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Solar Driven Water Treatment System using MOF Adsorption integrated with Nanomaterial Pre-Treatment and Real Time Water Quality Sensor for Egypt
Prof. Marwa Elkady
Egypt has reached a state of “water scarcity” with rapid deterioration in surface and groundwater quality. The amount of untreated or partially treated pollutants that enter the water supply is about 4.5 million tons/year. Around 38 million Egyptians drink polluted water and farmlands are irrigated with polluted water, causing the spread of many diseases like cholera, typhoid and hepatitis. Every year more than 100,000 people are diagnosed with cancer, kidney failure along with other diseases due to water pollution. This project aims to develop a novel, low cost, decentralized, solar driven wastewater treatment technology using double distilled Adsorption Water Treatment (AWT) system integrated with nanomaterial pretreatment unit and novel fluorescence-based sensor for real time monitoring of water quality.
The widespread implementation of this technology will yield socio-economics benefits for millions of Egyptians by reducing illnesses caused by polluted water. There are 124 wastewater discharge point sources on the Nile River from Aswan to Delta Barrage of which 92 use no treatment. In the short/medium term, it is expected to install AWT units to treat at least 30% of the 92 wastewater discharge points thus improving the water quality. Embedding the water quality sensor in schools, factories and village communities will transform the water quality monitoring process by allowing people to instantly measure their water quality thus reducing illnesses caused by polluted water.
So, the main challenges to construct efficient full pilot plant with capacity 250 Liters/day suitable for treatment both the wastewater and groundwater using advanced Metal Organic Framework (MOF) microporous composite materials with superior water adsorption uptake will be presented.
Marwa Elkady is associate professor at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST). She specialized in the field of environmental sciences and nanotechnology. She has about 77 international publications at Scopus cited international journals with total H-index of 16. She was acquired state encouragement award in the field of engineering science for the year 2017 and state encouragement award in the field of advanced technology that serves the Engineering domains for the year 2011. She has 5 issued and pending patents. She participated at about 9 research projects. She participated at 2 published international book chapters. She is editorial board member at about 7 international journals.