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Yamamura selected for MOE fund

2015.07.24

A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Hiroshi Yamamura (Department of Integrated Science and Engineering for Sustainable Society, Faculty of Science and Engineering) was selected for the 2015 Environment Research and Technology Development Fund of the Ministry of the Environment.

Research Theme:
Utilization of used seawater desalination membranes in the development of a system for reusing factory waste water in industrials zones of developing nations.

Research period:
FY 2015 to FY 2017

Research Overview:
There has been a rapid increase in the use of desalination membranes for filtering seawater into drinking water. The disposal of used membranes has become an issue.
Furthermore, industrial zones in Asia lack water resources and there is rapidly increasing demand for a stable supply of cheap and high-quality factory water.
In response, a team of researchers led by Hiroshi Yamamura are seeking to revise used membranes which are generated from the desalination process, and to apply the revised membranes to the supply of factory water.

The following research initiatives will be executed in a three-year period.

  1. Utilization of used seawater desalination membranes in the development of a system for reusing factory waste water in industrials zones of developing nations (Researcher in charge: Hiroshi Yamamura)
  2. Clarification of the fouling mechanism for RO membranes (Researcher in charge: Akio Yonezu)
  3. Development of a material for selective adhesion of membrane fouling substances (Researcher in charge: Akira Hafuka)

Hiroshi Yamamura leads the Sustainable Water Metabolic System Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Integrated Science and Engineering for Sustainable Society. With a focus on comprehensive management of water essential for urban living, the laboratory conducts the following types of research.

  • Construction of a sustainable urban water circulation system mainly based on membrane filtering
  • Research on methods for efficient utilization of used seawater desalination membranes and clarification membranes
  • Research on the behavior and toxicity of nanoparticles in the environment; methods for water treatment
  • Development of a biofuel manufacturing process using algae generated from light oil
  • Development of a new treatment process for landfill seepage water
  • Research on NOM circulation on land and water area; technology for preprocessing during desalination

Please visit the laboratory homepage for more information on research.

Link: Sustainable Water Metabolic System Engineering Laboratory new window

Link: Overview of the MOE’s Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (MOE homepage)new window

Link: Overview of newly-selected research themes for FY 2015 (MOE homepage)new window

Link: Utilization of used seawater desalination membranes in the development of a system for reusing factory waste water in industrials zones of developing nations (PDF file) (MOE homepage)new window