Chemical-free and non-specific degradation and inactivation of human-originated trace contaminants into harmless products is the main focus of this theme.
The goal of this theme is twofold. Firstly, to develop effective and efficient chemical-free UV-based advanced oxidation technologies to produce safe drinking water from impaired water sources. As part of an treatment train, these technologies shoudl be effective in preventing acute exposures to pathogens (viruses) and long-term chronic exposures to chemical contaminants (priority compounds).
Technologies and applications will not only be evaluated on their removal performances, but also on potential (geno)toxicological effects on degradation products. Secondly, the goal is to develop instruments and methods for fast and simple process validation on log removal and log inactivation values. Lack of sensitivity of operational monitoring may otherwise reduce the log credits that can be claimed.