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.