CECs and AMR bacteria pre-concentration by ultra-nano filtration and Abatement by ThermoCatalytic Nano-powders implementing circular economy solution.



Research Project: 2021-06-01 - 2024-06-30
Total sum awarded: €749 499

The project will deliver an energy efficient new integrated prototype system for water purification, composed of: the first-to-berealisedultra-stable silicon carbide (SiC) UltraFiltration/NanoFiltration (UF/NF) membrane a innovative nano-enabledThermocatalytic energy efficient Packed-Bed Reactor (TPBR), and a nano-enabled antimicrobial MicroFiltration (MF) membrane. The TPBR beads are obtained by recycling SiC membranes scraps deriving from the ordinary production process and will be coated withthermocatalytic perovskite-nanopowders allowing full abatement of CECs and of AMR pathogens at mild temperatures without needof chemicals and light sources. The MF membrane is coated with antibacterial titania-silica-core shell nanoparticles for inactivating AMRbacteria, while removing suspended solids. The UF/NF membrane separates the clean permeate stream, ready to be recycled or reused,from the toxic concentrate, which is purified by the TPBR, thus preventing discharge of CECs and pathogens in rivers and oceans.The new system is compact, amenable to scale-up, and ease to integrate in mariculture, aquaculture, tannery, hospital, and otherindustrial wastewaters treatment facilities, providing safe and efficient operation. The integration of the three components allows theoptimization of each system unit both alone and in combination, boosting the efficiency of the process and ensuring high water quality andsafety, by enabling a water and SiC recycling multi-circular model

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  • Giuliana Magnacca, University of Turin, Italy (Coordinator)
  • Victor Candelario, LiqTech International A/S, Denmark (Partner)
  • Vittorio Boffa, Aalborg University, Denmark (Partner)
  • Francesca Deganello, National Research Council (CNR) - Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials (ISMN), Italy (Partner)
  • Mariana Ornelas, CeNTI - Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, Portugal (Partner)