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At a glance

Eric Favre is chemical engineering professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques (ENSIC), director of the Energy, Mechanics, Processes and Products department (EMPP) and member of the executive committee at Université de Lorraine, France. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from INPL (Nancy). His research activities on separation processes started first at EPFL (Switzerland) on membrane bioreactors and at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota (USA), where he was a visiting scientist in 1989. Since 1998, he is based at the Laboratoire Réactions et Génie des Procédés, CNRS, Nancy. His current research activities cover chemical engineering studies of gas and liquid separation processes, mostly through dense polymeric membranes and gels including phase equilibria thermodynamics, mass transfer processes, energy efficiency, green engineering and intensification issues. Eric Favre is the author of more than 130 publications in scientific journals, 6 book chapters, 10 patents, 3 licences, he is deputy president of the French membrane society (Club Français des Membranes) and a founding member of the Fondation Ensic. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Membrane Science since 2005 and of the journals Membranes and Membrane Science & Technology. He received the French Society of Chemical Engineering award in 1994, the Montgolfier Prize in 1998 and a national teaching award (Palmes Académiques) in 2006.

Editorial activities

  • Frontiers in Chemical Engineering Separation processes (Editor)
  • Journal of Membrane Science (Editorial board)
  • Membranes (Editorial board)
  • Journal of Membrane Science & Technology (Editorial board)
  • ChemEng (Editorial board)
  • Journal of Membrane and Separation Technology (Editorial board)

Teaching activities

  • Sorption equilibria (thermodynamics)
  • Interfaces
  • Diffusion
  • Multicomponent mass transfer
  • Research topics

    • Membrane Processes
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Mass Transfer
    • Carbon Capture
    • Process Intensification
    • Hybrid Processes
    • Gels
    • Controlled Release

    Research activities: Chemical engineering & separation processes

    • Thermodynamics
    • Mass transfer)
    • Chemical systems
    • Energy efficiency
    • Process engineering
    • Intensification
    • Green engineering
    • Hybrid processes
    • Process synthesis
    • Biology
    • Oil & Gas
    • Power
    • Industrial gases
    • Steel
    • Chemicals
    • Environment
    • Biotechnology
    • Aerospace
    • Defense
    • Food




    1987-1991 Research


    1989  Visiting scientist


    1992-1997 Assistant professor


    1998 – 2012 Professor


    2012 - Distinguished professor


    2016 Visiting scientist

    Research Topic


    Biotechnological processes


    Solid-liquid separations


    Physical chemistry


    Membrane separations


    Separation processes


    Energy efficiency