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Election as Fellow shall be in recognition of both “service to NAMS” and “highly significant professional accomplishment in the membrane field”. A nominee for election of NAMS Fellow should have demonstrated long term excellence in membrane engineering and practice and been a member of NAMS for at least 10 years. Nominator must be a NAMS Member. Current Board members cannot nominate fellows or be named fellows. A maximum of two Fellow recognitions per year is expected.

Nomination deadline is October 1.

Nomination package containing the nomination form, CV, and supporting letters should be sent as one pdf file to the Fellow Selection Committee Chair, D. Bhattacharyya (db@uky.edu). All nominees will be informed of the Board’s decisions by January 31.

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Past Recipients

2016 Inaugural Fellow - Dr. Richard W. Baker

Richard W. Baker

Dr. Baker is the founder and President of Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR). His career in membrane science and technology has spanned 35 years, with contributions in gas separation, pervapora-tion, and controlled drug release. He has written two highly regarded monographs, Controlled Release of Biologically Active Agents (1987) and Membrane Technology and Applications (2000); edited two other books; co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications; and was in-ventor/co-inventor on 100 patents.

2016 Inaugural Fellow - Dr. Georges Belfort

Georges Belfort

Professor Belfort is known as a pioneer and leader in the understanding and application of membranes. He has the unusual ability to analyze the theoretical basis of key phenomena and to tackle complex experimental problems. He has made incredible contributions in membrane processes such as reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, micro-filtration, membrane reactors, and membrane chromatography to fundamentals including membrane transport, concentration polarization, fluid dynamics, fouling, surface modification, and protein-surface interactions.

2016 Inaugural Fellow - Professor William J. Koros

William J. Koros

Professor Koros helped develop the fundamental theoretical framework forming the basis of our modern understanding of small molecule transport in polymers. He made highly regarded fundamental contributions to materials science design concepts that are widely used in industry today for making gas separation membranes. His intellectual leadership extends beyond polymer membranes to include pioneering studies of hybrid organic/inorganic materials (mixed matrix membranes) for gas separations.

2016 Inaugural Fellow - Dr. Norman N. Li

Norman N. Li

Dr. Li founded NL Chemical Technology, Inc. in 1995 to develop advanced reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes for water purification and desalination. He is the author of 45 U.S. patents, 20 edited books, and 100+ technical papers. The ICOM 1990 meeting he organized was so successful it generated funding that currently supports NAMS' numerous award programs. All of the students who receive travel support to NAMS meetings are beneficiaries of Dr. Li's efforts.

2016 Inaugural Fellow - Professor Donald R. Paul

Donald R. Paul

Professor Paul’s contributions to wet spinning and transport mechanisms led to the development of hollow fiber asymmetric membranes for reverse osmosis, pervaporation, and gas separations. He is responsible for discoveries leading to the Prism® concept, which led to the first commercial gas separation membranes. His continued collaboration with industry has helped to translate the discoveries made in his lab into commercial products for liquid and gas separations. He has published over 700 papers, many relating to membranes.



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