Nano-remediation: tiny particles cleaning up big environmental problems

Khara Grieger, Rune Hjorth, Jacelyn Rice, Naresh Kumar, John Bang

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Abstract

Over the past decade, there has been an increased use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in everything from consumer products to industrial manufacturing. Nanomaterials are substances which are less than 100 nanometres in size (a nanometre is one billionth of a metre). Although natural nanomaterials exist, engineered nanomaterials are being designed with very specific properties, and the impacts to humans and ecosystem health are largely unknown. With the normal production, use, and disposal of these products, it is very likely that many ENMs will end up in the environment. ENMs contained in clothes and food packaging may be rinsed off during washing, and for many ENMs it remains unclear whether current wastewater treatment systems can filter them out before releasing water back into the environment.

Overall, this thematic group will focus on the potential impacts of ENMs in the environment in a broad sense, covering a range of issues which may be relevant for environmental conservation. The main output from this group will be diverse forms of written communication pieces, including blogs, short articles, and opinion pieces.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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