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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2. February 2024

Microplastics in industrial wastewater

Steigende gesetzliche Regulationen für Polymere, Kunststoffe und Mikroplastik, hohe Kosten für Wasser, Abfälle, Energie, Chemikalien und die Instandhaltung von Anlagen sowie komplexe Verschmutzungsszenarien - Unternehmen, die in ihren Prozessen viel Wasser, Polymere und weitere Chemikalien einsetzen, stehen vor der Herausforderung ihr Umwelt-, Abfall- und Ressourcenmanagements neu auszurichten. Mit dem Verfahren Wasser 3.0 PE-X® steht erstmals eine adaptive Komplettlösung für ein nachhaltiges und kosteneffizientes Sustainability Upgrade für die industrielle Wasserbehandlung zur Verfügung. Der Schwerpunkt des Verfahrens, das auf Green Chemistry, low-tech Anlagen und kreislaufwirtschaftliche Prozesse setzt, liegt in der Entfernung von Mikroplastik. Bei geringen Anschaffungs- und Betriebskosten verbessern sich dabei nicht nur die Wasserqualität, sondern auch Ressourcennutzung, Abfallaufkommen und Energieverbrauch.
19. January 2024

Forever Chemicals – PFAS (Part 2)

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – synthetic “forever chemicals” – have become a substantial and pervasive global challenge. They have managed to infiltrate diverse ecosystems, contaminate water sources, and accumulate in human bodies. They are incredibly persistent and have significant adverse effects on both human health and the environment. Acting now to unravel the complexity of the PFAS problem and implement effective solutions is critical to prevent further accumulation in the environment and secure a healthier future for generations to come. Part two of our PFAS blog series will address the health risks associated with PFAS and the EU’s recently proposed restriction.
8. January 2024

Microplastics in wastewater treatment plants

Microplastics and highly viscous oligomers (including soluble polymers) cannot yet be removed within the purification stages of a wastewater treatment plant. For this reason alone, sewage treatment plants are considered to be emitters of microplastics into the environment. Read more in our blog.