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Joint PhD Laboratory for New Materials and Inventive Water Treatment Technologies. Harnessing resources effectively through innovation.

Future challenges, including climate change and the resulting unpredictability of precipitation patterns and temporal or permanent water scarcity, generate a high diversity of demands on water treatment technologies obliging them to be able to cater towards a variety of source and target water qualities across multiple scales, depending on application. It is evident that this will generate a market pull towards the development of new water treatment technologies, employing new materials or improving the integration of existing technologies. However, the integration of research and innovation within the water sector needs to be supported by education of a new generation of interdisciplinary trained wastewater professionals able to face future challenges and implement wastewater-related directives in practice. The primary objective of NOWELTIES is to organize a platform (European Joint Doctorate) that will provide cutting edge training opportunities for the education of tomorrow`s water treatment experts. The core activity is the research programme (composed of 14 individual research projects) aimed at development of inventive water treatment technologies (advanced biological treatments, inovative oxidation processes, hybrid systems) that allow catering for the varied treatment demands for a plethora of interconnected streams arising from recycling loops. These technologies will be able to control contamination by organic micropollutants.

FHNW hosts PhDs for training on the immobilization and protection of enzymes and on the elucidation of enzymatic reactions occurring during biodegradation processes.

Key Figures

    Duration:2019 – 2023
    Funding agenc
    This project is funded by the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon Europe) 
    GA no. 812880

      Biodegradative Enzymes

      Prof. Dr. Philippe Corvini
      Prof. Dr. Philippe Corvini

      Group Leader and Lecturer, Environmental Biotechnology

      Telephone +41 61 228 54 85 (direct)

      Immobilization and Protection of Enzymes

      Prof. Dr. Patrick Shahgaldian
      Prof. Dr. Patrick Shahgaldian

      team leader in molecular nanotechnology

      Telephone +41 61 228 54 87 (direct)

      Institute for Ecopreneurship

      FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences, Institute for Ecopreneurship Hofackerstrasse 30 CH - 4132 Muttenz
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