Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC posted this:Environmental Quality Assessment of contaminated soilsEnvironmental quality of soils is determined using analytical chemistry methods, with expensive and sophisticated equipment. Toxicity assays provide a global response regarding the danger of contaminated soil to living organisms. However bioassays are based in lengthy experimental procedures (between 7 and 28 days) to provide reliable results. Normalized soil assays use different species of earthworms and collembola that must be grown and maintained in specialized facilities. Partners to further develop the technology and/or to establish commercial agreements along with technical cooperation are sought.
University of Vigo posted this:Innovative process for the removal of persistent organic pollutants present in wastewater streams.This is the first time that surfactants-based aqueous phase segregation has been proposed for the remediation of aromatic organic pollutants. Up to know, biological degradation was used alone or in combination with other physical and chemical methods (e.g. volatilization, sorption, electrokinetic, oxidation, extraction with supercritical fluids, etc.), that often entail economic and environmental disadvantages. Therefore, the proposed strategy is an environmentally friendly alternative that entails benefits such as low energy consumption, low cost, availability of reagents at bulk quantities and easy implementation.
Laser Consult Ltd. posted this:Innovative Technology to Utilize and Recycle Sewage SludgeOur partner, a Hungarian company, developed a patented technology that provides a solution for transforming municipal sewage sludge into solid fuel (Solid Recovered Fuel -SRF), which also enables sewage plants to achieve significant cost savings. The company is looking for potential licensing partners in the field of sewage plant construction and operation.
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Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University posted this:Clay-Polymer Sorbents for the Removal of Organic Micro-Pollutants from Water"Complex" Pyridine [not simple PDADMAC.] Yael Mishael – Clay Polymer Sorbents for the Removal of Organic Micro-Pollutants (TTM:2876)– Prof. Mishael developed a patented clay based ‘pyridine’ composite to remove organic pollutants with a higher efficiency then activated carbon. The composite is cheap to produce yet highly effective in removing drugs, herbicides and pesticides. Patent Position: https://www.lens.org/lens/patent/WO_2016_151592_A1 Yissum Online: http://www.yissum.co.il/technologies/project/2876 Below thoughts were edited and approved by Yael Mishael: The complex pyridine based polymer is ‘designed’ for catching micro pollutants @ ng/Liter concentrations (single molecule - pharmaceuticals, herbicide, pesticide), but there are no regulations in place for treatment of micropollutants from waste water. So there is no incentive for companies/municipalities to add expensive capex to treat this wastewater (capex for pumps, filtration columns etc – irrespective of adsorption resin). There is not really a need for filtering freshwater (tap water) through a complex resin since freshwater is not tested for micro pollutants and is not likely to have this and again there is no regulation for this. On the other hand the simple ‘PDADMAC’ polymer can be used for filtering any dissolvable organic matter (humeric/muddy), and can be used for clearing up opaque fresh water prior to drinking or treated wastwater. So the results are clearly visible and can be used in municipalities and private home filtration systems, and it was found to be more efficient and more cost effective in purifying organic matter than granulated activated carbon. Project ID : 8-2012-2876
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Paloza LLC posted this:Smart heavy metal scavenger materials and technologyWe developed smart heavy metal scavenger material that can remove heavy metals such as Pb2+, Hg2+, Cu2+, Ag+ etc. After removing the heavy metal ions, the material can be regenerated for reuse. The synthesis process of the material is well established and the material can be synthesized in large scale. We now look for users or large companies that can market our materials and technology for us.
Cracow University of Technology posted this:New way of detection Cryptosporidium and Giardia protozoa.Advantages of the technology: - Our method is sensitive, reproducible, species-specific and inexpensive way to detect Cryptosporidium sp. oocysts ad Giardia intestinalis cysts in various environmental samples. - There is not necessary to use highly specialized and expensive equipment. All the materials for realizing the invention (chemical reagents and equipment etc.) are commercially available. - It is not requirement the use of toxic flammable solvents to ensure the safety of personnel conducting the test. - The use of appropriate materials, allowed to simplify and shorten the work, to improve the reproducibility of detection and reduce the cost of detection procedure. - To achieve sensitive detection method allows subjecting the examination of much smaller volumes of liquid samples in comparison with that provided by the USEPA protocols (United States Environmental Protection Agency).
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IMDEA Water Institute posted this:Land application systems for urban wastewater treatment of small built-up areasA Land Application Systems (Figure 1) is a plot area, sized according to the influent to be treated, which has forests installed and is irrigated with wastewater. The residual water partially evaporates and the rest is taken up by the roots of trees and filtered through the soil. Before application to the soil, it is desirable to introduce a primary treatment system, to remove coarse solids, sand, grease and solids. But these systems provide more than just simple purification, because while treating the water, we are also producing biomass with high economic value. Unlike conventional waste water treatment systems, no external energy input is needed, so the running and maintenance costs are greatly reduced. Furthermore, it is a robust technology and the operation is simple. This technology is therefore ideal for treatment of urban waste water from small towns, with strong flow oscillations.
