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The triboreactor as breakthrough remediation strategy for safeguarding human and environmental health

Objective

Environmental remediation for safeguarding human health is difficult. Effective processes enabling scalable operability are lacking. triboREMEDY aims at solving this impasse by providing the foundational steps towards the novel technology called “tribolysis” for safe, controlled, and efficient degradation of hazardous chemicals and effective inactivation of the pathogens. The scientific and technological breakthrough of triboREMEDY is based on the generation of nascent surfaces, high pressures, and shearing forces that will supply the required activation energy for dissociation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and cell disintegration of pathogens. The centrepiece of triboREMEDY is the fully-controlled “triboreactor” in which mechanically (tribologically) induced chemical reactions take place as viable alternative to A) highly costly incineration or storage of hazardous waste, notably PCBs, and B) chemical, thermal inactivation or ultra-violet irradiation of pathogens in drinking water. The main project aim is to set scalable design rules for the “triboreactor” (proof of concept) based on the identification of PCB degradation products and pathogen inactivation pathways together with their relationships to operational parameters. In addition to this, the long-term vision beyond halogen elimination of PCBs and disinfection of drinking water avoiding chlorine treatments, will cover other toxic organic chemicals, application in chemical synthesis, catalysis free of critical raw materials, coating processes, requiring sensors for the monitoring of trace components, opening a wide new scientific and technological field. triboREMEDY will be driven by a multidisciplinary team of excellent researchers in mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, and medicine enabling the required unique breakthrough and interdisciplinary approach.
In last FETOPEN call, triboREMEDY reached score 4.15/5.00 and the suggestion of evaluators were considered for this new application.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01
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Coordinator

FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 709 275

Participants (6)

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 524 012,50
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AC2T RESEARCH GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 446 512,50
Address
Viktor Kaplan Strasse 2
2700 Wiener Neustadt
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 327 762,50
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 365 418,75
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 362 762,50
Address
Spitalgasse 23
1090 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
URTEK WATER TECHNOLOGIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 96 250
Address
Polig Industrial Otsango, Numero 43
31770 Lesaca - Navarra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)