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Open Master-Thesis: Resource recovery from industrial waste water by cutting edge membrane technology - membrane distillation


AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE  INTEC) was founded in 1988 as an independent research association and is now one of the leading institutes for applied research in the fields of solar thermal energy, low-energy and zero energy buildings as well as in energy efficiency in industry. Besides these energy related topics also sustainable water management is a focus area.


Production of metal products brings along the generation of a multitude of different waste water streams such as waste water from cooling circuits and gas cleaning, rinsing water and diluted pickling acids from electro plating as well as washing water from casting of tools and automotive components. Additionally to the intensive demand for rinsing water, metal processing consumes a large amount of different process fluids like acids, bases and salts leading to contaminated waste water streams, which need disposal causing high costs and significant environmental impact in general. The environmental impact and costs of their disposal can be minimized by the recovery and recycling of valuable substances and high quality water from those streams.

Therefore a membrane distillation pilot demonstrator is built at site (AT&S) for the recovery of valuable substances. The aim of this thesis work is the design and conduction of experiments as well as the analysis of results and optimization cycles right on site in Fehring (demo site) and Gleisdorf (monitoring and analysis).


In this master thesis demo studies with the newly designed membrane distillation plant shall be conducted. This includes:

  1. Design of experiments
  2. Conduction of Test series
  3. Analysis of results
  4. Optimization of Test Series
  5. Results presentation

We request…

Thesis should be written in English
Solution-oriented, creative, independent and reliable operation-ModeKnowledge of mass and energy balances
Desirable: knowledge of thermal separation technologies

We offer...

  • Paid thesis, integration into ongoing project
  • Start: August  2018
  • Duration: 6 month

Location: AEE INTEC (Gleisdorf) / AT&S (Fehring)


DI Christoph Brunner
Head of Department Indurstrial Processes and Energy Systems
AEE - Institut für Nachhaltige Technologien
A-8200 Gleisdorf, Feldgasse 19
Tel.: +43 (0)3112 5886-470, Fax: DW 18
E-Mail: c.brunner@aee.at
http://www.aee-intec.at   @AEE_INTEC on Twitter


DI Judith Buchmaier
Scientific Expert
Indurstrial Processes and Energy Systems
AEE - Institut für Nachhaltige Technologien
A-8200 Gleisdorf, Feldgasse 19
Phone: +43 (0)3112 5886-452, Fax: DW 18
Email: j.buchmaier@aee.at