Green Ultrafiltration Water Cleaning Technologies (GreenWaterTech)

Clean water is a key challenge in the 21th century, identified in the UN sustainable development goals. In close collaboration with industry and stakeholders, this project aims at developing new types of sustainable water treatment techniques that is, cheap, easy tomaintain and can be applied in settings/countries where clean water is a challenge.

Ongoing project

By using non-critical and non-toxic materials to mitigate contaminants of emerging concern and pathogens, including antibiotic resistant bacteria, it helps avoid their further spread. We will develop a potentially cost-effective water cleaning concept, amenable for decentralized use, that will be validated on a small pilot scale comprising a series of modules: 1) An enzymatic step including nanoporous materials bearing enzymes andchelating functions to retain hazardous metals, 2) enzyme-mimetic nanomaterials, 3) nanoporous adsorbents, and finally 4) a photocatalytic step that ensures zero-discharge of contaminants.

Laboratory scale research will be implemented in reactor modules in collaboration with industrial partners. The evaluation of different combinations of modules will be an integral part of the project. Industrial partners will provide engineering solutions that allow testing of new materials/technologies. Associated partners will evaluate the technology and spread results, to various industries as well as stakeholders in the developing world.


Project partners

  • Lars Österlund, Uppsala University, Sweden (Coordinator)
  • Jiří Henych, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Pavel Janoš, University of J.E. Purkyne, Czech Republic
  • Chantal Guillard, CNRS/IRCELYON, France
  • Stephane Parola, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
  • Gulaim Seisenbaeva, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden