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Photo-catalytic materials for the destruction of recalcitrant organic industrial waste

Coordinators: Philip R. Davies & Karen Wilson

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CCI staff Phil Davies & Karen Wilson have put together a cross disciplinary team of scientists and engineers from teams based in Britain, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand to successfully bid for approximately €3.9 million of EU funding to develop a cost effective and sustainable, solar powered method for mineralising the recalcitrant organic pollutants that biological methods cannot remove from the waste water produced in agricultural industries.

Scarcity and misuse of fresh water pose a growing threat to sustainable global development and it is abundantly clear that the protection of ecosystems and the environment in the 21st century requires more effective management of water and land resources.

Organic pollutants from the agricultural (e.g. olive oil, palm oil and sugar cane) and seafood industries are of particular concern as these enterprises are frequently in remote locations making most current individual on-site treatment options unaffordable.