Development of intensified water treatment concepts by integrating nano- and membrane technologies

Grant Agreement No 226791
EC Grant 1,930,806 €
Project duration 01/06/2009 - 31/05/2012
Coordinator and contact VITO - Inge Genné



The Nametech project harnesses benefits of nanotechnology to bring about improvements in membrane filtration for advanced water treatment. Within the project, commercially available nanoparticles and bio-nano catalysts investigated by consortium partners will be adapted and deposited or incorporated in filtration membranes, preparing nano-activated membranes (NAMs). This will be pursued along different technology paths.

In the first technology path, commercial nanoparticles (TiO2 and Ag) will be adapted for the modification of UF membranes to reduce fouling and thus improve permeability. In the other two technology paths, the potential of using active nanoparticles, such as bionano-catalysts, in combination with membranes will be examined to remove micropollutants, thus improving water quality. All NAMS will be tested at laboratory scale before selecting the most promising concept for testing at pilot scale. The activities will be complemented by a toxicological study and the application of LCA to assess all environmental impacts. The high industrial involvement puts a strong focus on exploitation strategies and handling Intellectual Property Rights issues.



  • Improvement of membrane filtration for advanced water treatment
  • Strengthening of the European membrane market by making nanotechnology available to large scale European membrane manufacturers
  • Knowledge transfer between the experienced membrane manufacturer and coating experts



Organisation Country Type of institution Contact
Flemish Institute for Technological Research - VITO Belgium Research, Technology Organisation Inge Genné
Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aacten (RWTH Aachen University) Germany Research and Higher Education Thomas Melin
Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research - TNO The Netherlands Research Joost van Erkel
University of Manchester UK Research and Higher Education J. R. Lloyd
Norit Process Technology B.V. The Netherlands Industry Erik Roesink
Agfa Gevaert Belgium Industry Ann Verbeeck
Venice Research Consortium Italy RTD and Industry (SME) Dario Bovo
Technical University of Liberec Czech Republic Research and Higher Education Miroslav Cernik
Aquatest a.s. Czech Republic Industry Tomas Lederer
Suez Environment – CIRSEE (International Research Center on Water and Environment) France Industry Jean-Michel Laine
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland Switzerland Research and Higher Education Thomas Wintgens