Summer school: Water

Access to clean water is evidently crucial. With growing population, climate change, and emerging new contaminants, water challenges are omnipresent. It is of prime importance to understand water systems and their management, innovate water treatments, and explore e.g. energy generation possibilities from water.

Produced Water

Produced water is the major byproduct in the oil and gas industries. In oil and gas wells large quantities of naturally or injected water can be present. This water, which is trapped in the underground formations, is extracted to the surface during the production of the oil or gas. It contains hydrocarbons, salts, and various other components. Produced water is a growing source of concern due to environmental reasons. During CuriousU we will look at the several aspects associated produced water, and we will discuss and compares technologies that provide potential solutions to the problems it poses.

Small Water

Small water deals with the phenomena and properties of water when encountered on a small length scale. The presence of interfaces and surfaces become dominant for the characteristics of aqueous systems, with often surprising consequences.

Other topics

  • Water Treatment and Purification
  • Water Footprint
  • Rivers and Seas 
  • Blue Energy
  • Interfacial Phenomena 
  • Earth Observation of Water Cycle
  • Ecodynamic Development and Design - Building with Nature 

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course a student:

  • is aware of the ecological and economical aspects associated with produced water
  • is aware of the major techniques that are available to treat produced water
  • has identified the major stakeholders and can reflect on their strategies w.r.t. produced water

Course aim

Build awareness of emerging technologies and scientific developments related to water management, treatment and fundamentals.

Course leaders

  • Nieck Benes is professor of Films in Fluids. He has a longstanding background in the science and technology of separating molecules from mixtures, in particular using membranes.
  • Rob Lammertink is professor of Soft matter, Fluidics and Interfaces (SFI). His research interests include transport phenomena in aqueous media where surfaces, e.g. catalysts or membranes, are encountered.

Course details

  • Methods: Lectures, project, excursion.
  • Course level: Beginner’s/Intermediate/Advanced
  • Target group: Bachelor’s students of engineering or science
  • Required knowledge: An engineering or science background at Bachelor’s level
  • Course leaders: Prof.Dr.Ir. Nieck Benes and Prof.Dr.Ir. Rob Lammertink
  • Credits: 2 ECTS credits for successfully completing the summer school