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Metal oxide Aided Subsurface Remediation: From Invention to Injection

Objective

Thousands of sites across Europe are polluted with toxic metals and organic solvents; many more exist worldwide. As EU population grows, clean water will determine the quality of life and economic stability. Most sites remain contaminated because existing technology is costly and disruptive. Society needs an innovative way to decontaminate soil and groundwater directly underground. In METAL-AID, we will develop new technologies through fundamental knowledge.

We are a consortium of experts in natural materials, contaminant reactivity, groundwater treatment and environment policy, spread over 4 consulting firms, 6 universities and a government agency. We will train 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) through integrated, intersectoral research, using advanced technology, ranging from nanometre to field scale. ESRs will gain technical, business and personal skills, as they push a promising soil and groundwater remediation technology toward commercialisation. To meet the METAL-AID goals, the ESRs will:

1) Test known layered double hydroxide (LDH) and redox active green rust (GR) reactants that show promise for remediating toxic metals and chlorinated compounds and invent new ones;
2) Derive thermodynamic and kinetic data, essential for safety assessment modelling;
3) Quantify reactant effectiveness and reacted phase stability and compare these with natural analogues;
4) Inject the new reactants at field sites operated by our beneficiaries.

METAL-AID begins at technology readiness level, TRL 1 and runs to TRL 6, implementation. The government agency will provide guidance so our new technology complies with regulations and has promised R&D funding after the ETN ends, to carry it into full commercialisation. The ESRs will be trained to tackle challenges of concern to society, to communicate across sector boundaries and with the public, in a network that will last long after the project ends. We will provide a pool of scientists for roles in EU's knowledge based economy.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
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Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 580 163,76

Participants (10)

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Patio De Escuelas 1
37008 Salamanca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ARCADIS GERMANY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Europaplatz 3
64293 Darmstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AMPHOS 21 CONSULTING SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Venezuela 103 Planta 2 Puerta 1
08019 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 269 145,36
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NIRAS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88
Address
Sortemosevej 19
3450 Alleroed
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
REGION HOVEDSTADEN
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88
Address
Kongens Vaenge 2
3400 Hillerod
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
AECOM URS ESPANA SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Alfonso Xii Numero 62 Planta
28014 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)