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Development of functionalized nanostructured polymeric membranes and related manufacturing processes for water purification

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 280595

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2012

  • End date

    30 April 2015

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 966 062,39

  • EU contribution

    € 3 357 905,04

Coordinated by:

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

Objective

The NANOPUR-project aims at leveraging on promising bottom-up technologies to develop intensified water treatment concepts based on nano-structured and nano-functionalized membranes as well as nanofilm deposition for micropollutants and virus removal.
Major research needs targeted include the preparation of membranes with selective properties at the nanoscale able to maintain high permeability with relatively low driving force. The ultimate “challenge” exists in the creation of artificial membranes able to perform separations with the selectivity of biological membranes while having mechanical strength and productivity of state-of-the-art artificial membranes. The project will advance the knowledge in this area by developing scalable approaches to prepare nano-structured membranes characterized by a selectivity towards pathogens of up to 99.99999 % and towards micropollutants up to 99 %, while retaining a permeability higher than current ultrafiltration membranes in addition to functional stability equal to existing commercial membranes. The envisaged research activities will involve the preparation of polymeric nano-structured membranes characterized by well-controlled architectures and functions for supramolecular recognition for removal of viruses, hormone disruptors, endotoxins and antibiotics from water. For the generation of affinity and catalytic sites on membranes, molecular imprinted polymers and atmospheric pressure plasma treatment will be explored. The technological developments will be carried out along two different technology paths each targeting at a different aspect of the water treatment process. A first research path will focus on the reduction of membrane fouling thereby enhancing the flux while the second research path targets the removal of micro-pollutants and detoxification. Both paths will converge in order to combine the two critical aspects of water purification that are investigated in the proposed work in one single membrane process

Coordinator

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Address

Boeretang 200
2400 Mol

Belgium

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 608 724

Administrative Contact

Sabine Paulussen (Dr.)

Participants (12)

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 514 863

GVS S.P.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 463 910

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 378 354

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 369 917

SOLVAY SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 408 348

CONSORZIO VENEZIA RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 111 242,04

C.P. CONTROL OF POLLUTION IBERICA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 97 600

Department of Health

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 140 275,45

ENDUSTRIYEL ATIK DONUSUM SISTEMLERI TAAHHUT SAYANI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 27 480

DE MARTINI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 52 072

KWR WATER B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 112 500

Public Health England an Executive Agency of the Dept of Health

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 72 619,55

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 280595

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2012

  • End date

    30 April 2015

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 966 062,39

  • EU contribution

    € 3 357 905,04

Coordinated by:

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium