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Development of advanced materials and artificial intelligence-based models for application for the removal and monitoring of emerging pollutants in aqueous media

Grant number: 20/16004-9
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: July 01, 2021 - June 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Chemical Process Industries
Principal Investigator:Meuris Gurgel Carlos da Silva
Grantee:Meuris Gurgel Carlos da Silva
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Química (FEQ). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers: Guilherme Luiz Dotto ; Melissa Gurgel Adeodato Vieira ; Nina Paula Gonçalves Salau ; Thiago Lopes da Silva


This project is the development of advanced materials obtained from plant extracts from agro-industrial residues and models based on artificial intelligence for application in the removal and monitoring of pollutants emerging from aqueous media, impacting mainly in the states of São Paulo (proposer) and Rio Grande South (partners). First, the innovative and advanced materials, which consist of functionalized carbon nanotubes and impregnated with Fe nanoparticles will be developed using green synthesis with reuse of agro-industrial residues. These materials will be characterized by a series of techniques to prove their structure. The adsorbent potential of the materials developed will be investigated for emerging contaminants (EC) such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides. Then, the adsorption of CE's by nanotubes will be elucidated by assessing all factors that affect the operation (pH, temperature, adsorbent mass, EC concentration). Equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics and mass transfer of adsorption aspects will also be investigated. Possible interactions between materials, desorption and reuse will be checked for repeated cycles. Finally, artificial intelligence tools such as neural networks and neuro-fuzzy will be used to generate predictive models capable of monitoring the concentration of CE's depending on operating conditions. In addition to this, the project also aims to train highly qualified human resources in the institutions involved. The theme of this project is part of the Brazilian Water Research Center (BWRC) (FAPESP proc. 2019 / 11353-8). (AU)

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VASCONCELOS DE ALMEIDA, ARTHUR DA SILVA; NEVES, TAUANY DE FIGUEIREDO; CARLOS DA SILVA, MEURIS GURGEL; PREDIGER, PATRICIA; ADEODATO VIEIRA, MELISSA GURGEL. Synthesis of a novel magnetic composite based on graphene oxide, chitosan and organoclay and its application in the removal of bisphenol A, 17 alpha-ethinylestradiol and triclosan. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, v. 10, n. 1, . (20/16004-9, 19/07822-2, 19/25228-0)
DO NASCIMENTO, CLEUCIANE TILLVITZ; VIEIRA, MELISSA GURGEL ADEODATO; SCHEUFELE, FABIANO BISINELLA; PALU, FERNANDO; DA SILVA, EDSON ANTONIO; BORBA, CARLOS EDUARDO. Adsorption of atrazine from aqueous systems on chemically activated biochar produced from corn straw. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, v. 10, n. 1, . (20/16004-9, 19/11353-8)
DE FARIAS, M. B.; SPAOLONZI, M. P.; SILVA, M. G. C.; VIEIRA, M. G. A.. Fixed-bed adsorption of bisphenol A onto organoclay: Characterisation, mathematical modelling and theoretical calculation of DFT-based chemical descriptors. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, v. 9, n. 5, . (20/16004-9, 19/11353-8)
DIEL, JULIA C.; FRANCO, DISON S. P.; IGANSI, V, ANDREI; CADAVAL JR, TITO R. S.; PEREIRA, HERCULES A.; NUNES, ISAAC DOS S.; BASSO, CHARLES W.; ALVES, MARIA DO CARMO M.; MORAIS, JONDER; PINTO, DIANA; et al. Green synthesis of carbon nanotubes impregnated with metallic nanoparticles: Characterization and application in glyphosate adsorption. Chemosphere, v. 283, . (20/16004-9)

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