Water Laboratory has been opened in DonNTU

27-11-2017    International Cooperation   555   

Opening of Water Laboratory at Donetsk National Technical University with the assistance of the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk, Wolfgang Mössinger

On November 23, 2017, DonNTU hosted a range of events devoted to the “German Week” in Ukraine, which was attended by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk Wolfgang Mössinger and the DAAD lecturer, Olaf Mittelstrass. The main event of the day was the presentation and the solemn opening of a laboratory for water quality at Donetsk National Technical University, the equipment of which was acquired by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk with the assistance of the Personal Consul General Wolfgang Mössinger.

The opening of the laboratory was preceded by a project called “Laboratory of Water” started by the scientists and professors of two departments of DonNTU: “Environmental protection activities” and “Chemical technologies”. The project originators, famous professors, Heads of Departments: Zbykovskyy Yevgen and Victor Kostenko are specialists in chemical technologies, environmental protection and treatment of industrial wastewater. The idea of opening a laboratory for water quality came to their mind a long time ago, almost immediately after the displacement of the university to the city of Krasnoarmeysk in 2014. At that time, this idea seemed to be more fantastic rather than a real one. The need for such a laboratory was conditioned by the lack of centralized water supply in the city, where the main sources of water were wells. The depth of the vast majority of wells is not more than several dozen meters, and the water quality in them does not meet the majority of normative indicators. It was not easy to check the quality of drinking water. The average cost of a comprehensive water analysis in the EU is approximately $1,100. The total number of water quality indicators is approximately 100.

It took almost three years to set up the laboratory. During this period, there was no centralized water supply several times because of the military operations. Everyone in the city had to use the water from the wells and put their health at a risk. The DonNTU scientists took a lot of effort to implement the idea. Finally, it became a reality. The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk acquired some unique laboratory equipment of the well-known European and American manufacturers.

Usually, it is impossible to distinguish clean water, or moreover, to define its composition without special equipment. That was demonstrated to all the present at the opening ceremony of the laboratory by the teachers of the department “Chemical technologies”, Ph.D. Igor Shvets and Ph.D. y, on the example of three samples of water: distilled water, tap water and water from a well. Identifying the quality of the tap water, the water from a well and the purified water, teaching the students to do this and informing the locals about it, all that is a topical task for us at the moment. The University trains specialists in chemical technology whose training program includes subjects related to water research. Such specialists have to be able to determine the quality of water used for the needs of the people and industry. In addition to chemists, water problems are also addressed to environmentalists and other specialists. The Water Laboratory in the first place will enable the university to train qualified specialists using modern equipment.

The new equipment of the laboratory will expand the number of indicators for determining the water quality, in particular the definition of turbidity of water, the content of certain metals, sulfides, sulfates, nitrates, chlorides, and others. Each of the specified indicators can tell about the water a lot of interesting things. For example, high levels of iron may indicate a significant deterioration of the pipes. Increased nitrate content indicates that it is sewage, or sewage got into the centralized water supply system somehow (possible gusts of pipes, water from a low horizon). Depending on the location of the wells, there is a different amount of metals which is related to soil contamination. Our health depends on the water quality. The use of the modern equipment in DonNTU will enable us to study physical and chemical properties and water quality, as well as ecological processes that determine its properties, and to monitor the water quality systematically. We hope that the new laboratory will help to improve the quality of drinking water in Donetsk region significantly.

Our latest plans include learning to do analysis using modern equipment, training the university students to work with new technologies, certifying our laboratory for the official recognition of the results of its activities, as well as development of new technologies for treatment of industrial wastewater.


Yevgen Zbykovskyy,
Head of Department of Chemical Technologies
Igor Shvets,
Associate Professor of Department of Chemical Technologies