ProjectMagBeW - Functionalized Magnetic Beads for Water Treatment

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MagBeW - Functionalized Magnetic Beads for Water Treatment

The global water situation is alarming and requires novel innovative technologies in order to ensure a proper treatment of raw, process and wastewaters. A growing number of contaminants are entering water supplies from human activity: from traditional compounds such as heavy metals to emerging micropollutants such as pharmaceutical residues and endocrine disruptors. These pollutants may lead to detrimental effects to human health and eco-systems, and the current technologies for treating these in process and wastewaters are inefficient.

This project aims at developing a new concept for water treatment using tailor-made magnetic beads to enable a better and selective removal of pollutants and reduced discharge to the environment. Functionalized magnetic beads provide opportunities to target and remove pollutants that treatment technologies currently available fail to achieve and can be used complementary to existing water treatment technologies.

Developing a technology that enables a more efficient removal of contaminants in process and wastewaters will result in improved environmental stewardship, contribute to reach Sweden’s environmental objectives of a non-toxic environment and reduced climate impact, and will offer Sweden a clear leadership in a field that is of global concern. 

The target concept will be demonstrated by developing tailor-made magnetic beads and implementing in a lab-scale the selective removal of heavy metal ions from industrial wastewaters. This project will bring together expertise in the field of magnetic bead technology, surface chemistry, and water treatments into a unique constellation of research organizations, technology suppliers, and problem owners from both industry and public

Project consortium:

  • Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik
  • Acreo Swedish ICT
  • SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden AB
  • IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
  • Chalmers University of Technology