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Meet the Committee

Chair's message

Separation sciences and its associated technologies have been rapidly evolving over the last few decades to address the ever-demanding process, separations and analytical problems encountered in chemical industries ranging from biomedical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical to chemical, petrochemical to agricultural, and water industries. Many of the analytical problems require solutions that involve off-line, at-line or in-process analysis leading to improved process efficiency, minimising time to market and reducing cost of goods. To meet these challenges, separations sciences has evolved to achieve faster analysis times, smaller scale, higher resolution, increased use of novel ‘smart’ materials and automation, and increased multiplexing of different techniques and web-based tools. Similarly process separations need to evolve to enable the cost effective purification of an increasing number of bio-products and to meet the increasing demands on environmental impact and energy consumption.

To this end, the SS&TG has an important role to play as a forum to communicate and disseminate information on new and exciting developments to current and new generations of separation scientists. Hence, the SS&TG’s main remit remains unchanged and that is to assist in the communication, dissemination and exchange of ideas, new technologies, and new applications to the wider SS&TG community. Also, the SST&G believe that networking and shared learning across different scientific disciplines is a vital part of growing, nurturing and sustaining scientific innovation. Hence, the SS&TG will be working to identify opportunities to partner and collaborate with other SCI interest groups and kindred external societies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Institute of Chemical Engineering (IChemE) and the Chromatographic Society (ChromSoc).

To fulfil this objective, we will be organising meetings, conferences and workshops locally, nationally and internationally. The SS&TG will continue to support and organise the highly successful Ion Exchange Conference (IEX), which has been running for over 30 years, and the International Solvent Extraction Conferences (ISEC), held tri-annually.

Going forward, we would like to see a re-energising of the SS&TG, raising the awareness of separation sciences through:

  • Increasing our communication with the SS&TG community to ensure our activities are aligned with members needs and widening our membership
  • Building partnerships and collaborations with other SCI interest groups and external related societies.
  • Identifying novel, innovative and interesting formats for meetings and conferences

If you are interested in joining the SS&TG, or would like to become more actively involved in committee matters, please contact communications@soci.org.

Committee biographies and photographs


Vacant. If you are interested in applying for this position please contact membership@soci.org

Vice Chair:

Kevin Blaxall


Vacant. If you are interested in applying for this position please contact membership@soci.org


Vacant. If you are interested in applying for this position please contact membership@soci.org

Ordinary Members:

Dr Paula Jauregi

Mr Laurent Joron

Mr Laurent Joron

Laurent Joron was elected as an ordinary member of the Separation Science and Technology (SS&TG) Committee in 2012. Laurent Joron is the Technical Service and Development Manager at Dow Water and Process Solutions with a PhD (DEA) in Enzymatic engineering from University of Technology, Compiègne, France. more


Dr Andrew Livingston


Dr Danish Malik

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