Department Process Engineering

Process Engineering

The research focus of the Process Engineering Department (ENG) ranges from current and future wastewater and drinking water treatment problems, as well as water pollution control and resource reuse. Our long-term goal is to develop sustainable concepts of the water and nutrient cycle in residential areas.

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News

September 29, 2020

Circular economy also holds great potential when it comes to wastewater. At NEST, Eawag is conducting research on decentralized wastewater treatment with the aim to use wastewater as a source of nutrients, energy and water. Important partners are Keramik Laufen AG with the urine separation toilet "Save!" and the Eawag Spin-off Vuna with the liquid fertilizer made of urine "Aurin".

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September 8, 2020

Process Engineer Adriano Joss from Eawag water research institute has been working for many years on wastewater treatment plants and the removal of micropollutants from water. Together with Ralf Kägi, Head of the Eawag Particle Laboratory, he has compiled the current status of knowledge on microplastics. In an interview, he presents the most important findings. We have recently posted detailed information on the website “Microplastics in the environment”.

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Water Hub: new movie!

Publications

Pronk, W.; Ding, A.; Morgenroth, E.; Derlon, N.; Desmond, P.; Burkhardt, M.; Wu, B.; Fane, A. G. (2019) Gravity-driven membrane filtration for water and wastewater treatment: a review, Water Research, 149, 553-565, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2018.11.062, Institutional Repository
Seviour, T.; Derlon, N.; Simonsen Dueholm, M.; Flemming, H.-C.; Girbal-Neuhauser, E.; Horn, H.; Kjelleberg, S.; van Loosdrecht, M. C. M.; Lotti, T.; Malpei, M. F.; Nerenberg, R.; Neu, T. R.; Paul, E.; Yu, H.; Lin, Y. (2019) Extracellular polymeric substances of biofilms: suffering from an identity crisis, Water Research, 151, 1-7, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2018.11.020, Institutional Repository
Hagemann, N.; Bucheli, T. D.; Schmidt, H.-P.; Kägi, R.; Böhler, M.; McArdell, C. S. (2019) Aktivkohle - Made in Switzerland!, Aqua & Gas, 99(1), 32-38, Institutional Repository
Rittmann, B. E.; Boltz, J. P.; Brockmann, D.; Daigger, G. T.; Morgenroth, E.; Helleshøj Sørensen, K.; Takács, I.; van Loosdrecht, M.; Vanrolleghem, P. A. (2018) A framework for good biofilm reactor modeling practice (GBRMP), Water Science and Technology, 77(5), 1149-1164, doi:10.2166/wst.2018.021, Institutional Repository
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Research Projects

By recovering nutrients from urine, we develop a sanitation system, which produces a valuable fertiliser
We develop reactors for the separate treatment of urine, feces and water directly in the toilet.
Inadequate access to microbiologically safe drinking water continuously threatens the health and well-being of more than a billion people, primarily in developing countries