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Metal oxide Aided Subsurface Remediation: From Invention to Injection

Descripción del proyecto

Nuevos reactantes de óxidos metálicos para la descontaminación rentable de suelos y aguas subterráneas

El agua y el suelo contaminados son las principales causas de mortalidad en todo el mundo. Con la creciente escasez de agua, la descontaminación representa una necesidad aún más acuciante. Los productos químicos tóxicos y los disolventes orgánicos son las principales fuentes de contaminación del suelo y las aguas subterráneas dentro y fuera de Europa. La tecnología actual de descontaminación es costosa y perjudicial. El proyecto METAL-AID, que cuenta con el apoyo de las acciones Marie Skłodowska-Curie, formará a catorce investigadores en fase inicial en proyectos de desarrollo de tecnologías para descontaminar el suelo y las aguas subterráneas directamente bajo tierra. Su equipo se centrará en reactantes de óxido metálico nuevos y conocidos para desarrollará modelos destinados a evaluar la seguridad y cuantificar la eficacia en el laboratorio y sobre el terreno.

Objetivo

Thousands of sites across Europe are polluted with toxic metals and organic solvents; many more exist worldwide. As EU population grows, clean water will determine the quality of life and economic stability. Most sites remain contaminated because existing technology is costly and disruptive. Society needs an innovative way to decontaminate soil and groundwater directly underground. In METAL-AID, we will develop new technologies through fundamental knowledge.

We are a consortium of experts in natural materials, contaminant reactivity, groundwater treatment and environment policy, spread over 4 consulting firms, 6 universities and a government agency. We will train 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) through integrated, intersectoral research, using advanced technology, ranging from nanometre to field scale. ESRs will gain technical, business and personal skills, as they push a promising soil and groundwater remediation technology toward commercialisation. To meet the METAL-AID goals, the ESRs will:

1) Test known layered double hydroxide (LDH) and redox active green rust (GR) reactants that show promise for remediating toxic metals and chlorinated compounds and invent new ones;
2) Derive thermodynamic and kinetic data, essential for safety assessment modelling;
3) Quantify reactant effectiveness and reacted phase stability and compare these with natural analogues;
4) Inject the new reactants at field sites operated by our beneficiaries.

METAL-AID begins at technology readiness level, TRL 1 and runs to TRL 6, implementation. The government agency will provide guidance so our new technology complies with regulations and has promised R&D funding after the ETN ends, to carry it into full commercialisation. The ESRs will be trained to tackle challenges of concern to society, to communicate across sector boundaries and with the public, in a network that will last long after the project ends. We will provide a pool of scientists for roles in EU's knowledge based economy.

Coordinador

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 580 163,76
Dirección
NORREGADE 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Dinamarca

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Región
Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Enlaces
Coste total
€ 580 163,76

Participantes (10)