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Colloidal Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for the REclamation of Toxic Metal Contaminated GROUNDwater Aquifers, Drinking Water Wells, and River Bank Filtrations

Objective

The main objective of the presented innovation action is the first application and near-market replication of a novel water nanogeotechnology for the immobilization of toxic metals in groundwater aquifers, drinking water wells, and river bank filtration sites. The basic concept of our technology is the creation of an adsorptive in situ barrier for the immobilization of toxic metal contaminations. This barrier is made of iron oxide nanoparticles, which are injected into sediments as colloidal suspension, forming stable deposits there. Over the last 6 years, we have developed a novel technology for the injection of iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) into groundwater contaminant plumes. The feasibility of this approach has been successfully tested in lab experiments and a scientific field application. Specifically, our approach addresses arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, and zinc, all of which are known major groundwater contaminants. Now, we want to bring this novel, green and near-market water eco-innovation into the European markets, and beyond. The very core of this effort is the performance of two industrial-scale applications of our technology at two different types of contaminated sites. This first application of our technological approach under field conditions is the major objective of REGROUND. By developing our technology into a market-ready application, REGROUND will globally transform the efforts to mitigate the risks posed by toxic metal contaminations to humans and ecosystems. The REGROUND technology, due to its low costs and wide applicability, will be made highly available. The near-market replication of our technology and subsequent commercialization efforts are an integral part of REGROUND. This will enable immobilization of toxic metal contaminations at sites which were left untreated so far due to technical or economic reasons.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

H2020-WATER-2014-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 127 794,13

Participants (7)

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 251 250
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 220 000
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 279 312,50
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 383 500
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEOPLANO CONSULTORES SA

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 216 115,87
Address
Rua Do Alto Da Terrugem 2
2770 012 Paco De Arcos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 160 000
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION MARKET S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 96 250
Address
Calle Venezuela 103 Planta 1 Puerta
08019 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)