Project duration: 01.03.2014 – 28.02.2016
In recent years increasing amounts of micropollutans such as Bisphenol A or S (BPA , BPS) from industrial effluents or drug residues (antibiotics, hormones, analgesics, disinfectants, etc.) have been found in surface waters and ground waters . They have a noticeable negative impact on the environment: e.g. development of resistance to antibiotics and the feminization of fish. Together with partners from industry and research Atec develops a novel method for the removal of trace pollutants from municipal and industrial wastewaters combining the use of highly specialized enzymes (laccase) with ultrafiltration technology. In contrast to the commonly accepted methods (activated carbon filtering or ozonization) the new method works very selectively and thus efficiently.