Responsible research for water without microplastics and micropollutants


Rethinking water, microplastics and micropollutants in a sustainable way



In line with the sustainability goals of the United Nations, we research and develop responsible concepts and solutions to detect, remove and reuse microplastics and micropollutants in water.

We consider the effects of our activities on society and the environment from the start of research to the actual use of solutions. The principles of Cradle2Cradle, circular economy and the UN sustainability goals guide our actions.

Wasser 3.0: Waters without microplastics and micropollutants

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Hybrid silica gels

have been the research field of

Dr. Katrin Schuhen

since her thesis. One question has occupied her for many years: Can hybrid silica gels be used to remove microplastics and micropollutants from water?

Using

functional designs, chelation, and agglomeration fixation

, it has so far been possible to develop precisely tailored hybrid silica gels and mixtures that are able to remove pollutant classes such as reactive organic chemical substances (e.g., drugs and their residues), PFAS compounds, heavy metals and microplastics.

The optimal interaction of application-oriented and responsible research within the Wasser 3.0 strategy detect | remove | reuse delivers a great positive impact on the environment and society: water is saved, waste reduced and water quality increased.