Prof. Karin Schroen has been appointed as part-time professor Membrane Processes for Food within the research cluster Membrane Science and Technology (MST) at the University of Twente. The new chair extends the variety of research application areas within the cluster.
In addition to her new role within the Membrane Science and Technology (MST) cluster, Karin Schroën is professor in Food Process Engineering at Wageningen University. She is specialised in food technology and holds MSc and PhD degrees from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. The appointment of Karin will strengthen the broad scope of the cluster as well as the synergy of its various scientific disciplines.
Karin Schroën will be chair holder of the research group Membrane Processes for Food. This new chair extends into an application area related to food processes within the Membrane Science and Technology cluster. While synergy can be found related to the fundamentals of this research with other cluster Principal Investigators, the specifics of food processes widens the footprint of membrane applications.
The new chair has a twofold effect in the MST cluster. It will not only lead to an increased focus on fundamental process technology but also on food, which is a strategically important application field for membranes. In order to feed a rapidly increasing world population with nutritious, safe and tasty food, it is key to develop technology that can be used to efficiently separate or concentrate food ingredients. Membranes play an essential role in this, resulting in e.g. the development of (novel) foods and contributing to improved food safety.
The cluster Membrane Science and Technology (MST) is characterised by the long, rich tradition of research in the area of membrane science and technology as conducted at the University of Twente. The cluster covers a diverse set of expertises in any research area within the membrane value chain: ranging from transport phenomena, surface chemistry, (polymer, inorganic and hybrid) membrane development, new applications up to process design. It links fundamental research with regard to membrane materials and their transport characteristics to relevant application areas. This includes, for example, drinking water production, waste water purification and sustainable energy production. After the addition of the Membrane Processes for Food group, this also includes the development of innovations and improvements in food (processing).
Read more about Karin Schroën’s background and her appointment on the cluster website of Membrane Science and Technology (MST).