Water tertiary treatments comprise a range of physical/chemical processes aimed at tackling pollution in waters, after secondary treatments. Over the past few decades, multidisciplinary research has been carried out to study a broad spectrum of approaches such as Advanced Oxidation Processes, filtration technologies, adsorption. Most of this investigation was devoted to understanding of process fundamentals, elucidation of kinetics and mechanisms, development of new materials, modelling, process integration and scale-up.
The development of new advanced technologies able to replace or improve conventional processes is necessary because of the increasing number of xenobiotics present in aquatic systems at low concentrations (typically μg/L or ng/L), whose removal efficiency with conventional waste water treatment processes is not always effective. These substances could therefore affect the aquatic ecosystems and human health at large; they comprehend pharmaceuticals, personal care products and others coming from farms, industries, hospitals and even domestic waste waters.
Due to its importance, recently extensive research efforts have been focused on this topic. With this background, the main goal of the Mat4treaT project is to develop novel materials to be used in innovative integrated tertiary water treatment technologies through an exchange programme between partners of a network involving international and intersectoral dimensions. The advantages of the joint research are based on exploiting complementary expertises of the participants and on creating synergies between them, in order to increase knowledge and to produce long-term collaborations.
In the next pages: Metodological approach - Multidisciplinarity - Knowledge sharing and other informations.