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EU code
6.9 - Others - Engineering, Technology
3 - PhD
University of Leuven, Belgium
Chemical Engineering
PhD exchange: Wastewater Mining by Membrane Technology
Language requirements
Good knowledge of English.
Academic requirements
Applicants must hold an academic Master's degree in a relevant field.
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This proposal aims at a radical change in the wastewater paradigm towards wastewater ‘mining’, i.e., combining water recycling with fractionation and purification of organic and inorganic waste compounds present in wastewater. The strategy that will be followed here is to produce pure fractions of each constituent present in the wastewater. Fractionation will occur by a sequence of integrated separation processes with emphasis on membrane processes. The overall aim is to develop an integrated non-biochemical system for total fractionation and valorization of wastewater, producing no secondary waste. This will be achieved by a combination of tailoring relatively mature processes to extend their applicability, and the study of newer processes in novel conditions. The aim is to produce phosphates, salt crystals, and organic base chemicals, in addition to pure water. The change in paradigm reflects a long-term vision on wastewater as a resource of materials and will lead to a platform to implement this novel way
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12 months between Sep 15 2014 and Sep 15 2015
Contact person
Prof. Bart Van der Bruggen (
Additional information
The applicant should be a PhD student in his/her home country. For visiting PhD-students, a sandwich PhD could be considered, in agreement with the local promoter.