UATEC - Unidade de Transferência de Tecnologia

Removal of zinc from rainwater using a biomaterial

Posted by Maria João from UATEC - Unidade de Transferência de TecnologiaResponsive · Innovative Products and Technologies · Portugal

Summary of the technology

This invention develops a process for the removal of zinc from waters, namely, rainwater, resorting to a low-cost biomaterial, resulting in water suitable for use in buildings. The process comprises three steps: (a) preparation of the adsorbent material; (b) removal of zinc from referred water; (c) removal of adsorbent material from the water, which is ready to use. The technology is simple, convenient, cheap and of easy application.

UATEC - Unidade de Transferência de Tecnologia

CONTEXT

Many of the techniques currently applied for the removal of heavy metals from water, such as zinc, are based on methods that require sample preparation and require potentially hazardous materials. Such methodologies are costly and require the application of specific equipment.

The present invention provides a method for the removal of zinc from rainwater based on the use of a biomaterial as adsorbent. The proposed methodology does not require preparation of the water, is cheap, and is suitable for use in buildings, either in residences or in industries. The used biomaterial may be reused either for agricultural and industrial purposes.

BENEFITS

LOW-COST

EASY IMPLEMENTATION

DOES NOT REQUIRE SAMPLE PREPARATION

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: uses a common biomaterial, which can be reused in other applications.

APPLICATIONS

This method can be used for rainwater treatment to be used in buildings:

RESIDENCES

INDUSTRIES

IP RIGHTS

Trade secret.

DEVELOPMENT STAGE

TRL 4: tested in laboratory.

Available for presentation.

KEYWORDS

Adsorbent

Biomaterial

Zinc

Water

Rainwater

DEVELOPED BY

Researchers of Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) of the University of Aveiro.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

Licensing agreement.

Joint development.

Testing of new applications.

Services.

PARTNERSHIP

The University of Aveiro seeks partners like companies or institutions that work in the environmental area.

Technology #CI18004

Intellectual property status

Other forms of protection

Trade secret

Technology Owner

UATEC - Unidade de Transferência de Tecnologia

Technology Transfer Office

Additional information (attached documents)

Related keywords

  • Adsorption
  • Biology / Biotechnology
  • Environment
  • Outoor Air Pollution/Treatment
  • Rain Water
  • Water in Buildings
  • Water treatment equipment and waste disposal systems
  • water
  • zinc

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The University of Aveiro is a young and innovative university, which fosters entrepreneurship and technology and knowledge transfer, with expertise in a wide range of knowledge areas namely IT, Life Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Health, Environmental Sciences), Nanotechnology and Materials Science, Mechanics, Physics, Mathematics, Building, Design and Management. UATEC is the Technology Transfer Office of University of Aveiro. This office engages in value adding activities such as start-up and spin-off creation, support to university-industry cooperation (sponsored research and consultancy services), IP protection and prosecution, licensing, marketing, among others. It covers four main interrelated functional areas – Intellectual Property Management, Licensing, Entrepreneurship, and Industry Liaison.

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