A Romanian national research institute is specialized in the application of analytical chemistry in three main directions: Environment and Health, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Bioenergy and Biofuels. The institute has a remarkable endowment that allows approaching projects from research to stage prototype realization and technology transfer.
Disinfection by-products (DBPs) result from chemical reactions between organic and inorganic matter in water with chemical treatment agents during the water disinfection process. Epidemiological studies have looked and demonstrated the associations between exposure to DBPs in drinking water with bladder cancer, adverse birth outcome and early-term miscarriages. A careful analysis of these chemical substances is mandatory, in order to respect food safety legislation. In this context, the Romanian institute has developed a method for the determination of disinfection by-products in drinking water.
As compared to other existing conventional methods, the Romanian research institute has developed an environmentally friendly method for determination of more than 20 disinfection by-products (trihalomethanes, iodomethane, haloacetic acids, haloketones, halonitromethanes, haloacetic acids, etc.) from drinking water samples (water treatment plants, drinking water supply systems, etc.). The determined disinfection by-products belong to chemical groups with different physicochemical and potential toxicological properties. The compounds are extracted using headspace-solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) procedure, followed by the analysis with gas chromatography with mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
The Romanian research institute is looking for partners abroad such as environmental analysis laboratories or bottled water producers (SMEs/large companies). The considered partnership refer to commercial agreements with technical assistance (engineering and technical assistance) in the method transfer and implementation on the partner's equipment, as well as, staff training.