Water Lab

Lab Heads


Prof. Dror Avisar,

Head of TAU Water Center, Faculty of Exact Sciences


Prof. Hadas Mamane,

Head of the Environmental Engineering Program, Faculty of Engineering   

The Boris Mints Institute Water Lab deals with the contemporary global challenges of water shortage and water quality through rigorous and groundbreaking research.



In Collaboration with the Water Center at TAU


Research Project

Microalgae Utilization for Removal of Organic compounds from Wastewater: Circular Economy Concept

Patricia Akao, BMI Fellow

Academic Advisors:  Prof. Dror Avisar,  Prof. Hadas Mamane


Preliminary experiments utilizing microalgae Chlorella sp. to remove iodinated contrast media (ICM) showed great potential and as a result new experiments were performed over the course of 27 days, in triplicates. The positive and negative controls were performed in duplicates for each specific concentration (2, 5, 10 and 100 mg/L Iohexol - IHX). 

The experiment showed that the microalgae may release an enzyme capable of oxidizing the IHX molecule. Ongoing research aims to better understand the oxidation pathway and characterize all nine DPs chosen. Further experiments are planned for next year.

Research Project

Removal of Micro-Pollutants from Hospital Wastewater 

Adi Zilberman, BMI Fellow

Academic Advisors:  Prof. Dror Avisar, Prof. Hadas Mamane and Yaal Lester, Environmental Engineering, Azrieli College, Jerusalem

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It was expected that the removal of carbon, phosphorus and nitrogen from hospital wastewater will be carried out by the biological activity of the aerobic, anoxic and anaerobic bacteria, and that in the first stage the drugs under investigation will not be dismantled

Research Project

Water research in India - Developing water quality survey tool.

Selda Edris, BMI Fellow

Academic Advisor:   Prof. Hadas Mamane 

In this research our goal is to develop a simple tool for understanding drinking water quality in rural areas, by creating a water quality survey (WQS) which will require from the participants to predict the technical quality of their water. Correlation will be investigating between their predictions and their actual water quality - chemical, physical and biological analysis.
Objectives of Survey
This AmriTAU WQS Tool is designed to answer five main questions:
1. How and where are participants collecting their drinking water?
2. What are participants doing to their water before they drink it?
3. What do participants think and feel about the quality of their water?
The questions are asked specifically about the water participants have available for drinking, and samples of this water will be taken for further analysis in laboratories. In this, the fourth objective
4. What is the technical quality of the water participants are drinking?
5. Do participants answer to the questionnaire predict the technical quality of their water?