Application-based research

Responsible and application-based research for water without microplastics and micropollutants.

Every water, every pollution, and every process is unique.

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we research and develop responsible concepts and solutions to detect, remove, and reuse microplastics and other classes of pollutants in water.

From research initiation to real-world deployment of solutions, we consider the full impact of our activities on society and the environment. The principles of Cradle2Cradle, circular economy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals guide our actions.

We are application oriented on a scientifically sound basis. Through cross-evaluations, we manage to evaluate processes even when standardized detection methods are lacking - as in the case of microplastics. Our consistent reuse strategy makes both waste products and water recyclable.

Cross-evaluations enable us to assess processes even if there are no standardised detection methods - as is the case with microplastics. The consistent reuse strategy makes waste products reusable and water recyclable.

  • We conduct research based on real issues.
  • Responsibly.
  • According to the principles of open innovation.

The basis of our research: 3 concepts for 0 pollutants

Hybrid silica gels have been Dr. Katrin Schuhen's field of research ever since she received her doctorate. One question has occupied her for many years: Can hybrid silica gels be used for the removal of microplastics and further pollutant classes from water?

Using functional designs, chelation, and clump & skim technology, it was possible to research custom-fit hybrid silica gels and blends capable of removing pollutant classes such as reactive organic chemical substances (e.g., drugs and their residues), PFAS compounds, organic phosphorus compounds, heavy metals and microplastics.

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

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17. June 2024

Our understanding of water

Get up in the morning, drink a glass of tap water, make coffee or tea, take a quick shower, brush your teeth, do your laundry, cook and so on. We need water - for everything. Water is a fundamental and natural part of our lives. Without clean water, we cannot live, we cannot survive. But the image of crystal clear water is becoming clouded. More and more pollutants, more bad news. How should we deal with water as the basis of life in the future?
16. April 2024

EU Urban Wastewater Directive adopted in April

The EU Urban Wastewater Directive (UWWTD for short) was adopted by the European Parliament at the beginning of April 2024. Among other things, it aims to remove microplastics and micropollutants from our wastewater and increase the efficiency of wastewater treatment plants in a cost-effective manner. The keywords here are also: Resource conservation, water quality, circular economy, energy efficiency and sustainability. But what is the roadmap for this? We have taken the Wasser 3.0 perspective.
8. April 2024

Our blog about water without microplastics

We want to stop the uncontrolled pollution of our water with microplastics and micropollutants. In our blog posts, we describe step by step why it is high time to do so and how we want to achieve this. We focus on current information and always keep an eye on the latest opinions and curiosities.