Phosphorous removal and recovering from wastewater

Phosphorus has an important economical value for humans, specially within the domain of agriculture where it is used as fertilizer. As a consequence of the high fertilizer production worldwide, phosphorus reserves are rapidly approaching to a threshold where mine extraction will be compromised (either because of natural resources will be depleted or because extraction will be no longer economically feasible). Moreover, phosphorus in wastewater has been so far considered to be a problem, whereas it should be considered as a potential source susceptible to be targeted by recovery/recycling processes. The main objective of this research topic is to develop economically and technically feasible processes that aim at maximizing phosphorus removal from wastewater and ulterior recycle and re-use.