The S&T focus is on the use of nano-structured materials to alter the physical and chemical properties of polymeric ultrafiltration membranes and thereby improving the filtration performance at macroscale installations. The project aims at adapting commercial nanoparticles such as TiO2 and Ag for the modification of UF membranes to reduce fouling, and thus improve its permeability (i.e. Technology Path 1). In Technology Path 2 and 3, the potential of using active nanoparticles, such as bionano-catalysts, in combination with membranes is examined to remove micropollutants such as chlorinated compounds, nitroaromatic compounds or redox active metals, thus improving the water quality. A specific novelty is the development of an integrated permeate channel concept, whereby the nanoparticles are embedded in 3D textiles, functioning as membrane support and permeate channel.
The nanoparticles will be deposited on the membrane surface or embedded in the membrane (mixed matrix). The S&T challenges regarding the modification of the nanoparticles, the deposition of the nanoparticles on membrane surface as well as the production of nano-activated membranes (NAMs) will be addressed in WP 1, 2 and 3. The newly developed NAMs will be tested at laboratory scale (WP 4) before selecting the most promising concept for testing at pilot scale (WP 5). The activities will be complemented by a toxicological study and the application of LCA to assess the environmental impacts (WP 6).
PROJECT GOALS:The projects brings together all required elements to enable the transfer of nanotechnology towards the field of water treatment, not just to laboratory scale testing but really reaching the commercialization stage. The broad engineering and application know-how of the partners will be brought together to realize cost reduction and process intensification strategies. The scientific and technological focus is on the use of nano-structured materials to alter the physical and chemical properties of polymeric ultrafiltration membranes and thereby improving the filtration performance at macro-scale installations.
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Title: Development of intensified water treatment concepts by integrating nano- and membrane technologies
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VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Role in project: Project Coordination
Contact person: Dr. GENNÉ Inge
Contact person: VERBEECK Ann
Contact person: LEDERER Thomas
CONSORZIO VENEZIA RICERCHE
Contact person: BOVO Dario
Contact person: Dr. BOHNACKER Arnulf
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO
Contact person: VAN Joost
PENTAIR WATER PROCESS TECHNOLOGY BV
Contact person: WENNEKES Wilco
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Contact person: Prof. MELIN Thomas
SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT SA
Contact person: LAINE Jean-Michel
TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V LIBERCI
Contact person: REHOROVA Pavla
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Contact person: Ms. CHANTREY Kerry