Optimizing water purification by SolarSack
SolarSack helps bring safe drinking water to low-income communities with a simple water purification technology called solar water disinfection (SODIS), using the UV and heat from the sun to kill disease-causing microorganisms in the water.
A key goal in our continuous development at SolarSack is to make sure that our product can withstand the different environmental challenges it faces where it is implemented and still shows high water purification performance. One such challenge is the presence of microorganisms in source waters that can form biofilms and we are therefore testing different polymer materials for their resistance toward attachment and biofilm development by various microorganisms.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water leading to sickness and deaths. The current methods of boiling contaminated water using wood fuel leads to a significant increase in CO2 emission and deforestation.
We are also open for interns and smaller projects in form of special projects or similar.
We expect the student to have basic biological understanding, experience with biofilm assays, and laboratory experience.
|Vejleder(e):||Charlotte F. Michelsen (Solarsack) and Mette Burmølle (Section of Microbiology)|