This research has been co‐financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (project code:T1EDK-02397).

The research project is carried out by partnerships between enterprises and research organizations with priority sector the environment and sustainable development in the area of wastewater management.

The collaborative scheme includes AKTOR S.A. and the Laboratories of Chemical and Environmental Technology (Department of Chemistry, AUTh), Environmental Pollution Control (Department of Chemistry, AUTh) and Analytical Chemistry (Department of Chemical Engineering, AUTh) as research organizations. The project will be implemented in seven work units, with a total duration of 42 months.

The title of the project is:

“Micropollutants and non-biogradable organic matter removal by the application of heterogeneous catalytic ozonation from the effluent of municipal wastewater treatment plants”

The object of the proposed project is to investigate the development and the application of an effective and cost-effective method of removing micropollutants and residual non-biogradable dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in real conditions from the effluent of an urban wastewater treatment plant.

The implementation of this project is considered important with multiple expected benefits for the environment, society and the economy, as it aims at the innovative construction of an original pre-industrial unit of catalytic ozonation in combination with the addition of bubble-less ozon, which essentially eliminates ozone losses during the process, increasing the efficiency of the method and limiting costs.

The benefits for the company and the research organization are obvious. The company will strengthen its position in the respective service sector and the research organization will maintain and strengthen its scientific excellence. In addition, the completion of the project with the development and the application of the original unit in real field conditions, will confirm the possibilities of effective cooperation between scientific and production bodies.