ILSEPT - 3rd International Conference on Ionic Liquids in Separation and Purification Technology

8-11 January 2017 | Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The aim of the Third International Conference on Ionic Liquids in Separation and Purification Technology is to provide a forum for researchers in academia and industry to share and discuss their cutting edge results on the use of ionic liquids in separation applications. This meeting will build on the momentum from the first and second ILSEPT meetings held in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

Ionic liquids are an exciting class of solvents that possess unique properties such as negligible vapor pressure, wide liquidus range, tunable solvating power, and high thermal stability. Due to these special properties, they have found a wide range of applications in fields as diverse as petrochemicals, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, hydrometallurgy, environmental remediation and nuclear sciences. In all these fields ionic liquids can provide novel intensified separation and purification technologies that enable major contributions towards establishing the sustainable processes required for the future process industry. Clear examples are their increased solvating power for extractive separations, ability to separate azeotropic mixtures and their ability to dissolve a wide range of natural materials such as cellulose, carbohydrates and lignin.

The scientific program will offer plenary lectures, submitted oral presentations and poster sessions. Outside the session lecture theatres, you will also find numerous exhibitors presenting their contributions.


  • Ionic liquids as advanced materials in
    a. Analytical separations
    b. Absorption/Adsorption
    c. Crystallization
    d. Distillation
    e. Extraction/Leaching
    f. Membrane separations
    g. Purification
    h. Novel separation processes
  • Applications of ionic liquids in
    a. Biotechnology and biorefining
    b. Chemicals and petrochemicals
    c. CO2- capture
    d. Environmental remediation
    e. Polymerization
    f. Surface cleaning
    g. Waste treatment
  • Process modeling and fundamental studies
    a. Equations of state
    b. Molecular modeling and simulation
    c. Electronic structure calculations
    d. Process simulation
    e. Group contribution modeling
    f. QSPR/QSAR modeling
  • Laboratory to commercialization, “What is needed to drive the use of ionic liquids for separation and purification”
    a. Purity and cost
    b. Thermal and chemical stability
    c. Toxicity and safety
    d. Membrane separations
    e. Pilot plant applications
    f. “Lessons learned” from industry

    g. Scale-up (update on commercialisation of mercury removal process – PETRONAS)

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Conference Speakers

Plenary Speakers include:

Keynote Speakers include:

More information coming soon.


Conference Chairman

  • Martin Atkins, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Executive Committee

  • André B. de Haan, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
  • Cecilia Devi A.P. Wilfred, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
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