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Hybrid Bead Adsorbents

Hybrid Bead Adsorbents

Objective

Each year, millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. In particular, exposure to heavy metals in drinking water, even at trace levels, poses a considerable health risk. As included in one of the seventeen sustainable development goals of the United Nations, “safe water and adequate sanitation are indispensable for healthy ecosystems, reducing poverty, and achieving inclusive growth, social well-being and sustainable livelihoods”. In this PoC project, named Hybrid Bead Adsorbents (Hybead), we aim to evaluate the feasibility of advancing Hybrid Inorganic Nanoparticle/Metal-Organic Frameworks Bead-type adsorbents into the pre-commercial stage, with the aim of accelerating their access to the market as an efficient technology for removing heavy metal ions from water.

The first part of Hybead encompasses scaling-up of our current spray-drying synthesis of these beads from the gram-scale to economically viable kilogram-scale production. We will also shape the composite beads for proving its use into existing water purification technologies. This will entail shaping Hybead into granules and integrating them as fillers into polymer matrices to produce membranes by common industrial-scale methods (e.g. compaction and solvent casting). The second part of Hybead will be dedicated to intellectual property (IP) and market aspects needed for the pre-commercialization of this new technology for water purification. This study will include a patentability study, a freedom-to-operate (FTO) analysis and a market study to identify the filter producers that could ultimately serve as manufacturing partners.

In this project we will endeavor to assess the commercial viability of with Hybead adsorbents, accelerate their market entry and ultimately, explore the possibility of launching a spin-off to manufacture and commercialize viable products.
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Host institution

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA

Address

Campus De La Uab Edifici Q Icn2
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

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FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 862093

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

Hosted by:

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA

Spain