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Chemical Engineering 3MT and Poster Competition at UCL

Hi everyone! I am happy to get back to you to keep you posted on what is going on during my PhD. First of all a small recap: I’m Gema, PhD student and ESR 15 of the MCSA ITN InnovEOX project. My thesis is aimed to perform the Life Cycle Assessment and Cost analysis of the emerging technologies that are ...

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Showcasing the InnovEOX project in the 7th Young Water Professionals BeNeLux Conference 2022, Delft, The Netherlands

The Young Water Professionals BeNeLux Conference (4-6 April 2022) has gathered enthusiastic professionals working on water-related topics in research, public sector and industry under the motto “At the forefront of the design, development and implementation of current change processes, IWAs activities for Young Water Professionals aim to empower the next generation of water leaders”. During this conference, our Project Coordinator ...

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Amazing time at Nijhuis Saur Industries!

Hi everyone! This is Gema Amaya, PhD student and ESR 15 of the MCSA ITN InnovEOX project. The subject of my thesis is to perform the Life Cycle Assessment and Cost Analysis of the emerging technologies that are being developed within the InnovEOX consortium to efficiently degrade resistant micropollutants from wastewater. One of the things I am enjoying the most ...

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PHOTOELECTROCATALYSIS: A sustainable way forward?

 With rising water quality standards, it is of great importance to develop processes that can efficiently remove recalcitrant pollutants which are resistant to conventional water treatment methods. While developing such processes, the energy efficiency and the economy of the process plays a key role as implementation of these process on large scale can only happen if they are economically feasible. ...

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Six Female Scientists Who Helped to Change the World

Stereotypes and prejudice have been the biggest barriers to women in science since time immemorial. The road to science may be bumpy, but generations of women scientists never gave up, breaking through numerous obstacles to prove themselves, winning the respect of the world, and gradually improving the status of women in the field of scientific research.

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Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

In this day and age, billions of people are still unacceptably lacking access to sufficient and safe water resources, including not only water needed for sanitation and hygiene services, but also drinking water. If we take a look at the numbers for 2020, 2 billion people lacked safely managed drinking water, 2.3 billion people suffered from poor basic hygiene and even up to 3.6 billion people lacked safely managed sanitation [1]. Moreover, 1 in 3 people worldwide lacked from soap and water at home, leaving them especially vulnerable to the spread of diseases such as the COVID-19 virus [2].

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BIOCHAR: A sustainable material for AOPs

 We are always looking for cheaper and sustainable materials irrespective of the industry or sector we work for, to develop new processes which are as cost-effective as possible. I am Rebecca Dhawle, a chemical engineer and ESR 06 based in University of Patras, Greece. And while digging through loads of research material, I found that biochar was being investigated as ...

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Why the development of advanced waste water treatment technologies is indispensable

I am Pham Quynh Khoa, being one of the early stage researchers of the InnovEOX project. The InnovEOX project, funded by the European Union, gathers researchers with a background in chemical engineering and analytical chemistry in academia and industry. The aim of this project is to develop advanced waste water treatment techniques that can protect our water sources from toxic ...

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Renewables for Sustainable Growth & Wastewater Treatment

Energy transition, CO2 emission, sustainable development, circular economy, renewables are some of the main buzz words which we have heard very often during the last decade. Ever wondered why these words are important and how they are related to our daily life chores? Let’s try to dissect this broader topic of role of renewables in the sustainable growth. Importance of ...

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COVID-19 in Wastewater: A new frontier for research

Despite the few days remaining until the long-awaited end of this unprecedented year, we unfortunately know that there is no magic spell that will make the COVID-19 pandemic disappear when the clock strikes midnight. We are now busy waiting for an effective worldwide vaccination campaign that will allow us to go back to our daily routines – what we used ...

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WHY IS MICROPLASTIC POLLUTION A HOT TOPIC?

Since 1950, till 2015, humans have produced approximately 8.3 billion metric tons (MT) of plastic and half of it was produced in recent years. This weight is equivalent to 1 billion elephants. If this sentence does not concern you, let me break it down a bit more. From the whole production waste (~6.3 billion MT), only 9% goes to recycling, ...

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