Non-conventional water treatment

During the past decade several new and unconventional technologies for the treatment of water have surfaced. Manufacturers claim that their so-called vitalisation technology alters water structures, adds information or vital energy to the water mostly in non-physical ways.

Social Impact

Although scientifically unexplained, many good and sometimes astonishing results have been reported, e.g. faster germination of seeds or a decrease in scaling or corrosion. In general this type of treatment also seems to enhance biological processes. Thus such treatment of wastewater might improve the efficiency of biological treatment plants. Research is aimed at studying the effects of these technologies on (waste)water treatment.

Technological challenge

Water Treatment

Water vitalisation has not yet been researched or explained scientifically. An experimental set-up will be defined. Effects will be studied in model systems. The possibilities to apply vitalisation technology in full-scale plants will be explored.


Current scientific theory cannot explain vitalisation of water. A theoretical basis will be investigated. Starting points is cluster formation in water. 


Qualitative effects of vitalisation have been shown by indirect methods (see picture). Third aim of this research is the development of a method or system to establish the vital quality of water. Thus enabling direct measurement of the effects of different technologies.


Graduated: Delft University, Chemical Engineering

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