University of Edinburgh-Global Challenges Theme Development Fund (£15,080)

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The lack of clean water in LMIC countries requires affordable, sustainable and facile technologies for water purification and present technical challenges this project seeks to overcome. Specifically, these are:
1) Heavy metal and arsenic removal via adsorption
2) Oil and organic content removal by gravity-driven filtration.
Initial work surrounding these technologies has been developed in UoE, and this project provides an opportunity to exploit these technologies for water purification in Vietnam via collaborations with an industrial partner, Hong Kim Company, and academics from Vietnam National University (VNU).
Through workshops and initial validation of these technologies, this project aims to:
1. Create a lasting connection between VNU and UoE, whereby results from this project will enable extended collaboration on future projects together, knowledge sharing and transfer, and student and faculty exchanges between the universities in both directions.
2. Supporting Hong Kim's vision of developing the enabling solutions required to purify water for more than 40 % of the world’s population.
3. Support Vietnam’s National Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by creating a new water purification technology using renewable materials for rural development in a way that protects the environment and create a green economy.
Short titleCircular Economy, Water and Sanitation
Effective start/end date15/04/1930/06/19


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