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Title:  INNOVATIVE MATERIALS FOR WASTE WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEMS TO BE INSTALLED IN TOURIST AND OTHER SMALL POLLUTING OBJECTIVES ON THE BLACK SEA COAST - IMAWATCO
Project duration:  14.10.2011- 31.03.2014 (31 months)
Contract number:  7-045/2011
Contracting Authority:  EXECUTIVE AGENCY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION FUNDING
Contractor:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR CHEMISTRY AND PETROCHEMISTRY - ICECHIM BUCHAREST
Financing:  -  Total value: 188692 Euros, from which:
                   -  Budget financing: 188692 Euros.
Keywords:  Climate change, pollution and risks, Environmental Technologies & Instrumentation, Land/Ocean Interactions, Ocean, Pollution & Remediation (including Radioactivity), Waste Management, Water resources;
Free words:  Costal waste water purification, Zeolite, Membranes, Activated coal.


ABSTRACT:

The overall goal is to contribute to the implementation of environmental-friendly technologies in the BSEC countries with particular attention paid to the promotion of innovative, cost-effectively and resource saving technologies.

Taking into consideration the BSEC Action Plan for Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection this project is a practical instrument to address the environmental challenges arising in the Black Sea coast.

The main goal of IMAWATCO project is to develop and improve the purification process of the waste waters exhausted into the Black sea mainly from polluting sources as industry and tourism, agriculture and different social objects.

An effective and cost-saving model solving the small industry and tourism pollution will be developed based on the integration of innovative filtration systems within local installations for purification, attached to the objects which are sources of pollution.

The proposed filtering-treatment unit for water purification has an integrated conception: natural zeolites as the filtrating and primary purifying layer, polymer membranes as second ultra filtration layer and selective adsorption layer and an adsorbent for complete purification of exhaust water.

To achieve main goal four main tasks are identified:
    1.  Appropriate selection of the raw materials and optimization of the treatment conditions in order to reach active carbon absorbents;
    2.  To produce ultra filtration polymer membranes, having also selective properties, as for instance ion exchanging membranes or molecularly imprinted membranes for retention of estrogen hormones;
    3.  To perform investigations on adsorption properties of some natural zeolites and to establish suitable treatments for improving their adsorption efficiency;
    4.  To find the best assembly of the three kind of material in order to obtain a high performance purification device.

The implementation of the project will be carried out by researchers with necessary qualification in organic synthesis and chemistry of polymers, adsorption and desorption of organic and inorganic substances on porous materials, ecology.

The project will be run by 4 research teams from 3 countries: Romania (coordinator), Bulgaria and Turkey allowing joining efforts and experience but also the equipment of the participating institutes.

Important results from the work is expected to be the reduced energy consumption for production of the adsorbents, by appropriate selection of raw materials and optimization of their treatment conditions; design and development innovative technology method increasing the efficiency and lowering the price of the final product - purification filter.

A communication strategy will be set in order to disseminate the project results widely, to organize 2 targeted workshops and to prepare patent asking documents.