The developed device is called a submerged membrane electro-bioreactor or SMEBR. It was created at Concordia and tested in l'Assomption, Quebec. The SMEBR removes more impurities from water -- and with greater efficiency -- than pre-existing devices. It is more environmentally sustainable since it eliminates the use of chemical compounds, occupies less land due to elimination of many operation units, and uses less energy. It also operates at a lower cost.
Beyond the immediate implications of this invention, namely, possible commercialization and use across Canada and beyond, Elektorowicz is interested in further possible breakthroughs. She speculates about a future in which each home is self-sustaining in its water usage -- being able to purify and re-use whatever it creates in the form of waste.
Shadi Hasan, Sharif Ibeid, Khalid Bani Melhem, Walaa Hirzallah and Negin Salamati were also participants in the SMEBR project, which was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Strategic Grant Program.