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Enhanced chitin-based biosorbents for drinking water purification

Objective

The project represents a technical and technological contribution to purification of polluted drinking waters by selective biodegradable sorbent derived from biowastes.
ChitoClean will implement a holistic approach taking into account all necessary steps of a novel drinking water treatment process. This approach is centred on chitin-based biosorbents, which are already used in different applications and known for their excellent adsorption capacities. Natural materials made from carcasses of shrimps and crabs are to be physically and chemically enhanced to be suitable for the use in drinking water purification applications. The characteristics that the Enhanced Chitin-based Materials (ECM) will ideally present are improved stability, adaptability to different forms of filters and maximal adsorption rates and capacities.
ECMs are to be implemented in prototypes of filtering units. Different kinds of prototypes will be generated in order for the new technology to be applicable for different use: household filters, on-site water treatment in wells, big-scale treatment and integration into central water supply systems of small towns. In parallel products and processes will be tested in order to regenerate charged filters and extend their lifetime of the latter. As – despite material regeneration - ECM will eventually lose its absorption capacity and be ‘spent’ needing replacement, the project also investigates on methods to recycle and/or dispose of the ‘old’ filter material. In addition, the health aspect will be taken into account by evaluating the effect of the treatment by ECM on the mineral content/balance of the purified water.
First discussions towards validation of results by potential customers are supposed to take place within the External Advisory Board regrouping representatives of stakeholder groups e.g. industry and water suppliers.
Exploitation of results and IPR management are substantial components of the project and will be streamlined through the project's Exploitation & Dissemination Strategy. In order to raise awareness for project results, a major stakeholder event is planned at the end of the project.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/water engineering/water supply systems
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water treatment processes/drinking water treatment processes

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 79 500
Administrative Contact
Alain Straus (Mr.)

Participants (8)

BIOLOG BIOTECHNOLOGIE UND LOGISTIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 210 766
Address
Max Planck Ring 45
06188 Landsberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Heppe (Prof.)
LUDWIG GES.m.b.H
Austria
EU contribution
€ 265 706
Address
Poststrasse 12
4061 Pasching
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Miniberger (Mr.)
DENIZ SU VE ATIK SU ARITIM INSAAT TICARET VE SANAYI AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 433 513
Address
Sokak 4 Akcaburgaz Mah 139
34510 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Huseyin Kara (Prof.)
UAB INOVACINE FIRMA MKDS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 188 791
Address
Piliakalnio Gatve 68
15175 Nemencine Vilniaus Raj
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kazimieras Mikulskis (Mr.)
VALSTYBINIS MOKSLINIU TYRIMU INSTITUTAS FIZINIU IR TECHNOLOGIJOS MOKSLU CENTRAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 4 960
Address
Savanoriu 231
02300 Vilnius
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ona Gyliene (Dr.)
Gamtos tyrimų centras
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 4 724
Address
Akademijos G. 2
LT-08412 Vilnius
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Danguolė Bridžiuvienė (Dr.)
SELCUK UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 4 800
Address
Alaaddin Keykubat Yerleskesi, Akademi Mahallesi, Yeni Istanbul Caddesi N369/1
42130 Selcuklu Konya
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mustafa Ersoz (Prof.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 5 240
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Magnus Havås (Mr.)