Development of novel, environmentally neutral, biodegradable, flocculants and biofilters based on biomass and derivatives for water treatment

Id:
4

Funder:
Environmental Protection Agency

Title:
Development of novel, environmentally neutral, biodegradable, flocculants and biofilters based on biomass and derivatives for water treatment

Coordinator:
Marison Ian

Organisation:
Dublin City University (DCU)

Country:
IRELAND

SRIA Themes:
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Start Date:
14/09/2009

End Date:
14/09/2012

Summary:
Many oilseed plants are used for the production of food oils, cosmetics and biodiesel. After pressing to remove the oils, the residual press-cake is generally disposed of as a low added value feed or incinerated. Here we will use press-cakes from a wide variety of oilseed plants (1) for the isolation of proteins and small molecular weight compounds which can be used as bioflocculants in place of the ferric/aluminium salts and acrylamides currently employed in water treatment and (2) directly as biofilters for the removal of a wide range of pesticides, herbicides, medicinal drugs and hydrophobic organic pollutants.

Keywords:
Food Oils; Plants; Press-cakes; Water treatment