Incorporation of Aquaporins in Membranes for Industrial Applications

Grant Agreement No 033234 (FP6 contract)
EC Grant 2,100,000 €
Project duration 01/10/2006 - 31/03/2010
Coordinator and contact DHI - Hans Enggrob



In all living cells, channels transporting water – aquaporins – exist. Aquaporins are proteins, which only transport water i.e. pure H2O molecules. Aquaporins have a unique selectivity and are extremely efficient being nature’s own water transporting systems. The purpose of the MEMBAQ project is to couple two research spearheads – nanobiotechnology and membranes - with focus on industrially exploiting the unique features of biomimetic membranes. Recombinant aquaporin molecules are incorporated in different types of industrial membranes for water filtration.

Global needs for pure water and renewable energy are drivers for the test applications of the new biomimetic membranes. Membranes for water purification, wastewater reclamation and re-use, and salinity power production will be designed and tested. Future applications could be industrial use within filtration and separation of fluids and gasses other than water using other types of “selective” recombinant proteins. Thus, the project will also stimulate further research and technology development in nano-biotechnological membranes.



  • explore the possibilities to incorporate recombinant aquaporin molecules in different types of industrial membranes for water filtration



Organisation Country Type of institution Contact
DHI Water & Environment Denmark Research, Technology Organisation Hans G. Enggrob
Aquaporin A/S Denmark Industry (SME) Peter Holme Jensen
University of Southern Denmark
MEMPHYS-Center for Biomembrane Physics
Denmark Research, higher education Ole G. Mouritsen
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Department of Biotechnology Engineering
Israel Research, higher education Amir Berman
Vilnius University
Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry
Lithuania Research, higher education Jurgis Barkauskas
Lund Universitet
Center for Molecular Protein Science
Department of Biochemistry
Sweden Research, higher education Per Kjellbom
Málaga University
Department of Applied Physisc
Spain Research, higher education Juana Benavente
Veolia Water – Anjou Recherche France Industry Jean-Christophe Schrotter
Technical University of Denmark
Department of Chemical Engineering, The Membrane Group
Denmark Research, higher education Gunnar Jonsson