturing (Laurent Dubost, HEF. France) PDF (1.05 MB)
    • Fabrication of Pd-based membranes by magnetron sputtering - possibilities for membrane and module design (Thijs Peters, SINTEF. Norway)PDF (1.45 MB)
    • Preparation of supported Pd alloy membranes (Alfredo Pacheco, Tecnalia. Spain) PDF (2.56 MB)
    • Opportunities and restrictions of Electroless Plating as deposition technology for Pd(alloy) membranes (Marcel den Exter, ECN. The Netherlands) PDF (4.17 MB)
  • A2. Scale-up of membrane support technology

    • Overview of porous ceramic tubes processing and coating (Fabiano Rodrigues, Saint Gobain. France) PDF (1.39 MB)
    • Multi layer design of sintered metal support structures for Pd-membranes (Harald Balzer, GKN. Germany) PDF (1.71 MB)
    • Development of ITM-based palladium membranes for use in hydrogen production (Wolfgang Schafbauer, Plansee. Austria)
    • Large scale ceramic membranes fabrication (Hannes Richter, Fraunhofer IKTS. Germany) PDF (7.92 MB)
  • A3. Membrane seal technology development

    • Ceramic-to-metal seal development by IMR (Chunhai Jiang, IMR. China) PDF (1.90 MB)
    • Experience sharing on sealing system design for membrane unit (Lucia Lin, Sinyuan Industrial Material. China) PDF (1.57 MB)
  • A4. Membrane module mechanical design

    • Membrane module design: a general introduction (Emma Palo, TKT. Italy) PDF (451 KB)
    • Design and performance aspects of Pd-membrane reactors for methane to methanol conversion (Frans van Berkel, ECN. The Netherlands) PDF (2.16 MB)
    • Membrane module design of CACHET-II project (Clemence Bourles, Technip. France)

Session B: Membrane Implementation & Operation

  • B1. Simulation and modelling of membrane unit

    • Criteria for Membrane Reactor Design: Thermal Effects, Autothermal Design and Radial Gradients (Moshe Sheintuch, Technion. Israel) PDF (3.93 MB)
    • Membrane reactor simulator developed in CACHET-II (John Morud, SINTEF. Norway) PDF (361 KB)
  • B2. Process integration and technoeconomics

    • Membranes in Solar Steam reforming (Alberto Giaconia, ENEA. Italy) PDF (1.26 MB)
    • Techno-economic assessment of CO2 capture in IGCC plants via Pd-based membranes (Matteo Gazzani, Politecnico di Milano. Italy) PDF (1.24 MB)
    • CACHET II - Process integration and technoeconomics of pre-combustion carbon capture natural gas fired combined cycles employing hydrogen selective membranes (Aggelos Doukelis, NTUA. Greece) PDF (7.53 MB)
  • B3. Membrane stability and robustness under long-term operation in industrial environment

    • Membrane development for H2 separation at Shell (Arian Nijmeijer, Shell. The Netherlands)
    • Long term testing results of different membrane suppliers (Barbara Cucchiella, Processi Innovativi. Italy) PDF (3.88 MB)
    • CACHET-II stability test results (Andreas Goldbach, DICP. China) PDF (1 MB)
  • Start-up/shut-down/maintenance requirements

    • Membrane reforming pilot testing: Tecnimont KT experience (Annarita Salladini, Processi Innovativi. Italy) PDF (1.42 MB)
    • Operations of a 40 Nm3/h-class membrane reformer system at Tokyo Gas (Hisataka Yakabe, Tokyo Gas. Japan) PDF (8.61 MB)

Session C: Alternatives

  • C1. Alternative applications

    • Membrane based fuel reformer for CHP applications (Fausto Gallucci, Eindhoven University of Technology. The Netherlands) PDF (1.36 MB)
    • Potential uses of Pd-membranes in thermochemical biorefinery operations (Kyriakos Panopoulos, NTUA. Greece) PDF (11.28 MB)
  • C2. Self-supported membrane

    • Development and applications of Pd-Ag dense permeator tubes (Silvano Tosti, ENEA. Italy) PDF (1.16 MB)




Visit of the membrane pilot plant tour in Chieti  




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 CACHET-II is an EC FP7-funded project with a total budget of €5.2m, conducted by an 8-member consortium of leading research institutes, universities, energy businesses and engineering companies. It is coordinated by BP, aiming to develop innovative membrane technology to increase the energy efficiency of pre-combustion CO2 capture in natural gas- and coal-fired power plants.

