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SusWater - Sustainable integrated approach to achieve CECs and PTEs removal from contaminated waters. The aquaculture as case study

Duration:
48 months (2021 - 2025)
Principal investigator(s):
Project type:
UE-funded research - H2020 - Excellent Science - Marie Curie
Funding body:
COMMISSIONE EUROPEA (Commissione Europea)
Project identification number:
PoliTo role:
Partner

Abstract

Nowadays, the contamination of water resources coupled with the increased food demand is becoming a key issue. Concerning water, monitoring the quality of the water and its toxicological load is mandatory to guarantee the consumption of pure water to citizens; besides, we need to expand access to pure water by planning actions able to treat contaminated water using environmentally sustainable technologies with the final aim to guarantee a low cost and microbiologically safe water. Concerning food demand, aquaculture is the fastest growing food producing industry globally. It accounts for 47% of fishery products, which is estimated to reach 62 % by 2030. The project aims to face both sides of the coin by applying an integrated approach. On one side, we will develop new tools useful for eliminating pollutants. Different strategies will be adopted, all commonly sharing a low environmental impact. Fungi will be used to eliminate contaminant of emerging concern (CECs), with particular focus on antibiotics and some lipophilic compounds responsible of unpleasant taste on fish. On the other hand, potentially toxic elements (PTEs) such as dissolved As, Hg, Pb or Cd species will be captured by exploiting the use of iron, adsorbents derived from biomass and inorganic oxides and photocatalysts jointly linked to strengthen their efficiency. The highest performing materials will then be supported on membranes or columns and will be tested in water for aquaculture or for reuse. In all sites, we will also assess the quality of water by monitoring CECs and PTEs in influent, effluent and post treated waters and by assessing the ecotoxicity and estrogenicity through the combination of different bioassays. The monitoring process will involve not only toxicological assays and chemical analysis using high-resolution techniques; it will also be combined with modelling processes aimed to fully assess the fate of pollutants.

People involved

Departments

Partners

  • AALBORG UNIVERSITY
  • Department of Science Service
  • KOKURITSU DAIGAKU HOJIN KYUSHU KOGYO DAIGAKU
  • METROHM HISPANIA, S.L.U.
  • POLITECNICO DI TORINO
  • societa' agricola san biagio
  • Universidad de sau paulo
  • Universidad Rey juan carlos
  • UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO - Coordinator
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Keywords

ERC sectors

PE5_6 - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles
LS9_7 - Environmental biotechnology (including bioremediation, biodegradation)

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 15. Proteggere, ripristinare e favorire un uso sostenibile dell’ecosistema terrestre

Budget

Total cost: € 722,200.00
Total contribution: € 611,800.00
PoliTo total cost: € 55,200.00
PoliTo contribution: € 55,200.00

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