Water pollution research and innovation: open directory

This ‘Water pollution research and innovation: open directory’ lists all the projects and opportunities we’ve received in response to our spring 2022 Global Challenge campaign addressing water pollution and wastewater treatment. Each of these projects has been submitted by an academic or research commercialisation professional with the aim of initiating meaningful conversations and partnerships leading to collaborative development and deployment of new interventions that address the global water pollution crisis.

 

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Detection of pollutants 

Water Quality Calculator and Irrigation Risk Assessment Mobile App
University of Arizona
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“Dip and Fold” Disposable Sensor Platform for Chemical Detection
University of Waterloo
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Novel Hand-Held, Portable Device to Measure Trace Levels of Uranium in Water
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Portable Low-Cost System for Field Chemical Analysis
University of Arizona
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Automated Conversion of Corrosion Current to Corrosion Rate
University of Arizona
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Metal Hydrogen pH Electrode
University of Arizona
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Electrochemical Sensor for the Detection of PFOS in Water
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
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Low-cost Multichannel Fiber Optic Sensor System for Chemical Analytes in Water Monitoring
Colorado State University
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Hydrocarbon Sensing Device to Identify Contaminated Water
Colorado State University
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Nanocage Sensors
University of Vermont
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Remote and Continuous Detection of Contaminants in Water using Novel Optical Fibre Sensors
University of East Anglia
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Automated Detection of Bacteria in Water via Artificial Intelligence-driven Lab-on-a-Chip with Optical Biosensors
University of Aberdeen
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Atomically Thin WS2-based Electronic Sensors for Rapid and Sensitive PFAS Detection
New Jersey Institute of Technology
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Scalable 2D MoS2-Based Electronic Sensors for Rapid and Efficient Detection of Lead Ions in Water
New Jersey Institute of Technology
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Low-Cost Biopolymer-Metal Sensor for Onsite Detection of Heavy Metal Ions in Water
University of Central Florida
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Detection of natural particulates and pathogens

Autonomous Microfluidic Device for Water Quality Analysis
Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
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Optical Device for In-Line and Real-Time Monitoring of Microalgae
University of Arizona
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Solar-Driven Water Remediation Device and Solar Panel Protectant
Tufts University 
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Gold Nanoparticle Biosensors
Michigan State University 
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Magnetic Nanoparticles, Magnetically Activated Cell Enrichment, and Biosensing
Michigan State University 
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Recombinant Protein for Rare Earth Element Binding
Michigan State University 
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Mobile Continuous Low-flow Water Sample Collection System
University of Colorado Boulder
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Wastewater Monitoring
Queen’s University Belfast
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MolEndoTech: Pathogen Testing
Plymouth University 
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Water treatment (removal of pollutants)

Method for Removing Textile Dyes from Contaminated Water
North Carolina State University 
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Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis
Idaho National Laboratory
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Contaminants Removal with Simultaneous Desalination Using CO2 Regenerated Hybrid Ion Exchanger Nanomaterials
Leheigh University
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A Bioprocess Aiming at Specific Micropollutants Reduction
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
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A Method for Pharmaceutical-origin Micropollutants Removal from Wastewater
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
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A Degradation and Inactivation of Antibiotics in Water by Immobilized Enzymes onto Functionalized Supports
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
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A Method for Pharmaceutical-origin Micropollutants Removal from Wastewater
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
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Degradation and Inactivation of Antibiotics in Water by Immobilized Enzymes onto Functionalized Supports
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
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EK Reactor – Electrodialytic Technology as a Pre-treatment for Wastewater Reuse Applications
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
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CaviPlasma
Masaryk University
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Rapid, Reusable Technology for High Capacity Water Treatment
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Hydrogen Peroxide Removal in Water Treatment Applications
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Wastewater Treatment: Laser Synthesis of Graphene-based Magnetic Materials
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Automatic Microfluidic System for Biological Support Preparation for Water Purification
National Sun Yat-sen University
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Decontamination of Tritiated Water
Savannah River National University
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Microbial Consortium for Degradation of Dyes in Wastewater
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
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ImpAs: A New Filter to Remove Arsenic in Drinking Water
Imperial College London
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Carbon Nanotube and Ferrihydrite Water Filter for Removal of Metal and Organic Contaminants
Georgia State University
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Removal of Uranium using Rhamnolipid Biosurfactants and Ion Flotation
University of Arizona
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Portable Optical Sensor to Measure Fluoride Levels in Water
University of Victoria
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Wastewater Treatment via Thin-film Plasma Reactors
Florida State University
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Use of Novel Porous Microsphere Technology for Sustainable, High Volume Removal of Unwanted Contaminants from Water Sources
University of Nottingham
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Effective Treatment of Shale Oil and Gas Produced Water via an Integrated Treatment Train
Colorado State University
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Magnetically Responsive Membranes for Fluid Filtration (and the Synthesis thereof)
Colorado State University
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Electrochemical Removal of Heavy Metals from Agricultural Waste
Colorado State University
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Bioremediation of Halogenated Organics (PFAS), Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Radionuclides, and Ammonium
Princeton University
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A Method for Energy-Efficient and Simultaneous Nitrogen Removal from Wastewater and Desalination of Saline Water
Mississippi State University
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Flame Spray Pyrolysis of Photocatalyst on Powdered Biochar for the Degradation of Organic Contaminants
Mississippi State University
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A Method for Energy-Positive Combined Desalination and Advanced Wastewater Treatment
Mississippi State University
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A Novel Electric Field-Assisted Forward Osmotic (EFO) Device for Saline Production from Marginal Waters
University of Vermont
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Specific Product Oriented Precipitation (SPOP)
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
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Smart Water Filters for Pesticide Removal (SPOP)
University of Lincoln
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Oily Wastewater Treatment Technology using High-Performance Oil-Degrading Microorganisms
Nagoya University 
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Efficient Water Decontamination System
Oxford University Innovation
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Purifying Composite Material for Use in Photocatalytic Destruction of Pollutants in Water Supplies
University of Central Lancashire
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Novel Generation Method to Produce Nanobubbles in Liquid with Tunable Bubble Properties
New Jersey Institute of Technology
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Electrified Membrane System for Coupled Ammonia Production Separation from Nitrate Containing Wastewater
New Jersey Institute of Technology
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Electrified Membrane System for Coupled Ammonia Production Separation from Nitrate Containing Wastewater
New Jersey Institute of Technology
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Innovative Low Cost Sorbents for PFAS Remediation
SUNY Research Foundation
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Removing Per- and Polyfluorinated (PFAS) from the Environment
SUNY Research Foundation
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Ferroelectric-based Photocatalytic Processes as a Novel Approach for Degradation of PFAS in Water
University of Bath
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Coal Char: Production and Properties
Mississippi State University
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Novel Organic Material for PFAS Removal
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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Pre-Treatment for Color Removal from Water Polluted with Tannic Acid and Humic Acid
University of Central Florida
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Green Sorption Media to Remove Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Contaminants from Fluids
University of Central Florida
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Water treatment (removal of natural particulates and pathogens)

