Project Title:

NanoMicroImpact -Impact of engineered nanoparticles and microplastics on textile wastewater treatment with aerobic granular sludge technology


01/05/2016 – 30/04/2019

Principal Investigator

Gilda Carvalho Oehmen


Textile wastewater (WW) is rated as the most polluting of all industrial sectors, both in terms of discharged volumes and composition. High organic loads and the presence of color have long been considered its top environmental issues. However, the use of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in textile industries has been rapidly increasing, mainly to enhance textile wettability and dye absorption or to confer stain, water and microbial resistance.  (…)The results from this project will support the application of AGS technology for textile WW treatment, providing crucial data on the potential mechanisms of ENP and MP removal in AGS, relevant for both municipal and industrial WW, and contributing to the definition of additional treatment requirements. The project will also give insights needed to establish the principles of nano and synthetic textile safety by design, which represent a significant impact on the environmental performance and sustainability of the textile sector.