The Institute of Environmental Chemistry

Our environment is loaded each year with new chemical fragments, for example pharmaceuticals developed for human need. These chemical fragments flow to the natural environment and their appearance in the environment can dramatically impact both the natural environment and human health. At the Institute of Environmental Chemistry, we are developing methods to recognize organic micropollutants (OMPs) in the environment, mostly in an aquatic environment, evaluating the OMPs sources, reactions, transport, effects, and their fate.

The Institute of Water Technologies

The Water Tech Institute was established to provide research and learnings for developing and adopting innovative solutions and technologies that improve water quality. Activities are focused on laboratory and field research, and the institute focuses on applicable solutions and processes locally and worldwide, with emphasis on developing sustainable water technologies, for typical and marginal water & wastewater with high organic load, salinity, metal or particle content. The institute also emphasizes the association between water and energy (known commonly as the water-energy nexus). The technologies developed at the institute target Hybrid ultraviolet (UV), Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) & Biological Treatment, with numerous applications for AOPs. For example, the synergy between advanced oxidation (on biodegradability) and suspended and fixed bio-treatments (e.g., membrane bioreactors, biofilters and soil aquifer treatment).

Specific activities include photolysis and oxidation of chemical, industrial and agriculture wastewater using UV, photocatalysis- and ozone-based AOPs; biofouling control in water by AOPs and nanoparticles; particle size/shape analysis in water undergoing granular and membrane filtration and AOPs; reuse technologies; application of nanostructured solar photocatalytic membrane reactors (PMRs) for water treatment; pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass as agricultural waste, paper and olive-oil waste via AOPs, bioethanol production and biosensors development.

Moshe Mirilashvili Institute for Applied Water Studies

Tel Aviv University (TAU) recently established an institute inside the WRC, which was generously supported by Dr. Mikhael Mirilashvili for Applied Water Studies. The Moshe Mirilashvili Institute will pursue the following activities:

Support outstanding researchers: To support and promote original research aimed at the development of pioneering water treatment technologies that will ensure a high-quality global water supply for drinking and agricultural purposes; To reinforce the standing of Israel and TAU as a world powerhouse in innovative water R&D.

Establish & strengthen international ties: To expand international cooperative ties between TAU, regional/national water authorities and leading universities around the world. The Institute will aim to establish partnerships with leading research and regulatory bodies around the world in order to push the frontier of scientific knowledge forward toward new and cutting-edge possibilities.

Award fellowships to exceptional graduate students and postdoc.


The Water Management and Security Institute

The ability to access sufficient quantities of clean water, to maintain adequate standards of food and goods production, proper sanitation, and sustainable health care is all about water-security. Furthermore, the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability. Water security is a major challenge for the scientific community and society. Risk concepts have become prevalent in defining water security; measuring it quantitatively; tracking indicators of hazards, exposure, and vulnerability; and informing management options to reduce water-related risks.



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