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Removal and Recovery of Pharmaceutical Persistent Pollutants from Wastewater by Selective Reagentless Process

Objective

Pharmaceutical drugs, characterized by their environmental persistence (e.g. cytostatic drugs [CDs]) have been detected in water bodies (drinking water, groundwater, surface water, and effluent wastewater) at concentrations up to μg/L level. Actual methods for the removal and degradation of CDs, including electrochemical, photochemical, and biological methods have been developed. However, these methods are expensive and sometimes inefficient for CDs complete removal from the treated water. Including the exploitation of previous results from EU funded projects, the goal of project RECOPHARMA is to design, develop, validate and demonstrate a novel process by sequential integration the potentials offered by Molecular Imprinted Polymers (MIPs), Reagentless Thermosorption (RTS), Nanocomposites Functional Materials, Advanced Oxidation Processes, for an effective treatment aiming the recovery of target recalcitrant CDs and degradation of corresponding transformation products or metabolites, working in a continuous operation mode. The suggested approach offers versatile, fast, highly efficient, and low-cost treatment for wastewaters.

RECOPHARMA brings together academic research centres and the private sector, with a long-term goal of designing and developing advanced water treatment technologies in the interest of the society and integrate them for demonstration following a circular economy approach. Through the scheduled secondments, the involved staff will perform the required R&I to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the developed process, including the technical formation of specialists as a fundamental activity to project success. The secondments will also enhance the exchange of knowledge, best practices, know-how, innovations, experience, mutual cooperation and culture of work between different organizations, regions and countries through the partners’ well-established reputation as transfer hubs.

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Net EU contribution
€ 270 000,00
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Spain

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 171 000,00
Address
Paradisgatan 5c
22100 Lund

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Region
Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR
France
Net EU contribution
€ 153 000,00
Address
Avenue De L'universite
64000 Pau

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Region
Nouvelle-Aquitaine Aquitaine Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 171 000,00
Address
Via Palladio 8
33100 Udine

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Region
Nord-Est Friuli-Venezia Giulia Udine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
AERIS TECNOLOGIAS AMBIENTALES SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 63 000,00
Address
Calle Santa Rosa 38
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
EUROPE FOR BUSINESS LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 67 500,00
Address
520, Birchwood Boulevard Birchwood
WA3 7QX Warrington

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
North West (England) Cheshire Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Partners (2)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA HABANA
Cuba
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Colina Universitaria San Lazaro Y L
10400 Plaza

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 355 500,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO DE MEDICAMENTOS
Cuba
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Ave 26 No. 1605 Between Boyeros And Puertes Grande Plaza De La Revolucion
10600 Havana

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 126 000,00