Economical Separation of Soluble Phenolic Compounds from Olive Mill Wastewater Using Modified Surface Active Materials

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Sponsor: 
USAID
Project Status: 
Active
Start Date: 
24 September 2015
End Date: 
24 September 2015

Olive mill plants generate large quantities of solid and liquid residuals which contain a broad spectrum of phenolic compounds. When stored, these residuals can be labile to long-term leaching in both natural and engineered systems. Current technologies' removal efficiency is too slow and results in concentrated sludge waste that in itself is hazardous. Other technologies have satisfactory removal efficiencies but require sophisticated systems, high operational costs and trained personnel. This has resulted in a strong need for technological and economical suitable solutions for the disposal of Olive Mill Wastewater (OMW). Researchers at the Jordan University for Science & Technology (JUST), and the University of Jordan (UJ) will develop an environmentally friendly and cost-effective surface active media for the express purpose of sequestering organic and phenolic compounds from olive mill wastewater. The overextending goal of the proposed research is to develop, characterize, and evaluate the media for olive mill wastewater treatment, considering the potential of water and /or phenolic compounds recovery. 

 

Specific Objectives are too:

 

1. Identify, select and test different surfactant(s) that exhibit acceptable separation properties toward organic including phenolic compounds.

2. Develop a prototype media loaded with the identified surface active materials for sequestering phenolic and organic compounds