Department of Environmental Technologies & Technological Transfer

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Department of Environmental Technologies & Technological Transfer
Head of Department: Olga TIRON
Phone: +4021 410 03 77 / 259

Main research directions:

Experimental research focusing on introduction of modern procedures for the advanced removal of hazardous substances from waste water/natural sources;

▶ Development of innovative and sustainable treatment/purification technologies/biotechnologies for advanced removal of nutrients, emerging organic micro-pollutants and priority substances from water/wastewater with the following sub-directions:

  • reduction/removal of pollutants from water sources intended for human consumption;
  • experimental research for minimization and control of intermediate disinfection by-products formation in the drinking water supply network for surface/underground water sources; innovative technologies for advanced treatment of industrial and municipal wastewater with complex pollution matrices; technologies based on advanced oxidation processes for degradation of emergent organic pollutants from aqueous systems;
  • research on renewable hydrogen production resulting from the use of biomass resources generated by wastewater treatment processes;
  • operational research regarding the use of sequential batch bioreactors (SBR) with variable feeding regime adapted for wastewater with high organic loadings;

▶ Promotion of alternative technologies for upgrading / modernization of wastewater / water treatment plants:

  • integration of biotechnological and photo induced processes in the treatment flow of drinking water for sources with complex pollution matrix;
  • innovative purification systems based on technology with granular aerobic sludge and mixed granular sludge microalgae- bacteria;
  • specialized and sustainable technologies for wastewater and sludge treatment, as well as development of technologies for exploitation of renewable resources generated within wastewater treatment processes;

▶ Eco-nano-technologies based on physical-chemical and biological processes for remediation of contaminated soils:

  • treatment of organic waste (sludge from wastewater treatment plants, biodegradable fraction from municipal waste) for use as renewable energy resources and fertilizers / amendment for agricultural land;
  • remediation of soils polluted with hazardous organic products and heavy metals, by applying alternative processes (eco- technologies);
  • the use of microalgae in wastewater treatment systems – performance of the treatment process and possibilities of using / capitalization of biomass.

▶ Monitoring of physical-chemical and biological treatment processes through advanced scanning electron and correlative microscopy techniques;

▶ Ensuring advancedcontrol of biological processes by monitoring microbial diversity and dynamics and evaluating activated sludge quality usingmolecular and enzymatic techniques;