New Insights and Innovations for Advanced Water Treatment

IWA Advanced Water Treatment, Reverse Osmosis, Oxidation

Target Audience

Academics and researchers, engineers, utilities.


This webinar is organised by the IWA “Design, Operation and Maintenance of Drinking Water Treatment Plants” Specialist Group. It aims to illustrate and discuss the fundamentals and new trends of the advanced water and wastewater treatment processes.

Water and wastewater treatment processes aim for removing contaminants from water sources and convert it into effluent qualified for desired end-use. The end-uses include drinking, industrial water supply, irrigation, river flow maintenance, water recreation, and returning to the water cycle, and so on.

Speakers will present new insights, challenges and emerging technologies (e.g., locally enhanced electric field treatment, advanced oxidation process, and reverse osmosis) that require attention in future advanced water treatment processes. Specifically, this webinar will be structured to cover the following topics:

  • Application of chemical oxidants for enhanced wastewater treatment, by Prof. Urs von Gunten.
  • Locally enhanced electric field treatment (LEEFT) for drinking water disinfection, by Prof. Xing Xie.
  • The Open Membrane Database (OMD): An openaccess, user-sourced library of water purification and desalination membranes, by Dr. Rhea Verbeke.

Learning Objectives

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Gain deeper understanding of ozonation process for advanced water treatment
  • Expand knowledge of new water disinfection technology: locally enhanced electric field treatment
  • Familiarise with the concept and functionality of Open Membrane Database for water purification and desalination membranes

Additional Resources

Webinar on demand available on IWA Connect Plus

Webinar Presentation Slides: Download HERE



International Water Association


  • Yumeng Zhao, Harbin Institute of Technology, China (moderator)
  • Urs von Gunten, Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology and EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Xing Xie, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
  • Rhea Verbeke, KU Leuven, Belgium