ITG leads one of the four projects promoted by the Regional Government Xunta de Galicia with the International Nanotechnology Laboratory in Braga (INL) to obtain innovative solutions in strategic sectors. WaterNanoEnv will face both fresh water uptake (reservoirs) and the wastewater treatment stage. Early detection of contaminants in water reservoirs will take place through the development of nanosensors capable of reacting in the presence of cyanobacterial toxins, a toxic and dangerous consequence of phenomena such as eutrophication substance. The scope of the project also provides for the detection of bacteria other health risks such as e-coli and enterococci.

In the treatment phase, the project will include the experience of the Group of Environmental Engineering and Bioprocesses from University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) in collaboration with INL for the development of methods for the characterization of the ENP in order to study the fate and behavior of these compounds inside the WWTP, including their interaction with the sludge and other compounds present in the matrix (aggregation, speciation, etc.).

General Objectives

R&D, Innovation and Knowledge Valuation in the field of nanotechnologies applied to the Environment & Water Cycle:

  • To contribute to the resolution of technology challenges related to the early detection of pollutants, specially emergent pollutants, taking advantage of the nanotechs potential
  • To identify R&D future strategic areas in the water sector with high environmental impact: Creation of a group of experts
  • To strengthen and consolidate solid collaboration ties between ITG, the INL and the USC, profiting from the synergies in the consortium
  • To understand the fate of ENP during wastewater treatment, aiming at enhancing those transformations that reduce, in a higher extent, the environmental impacts associated to ENPs

Scientific Activities

  1. Nanosensors design for remote and real time detection of cianotoxins in supply waters (reservoirs) Eutrophication/Toxins Issue at water catchment areas (ITG – INL collaboration Activity)
  2. Study the behaviour of ENP during the main wastewater treatment processes, with a special emphasis on analyzing the effect of ENPs on the main microbial activities during these processes
  3. Methodologies design for NANOWASTE characterisation, containing engineered particules (EN), in waste water treatment plants (WWTP) NanoWaste Pollution Issue at WWTP’s (USC – INL collaboration Activity).

Valorisation of Knowledge, Capabilities and Results Activity

  1. “Internationa Interdisciplinary Network: Nanotechs for the Environment and Water Cycle” Activity
  2. “Defining Future R&D Projects. Viability Analysis and Proposals within the Framework of the Project” Activity
  3. “Transfer and Valorisation of RD&I Results”