17/02/2020

Defensa Tesis Doctoral Joana Castellar. WETWALL an innovative design concept for the treatment of urban wastewaters

Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).

Joana Castellar, research technician at the Catalan Institute for water research (ICRA), presented her PhD thesis entitled “WETWALL an innovative design concept for the treatment of urban wastewaters

The defense of the PhD thesis took place 17th of February at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia  (UPC).

Gianluigi Buttiglieri, research from the Catalan institute for water research (ICRA) was the president of the evaluation committee together with Pascal Mole from  Irstea (France) and Ana Lacasta (UPC).

The PhD thesis obtained the mark of excellent cum laude.

The WETWALL proposes a unique ecotechnology for secondary wastewater treatment at an urban scale, which brings the novelty of a modular living wall hybrid flow based on the integration of two well established NBS: constructed wetlands and a modular living walls. In addition the design includes circular economy principles by encouraging the reuse of local by-products as filtering substrates.  

The development of the WETWALL design was supported by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (Brazil), UNESCO Chair on Sustainability and GICITED groups (Polytechnic University of Catalonia - Spain),  DIOPMA group (University of Barcelona - Spain), Aarhus University (Denmark), research group GREA (University of lleida  - Spain), Pompeu Fabra University (Spain), Catalan institute of cork (Spain), Ytong S.a., Eixverd (Spain), Aldufreu associats (Spain, Viver tres turons (Spain).”