Through the continual progress in all areas of our lives, undesirable trace substances also constantly enter the water system. The research projects of Wasser 3.0 are rising to the challenge of sustainably and efficiently removing undesirable trace substances from all waters.
The research is based on the close collaboration between Dr. Katrin Schuhen and her team, the special chemistry experts of abcr, as well as process engineers and plant constructors, including Zahnen Technik GmbH.
To date the projects of the network have been funded within the Central Innovation Program for small and medium-sized businesses (ZIM) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Here is a list of publications of Wasser 3.0.
Removal of Pharmaceuticals
The role that pharmaceuticals play in the pollution of the resource water is not insignificant.
Removal of Trace Metals
Metal production and processing as well as fertilizer production lead to contamination with trace metals.
Removal of Microplastics
Inert organic-chemical stressors (IOCS) are compounds, which, due to longer degradation rates, remain in the ecosystem for a very long time and cause harm. These include microplastics.
Removal of Perfluorinated and Polyfluorinated Chemicals
Due to their anthropogenic origin, there are no natural degradation reactions for the compounds classified as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT).
Detection of Organic Trace Substances
Dissolved organic-chemical compounds are, as a rule, analyzed by means of gas and/or liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS, LC-MS).
Technology Transfer from the Lab into Practice
There are still neither efficient removal methods, nor an analytical procedure for the detection of microplastics available on the market. Wasser 3.0 is working on changing this.