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:Bioremediation strategy in situ for the precipitation and immobilization of uranium and other toxic elements in contaminated soils.A research group from the Geology Department of the University of Alcalá is developing a technology to study the role of the oxidation-reduction processes of humics in the reduction of uranium and other toxic metals in contaminated soils to determine whether stimulating the activity of humic-reducing and oxidizing microbial communities in contaminated soils can be an effective strategy for the in situ immobilization of uranium and other toxic metals. The group is looking for technical cooperation projects with companies.
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:Improved process for selective oxidation of sulfide groups to sulfone by silsesquioxane catalysts.A Spanish-Portuguese research group from the department of Inorganic Chemistry at Alcalá University and ITQB-Universidad Nova of Lisboa of Oeiras, has developed a process of synthesis of titanium silesquioxane compounds and its applications in oxidation catalyst of organic sulphur compounds. The group looks for licencing agreements and commercial or collaboration agreements with pharmaceutical and petrochemical industry, and those industries in charge of the fertilizer preparation and production of compounds for the treatment of environmental problems.
Universidad de Cádiz posted this:An improved fast and high throughput method for the sequential measurement of nitrate and nitrite in water samplesWe have developed an improved fast and sequential protocol that permits the determination of low concentrations of nitrite and nitrate in aquatic samples using small volumes. It is ideal to analyse large sets of samples with different characteristics, since it is enough a small amount of water the volume and cost of reagents and consumables are reduced.
uacoopera posted this:Magnetic nanobeads for purification applicationsThese nanobeads combine high surface area, high affinity to metal ions and magnetic features. By merging these properties in one platform, these nanobeads provide a faster and less expensive method for the separation and enrichment of specific proteins, often present in biological media in very low concentrations, compared to conventional methods such as metal-ion affinity chromatography.
Universidad de Alicante posted this:New catalyst that eliminates efficiently chlorinated volatile organic compounds in gaseous streamsThe new mixed oxide catalyst of cerium-praseodymium (CexPr1-XO2) allow the efficient combustion of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (especially 1,2-dichloroethane). These new catalytic systems are able to work in gas streams at temperatures between 250-500 º C in an dynamic and continuous way without suffering a significant deactivation process. In recent years, environmental legislation has restricted the air emissions permissible levels, and particularly the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) harmful for both the environment and human health There is a wide variety of VOCs, of different chemical nature (aliphatic, aromatic, oxygenated and halogenated compounds) and consequence of different emission sources (waste gases from chemical plants, soil and water decontamination, solvents evaporation , etc..), but 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE, C2H4Cl2) is the most lasting, dangerous and commonly used in industry (used, for example, massively in the process of polyvinyl chloride production and consequently chemical plants produce significant amounts of waste that require efficient treatment). Until a few years ago, VOCs were usually eliminated by thermal incineration. However, new legislation on VOC emissions has originated significant improvements on treatment technologies. This is the case of the catalytic oxidation that in recent years has shown its ability to destroy VOCs at temperatures below those used in thermal incineration and has also produced a significant reduction of secondary pollutants (nitrogen oxides). Currently, catalytic oxidation processes require heating large gas flows that contain a small amount of VOCs and put the gas in contact with solid catalysts that can either be • Those containing noble metals as active phase: they have a excellent oxidation efficiency, although their cost is very high and gradually lose their activity with the presence of chlorine in the reaction mixture. • Those containing transition metals: they have a lower cost and are more stable and durable, although less active than those containing noble metals.
Centre Technology Transfer CITTRU posted this:Hybrid photocatalysts based on nanoclays for water purification (environment-friendly method of water purification)Water contamination becomes a problem, which may limit civilization progress. The development of a universal and inexpensive method of water purification is very difficult, because it may contain pollutants of different nature, e.g. heavy metals, organic compounds (pesticides, chlorinated aromatic compounds, antibiotics and surfactants) as well as bacteria. The water purification methods currently in use are based on osmosis, ion-exchange, adsorption, ultrafiltration, distillation and photooxidation. Although multifarious, they have limitations, mainly connected with their high power consumption and low efficiency.
Universidad de Alicante posted this:Electrochemical regeneration of activated carbons versus thermal regeneration• Electrochemical technology enhances performance in many aspects of currently technologies (thermal regeneration), as already described above. It is characterized by a high efficiency, sustainability and more economical than conventional technologies. • It is therefore a real promising alternative that offers a great business opportunity in the growing market of activated carbon regeneration.
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:Universal sensor platform for immunoassayThe research group in Bioelectrochemistry and Biosensors of the University of Alcalá has developed a method for the construction of a universal analytical device that allows the adaptation of any ELISA format to an immunosensor format, in order to develop simple, low cost and easy to use sensors. This device is based on the sequential deposition of self-assembled monolayers of polymers and affinity elements, applicable for the detection and quantification of any analyte or target antigen in a liquid sample, which allows the development of "on-demand" immunosensors. The group looks for companies or institutions from agro-food, bio-sanitary and environmental sector, interested in reaching collaboration agreements, commercial agreements with technical assistance or patent licensing.