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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May 24, 2018

Payment via mobile, replacement parts made on a 3D-printer, error messages via NFC-tag – Eawag doctoral student Caroline Saul has found some remarkable innovations in companies that market container toilets in developing countries. She sees great potential in making such technologies more widely available. Read more

May 16, 2018

Ultrafiltration is one of the techniques currently used for disinfecting water – viruses and bacteria are reliably retained by a membrane with extremely small pores. For more than ten years, Eawag has successfully been carrying out research to determine how this method can function using the effect of gravity on water instead of high pressure, cleaning and chemicals. These new discoveries are being applied in increasing numbers of ways. In addition to decentralised drinking water purification, Eawag is now researching uses in areas such as greywater recycling and pre-treatment of seawater for desalination. Read more

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Publications

Böhler, M.; Fleiner, J.; McArdell, C. S.; Teichler, R.; Siegrist, H.; Kienle, C.; Langer, M.; Wunderlin, P. (2017) Projekt ReTREAT. Untersuchungen zu Verfahren für die biologische Nachbehandlung nach Ozonung, Aqua & Gas, 97(5), 54-63, Institutional Repository
Merle, T.; Pronk, W.; von Gunten, U. (2017) MEMBRO3X, a novel combination of a membrane contactor with advanced oxidation (O3/H2O2) for simultaneous micropollutant abatement and bromate minimization, Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 4(5), 180-185, doi:10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00061, Institutional Repository
Wells, G. F.; Shi, Y.; Laureni, M.; Rosenthal, A.; Szivák, I.; Weissbrodt, D. G.; Joss, A.; Buergmann, H.; Johnson, D. R.; Morgenroth, E. (2017) Comparing the resistance, resilience, and stability of replicate moving bed biofilm and suspended growth combined nitritation–anammox reactors, Environmental Science and Technology, 51(9), 5108-5117, doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b05878, 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