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Colloidal Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for the REclamation of Toxic Metal Contaminated GROUNDwater Aquifers, Drinking Water Wells, and River Bank Filtrations

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 641768

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 868 093,58

  • EU contribution

    € 2 734 222,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

Objective

The main objective of the presented innovation action is the first application and near-market replication of a novel water nanogeotechnology for the immobilization of toxic metals in groundwater aquifers, drinking water wells, and river bank filtration sites. The basic concept of our technology is the creation of an adsorptive in situ barrier for the immobilization of toxic metal contaminations. This barrier is made of iron oxide nanoparticles, which are injected into sediments as colloidal suspension, forming stable deposits there. Over the last 6 years, we have developed a novel technology for the injection of iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) into groundwater contaminant plumes. The feasibility of this approach has been successfully tested in lab experiments and a scientific field application. Specifically, our approach addresses arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, and zinc, all of which are known major groundwater contaminants. Now, we want to bring this novel, green and near-market water eco-innovation into the European markets, and beyond. The very core of this effort is the performance of two industrial-scale applications of our technology at two different types of contaminated sites. This first application of our technological approach under field conditions is the major objective of REGROUND. By developing our technology into a market-ready application, REGROUND will globally transform the efforts to mitigate the risks posed by toxic metal contaminations to humans and ecosystems. The REGROUND technology, due to its low costs and wide applicability, will be made highly available. The near-market replication of our technology and subsequent commercialization efforts are an integral part of REGROUND. This will enable immobilization of toxic metal contaminations at sites which were left untreated so far due to technical or economic reasons.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Address

Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 127 794,13

Participants (7)

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 251 250

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 220 000

FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 279 312,50

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 383 500

GEOPLANO CONSULTORES SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 216 115,87

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 160 000

KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION MARKET S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 96 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 641768

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 868 093,58

  • EU contribution

    € 2 734 222,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

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