Strategies for the abatement of priority and emerging contaminants in wastewater. Current progress and future challenges

Published On: November 14, 2018

REMTAVARES Workshop. December 10-11, 2018

Desde 1990, la contaminación química de los recursos hídricos por contaminantes emergentes ha supuesto una creciente preocupación. Los contaminantes considerados como contaminantes emergentes, que no se detectan en la práctica diaria, incluyen compuestos farmacéuticos, productos de diagnóstico, esteroides y hormonas, antisépticos, productos para el cuidado personal, surfactantes, etc. Desde hace cuatro años, los grupos de la red REMTAVARES (Red Madrileña de Tratamientos Avanzados de Aguas Residuales) están caracterizando y tratando mediante tecnologías avanzadas e innovadoras de tratamiento diferentes aguas residuales, como las procedentes de la industria farmacéutica y efluentes hospitalarios, así como aguas superficiales. Los principales objetivos se centran en la eliminación de los diferentes contaminantes emergentes en las matrices reales, y el estudio de las propiedades eco-tóxicas de los efluentes tratados en varios organismos. Por lo tanto, la red REMTAVARES ha explorado los desafíos que hay que abordar para lograr una reducción eficiente y ecológica de estos compuestos, que son complicados de eliminar utilizando las tecnologías de tratamiento convencionales.

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Since1990 the chemical contamination of water resources by emerging contaminants is a matter of growing concern. Pollutants considered as emerging contaminants –not detected in the daily practice- include pharmaceutical compounds, diagnosis products, steroids and hormones, antiseptics, personal care products, surfactants, etc. In the last 4 years, REMTAVARES Network groups are characterizing and treating by innovative and advanced treatment technologies different wastewaters, such as pharmaceutical industry and hospital effluents, as well as surface waters. The main objectives are focused on the removal of the different emerging pollutants in the real matrices, and the study of the eco-toxic properties of the treated effluents on several organisms. So, REMTAVARES Network has explored the required challenges in order to achieve an efficient and eco-friendly depletion of these compounds, which are refractory for the conventional treatment technologies.

REMTAVARES organizes this workshop where de objectives of the Network will be presented, indicating the evolution and the questions that have been answered and the main results achieved until now.

The workshop will take place on 10 and 11 December 2018 at the Salón de Actos, Faculty of Chemistry, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain. More information is available on the REMTAVARES website http://www.remtavares.com

REMTAVARES is a Madrid Research Network created in 2006 within the R&D activities program in technologies between research groups of the Community of Madrid. Currently, REMTAVARES is integrated by five reserach groups, four public universities from Madrid (UAM, UAH, UCM and URJC) and a public research institute (IMDEA Water). The main purpose of the consortium is developing non-conventional intensive processes, such as advanced oxidation processes or innovative technologies for the treatment of urban and industrial wastewater.

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