3D Printed Fouling-Resistant Photoactive Membranes for Wastewater Treatment


Today's wastewater treatment process has evolved over many thousands of years, but there is still room for improvement. Modern wastewater treatment plants are not capable of removing substances such as Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and Antibiotic Resistance Genes from the environment. In this context, the EU-funded project PURAQUA will work to improve wastewater treatment quality. Specifically, it will develop photoactive membranes with antifouling properties, through additive manufacturing. This can be applied as a post-treatment process after the conventional wastewater treatment. For instance, the project will produce new active and stable photoactive catalysts. It will prepare antifouling membranes by additive manufacturing. A prototype reactor for wastewater treatment at continuous flow will also be developed.


Nuno Gonçalves


Universidade de Aveiro (UA)


Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio (ICV-CSIC); Universidade do Porto


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