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Training Course “CONVENTIONAL & NEW WATER PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGIES, Jerusalem, 24-31 august 2013






As it is known, most of the Mediterranean Countries suffer from water shortage due to both increasing demand and declining water quality. In addition to the necessary efforts to be undertaken to economize water consumption, such a situation calls for innovative and cost-efficient solutions to purify contaminated water and recycle wastewater. In the frame of the project NANOWAT, funded by the European Union through the ENPI-CBC-MED programme, a training course is organized, in which participants will become familiar with conventional procedures as well as new technologies based on filtration and photocatalytic activities in water treatment processes. This training course is open to researchers, students, technicians, and any other people interested in current and future water treatment technologies. The course will be held on August 27, 28, 29, 2013. In addition to lectures, it will also include a guided tour of a waste water treatment plant close to Jerusalem.


Official language: English.

A certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of the course.


Course attendance is free of charge; however, pre-inscription is needed by sending an e-mail to Shlomo Nir (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; subject: training course).

Palestinians who want to participate and need permit for entry, please send a scanned identity card or mail a copy to: Professor Shlomo Nir, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, P.O.B 12, Rehovot76100, Israel.



The course will be held in the Lecture Hall XXXXX on the Givat- Ram (Edmond Safra) Campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.





Tuesday, August 27


9:00-10:00  Registration and refreshments. (Registration will also proceed during breaks)


10:00-10:15  Introductory notes. Prof. Shlomo Nir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


10:15-11:40  Towards integrated waste water treatment using advanced techniques: Al-QudsUniversity experience. Prof. Mustafa Khamis, Al-QudsUniversity, Palestine.


11:40- 12:00  Coffee break.


12:00- 13:00  Organo-Clay mineral interactions: General characteristics. Dr. Yael Mishael, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


13:00-14:30  Lunch break.


14:30-15:30  Clay organic interactions and sorption models. Prof. Shlomo Nir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


15:30-15:50  Coffee break.


15:50-17:00  Liposome- and polymer- clay composites: production, optimization, and uses in water treatment processes. Dr.Tomás Undabeytia, Research Scientist, Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología (IRNAS-CSIC), Spain.


17:00-17:20  Coffee break.


17:20-18:20  Water purification by micelle-clay composites. Prof. Shlomo Nir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel



Wednesday, August 28


9:00-12:00  Visit to the Soreq waste water treatment plant close to Jerusalem.


12:30-13:45  Lunch break.


13:45-14:30  Water purification by polymer-clay composites. Dr. Yael Mishael; Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


14:30-16:00  Stability and removal of a variety of pharmaceuticals by advanced membrane technology, activated charcoal and micelle- clay complexes. Prof. Rafik Karaman; Al-QudsUniversity, Palestine.


16:00-16:30 Coffee break.


16:30-17:15  Efficiency of membrane technology, activated charcoal, and a micelle- clay complex for removal of the acidic pharmaceuticals Ibuprofen and Mefenamic acid from wastewater. Mr Samer Khalaf; Al-QudsUniversity, Palestine and Ph.DInternationalSchool, Potenza, Italy


Thursday, August 29


9:00-10:30  A review of advanced treatment oxidation processes in water treatments. Prof. Serge Chiron, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France.


10:30-10:45 Coffee break.


10:45-11:30  Removal of micro-pollutants from wastewater: Comparison of homogeneous and heterogeneous photocatalysis. Dr. Moussa Mahdi Ahmed, Hydrosciences Montpellier UMR 5569(CNRS), France.


11:30-13:00 Lunch break.


13:00-16:30 Workshop