Nanotechnology as a Key Enabler for Effective Environmental Remediation Technologies

Yi Jiang, Bo Peng, Zhishang Wan, Changwoo Kim, Wenlu Li, John Fortner

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Overview This chapter provides an overview and outlook of nanotechnology’s enabling roles in developing effective environmental remediation processes. Nanotechnology has the potential to substantially improve environmental remediation technologies. Here, instead of an exhaustive review of all developments related to nano-enabled environmental remediation processes/technologies, we present a brief overview and then specific comparison(s) between the two most common application approaches- individual (free) nanoparticles and those systems with integrated nanomaterials/nanotechnology. Specifically, we review examples of metal oxide nanoparticles (as nano-adsorbents) and graphene oxide enabled membranes to illustrate key technological aspects regarding their application potential in environmental remediation. Lastly, we highlight three key steps to further advancing the material development, namely, establishing structure-property-function relationships, delineating the effects of environmental factors, and addressing potential risk issues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA New Paradigm for Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Concepts to Insights
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789811394478
ISBN (Print)9789811394461
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Adsorbent
  • Engineered nanomaterials
  • Environmental remediation
  • Membrane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Medicine
  • General Engineering
  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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