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Development of functionalized nanostructured polymeric membranes and related manufacturing processes for water purification

Objective

The NANOPUR-project aims at leveraging on promising bottom-up technologies to develop intensified water treatment concepts based on nano-structured and nano-functionalized membranes as well as nanofilm deposition for micropollutants and virus removal.
Major research needs targeted include the preparation of membranes with selective properties at the nanoscale able to maintain high permeability with relatively low driving force. The ultimate “challenge” exists in the creation of artificial membranes able to perform separations with the selectivity of biological membranes while having mechanical strength and productivity of state-of-the-art artificial membranes. The project will advance the knowledge in this area by developing scalable approaches to prepare nano-structured membranes characterized by a selectivity towards pathogens of up to 99.99999 % and towards micropollutants up to 99 %, while retaining a permeability higher than current ultrafiltration membranes in addition to functional stability equal to existing commercial membranes. The envisaged research activities will involve the preparation of polymeric nano-structured membranes characterized by well-controlled architectures and functions for supramolecular recognition for removal of viruses, hormone disruptors, endotoxins and antibiotics from water. For the generation of affinity and catalytic sites on membranes, molecular imprinted polymers and atmospheric pressure plasma treatment will be explored. The technological developments will be carried out along two different technology paths each targeting at a different aspect of the water treatment process. A first research path will focus on the reduction of membrane fouling thereby enhancing the flux while the second research path targets the removal of micro-pollutants and detoxification. Both paths will converge in order to combine the two critical aspects of water purification that are investigated in the proposed work in one single membrane process

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5
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Coordinator

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Belgium

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sabine Paulussen (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 608 724

Participants (12)

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 514 863
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ibtisam E. Tothill (Dr.)
GVS SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 463 910
Address
Via Roma 50
40069 Zola Predosa

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Soccorso Gaeta (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 378 354
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kirsten Gercek (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 369 917
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
SOLVAY SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 408 348
Address
Rue De Ransbeek 310
1120 Bruxelles

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
François Voiseux (Mr.)
CONSORZIO VENEZIA RICERCHE

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 111 242,04
Address
Via Della Liberta 12
30175 Venezia

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marina Zago (Dr.)
C.P. CONTROL OF POLLUTION IBERICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 97 600
Address
Calle Peru Planta 1 Puerta 2 Edificio Corona Center 49
41930 Bormujos

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emilio Jose Burson Rosado (Dr.)
Department of Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 140 275,45
Address
Quarry House, Quarry Hill
LS2 7UE Leeds

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Allan Bennett (Mr.)
ENDUSTRIYEL ATIK DONUSUM SISTEMLERI TAAHHUT SAYANI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 27 480
Address
1439 Sokak 11/b
35200 Alsancak Izmir

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niyazi Seyman (Mr.)
DE MARTINI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 52 072
Address
Via Oropa 118
13900 Biella Bi

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gianfranco De Martini (Mr.)
KWR WATER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 112 500
Address
Groningenhaven 7
3433 PE Nieuwegein

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Other
Administrative Contact
Erwin Beerendonk (Mr.)
HEALTH PROTECTION AGENCY HPA

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United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 72 619,55
Address
Buckingham Palace Road 151
SW1W 9SZ London

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Allan Bennett (Mr.)