CoMETHy (Compact Multifuel-Energy to Hydrogen converter) The COMETHY project is a collaborative project co-funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking with a total budget of ca. 4.9 M€. The project is conducted by 12 organizations coordinated by ENEA (Italy). The general objective is to develop a compact & fuel-flexible membrane reformer for hydrogen production, adaptable to different heat sources.  

The IMeTI & CARENA Workshop on Inorganic Membrane Technology - Advanced Production & Design 
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The IMeTI & CARENA projects organized a joint workshop on Inorganic Membrane Technology - Advanced Production & Design - in Montpellier, France on 27-28 March 2012. It was kindly hosted by the CNRS Montpellier and organized by the Institut Européen des Membranes de Montpellier (CNRS-IEM) with the collaboration of both the EMH and Sintef.

Over 100 participants were present. Numerous industry sectors as well as research institutes and academia which together gave valuable contributions. It was a successful workshop with fruitful discussions.



  • Gather industries and SMEs using advanced inorganic membrane designs (honeycombs, hollow fibres, tubes, capillaries…) and  gaining insights into their potential applications for gas & vapour separation, and membrane reactors.
  • Create a discussion platform between the IMeTI & CARENA consortium members and the audience. Industry, universities and research centres will learn about the two projects's activities related to inorganic membrane development.


The workshop treated the following topics: synthesis/development of inorganic membranes; impact of membrane design on performance; heat transfer; stability in operation and membrane lifetime; costs and integration in large scales for selected systems. Focus is laid on membranes used for gas and vapour separation/treatment, including catalytic membranes reactors and electrochemical systems.  



Organizing Committee 

 Dr. Anne Julbe (IEM-CNRS) - Chair  Dr. Martin Drobek (IEM-CNRS)
 Prof. André Ayral (IEM- UM2)- co-Chair  Dr. Marie-Laure Fontaine (SINTEF)
 Dr. Samuel Bernard (IEM-CNRS)  Dr. Sadika Guedidi (IEM-EMH/ UM2)
 Dr. Hugues Blasco (IEM-CNRS)  Prof. Gilbert Rios (IEM-EMH)
 Dr. Rune Bredesen (SINTEF)  Ing. Claudia Salvador-Levehang (IEM-CNRS)
 Dr. Sylvie Condom (IEM- ENSCM)  Secretariat : Dominique Diamante (IEM-CNRS)
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- The workshop documents: IMeTI-CARENA-Workshop_Leaflet, Program


- Presentations :

Wilhelm A. MEULENBERG, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute for Energy and Climate Research IEK-1, Germany : "Asymmetric Membrane Structures for High Performance Oxygen Transport Membranes"

Micheal BUDD, Sirius Tech AS, Norway : "Sealing of Inorganic Membrane Reactors -Challenges and opportunities"

Hank VLEEMING, Process Design Center B.V., The Netherlands : "Conceptual Design of Membrane Reactors"

Gérard DELETTE, CEA-LITEN, Grenoble- France : "Design of SOFC and SOEC membranes: contribution of modeling and numerical simulations"

Nieck BENES, University of Twente, The Netherlands : "Thin inorganic hollow fiber microreactors"

Thijs A. PETERS, SINTEF. Norway : "Pd-based Membranes in H2 Production and CO2 Capture Processes: current work at SINTEF"

Giuseppe BARBIERI, ITM-CNR, The University of Calabria, Italy : "Pd-based membranes in pure hydrogen production"

Ingolf VOIGT, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany : "Ceramic membranes for vapour permeation and gas separation"

Jaap VENTE, Energy Research Center ECN, The Netherlands : "New direction for the HybSi membrane concept and process options for the fabrication of acetals"

David FARRUSSENG, IRCELyon, France : "CO2 separation in real conditions in MOF membrane (ZIFs) Investigation of pore size and pore functionalisation effects"



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The IMeTI project (Marie Curie Action “Industry-Academia Partnership and Pathways”) aims to broaden applied research in Membrane Technology for Industry in the field of organic solvent nanofiltration and high temperature gas separation using cutting edge technologies based on new membranes.

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