Final Thesis

Advanced treatment technologies to improve the efficiency of wastewater plants

Key Info

Basic Information

Chemical Process Engineering
Focus/Key Topic:
experimental / other


Conventional wastewater treatment plants are limited in their capability to retain so called Micro-Pollutants (MPs) like pharmaceuticals. Discharged into the environment those micro-pollutants cause short-term and long-term toxicity, endocrine disrupting effects, and antibiotic resistance of microorganisms. High persistency, wide variety, and quite low concentration are also three prominent features of these pollutants that have made them a new emerging challenge in water and wastewater field. Therefore, significant enhancement of conventional treatment systems and development of new technologies are required. Adsorption and oxidation are two main concepts that can be applied along with biological degradation to achieve a better removal.

In this student thesis, the removal of selected MPs by adsorption will be investigated. The thesis comprises the following steps:

  • Adsorption experiments for equilibria and kinetics
  • Characterization of adsorbents
  • Investigation of adsorption of pure compounds vs. synthetic wastewater
  • Comparison, analysis, and interpretation of obtained results

What you get:
  • Practical skills for lab working
  • Detailed insights into adsorption and solution chemistry
  • Collaboration in an international project
  • Close supervision