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Innovative water projects funded by Water4All Partnership

May 15, 2024

Two projects involving LSRE-LCM researchers have been selected for funding by the 2022 Transnational Joint Call under the Water4All Partnership. This achievement aligns with LSRE-LCM's commitment to sustainable water research. The Water4All Partnership -Water Security for the Planet- is a funding programme for scientific research aimed at addressing water challenges, combating climate change, helping achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, and boosting the EU's competitiveness and growth. It is co-funded by the European Union under the Horizon Europe program. The general kick-off meeting of the projects approved in the first joint call of the Water4All partnership took place on the 23rd and 24th of April in Madrid.

Project 1: SWMOF - A Smart Process for Water Harvesting and Distribution

Led by Alexandre Ferreira, professor at FEUP and member of ALiCE and LSRE-LCM, the SWMOF project is set to revolutionize water production and distribution in the Mediterranean region, a vulnerable area facing increased temperatures and decreased rainfall. This 36-month project aims to optimize water distribution in small farms using cutting-edge control systems, real-time optimization, and artificial intelligence. Additionally, the project focuses on developing water harvesting technology based on eco-friendly MOFs (Metal-Organic Frameworks) to extract water from air moisture, providing a sustainable water source for these regions.

Project 2: NeWater - Natural-Based and Low Energy Consumption Solutions for Water Management

The NeWater project, coordinated by Sapienza Università di Roma, aims to integrate hybrid grey and green solutions for efficient water treatment adaptable to specific regions. Principal researcher Vítor Vilar, a member of ALiCE and LSRE-LCMis a core team member of this three-year project (2024-2026). NeWater focuses on developing water systems that maximize the recovery of value-added resources, promoting carbon-neutral services for water, nutrient, and energy reuse. The project also integrates innovative water management strategies, business models, and regulatory recommendations to catalyze a transformative shift towards a resource-efficient society.

LSRE-LCM looks forward to the impactful outcomes and contributions these projects will make toward a more sustainable and water-secure planet.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

PUBLICATIONS

Almeida C.F., Manrique Y.A., Lopes J.C.B., Martins F.G., Dias M.M.. Recovery of ergosterol from Agaricus bisporus mushrooms via supercritical fluid extraction: A response surface methodology optimisation. Heliyon, 10, e21943, 2024
Lopes J.C., Albero J., Sampaio M.J., Silva C.G., García H., Faria J.L.. Selective oxidative coupling of amines through light-activated bismuth halide perovskites. ChemCatChem, 16, e202301432, 2024
Corrêa I., Faria R.P.V., Rodrigues A.E.. Enhanced simulated moving bed reactor performance for the synthesis of solketal by implementing the ModiCon strategy. Adsorption, 30, 79 - 93, 2024
Paulista L.O., Ferreira A.F.P., Castanheira B., Ðolić M.B., Martins R.J.E., Boaventura R.A.R., Vilar V.J.P., Silva T.F.C.V.. Solar-driven thermo-photocatalytic CO2 methanation over a structured RuO2:TiO2/SBA-15 nanocomposite at low temperature. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 340, 123232, 2024
Fdez-Sanromán A., Torres-Pinto A., Rosales E., Silva C.G., Faria J.L., Pazos M., Silva A.M.T.. Optimisation of a photoelectrochemical system for the removal of pharmaceuticals in water using graphitic carbon nitride. Catalysis Today, 432, 114578, 2024

APPROVED PROJECTS

SWMOF - Water capture from atmospheric humidity using ecological MOFs and integration with intelligent water distribution systems. Reference: Water4All/0003/2022. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Water4All - Water4All Partnership (co-funded by Horizon Europe). Starting Date: 2024/04/01. Duration: 36 months.
ReWateR - Recovery of Wastewater Resources in Agriculture. Reference: 82343. Funded by: , . Starting Date: 2024/04/01. Duration: 36 months.
ERA-ARE - A new ERA for Environmental Risk Assessment: Chirality as a tool towards environmentally safe pharmaceuticals. Reference: ERC - 101039270. Funded by: European Comission, Horizon Europe | ERC | STARTING GRANTS. Starting Date: 2023/12/31. Duration: 60 months.
NEWater - Unconventional, natural and low-energy solutions for managing water sources. Reference: Water4All/0002/2022. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Water4All - Water4All Partnership (co-funded by Horizon Europe). Starting Date: 2023/12/01. Duration: 36 months.
RESURGENCE - Industrial Water Circularity: Reuse, resource recovery and energy efficiency for greener digitised EU process. Reference: 101138097. Funded by: European Comission, Horizonte Europa | Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space. Starting Date: 2023/12/01. Duration: 48 months.

THESIS DEFENSES

Vinicius Viena Santana
Cyber-physical oriented chemical process for green and sustainable production
André Tiago Torres Pinto
Optimised 2D Carbon Materials Activated by Artificial Light and Electrical Current for Catalytic Water and Wastewater Treatment
Larissa Oliveira Paulista
Solar-Driven Thermo-Photocatalytic CO2 Valorisation into Value-Added Fuels
Isabel Sousa Fernandes
Multiphase Flow in NETmix: mixing studies and applications
Rute Agostinha Gomes Seabra
Separation of light hydrocarbons by Simulated Moving Bed
Rafael Gomes Morais
Noble-metal free carbon-based materials for energy conversion