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Water Treatment by Molecularly Imprinted Materials

Objective

The present “WATERMIM” proposal is focused on the advancement and optimization of the MIP technology in order to produce functional materials with well-defined morphologies with respect to pore structure and selectivity for water treatment applications. The project aims at the elimination of the random distribution and the uneven accessibility of receptor sites in the volume of the imprinted material that is crucial for its performance. Such novel materials will immediately gain practical relevance, especially, due to their increased selectivity and superior stability under long and harsh technical conditions. The simultaneous optimization of the imprinting efficiency, polymer membrane morphology and separation conditions will enable the development of a truly molecular selective water purification process, based on affinity interactions that would have a large application impact on the water treatment industry. All types of synthetic organic compounds (i.e., triazines, pharmaceutical compounds and endocrine disruptors) are considered target compounds in the WATERMIM project. More specifically, the present project aims at the following S&T objectives: • Selection of template molecules and synthesis of functional monomers. • Optimization of molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) composition by computational design techniques and combinatorial screening. • Synthesis of well-defined MIP nanoparticles and microgels. • Production of novel composite membranes utilizing preformed MIP nanoparticles. • Production of composite filters both on organic and inorganic supports via novel grafting techniques. • Synthesis of molecularly imprinted membranes (MIMs) for molecular sensor applications. • Separation and catalytic decomposition of the pollutants. • Advanced monitoring of the target compounds. • Benchmark testing of the produced MIMs for water purification.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-NMP-2008-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 338 496
Administrative Contact
Andriana Neophytou-Dimoni (Ms.)

Participants (8)

LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 305 913
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lei Ye (Prof.)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 292 544
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Suzanne Rose (Ms.)
LINNEUNIVERSITETET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 224 760
Address
Linnaeus University
35195 Vaxjo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Agnetha Bladh (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 305 447
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Detlef Niehage (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 291 240
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brigitte Steinmetz (Ms.)
JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI
Germany
EU contribution
€ 282 285
Address
Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Horst Gottfried (Mr.)
KERANOR AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 225 537
Address
Brobekkveien 104A
0582 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernt Thorstensen (Dr.)
MIP TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 225 112
Address
Research Park Ideon
22370 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olof Svensson (Mr.)