Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Organisation VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Project title Microplastics and pharmaceuticals filtration with multifunctional lignocellulosic membranes by additive manufacturing (FilterCel)
Applicant / Contact person Vuoriluoto, Maija
Decision No. 338572
Decision date 03.06.2021
Funding period 01.09.2021 - 31.08.2024
Funding 286 390
Project description
Persistent and harmful emerging micropollutants, such as pharmaceutical residues, and nano/microplastics raise cause for global concern. FilterCel develops novel bio-based membrane matrices for tailored affinity for microplastics and pharmaceutical targets selectively utilizing cellulosic (nano)materials. Understanding of mechanisms of interfacial phenomena by surface analytical methods is integrated to the principles of material science and membrane separation technology to develop sustainable architectures for tailored affinity between persistent microplastics and pharmaceuticals selectively beyond the capabilities of conventional filtration applications. Additionally, developed surface modifications for tailored affinity are combined with optimized membrane structures while promoting resource efficiency and structural complexity by exploring additive manufacturing as an enabling technology for membrane preparation.