10 July - 12 July 2024

IEX 2024: Ion exchange for a sustainable future

Organised by:

SCI’s, Separation, Science and Technology Group

Homerton College, Cambridge, UK

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Prices start from £295.00

Early bird offer ends 29 April 2024


The SCI IEX and Japanese ICIE conferences are the major ion exchange events worldwide. These unique meetings provide the opportunity for manufacturing and service companies, end users, and researchers to present papers and discuss applications and developments in the theory and practice of ion exchange and adsorbents.

Tackling climate change, reversing nature loss, and achieving 'net zero' require good decision-making and engagement with complex social, economic, and environmental challenges. A revolution in the design and application of ion-exchange materials is taking place as they emerge as vital tools to meet these challenges. IEX2024 will be the focus of this pioneering work.

The conference will cover new materials, their study by surface and structural techniques, and their application in fields as varied as bioprocessing and biomanufacturing, sequestration of carbon dioxide, catalysis, and green chemistry, and in many areas of pollution control and water treatment.


Attendees will enjoy the unique environment that Homerton college provides. The College is only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre and has extensive grounds. The focal point of the College, its Victorian Gothic hall. It is within a few miles of the M11 motorway and easy access to the Cambridge train station; yet just a short walk to the historical centre.

Venue and accommodation

The conference takes place at Homerton college in Cambridge. The college boasts an impressive Victorian facade and spacious landscaped gardens create a tranquil and welcoming environment. 
En-suite accommodation can be booked by delegates attending the conference. Bedrooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Accommodation can be booked for up to 3 nights or as required:

Tuesday 9 July
Wednesday 10 July
Thursday 11 July 

To book accommodation please use the link here: https://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/homerton-conferences-and-events/guest-accommodation and use the code “kx65912”. Dinner for the nights of Tuesday 9 July and Wednesday 10 July can also be booked via this link. The Symposium dinner taking place on Thursday 11 July can be booked at the time of registration for the conference.

Call for papers
Oral and poster papers will be presented from Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 July 2024. Papers are invited on all aspects of ion exchange. Please click here for a complete list of topics.
Interested applicants should submit a maximum 2-page abstract by 
Friday 5 January 2024. with the subject line “IEX 2024 – poster submission” or “IEX 2024 – oral submission”. Instructions can be found here and an abstract template can be downloaded here.

Blanca Antizar

Isle Utilities Ltd

Professor Blanca Antizar, Director of Consultancy for Europe, Africa, and Latin America at Isle Utilities Ltd., leads a dynamic team across multiple continents. Isle, a premier water consultancy with a global presence, collaborates with over 300 utilities to implement cutting-edge technologies. Additionally, Professor Antizar serves as the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Environmental Security and Resilience at University College London, inspiring the next wave of environmental leaders. With over two decades of experience, she champions sustainable solutions in water and related sectors. Blanca's focus on water security and resource recovery aligns with her role as an innovation catalyst, bridging research and real-world impact. Her impressive project portfolio includes initiatives like the World Bank's Utility of the Future program. Recognized globally, she earned the 2022 iAgua award as 'Woman of the Year' for her visionary contributions to the water sector in Spain and Latin America, highlighting her commitment to excellence, innovation, and resilience.

Professor Arup K. SenGupta

Lehigh University

Professor Arup K. SenGupta is the P.C. Rossin Professor in the Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University. For well over three decades, his research has encompassed nearly every aspect of water science and technology: from drinking water treatment to desalination to municipal wastewater reuse to resource recovery. He is internationally recognized for advancing and expanding the field of ion exchange science and technology and applying it to the development of sustainable technologies and new materials, as well as the inventor of the first reusable, arsenic-selective hybrid anion exchanger nanomaterial (HAIX-Nano). He is the author of the book 'Ion Exchange in Environmental Processes’ published by Wiley & Sons and has received many national and international awards including 2004 International Ion Exchange Award at the University of Cambridge, England.


Plenary lecture:
Global Sustainability through CO₂ Capture and Sequestration: Emerging Role of Novel Ion Exchange Technology
Professor Arup K SenGupta, Lehigh University

The full programme will be announced in due course.

Sponsorship and exhibition information

For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org.

Venue and Contact

Homerton College

Hills Rd

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Early bird - ends Monday 29 April 2024
SCI Member - £295
Non-member - £370
Student Member - £185

After early bird
SCI Member - £345
Non-member - £420
Student Member - £235

Symposium dinner 
Thursday 11 July - £55


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Organising committee
Carl Atkinson, EDF Energy
Daniel Bracewell, UCL
Rob Brown, University of Huddersfield
Noel Carr, DuPont Water Solutions
Harry Eccles, University of Central Lancashire
Klaus-Dieter Topp, DuPont Water Solutions
Nicki Edwards, Purolite
Gareth Jones, Ovivo UK Ltd
Andrew Mosley, RWE
Mark Ogden, University of Sheffield
Petra Raab, Lanxess Deutschland GmbH
Basu Saha, Lancaster University
Tuomo Sainio, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Rob Terrell, Industrial Water Consultants Ltd

International committee

Javier Tejero Salvador, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Spiro Alexandratos, Hunter College, CUNY, USA
Jose Luis Cortina, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Fidel Cunill, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Masahiro Goto, Kyushu University, Japan
Eric Guibal, Ecole des Mines d'Alès, Alès, France
Takashi Hayashita  Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
Nalan Kabay, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
Yu Komatsu, Consultant, Japan
Kathryn Mumford, University of Melbourne, Australia
Dmitri Muraviev, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain
Shogo Shimazu, Chiba University, Japan
Karin Soldenhoff, ANSTO, Australia
Kathy Sole, Consultant, South Africa