Project: Novel technology for manufacturing a multifunctional hybrid membrane for advanced purification of wastewaters

Acronym NYMPH (Reference Number: MNET20/ENER-3733)
Duration 01/11/2020 - 01/11/2022
Project Topic The NYMPH project addresses the topic Manufacturing technologies for environmental and energy applications. The project starts from TRL 3 and will develop up to TRL 5 two types of membranes, one nanofiltration inorganic membrane developed at IMNR by hydrothermal functionalization of commercial CNTs with ZnO nanoparticles followed by extrusion and the second polymeric one, at SINTEF, by antifouling surface modification of commercial membranes, via UV and chemical grafting hydrophilization treatment. The novel membranes will be used for water treatment, having excellent antifouling properties and separation performances (50% reduction flux decline in time and >20% increase in permeability) and separation and purification of plant extracts (polyphenols), increasing the separation efficiency (>20% reduction flux decline in time and >20% increase in permeability). A small pilot equipment will be used to test both membranes on the site of industrial partners: for water recirculation systems in aquaculture for fish-farms (Akvafresh, NO) and recirculation of organic solvents after vegetable oils extraction for pharma (Global Res. srl, RO, replacing actual electro-deionization filtering).

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 .National R&D Institute for Non-ferrous and Rare Metals Coordinator Romania
2 Global Research SRL Partner Romania
3 SINTEF Industries Partner Norway
4 Akvafresh AS Partner Norway