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Investigation of Aquaporin InsideTM technology in reverse osmosis membranes


Project description


Aquaporin is a Danish cleantech company dedicated to revolutionising water purification by means of industrial biotech techniques and thinking. Our goal is to develop the Aquaporin Inside™ technology capable of separating and purifying water from all other compounds. 

Aquaporin Inside™ technology were tested and proven by NASA to show superior rejection values to urea when compared to existing Forward Osmosis membranes. As a result our revolutionary water filtration technology won the prestigious European Inventor Award in 2014 and attracted over 100million Krona for further development.

Primary market focus includes industrial water treatment treatment of difficult wastewater streams and other niche segments where the Aquaporin Inside™ technology closes a technological gap in todays water treatment. Secondary market focus includes desalination of seawater and pressure retarded osmosis applications.


The Aquaporin InsideTM membrane technology has already proven its great potential in several membrane applications. You can help us expand our knowledge of our Aquaporin InsideTM reverse osmosis membrane technology by optimizing our protocol for handmade membranes through hands on lab work and analysis with a wide range of chemical and physical techniques. 

Projects within this case are focused on perfecting different elements of our in-house protocol for handmade reverse osmosis membranes in the laboratory of Aquaporin A/S and analyzing the different iterations of the protocol with all appropriate analytical tools available. The projects are carried out in close collaboration with our production and development departments and the outcome should give Aquaporin A/S a better understanding of the Aquaporin InsideTM membrane technology. The projects are open for graduate students about to write their master thesis and opens up for working with the following topics:

  • Optimizing our hand made reverse osmosis membrane protocol.
  • Testing the resulting membranes in a RO setup.
  • Analyzing the resulting membranes with state-of-the-art analytical equipment.
  • Identifying new ways of quantifying and optimizing the number of vesicular structures embedded in the active layer of the membrane.

Learning Outcome

Sucesfull applicants will firstly experience working at the interface between fundamental academic research and industrial applied work. In addition they will

  • Insight into Aquaporin InsideTM reverse osmosis technology
  • Understanding the function and relevance of cellular membranes in biological conditions
  • Understanding of the importance of osmosis in cellular biology and bodily functions
  • Understanding and experience with optimization processes of industrial protocols
  • Hands-on experience with state-of-art equipment in an industrial setting

Student’s Profile

Chemistry chemical engineering process engineering nanotechnology environmental engineering material chemistry or equivalent education.