Completed Research Projects

atwarmAdvanced Technologies for Water Resource Management

Start Date:    1 Dec 2009 End Date:  30 Nov 2013

Summary of Project:

ATWARM (Advanced Technologies for Water Resource Management) was a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the EC FP7 People Programme.

ATWARM had 7 Network Partners in the UK, Germany and Ireland, and was coordinated by the QUESTOR Centre at Queen’s University Belfast (UK).

The fundamental objective of the ATWARM ITN was to enhance the career prospects of 16 young researchers by providing them with greatly enhanced scientific and technical knowledge as well as multidisciplinary skills and business aptitudes that will contribute to security of water quality and quantity for future generations within the EU.

The main S&T objectives in the ATWARM proposal were to develop advanced technologies for enhancing:

performance and/or sustainability of water and wastewater treatment plants

water quality, including advanced technologies for analysis and monitoring.

Each ATWARM researcher carried out research on a specific project and was mentored by an appointed supervisor from one of the academic or industrial partners. Researchers were seconded to other Network Sites mid-way through their research project so that they would have a broader knowledge of the complete ATWARM scientific programme and its objectives.

The ATWARM project helped to move the industry forward. Each of the 16 participating researchers undertook a separate project – some in the development of technology which was quite close to market. Others worked on cutting-edge science and although this work was very much lab-based, this work also had excellent commercial potential.

TelLab’s contribution:

TelLab’s work included the development of a standard method for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon (TPH) analysis to be used in environmental laboratories and industry.

The requirements were:

  • To meet European and national regulations
  • To be cost effective
  • To be applicable to different types of water (sea, waste, ground and surface-water)
  • To cover a wide range of hydrocarbons.

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