The new European funding project is about the development of a process for the elimination of pharmaceuticals and other organic trace substances from wastewater with a combined system consisting of functionalized ceramic nanofiltration membranes and advanced oxidation.

The primary goal of the project is the development of a new treatment process for anthropogenic wastewater contaminated with pharmaceuticals, in which the pollutants are separated by means of ceramic membranes in the nanofiltration range. The goal is the elimination or a significant reduction in the pollutant concentration in the wastewater.

To do this, a membrane must first be developed which has a high retention capacity with respect to the substances to be separated. This includes the development of the actual membrane layer as well as the associated carrier materials. Residual contamination remaining in the permeate stream is to be reduced and completely eliminated by means of an advanced oxidation process (AOP) to be developed.

The entire treatment process is to be implemented conceptually in a pilot plant on a pilot plant scale, in which the functional principle will then be demonstrated with the help of tests and the separation process and AOP should be optimized.

Ceramic membranes from inopor © offer important advantages for the filtration of aggressive media due to their high chemical, thermal and mechanical stability. Among other things, you will used in the following areas:

        • Microfiltration – fractionation from milk and cheese production | Biomass separation | Clear filtration of fruit juices, milk and beer Oil-water separation
        • Ultrafiltration – Bacteria and Virus Retention Acids and base recycling
        • Nanofiltration – partial desalination | Softening | Discoloration | Reduction of organic stress


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