Advancing ElectroCoagulation
for Water Safety and Circularity
AECo 2018 -2020
Funded by The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education
through The Partnership Program with North America

AECo Activities
AECo Goals
• Adapt and test Living Lab approach in research-based education
• Increase mobility of students between Norway and Canada
• Integrate higher education and research to solve real-life problems and explore opportunities
• Encourage industrial stakeholders involvement into academic community
• Transform learning into a partnership between students, academicians, and industrialists
• Assure water safety and circularity by advancing electrocoagulation technology for water and wastewater treatment needs
AECo Approach
We establish research-based cooperation in higher education between the world-leading research universities and innovative private enterprises from Norway, USA and Canada in the field of water research and water treatment engineering.

The main subject-specific goal of AECo is advancing electrocoagulation process for water and wastewater treatment to the level of analytical and experimental proof of concept, exploring opportunities for further system prototyping and demonstration in operational conditions under successive international research project.

The main subject priorities are (i) scaling-up the EC technology, (ii) utilization of synergism of the concurrent processes in EC, (iii) costs reduction and recovery of valuable resources from EC wastes.

AECo Consortium
One of eight universities in Norway and the leading producer of Master level graduates in Water and Wastewater technologies. NMBU has long traditions in international project collaborations including Horizon 2020, EU FP7, Erasmus+ and other European programs
The University of Calgary is a public research university. This university consistently ranks among the top ten in Canada based on a variety of criteria and is consistently ranked top 200 in the world by various international ranking tables
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields
AECo Experts
Zakhar Maletskyi
NMBU, Norway - Project manager
Membrane technologies for water reuse. Residuals management in wastewater treatment
Edward Roberts
Calgary university, Canada - Professor, Associate Head (Research)
Expert and innovator in the field of electrochemical technology
Irina Chernyshova
Columbia University, New York - Research Scientist
Main areas of expertise: separation, adsorption, dispersion/aggregation; catalysis, electrocatalysis, electrochemistry...
Harsha Ratnaweera
NMBU, Norway - Professor
Modelling and optimization of processes in wastewater treatment
Ponisseril Somasundaran
Columbia University, New York - Professor
Green surfactants for environmental remediation
Sathish Ponnurangam
Columbia University, Canada - Assistant Professor
Colloid and surface science; mineral processing; catalysis and electrocatalysis; quantum chemical and atomistic modeling of adsorption; inorganic and organic nanoparticles.
Georg Finsrud
ScanWater, Norway - Chief Technical Officer
Nataly Sivchenko
Process control, surveillance and optimization
Elisabeth Hoff
NMBU, Norway
Project Success Manager - administration & logistics
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