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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

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/virology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/meteorology/atmospheric pressure

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5
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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
€ 608 724
Administrative Contact
Sabine Paulussen (Dr.)

Participants (12)

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 514 863
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ibtisam E. Tothill (Dr.)
GVS S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 463 910
Address
Via Roma 50
40069 Zola Predosa (Bo)
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
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kirsten Gercek (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 369 917
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
SOLVAY SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 408 348
Address
Rue De Ransbeek 310
1120 Bruxelles
Activity type
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
Activity type
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
Activity type
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
Activity type
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
Activity type
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
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gianfranco De Martini (Mr.)
KWR WATER B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 112 500
Address
Groningenhaven 7
3433 PE Nieuwegein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erwin Beerendonk (Mr.)
Public Health England an Executive Agency of the Dept of Health

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 72 619,55
Address
Waterloo Road
SE1 8UG London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Allan Bennett (Mr.)