Università Degli Studi Di Torino, Italy (UNITO)

The University of Turin was founded in 1404 and is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities. With its 70,000 students and 4,000 academic, administrative and technical staff is today one of the largest Italian Universities. Open to international research and training, UNITO carries out scientific research and organizes courses in all disciplines, except for Engineering and Architecture. The Department of Chemistry was founded in 2012 as results of the union of three previous departments and it is active in several research fields, e.g. materials science, analytical and environmental chemistry, organic and inorganic synthesis, computational chemistry, industrial chemistry and metallurgy. Many facilities and equipment are available for the international PhD programmes actually running in the Department. Advanced instrumentation for materials preparation, analysis and characterization is also available in the interdepartmental NIS Centre.

Persons in charge: Prof. Paola Calza, Prof. Giuliana Magnacca


Aalborg Universitet, Denmark (AAU)

The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience was established in 1974 and belongs to the Faculty of Engineering and Science at Aalborg University, Denmark. The primary mission of the Department is research and research based education in chemistry, chemical engineering, biotechnology, biology and environmental science. The Department has a tradition for innovative research and knowledge sharing in collaboration with public sector organizations and industry. The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience has more than 170 employees, and about 500 students are enrolled in courses associated with BSc, MSc and PhD programmes.

Persons in charge: Prof. Peter Roslev, Dr. Vittorio Boffa, Dr. Mads Koustrup Jørgensen

Peter Roslev      

Università Degli Studi Del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Italy (UPO)

The UPO is an Italian State University established in 1998. It has seven Departments and one Medical School, about 12,000 students, 385 professors/researchers, 314 employees, about 100 PhD students and 100 post-doc positions. The recent national evaluation of research quality (2013) ranks the UPO among the top 5 of the medium-size Italian Universities for scientific research. UPO is a partner of several European research and education programmes. It has been acknowledged as a competent partner of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Union body for risk assessment regarding food safety. The UPO‘s crucial aim is to strengthen the integration of the community in national and international networks by promoting scientific and cultural exchanges. To this respect, the mobility of students and researchers is widely supported and a significant number of international relationships with European and non-European universities have been also established: currently there are nearby 30 agreements for research activities and exchanges and about 100 Erasmus agreements for student exchanges. The Analytical Chemistry and Chemometrics research group involved in AQUAlity belongs to the Department of Sciences and Technological Innovation (DISIT).

Person in charge: Prof. Elisa Robotti

Universitat Politecnica De Valencia, Spain (UPV)

The UPV is ranked among the top 100 universities in chemistry according to the Shanghai ranking (ARMU, 2015). The group at UPV consists of two subgroups: TXP in Alcoi  and ITQ in Valencia. The UPV-TXP subgroup has know-how on analytical methods to evaluate changes in biodegradability/toxicity to couple solar photocatalysis with biological treatments. They are also investigating different strategies for the implementation of photo-Fenton processes at mild conditions, in most cases involving the use of organic macromolecules (e.g. humic substances) as complexing agents for iron. Research interests of the ITQ-UPV subgroup are focused on photochemistry, covering fundamental (photoinduced proton, electron and energy transfer; supramolecular photochemistry; synthetic organic photochemistry) and applied aspects (photocatalysis for environmental applications; sunlight-driven photoreactions; photobiology; efficiency of solar filters). The ITQ-UPV has received the Severo Ochoa label of Excellence.

UPV-TXP group
Persons in charge: Prof. Antonio Arques, Prof. Ana M. Amat, Prof. Rafael Vicente


ITQ-UPV group
Persons in charge: Prof. Miguel A. Miranda, Prof. M. Luisa Marin


Panepistimio Ioanninon, Greece (UOI)

The University of Ioannina was established in 1964 and includes more than 50 research centers and laboratories, as well as, central services and infrastructures all contributing in strengthening education and research activities. The University of Ioannina has proven a long-term experience in implementing, managing, monitoring, and controlling several research, educational and development projects. Furthermore, several infrastructural development and equipment supply projects have been carried out, along with many training projects. High quality research activity is implemented in every aspect of the scientific areas covered by the existing departments, including basic and applied research in information and communication technologies, engineering, science, medicine, biology, new materials, economic studies, environment.

