Membrane Research Group-MEMTECH

About us

MEMTECH was formed in November 2019 and is made up of researchers incorporated by the project “Use of nanotechnology in the development of membranes for desalination, purification, and the food industry”, funded by FONDECYT-World Bank. Its associated entities are the National University of the Altiplano (Peru), the Faculty of Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) and the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University (Australia). MEMTECH uses membrane technology for the treatment of mining surface water, water purification in the food industry, desalination, biotechnology, membrane bioreactors, among others.

Goals

Development and characterization of membranes
Apply membrane technology in: Treatment of surface water and water from the mining industry; purification of toxic compounds from water; food industry; desalination using membrane distillation; biotechnology and anaerobic membrane bioreactors

Lines of investigation

Use of membrane nanotechnology coupled to conventional water treatment systems
Biological and/or anaerobic treatment of industrial and municipal liquid waste
Physical-chemical treatment of effluents through catalytic and photocatalytic processes (fenton, photo-fenton).
Physical-chemical treatment of effluents through electrocoagulation, electroflotation and electrooxidation processes

Projects

2021-2022
Development and characterization of photocatalysts based on iron oxychloride (FeOCl) and carbon nitride (C3N4) for their application in the degradation of emerging contaminants in water (FOCEA)”

Summary

Emerging contaminants (EC) are chemical compounds (drugs, personal care products, dyes, pesticides) that affect water resources and can cause adverse effects to living beings. Advanced oxidation processes (AOP's) are an alternative for the degradation of EC since they are physicochemical processes that produce highly oxidizing free radicals (OH•) that destroy organic compounds present in water. In recent years, the catalysts for AOPs that have gained greater interest are iron oxychloride (FeOCl) and graphitic carbon nitride (gC3N4). At FOCEA, new photocatalysts based on FeOCl and gC3N4 will be synthesized and characterized for the degradation of CE in water at laboratory scale. The research will be carried out by MEMTECH, which is made up of researchers incorporated into the project “Use of nanotechnology in the development of membranes for desalination, water purification, and the food industry” CONCYTEC-FONDECYT

Abstract

Emerging pollutants (EP) are chemical compounds (drugs, personal care products, dyes, pesticides) that affect water resources and can cause adverse effects to living beings. Advanced oxidation processes (AOP's) are an alternative for the degradation of EP since they are physicochemical processes that produce highly oxidizing free radicals (OH •) that destroy organic compounds present in water. In recent years, the catalysts for AOPs that have gained more interest are iron oxychloride (FeOCl) and graphitic carbon nitride (gC3N4). At FOCEA, new photocatalysts based on FeOCl and gC3N4 will be synthesized and characterized for the degradation of CE in water on a laboratory scale. The research will be carried out by MEMTECH, which is made up of researchers incorporated into the project «Use of nanotechnology in the development of membranes for desalination, water purification, and the food industry» CONCYTEC-FONDECYT

Financial entity

Internal funds of the Catholic University of Santa María – Vice-rectorate for Research

Research team

Principal investigator

Dr. Davis Alfredo Pacheco Tanaka
Principal investigator

Researchers

Gilberto De Jesús Colina Andrade
Alejandra Mogrovejo Valdivia
Ruly Terán Hilares

Articles

Promising physicochemical technologies for poultry slaughterhouse wastewater treatment: A critical review
Dilute acid hydrolysis of sugar cane bagasse using a laboratory twin gear reactor.
Hydrodynamic cavitation-assisted continuous pre-treatment of sugarcane bagasse for ethanol production: Effects of geometric parameters of the cavitation device.