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Investigating municipal wastewater treatment

Our Aquaporin Academy students, Martin Valentin Thomsen and Minh-Thao Pham from The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) wrote their Bachelor Thesis Project in a collaboration with the local municipal wastewater plant (Mølleå-værket), DTU and Aquaporin. Their focal point was investigating municipal wastewater treatment using our Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis product.

Why did you choose Aquaporin Academy for your Bachelor Thesis?

The theory behind membranes and Aquaporin proteins is a relatively new field, which we have not worked with before. Aquaporin Academy gave us the chance to gain more knowledge and experience in this field. We also heard that the supervisors at Aquaporin Academy put a lot of energy into creating interesting projects for their students.

What is it like to be a part of the Aquaporin Academy?

We sat in an area with all the other students, where we exchanged information and learned from each other. This meant that we could combine our academic studies with social activities with our fellow students – if we e.g. needed a bit of renewed energy for our studies, we could play a game of table tennis with each other..

What was the scope of your Bachelor Thesis Project?

Our three-step project was centered around Cleaning-in-place (CIP) for Aquaporin’s Hollow Fiber Forward osmosis for municipal wastewater.

The first step was finding a new CIP method for cleaning the Hollow Fiber Forward osmosis HFFO14 modules. The second step was fouling HFFO14 modules with municipal wastewater. And finally, the third step was trying out the developed CIP method on the fouled modules to find out whether the CIP method worked or not.

What have you gained from participating in Aquaporin Academy?

During our time at Aquaporin Academy, we learned a lot about membrane technology. The key to this was that our supervisor was incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. Besides this, we also learned some fundamentals for writing up a good report while also improving our skills in presenting to a live audience.

Published on Feb, 2021 in