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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June 28, 2018

Aurin is now authorized by the Federal Office for Agriculture to be used as a fertiliser for every type of plant. Valuable nutrients from human urine are processed into high-quality liquid fertiliser — the upshot of Eawag’s “VUNA” research project. The Eawag spinoff of the same name as the project is now forging ahead with its urine recycling model. Read more

June 19, 2018

Nanomaterials consist of tiny particles of different composition. They are used, for example, in textiles and can enter aquatic systems directly from the factory, while being worn or disposed of. For years, research groups at Eawag have been investigating the effects of artificially manufactured nanoparticles on human beings and the environment. Their preliminary conclusion: nanoparticles have a reputation worse than they deserve. Read more

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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
Corominas, L.; Garrido-Baserba, M.; Villez, K.; Olsson, G.; Cortés, U.; Poch, M. (2018) Transforming data into knowledge for improved wastewater treatment operation: a critical review of techniques, Environmental Modelling and Software, 106, 89-103, doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.11.023, Institutional Repository
Derlon, N.; Layer, M.; Morgenroth, E.; Adler, A.; Gelb, A.; Holliger, C. (2018) Boues granulaires aérobies. État de l'art de la recherche actuelle et future, Aqua & Gas, 98(1), 14-19, Institutional Repository
Desmond, P.; Best, J. P.; Morgenroth, E.; Derlon, N. (2018) Linking composition of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) to the physical structure and hydraulic resistance of membrane biofilms, Water Research, 132, 211-221, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2017.12.058, Institutional Repository
Hagemann, N.; Spokas, K.; Schmidt, H.-P.; Kägi, R.; Böhler, M. A.; Bucheli, T. D. (2018) Activated carbon, biochar and charcoal: linkages and synergies across pyrogenic carbon's ABCs, Water, 10(2), 182, doi:10.3390/w10020182, 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