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Leader of Membrane Processing team

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Dr Geneviève Gésan-Guiziou

Leader of Membrane Processing team

Membrane processes has been my main area of focus throughout my career, including my MSs at University of Technology of Compiègne, PhD at Rennes and some industrial work. I investigated various topics in relation with membrane fouling and cleaning in food sectors. So when it came time to look for a ‘real job’ in 1994, research in membrane processes was an obvious choice and I started my career at INRA. I joined the LRTL (laboratory for research in dairy technology headed by JL Maubois), which became the STLO unit (Science and technology for Research in Milk and Egg) in 2004 mainly because of its strong reputation with regard to membrane technologies.

Several years later, I am leading a group working on membrane separations. We are currently interested in better understanding the mechanisms involved in filtration, with various scales of investigations, and in improving industrial plants. We have successfully linked understanding of milk protein behavior to practical concepts useful for maintaining stable and high performances of filtration equipment. Since a few years, we have mainly been focused on eco-design of membrane fractionation processes and we are trying to develop new and innovative ways of conception of processes taking into account specific requirement specifications.

Today, with more than 25 years of experience in membrane processes, I play a major role in the French Membrane Club which gather almost 150 people from the academic world and industry. What I really like is not only to combine fundamental research on dairy science and technology with industrial applications, and apply our knowledge to help partners to understand and improve their products and processes, but also to transfer our knowledge towards both students and people from the industry.