NOWELTIES - Joint PhD Laboratory for New Materials and Inventive Water Treatment Technologies

Nowelties_logo.pngFuture challenges, including climate change and the resulting unpredictability of precipitation patterns and temporal or permanent water scarcity, generate a high diversity of demands on water treatment technologies obliging them to be able to cater towards a variety of source and target water qualities across multiple scales, depending on application. It is evident that this will generate a market pull towards the development of new water treatment technologies, employing new materials or improving the integration of existing technologies. However, the integration of research and innovation within the water sector needs to be supported by education of a new generation of interdisciplinary trained wastewater professionals able to face future challenges and implement wastewater-related directives in practice.

The primary objective of NOWELTIES is to organize a platform (European Joint Doctorate) that will provide cutting edge training opportunities for the education of tomorrow`s water treatment experts. The core activity is the research programme (composed of 14 individual research projects) aimed at development of inventive water treatment technologies (advanced biological treatments, inovative oxidation processes, hybrid systems) that allow catering for the varied treatment demands for a plethora of interconnected streams arising from recycling loops. These technologies will be able to control contamination by organic micropollutants (OMPs) and improve recovery of water across a diversity of scales enabling a smart combination of decentralized and centralised approaches. Besides a holistic training in the field of wastewater treatment dealing with state-of-the-art technologies, experimental techniques and knowledge management methodologies,

NOWELTIES  will provide a unique training approach to learning complex complementary skills leading to independent and  critical thinking which seeks for originality and innovation.

Notizie (in italiano)

eu_flag.jpg This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 812880

Project details

Scientific responsability: Paola Verlicchi 

 Funding source: HORIZON 2020

Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie - Innovative Training Networks - European Joint Doctorate

Start date 01/02/2019 - end date 31/01/2023
Total cost: 3.422.141,64 €
EU contribution: 3.422.141,64 €
EU contribution to UniFe: 261.499,68 €


  • Fundacio Institut Catala de Recerca de l'Aigua, Spain (cordinator)
  • Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany
  • Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Sveuciliste u Zagrebu Fakultet kemijskog inzenjerstva i tehnologije, Croatia
  • Sveuciliste u Zagrebu, Fakultet strojarstva i brodogradnje, Croatia
  • Faculty of technology and metallurgy University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Institut za fiziku, Serbia
  • Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy

    Partner organisations:

    • University of Girona, Spain
    • University of Applied Sciences and Arts,Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
    • HERA LTD, Italy
    • Cetaqua, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
    • FCC Aqualia, Spain
    • Comprehensive Water Technology, Croatia