Development of functionalized nanostructured polymeric membranes and related manufacturing processes for water purification

Grant Agreement No 280595
EC Grant 3,370,722 €
Project duration 01/05/2012 - 30/04/2015
Coordinator VITO
Contact Sabine Paulussen (



The NANOPUR-project aims at leveraging on promising bottom-up technologies to develop intensified water treatment concepts based on nano-structured and nano-functionalized membranes as well as nano-film deposition for micro-pollutants and virus removal.

Major research needs targeted include the preparation of membranes with selective properties at the nano-scale, that are at the same time able to maintain high permeability with relatively low driving force. The ultimate challenge exists in the creation of artificial membranes able to perform separations with the selectivity of biological membranes while having mechanical strength and productivity of state-of-the-art artificial membranes.



  • Improvement of membrane performance for advanced water treatment (removal of viruses and micropollutants) in a cost-efficient way
  • Development of scalable approaches to produce nano-structured membranes
  • Development of models for fundamental understanding of membrane performance
  • Knowledge transfer between research groups and industrial partners to allow market penetration of newly developed membranes



Organisation Country Type of institution Contact
Flemish Institute for Technological Research – VITO Belgium Research
Cranfield University UK Research and higher education
GVS S.P.A. Italy Industry
Universitaet Duisburg-Essen Germany Research and higher education
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V. Germany Research
Solvay S.A. Belgium Industry
Consorzio Venezia Ricerche Italy RTD and Industry
C.P. Control of Pollution Iberica S.L. Spain SME
Health Protection Agency (HPA) UK Public Institute
Enbiocon Turkey SME
De Martini S.P.A. Italy SME
KWR Water B.V. The Netherlands Research