Organic micro-pollutant removal from municipal effluents by polyelectrolyte multilayer based hollow fiber nanofiltration membranes

There is growing awareness and concern about the presence of so called organic micro-pollutants (OMPs) in our surface water. OMPs are very small organic molecules (100-1000 Da), stemming from medicinal or industrial origin that have the potential to cause long-term harm to humans and the environment. Municipal waste water treatment plants (MWTPs) are considered a hotspot for the release of OMPs into the environment as most OMPs end up in our wastewater, while our MWTPS were never designed for their removal. Techniques to remove these OMPs from the waste water effluent are available, but are too costly and energy intensive and unsustainable. In this project, academia, knowledge institutes and industry work together to develop an affordable and sustainable technology to remove OMPs from waste water effluents. A novel nanofiltration membrane will be developed that discharges very clean effluent, while an OMP concentrate is further degraded in a conventional bioreactor.

  • Projectnummer / Project number: 17744
  • Deelnemende kennisinstellingen / Participating institutes: Wageningen University & Research, Universiteit Twente
  • Gebruikers / Users: 4 bedrijven, 4 overheidsinstellingen, 1 organisatie, 1 hogeschool / 4 companies, 4 governmental bodies, 1 organisation, 1 university of applied science
  • Projectleider / Project leader: Dr. ir. W.M. de Vos, Universiteit Twente
  • Type project / Type project: Lopend
  • Startdatum / Start date: 1-09-2019
  • Einddatum / End date: 1-09-2024
  • Programma / Programme: Open Technologieprogramma
  • Vakgebied / Discipline: Chemische technologie / Chemical technology


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