Person in charge: Dr. Vassilis Sakkas

Ecole Polytechnique, France (EPP)

The Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire de l’Ecole polytechnique includes research directors, professors, researchers, engineers, post-doctoral and PhD students (in total about 40 members). It is divided into two main teams. One team works on catalysis and hetero elements while the second one (called CHIMEN for Chimie de l’Environnement), which is involved in the AQUAlity project, studies environmental chemistry. CHIMEN focuses its activities on the monitoring of pollutants degradation (natural sunlight photolysis and wastewater treatments such as chlorination, ozonation, etc). For this purpose, it combines laboratory modelling approaches for structural elucidation of degradation products and a new holistic strategy associating ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry with computerized big data management for non-targeted analysis in complexes matrices.

Person in charge: Dr. Stéphane Bouchonnet

Società Metropolitana Acque Torino S.P.A., Italy (SMAT)

SMAT is a company whose share is entirely public and manages the Integrated Water Service production and distribution of drinking water and waste water for 289 municipalities in the province of Turin (a territory of over 6.000 km2 and for over 2.3 million inhabitants). SMAT’s Research Center is built on more than 2200 m2 and hosts internal laboratories credited in compliance with the UNI CEN EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard and equipped with cutting edge instrumentation. SMAT’s Research Center run several studies and research projects with its own internal resources and in cooperation with academic and industrial Research Institutions of major importance at both Italian and worldwide level. The main themes developed concern: conventional and innovative technology for the treatment of drinking and wastewater, recycling and reuse, technologies for monitoring and control and in support to both the treatment plants and the networks, advanced oxidation processes for the removal of the persistent organic pollutants and new hazardous pollutants, more energy-efficient and renewable systems and networks.

Person in charge: Dr. Rita Binetti

Karadeniz Teknik Universitesi, Turkey (KTU)

KTU is one of the outstanding universities in Turkey with its 17 faculties, four schools, one conservatory, seven graduate schools, 12 vocational schools, and 28 research and application centers as well as 2,400 well-qualified academics and 60,000 students from 81 provinces of Turkey and many different countries. The purpose of the chemistry program is to educate chemists equipped to do the task in the production and control phases for the Chemical Industry in Turkey. Chemists are the most needed staffs by industrialized countries. They have job opportunities as the fields of activity are directly related to chemistry in areas such as petroleum products, chemicals, medicine, paint, food, paper, plastics, cleaning materials, cosmetics, fertilizer industry, textiles, gas industry etc. or indirectly in fields such as mining and machinery.

Persons in charge: Dr. İlknur Altın, Prof. Emin Bacaksiz


Plataforma Solar De Almería – CIEMAT, Spain (PSA)

The unit of Solar Treatment of Water (TSA in its Spanish acronym) was born in 2012, from the Environmental Applications of Solar Energy unit, as a consequence of the strategic plan of CIEMAT to encourage the research activities and applications of solar photochemistry carried out at Plataforma Solar de Almería. The main objective of this research is the use of solar energy for promoting photochemical processes in water at ambient temperature for treatment and purification applications. Research activities are focused on: Heterogeneous and homogeneous (photo-Fenton) photocatalysis; Solar disinfection; Other water advanced processes: ozone, UV/H2O2, electrooxidation, membranes, biotreatment. The main objective of the Research Unit is to apply this research in: Photocatalysts evaluation; Industrial waste water treatment; Microcontaminants elimination; Water Potabilization and disinfection; Hydrogen production.

Persons in charge: Dr. Isabel Oller, Dr. Inmaculada Polo, Dr. Sixto Malato


Liqtech International A/S, Denmark (LQT)

LiqTech is the leader in the development, manufacturing and supply of revolutionary silicon carbide ceramic technology for the purification of liquids and gasses. Liqtech is specialized in three main business areas: Diesel Particulate filters (DPF) for the control of soot from diesel engines, turnkey ceramic membranes systems and complete water treatment plants.

Persons in charge: Dr. Haris Kadrispahic, Dr. Victor Manuel Candelario Leal


Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique, France (CNRS)

The Clermont-Ferrand Chemistry Institute (ICCF) groups all the research activities in chemistry of the site under the administrative control and with the support of the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS), Clermont Auvergne University (UCA) and the engineering graduate School SIGMA Clermont. ICCF, that includes 121 permanents researchers/teachers/engineers/administrative staff and 63 students, is structured around six research teams with strong specificities recognized at national and international levels in various multidisciplinary domains: chemistry/health, chemistry/biology, photochemistry, thermodynamics and chemistry /material. The Photochemistry team, involved in the Aquality projet, has a strong expertise in the field of the photochemical reactions of micropollutants in the environmental compartments.

Person in charge: Prof. Claire Richard