Development and verification at lab and pilot-scale of novel, hybrid water and wastewater treatment technologies based on membrane filtration, biological treatment and advanced oxidation. The focus is on process design and optimization from TRL 3 (proof of concept validation) to TRL 6 (demonstration in relevant environment), using commercially available porous organic and inorganic membranes (ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, forward osmosis), semiconductors (TiO2, ZnO as photocatalysts), and carbon materials (fibers, felts, powdered and granular activated carbon). Synthesis and characterization of functionalized carbon adsorbents (e.g., iron- and titania-impregnated carbon electrodes for novel photo-electro-catalytic applications) and membranes with modified surface properties (hydrophobicity, zeta-potential) in collaboration with other CPERI/CPERTH laboratories.
- Modern laboratory equipment for fluids analysis/characterization (water, industrial/municipal/ other wastewater, geothermal fluids, etc.)
- Special laboratory pilot and semi-industrial pilot units for desalination (Reverse Osmosis-RO, Membrane Distillation-MD), industrial separations (Ultrafiltration-UF, Nanofiltration-NF), and treatment of wastewater (aerobic and anaerobic membrane bioreactors-MBRs, advanced systems of photocatalysis, electrochemical oxidation, hybrids physical separation processes).
- High computing power capabilities for numerical simulations (CFD, other; network of 4 servers with double processors each; parallel computing), development of advanced software for process simulations and for related transfer phenomena simulations (momentum, mass, heat).
- NRRE/CPERI//CERTH has developed an advanced software for detailed simulation of the operation of spiral wound NF/RO membranes (Spiral-Wound-Membrane, SWM module).