CCAST establishes MOU with Aquaporin A/S to explore forward osmosis application studies & pilot trials in North America

USA & Denmark, 19th November 2020. Connecticut Center for Applied Separations Technologies (CCAST) establishes Memorandum of Understanding with Aquaporin A/S to explore forward osmosis application studies & pilot trials in North America. 

Denmark based Aquaporin A/S and the Connecticut Center for Applied Separations Technologies (CCAST) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) have executed a cooperation agreement in the form of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore forward osmosis application studies and pilot trials for Aquaporin Inside® forward osmosis membranes in North America.
Aquaporin A/S is a company that is dedicated to revolutionizing water purification through the use of industrial biotechnological techniques and thinking. The company focuses on solving water-related challenges by providing innovative water technologies to households and industries on a global scale. Aquaporin’s forward osmosis membranes are based on innovative patented technologies that uses the unique capabilities of the aquaporin protein to enhance the separation of water from all other compounds during a filtration step.

Forward Osmosis Explained

Forward osmosis (FO) is a water separation process which uses a semipermeable membrane and the natural energy of osmotic pressure to separate water from dissolved solutes. In a FO system, a feed solution (such as industrial wastewater effluent) flows on one side of the membrane, while a solution of higher TDS concentration (the draw solution) flows on the other side. The difference in TDS level between the two sides creates an osmotic pressure that transports clean water through the membrane, concentrating the effluent while the membrane retains contaminants in the feed stream.

The partnership provides proximity for U.S. based customers

Being one of the leading forward osmosis membrane companies, Aquaporin has received interests for its product and its applications from numerous North American companies. Aquaporin has a small salesforce in North America and believes it would be advantageous to have a partner who possesses the technical understanding, equipment and analytical facilities to perform the application studies and pilot trials for potential North American customers.

The Connecticut Center for Applied Separations Technologies at the University of Connecticut is highly regarded in North America for its membrane separation expertise and experience, particularly related to forward osmosis. Due to past research and numerous publications on forward osmosis by Dr Jeffrey McCutcheon, who is the Director of CCAST, CCAST has the forward osmosis testing equipment and the necessary infrastructure for applications testing. As a result, CCAST is a strong partner for testing and or validating third-party applications as well as for performing application studies and or pilot trials for North American companies interested in utilizing Aquaporin’s forward osmosis membranes. This third party testing service will support Aquaporin’s commercialization efforts in North America.

Jörg Vogel, Vice President, Technology Aquaporin A/S:

“The cooperation with CCAST gives us access to the US market and makes application development and optimization easier for our clients in North America. The great benefit in working with CCAST is the extensive knowledge and experience for FO applications that exists in the team and especially with Jeffrey McCutcheon. He has always been a supporter of FO and, like us, believes in its value in targeted applications. Therefore, I am very much looking forward to exploring those niches together with CCAST. Together we can establish FO as a successful technology.”

Dr. Jeffrey McCutcheon, Executive Director, CCAST, University of Connecticut said:

“We are excited to team up with Aquaporin A/S to conduct applications testing on their forward osmosis membranes. We know forward osmosis extremely well and believe in its value for the right applications. We welcome partnerships like this to expand the availability of technology from overseas for water treatment and other separations throughout North America.”


For further information and media contact:

Jörg Vogel
VP, Technology
Aquaporin A/S,
Nymøllevej 78,
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
Phone: +45 27 10 20 88


Dr. Jeffrey McCutcheon
Executive Director
Connecticut Center for Applied Separations Technologies (CCAST)
159 Discovery Drive, Unit 5279 Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: +1- (860) 486-4601


About Aquaporin A/S

Aquaporin is a global water technology company headquartered in Denmark. We are dedicated to revolutionizing water purification, by merging biotechnological techniques and state-of-the-art engineering. We are the only company that incorporates aquaporins into water purification membranes.

About the University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 32,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. The Connecticut Center for Applied Separations Technologies (CCAST), which is located in Innovation Partnership Building IPB at UConn Tech Park at the University of Connecticut, provides contract R&D services that identify energy and cost-efficient solutions for separations needs through thoughtful consideration of innovative materials, differentiating techniques & robust process design. Learn more here.

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