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Functional membranes/ filters with anti/low-fouling surfaces for water purification through selective adsorption on biobased nanocrystals and fibrils

Objective

NanoSelect aims to design, develop and optimize novel bio-based foams/filters/membranes/adsorbent materials with high and specific selectivity using nanocellulose/nanochitin and combinations thereof for decentralized industrial and domestic water treatment. NanoSelect proposes a novel water purification approach combining the physical filtration process and the adsorption process exploring the capability of the nanocellulose and/or nanochitin (with or without functionalization) to selectively adsorb, store and desorb contaminants from industrial water and drinking water while passing through a highly porous or permeable membrane. Stable membranes/ filters that withstand the flux, pressure etc during the purification process with out compromising on the perm selectivity will be developed by methodologies including control of pore size, orientation of pores, layered multiple functionality, ALD treatment of the porous surface etc. Functional external stimuli sensitive filter surfaces for reduced bio fouling and enhanced filter cleaning or intelligent design of membrane modules allowing self cleaning will be attempted for antifouling and to increase the service-life of the membranes.NanoSelect focuses on the design, development and testing of membrane based prototypes in collaboration with industry with specific focus on the removal of toxic chemicals, heavy metal ions, pesticides, fertilizers etc from contaminated industrial water and portable modules with high selectivity towards bacteria for drinking water. In addition, the membranes will be evaluated for disposal by composting and its impact on environment, at the end-of-life.These biobased functional membranes provides a highly energy efficient but cheaper, biodegradable, non-toxic and green substrate for water treatment. The successful completion of NanoSelect will have far-reaching impact in decentralised water treatment technolog in developing, transitional as well as the industralised countries

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5
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Coordinator

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 137 479,30
Administrative Contact
Jeanette öjergren (Ms.)

Participants (10)

FUNDACION INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO EN NANOTECNOLOGIA

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Calle Tajonar, Campus Arrosadia (Centro I+d)
31006 Pamplona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ernesto Bravo Villamayor (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pia Qvintus (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 629 523
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pia Qvintus (Ms.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 569 302,40
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 455 226
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margrit Conradin (Ms.)
UNIVERZA V MARIBORU
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 274 960,80
Address
Slomskov Trg 15
2000 Maribor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brigita Krsnik Horvat (Ms.)
FUNDACION I+D AUTOMOCION Y MECATRONICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 330 685,50
Address
Calle Tajonar 20
31006 Pamplona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jose Javier Troyas Echavarri (Mr.)
ACONDAQUA INGENIERIA DEL AGUA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 212 123
Address
Calle Santos De La Piedra 2
46117 Betera Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Teresa Martínez (Ms.)
RISE PROCESSUM AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 75 999
Address
Horneborgsvagen 12
891 22 Ornskoldsvik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Björn Alriksson (Dr.)
ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 135 600
Address
Rudeboksvagen 1
22100 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tommy Noren (Mr.)