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Development of intensified water treatment concepts by integrating nano- and membrane technologies

Objective

The Nametech project harnesses benefits of nanotechnology to bring about improvements in membrane filtration for advanced water treatment. The general objective is to strengthen the European membrane market by making nanotechnology available to large scale European membrane manufacturers. A unique feature of the project is the knowledge transfer between the experienced membrane manufacturer Norit and the coating expert and new-comer to the membrane field Agfa Gevaert. 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). The high industrial involvement puts a strong focus on the exploitation strategies and handling IPR issues (WP 7).

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials
  • /engineering and technology/chemical engineering/separation technologies

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-NMP-2008-2
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 415 069,35
Administrative Contact
Inge Genné (Dr.)

Participants (10)

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 295 200
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Melin (Prof.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 247 754,25
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joost Van Erkel (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 101 998,80
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerry Chantrey (Ms.)
PENTAIR WATER PROCESS TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 276 241,20
Address
Marssteden 50
7500 AS Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wilco Wennekes (Dr.)
AGFA GEVAERT NV

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 209 261,40
Address
Septestraat 27
2640 Mortsel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ann Verbeeck (Dr.)
CONSORZIO VENEZIA RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 114 000
Address
Via Della Liberta 12
30175 Venezia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dario Bovo (Dr.)
TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V LIBERCI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 80 100
Address
Studentska 1402/2
46117 Liberec
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pavla Rehorova (Ms.)
AQUATEST AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 20 400
Address
Geologicka 4
15200 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Lederer (Dr.)
SUEZ GROUPE
France
EU contribution
€ 72 300
Address
16 Place De L'iris Tour Cb21
92040 Paris La Defense Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Laine (Mr.)
FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 98 475
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arnulf Bohnacker (Dr.)