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Antibiofouling Nanopatterned Electrospun Membranes for Nanofiltration Applications

Objective

Water-stress in an increasing global problem and solutions such as water recycling and seawater desalination are now
becoming a necessary part of the water infrastructure. The technology for the production of safe drinking is increasingly
dependent on these more diverse sources and a key enabling technology is membrane filtration. While membrane system
are effective, the operating costs of such systems are hampered by fouling which increases the energy requirement for
process operation. The unique idea of this Proof of Concept is to develop an electrospun nanostructured membrane which
can be integrated into water filtration technologies. The unique method of fabrication will produce an inherently antibacterial
and antibiofouling surface in a one-step process, cutting the number of manufacturing steps. This concept, when deployed
commercially is expected to dramatically reduce the operating costs of membrane processes for water treatment. The
commercialisation route of the product will be through the patent protection and the licensing of the technology with a view
to rapid commercialisation.

Call for proposal

ERC-2017-PoC
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Host institution

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 148 805

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 148 805
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments