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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-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01

Coordinator

FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Net EU contribution
€ 709 275,00
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Spain

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (6)

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 524 012,50
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea

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Region
Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Norrbottens län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AC2T RESEARCH GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 446 512,50
Address
Viktor Kaplan Strasse 2
2700 Wiener Neustadt

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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
Niederösterreich Niederösterreich-Süd
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 327 762,50
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 365 418,75
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 362 762,50
Address
Spitalgasse 23
1090 Wien

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Wien Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
URTEK WATER TECHNOLOGIES SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 96 250,00
Address
Polig Industrial Otsango, Numero 43
31770 Lesaca - Navarra

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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
Noreste Comunidad Foral de Navarra Navarra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00