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

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.
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FUNDACION TEKNIKER

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Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 709 275

Participants (6)

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LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 524 012,50

AC2T RESEARCH GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 446 512,50

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 327 762,50

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 365 418,75

MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 362 762,50

URTEK WATER TECHNOLOGIES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 96 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 829047

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2019

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 831 993,75

  • EU contribution

    € 2 831 993,75

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION TEKNIKER

Spain