A Final Degree Project of the Agronomist and Industrial student of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena Ricardo Martínez Vives has won the prize of the Institute of Water and Environment Engineering (IIAMA) for the best academic work in water engineering.
The study "Application of an electrochemical reactor in the treatment of brackish water.
Technological projection ", directed by the UPCT professor José Antonio Fernández López, of the Chemical Engineering department, seeks to provide a second life to the waste coming from the reverse osmosis, generating the value of a waste.
In this way, in addition to obtaining more final permeate, the remaining waste is transformed into other compounds for later use, thus advancing towards a circular economy and 100% water use.
Ricardo Martínez Vives (Murcia, 1993) is a young researcher and executive director of the agrifood startup, Useful Wastes.
Useful Wastes, which also has a chair in the UPCT, works mainly to solve the water deficit and pollution caused by reverse osmosis processes.
The startup was selected in 2016 by SODENA (Sociedad de Desarrollo de Navarra) to participate in the second edition of the Orizont acceleration program.
He has also received several awards.
Among them: 1st Tomás Ferro International Agricultural Prize;
I AEMA ECODAY Award by the Murcia City Council, Aguas de Murcia and Ecoembes;
Entrepreneurs Award of the month of September 2017 by the Institute of Development and Social Innovation Award of the Aquae Foundation.
Ricardo Martínez will pick up his prize at the end of April at the Universitat PolitÃ¨cnica de ValÃ¨ncia.
The awards granted by the Research Institute in Water and Environmental Engineering have been consolidated in the scientific field, as a reference call for young researchers.