The Company Founder
Dr. Munir Cheryan has been a consultant to and/or served on technical advisory and/or management boards of over 50 companies, from multinational giants to start-ups, as well as government organizations and the UNDP-FAO. He has been Founder, Chief Scientific Advisor and/or President of three start-up companies since 2001. He has 17 issued US and Canadian patents, as well as over two dozen IP disclosures to clients and employers. He is the author of the bestselling Ultrafiltration Handbook and Ultrafiltration and Microfiltration Handbook, as well as over 200 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books. He has given over 100 presentations in 25 countries and several short courses on membrane technology around the world. He has a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, MS in chemical engineering and Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Membrane Consultants LLC
Membrane Consultants LLC is an outgrowth of Munir Cheryan LLC which was established in 2003 to provide
similar services while the founder was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
We specialize in scale-up of membrane processes, from the laboratory bench processing a few milliliters
per hour to the plant floor processing thousands of liters per minute. In between, we have conducted and
supervised numerous pilot plant trials in academic and industrial settings that provided the basis for
evaluating the technical and economic feasibility of a particular membrane application, as well as the data
and models necessary for optimal design of the membrane plant.
We focus on technology transfer, commercialization of new technologies and creating
intellectual property through innovation and experimentation. We work closely with companies and
government agencies which value our expertise in scale-up, process optimization and creating
higher-value coproducts from low-value or waste streams.