SETRI. Separation Techniques and Industrial Waste Treatment Group


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per Departament d'Enginyeria Química
Febrer 2011

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The Separation Techniques and Industrial Waste Treatment Group (SETRI) is involved in developing separation processes, developing and validating analytical methods and studying the characterisation and treatment of waste.

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The Separation Techniques and Industrial Waste Treatment Group (SETRI) works on the following lines of research:

  • The development of separation processes involving the application of technologies for the recovery of metals that are of high added value or the elimination of metals and organic pollutants. Work has also been carried out on adsorption/absorption processes using vegetable waste, biopolymers, reactive resins and impregnated resins for pollutant removal, and on liquid-membrane separation processes.
  • The development and validation of analytical methods and new sensors for monitoring physical and chemical parameters of industrial and environmental interest, based on high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and capillary electrophoresis (CE), for determining chlorinated solvents and volatile organic compoundsOpen in a new window (BTEX) in water and soil. The group is also working on developing chemical sensors based on new ionophores and composites for determining heavy metals and other ions of industrial and environmental interest and their response behaviour. These sensors can then incorporated into a monitoring system. An integrated monitoring system based on chemical sensors was developed in the SETRI’s laboratories, including the construction of the hardware, the fluid management system and virtual instrumentation. It is used for real-time monitoring of metal biosorption processes using vegetable waste.

  • The study of characterisation and treatment of liquid and solid waste from industrial and nuclear processes, the study of the management, minimisation and environmental impact of industrial waste, and the analysis, evaluation and modelling of the behaviour of environmental pollutants, particularly chemical behaviour and the migration of different species into the geosphere. The species studied include actinides and pollutants such as chromium and arsenic. The group also studies the dissolution of uranium oxide under various experimental conditions to predict the behaviour of spent fuel stored in geological formations. Within this line of study, the group is working on developing new technologies for restoring soils and aquifers contaminated by organic and inorganic compounds, which pose a risk to human health and ecosystems.



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