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The list of international projects SAS

Institute of Molecular Biology
Building learning and research capacities in the structure and functional analysis of biomolecules for the needs of biomedicine and biotechnology
Budovanie výukových a výskumných kapacít v štruktúrnej a funkčnej analýze biomolekúl pre potreby biomedicíny a biotechnológií
Project leader: Ing. Kutejová Eva DrSc.
Annotation:Biomedicine and biotechnology are modern science disciplines whose development contributes to improving the health of the population and improving the environment. Structural biology identifies the nature of serious illnesses and forms the basis for the design of potential drugs. It also allows you to search for potentially harmful substances and study their impact on the environment. What is lacking in our region is a common educational and scientific research base that would educate professionals capable of transferring modern knowledge in this area into practice. Within the framework of this project, we will set up a joint high-level educational and scientific research center for structural biology of doctoral students, scientists and practitioners in the region to build a broad scientific and technical base capable of making significant advances in research into biomedical and biotechnology applications to improve the quality of life in our region. We build on the experience of both partners as well as well-established international cooperation. The lectures and training seminars will be organized alternately in both workplaces to attract the widest community and to encourage mutual contacts between PhD students and researchers in Vienna and Bratislava with the perspective of further cooperation. The individual objectives of the project include: a) strengthening the long-term and sustainable basis for the development of structural biology in the region, measurable by the number of organizations using facilities and training facilities; b) education of university students, PhD students, researchers and practitioners, measurable number of lectures and practical courses and number of participants of prepared activities; (c) building a research center of excellence in structural biology for the study of human diseases, measurable by the number of devices purchased and their users. Long-term benefits will be the creation of a foundation for quality education, providing advice and leading research in the field of biomedicine and biotechnology, which will contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the region and attract the interest of foreign experts in co-operation and transfer of acquired knowledge into practice. These results will be reached through: 1) Training and staff exchanges among project partners 2) Innovative joint pilot projects base on the complementary cross-border equipment and expertise 3) Workshops and “Open Access” in order to raise awareness of the offered services These activities cannot be implemented without the cross-border cooperation as they depend on infrastructure and expertise on both sides of the border which cannot be easily replicated. This cooperation represents an outstanding opportunity for the cross-border region.
Duration: 1.5.2019 - 30.4.2022
Sustainable Water Reclamation Based on Ceramic Membrane Filtration
Trvalo udržateľná regenerácia vody založená na filtrácii keramickými membránami
Program: Bilateral - other
Project leader: Dr. Pangallo Domenico DrSc.
Annotation:Microplastics are a source of concern since they pose threats to aquatic species as well as human being. They not only contribute to accumulation of plastics in the environment, but due to absorption they can also contribute to spreading of micropollutants to the environment. Studies have shown that wastewater treatment plants are responsible for releasing micropollutants to the environment. Therefore, both detection and removal of microplastics from wastewater treatment plants are of paramount importance. Although the primary treatment process is efficient in removing microplastics of larger size, and microplastic fibers, it doesn’t remove small shaped microplastics. To remove very small shaped microplastic fragments, and to have the highest rate of microplastic removal, membrane technology is the best available technology. Organic membranes can be used for this purpose. Nevertheless, they are damaged easily. Ceramic membranes, on the other hand, have many advantages when compared to organic membranes such as higher abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, ability to be used at a very wide pH range (0 to 14), higher resistance to ozone and chloride, allowing the disinfection of water, and higher thermal resistance. In the light of this information, the aim of this project is to develop a robust durable ceramic membrane which will remove microplastics from secondary treated wastewater. To achieve this aim, tubular ceramic membranes with ultra and nanofiltration layers will be synthesized, and secondary treated wastewater will be treated with these membranes at lab and pilot scale for the removal of microplastics. The cyto-toxicity, genotoxicity and oxidative stress of micro/nanoplastics on human cells will be assessed, previously in vitro and then using the water of the wastewater pilot scale plant. In addition, also the antimicrobial properties of the membrane will be assessed, evaluating the microbial communities’ changes before and after the ceramic membrane treatment.
Duration: 1.4.2020 - 31.3.2023

The total number of projects: 2