The use of treated clay compounds to remove toxins from water

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UCLan research has developed a method of water treatment to remove water soluble organic pollutants, in particular phenols from water prior to the water being used. Our research has produced a material that may be used to remove the organic pollutants. The material is significantly lower in cost to produce than other known methods.


Organic pollutants in the water supply can be damaging to the health of consumers. UCLan has developed a material that can be used to remove these organic pollutants. The material can be economically produced in a scalable process.

UCLan research have engaged with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) to successfully produce a batch of approximately 10 kg of the material so that the processes can be evaluated and shown to be fully scalable.

CPI have also provided an evaluation of the methods proposed and provided recommendations and reviews of potential plant arrangements that may be used in a scaled-up apparatus for the processes required to produce the material.

Our research has led to the development of a material which is cheap and easy to manufacture, with relatively low costs in the process. Once the material has been made, the costs to maintain the effectiveness of the materials are minimal as the catalytic reactions are triggered by sunlight.

Core Advantages

The work makes possible cheaper removal of organic pollutants from water supplies to enable the safe provision of water. The invention is particularly suited to places with high levels of sunlight as the catalytic reactions require electromagnetic radiation to proceed.


Water companies around the world can use this to aid in the provision of safe water supplies,whether in water treatment plants, reservoirs or other water storage facilities.


Patent #WO2014155077
Countries In Phase EntryCN, EP, US
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StatusAvailable for immediate exploitation
Priority date26th March 2013