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    Final workshop of the LIFE WIRE project “Challenges of water reuse in industries: from research to implementation”

    Water scarcity is an ever-growing reality and for this reason development of sustainable water strategies is no longer an option, but a necessity. Water reuse is a key strategy of water resources management. The use of regenerated water could reduce …

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    European Commission monitoring meeting

    Last week Cetaqua received in its headquarters the visit of the monitor of the LIFE WIRE project, Rosana Asensio. The objective of the meeting was to bring together all the project partners in order to review the progress of the …

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    New visit to the LIFE WIRE’s prototype

    The LIFE WIRE’s prototype, which is located in the WWTP of El Baix Llobregat (El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona), has received another visit on 18th January 2017. In total, 16 people from different entities such as AMAEM, Hidraqua Valencia and Aguas …

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Carbon nanostructure media (CNM)

Advances in nanoscale science and engineering are providing unprecedented opportunities to the water treatment field. Thanks to their large surface area, well-defined structure and ability to be tailored with various functional groups (e.g. hydroxyl, carboxyl, amines, etc.); carbonaceous nanoparticles offer a very high sorption capacity toward a wide range of substances and bacteria. The high adsorption efficiency, superior to that of conventional microporous activated carbons (e.g. PAC and GAC) is attributed to higher adsorption capacity, higher accessibility of the pore surface area, shorter equilibrium time, higher adsorption energy, and easier and more efficient regeneration.

Numerous studies, most at a laboratory scale, have demonstrated the outperformance of carbon nanostructure media (CNM) with respect to conventional GAC and PAC filters in the removal of metals and organic compounds.


SEM of CNM material

Membrane and carbonaceous nanoparticle technologies are thus incessantly advancing in the field of water treatment, and their integration into water reclamation systems is clearly a key challenge. Furthermore, the combination of both technologies can result in a more flexible, modular and relatively easy approach to reclaim water and provide water with different qualities to fulfil and satisfy the requirements according to their final uses.

Petció: Laura Ventura

Picture of CNM material

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