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Electrokinetics across disciplines and continents: an integrated approach to finding new strategies to sustainable development

Objective

The socio-economic activities due to world development are promoting increasing pressures on land, creating competition and conflicts, resulting in suboptimal use of resources. Integrated planning and management of land resources is a top subject of Agenda 21 (managed by FAO), which deals with the cross-sectoral aspects of decision-making for the sustainable use and development of natural resources. This is essential for life-support systems and its productive capacity. In this context, there is a need to find new strategies for sustainable development that links social and economic progress with environmental protection and enhancement. Electrokinetic transport processes (EK) uses a low-level direct current as the “cleaning agent”. EK has been applied to the remediation of polluted soils and other contaminated matrices. It also shows a great potential to be used in different fields, as in saline soil restoration, nutrients recovery from wastes or repair and maintenance of building structures. EK may be an integrated approach for new strategies aiming at sustainable development and to support waste strategies, with worldwide interest. EK can also be coupled with phytoremediation and integrated with nanotechnology, enlarging the scope of its application. The conciliation of the EK in the recovery of secondary resources, remediation and conservation is a multidisciplinary novel approach that opens new technical possibilities for waste minimization, through upgrading of particulate waste products and the recover of secondary resources for industrial, agricultural or social use. This objective is achieved through knowledge transfer activities, among a network of European and other continents centres of excellence, consolidating an European School of Electrokinetics. Joint new research on fundamentals and applied EK and its optimization will develop new strategies for sustainable development and the solutions achieved will result in a social-economic impact.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES
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Coordinator

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA.
Address
Campus De Caparica, Quinta Da Torre S/n
2829516 Caparica
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 264 500
Administrative Contact
Fernando José Pires Santana (Prof.)

Participants (3)

UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 23 100
Address
Campus De Penha
8005 139 Faro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
António Cabecinha (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 37 900
Address
Avda Cervantes, Num. 2
29016 Malaga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Miguel Rodríguez-Maroto (Prof.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 45 400
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lisbeth M. Ottosen (Dr.)