Fouling resistant ceramic honeycomb nanofilters for efficiënt water treatment

Grant Agreement No 280909
EC Grant 2,808,105 €
Project duration 01/02/2012 - 31/01/2015
Web www.cerawater.eu
Coordinator Fraunhofer IKTS
Contact Marcus Weyd (marcus.weyd@ikts.fraunhofer.de)



Ceramic membranes are characterized by a high chemical and thermal stability and high permeate fluxes. On the other hand ceramic membranes are characterized by a lower membrane area per membrane element and a higher membrane price per membrane area. The main challenge of CeraWater is the development of a ceramic honeycomb nanofiltration membrane with strongly increased membrane area and strongly decreased membrane price per membrane area.

Membrane supports and active membrane layers (selective, anti fouling) will be developed further by materials specialists. Partners active in water treatment and process technology sector will test extensively and apply the membranes in filtration processes with different types of water. The characterized properties will help membrane developers to improve membrane characteristics. Furthermore the membranes will be evaluated in a techno-economical way.



  • Increase membrane area per element of ceramic nanofiltration membranes
  • Improvement of anti-fouling properties of ceramic nanofiltration membranes
  • Investigate and develop nanofiltration process for different types of water (drinking water and different kinds of industrial waste water)



Organisation Country Type of institution Contact
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. Germany Research
Flemish Institute for Technological Research - VITO Belgium Research
IWW Rheinisch Westfaelisches Institut fuer Wasserforschung gGmbH Germany Research/SME
Lappeenrannan Teknillinen Yliopisto Finland Research and higher education
Universidad des Cadiz Spain Research and higher education
Rauschert Kloster Veilsdorf GmbH Germany Industry
Flemish Water Supply Company Belgium Industry