Antimicrobial Efficacy of Treatments Based on Plant Compounds
University of Arizona
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Phyto-Mediated Wastewater Treatment Bioreactor (PWBR)
University of Arizona
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Minimal Energy Brine Concentration Aided by Ion Exchange Osmosis and Evaporation (IXO-E)
Lehigh University 
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Novel Solar Thermal Membrane Distillation System for Drinking Water Production
Florida Atlantic University 
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Nano-Biocatalytic Membranes for Water Treatment
University of Vermont
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Recovery of Silver Nanoparticles from Aqueous Wastestreams
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
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Chemically Robust Water Purification Membranes
KU Research & Development 
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Minimum Liquid Discharge from Hypersaline Brine by Electromagnetic Induction Membrane Distillation
New Jersey Institute of Technology 
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Biofilm-based Treatment of Industrial Wastewater
Canterbury Christ Church University 
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Microwave Catalytic Membrane Filtration for Pollutant Degradation and Microbial Inactivation
New Jersey Institute of Technology 
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GEMX: Green Biodegradable Micelles against Microbial Pathogens
TransferTech Sherbrooke 
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Ultra-smooth Polydopamine Coating with Application in Water Purification Membrane
Monash University 
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Active NanoFiltration (NF) and UltraFiltration (UF) Membrane for Better Productivity
TransferTech Sherbrooke 
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Low-Voltage Nanowire-Assisted Electroporation for Water Disinfection
Georgia Institute of Technology 
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Water Waste Removal using Magnetic Nanoparticles
Georgia Institute of Technology 
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Low-energy, Scalable Water Disinfection Technology Development and Commercialization
University of Guelph 
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Removal of Contaminants using Ceramic Filtration Materials
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
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Wastewater management

Treatment of Ammonia Wastewater using Flowing Electrode Capacitive Deionization
Idaho National Laboratory
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Low Cost Process for Concentrated Brine Treatment
Idaho National Laboratory
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A Mathematical Model for Aerobic Granular Sludge Wastewater Treatment Technology
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
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Catalytic Materials for Wastewater Treatment
Imperial College London
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Integrated Urban Water Modeling Platform
Colorado State University
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Capacitive Deionization of Brine Using Carbon Nanotubes
Clemson University
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Oscillating-field Assisted Membrane Filtration for Wastewater Phosphorus Recovery
University of Vermont
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Microbial Electrolytic Carbon Capture for Carbon Negative and Energy Positive Wastewater Treatment
University of Colorado Boulder
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Sequestration of Macronutrients from Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment with Steel Processing Residuals
University of Colorado Boulder
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Novel Treatment for the Degradation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) via Micro Scale Hydrodynamic Cavitation
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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Natural Leaf-Guar-Derived Solar-Driven Water Desalinator
Northeastern University
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If you have any questions or want to speak with our team about our water pollution research and innovation directory, or any of the work we’re doing in response to the global water pollution crisis, feel free to send us a message at: alex@in-part.co.uk.


Written by Frances Wilkinson. Edited by Anabel Bennett.

Copyrights reserved unless otherwise agreed – IN-PART Publishing Ltd., 2022: ‘Water pollution research and innovation: open directory’


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