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Nanotechnology for Water Purification and Waste Treatment

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Nanotechnology — the science and art of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level — has the potential to substantially enhance environmental quality and sustainability through pollution prevention, treatment, and remediation. Nanotechnology could also lead to new environmental problems. It is largely unknown how nanostructured materials and other related nanotechnologies might affect human health and interact with the environment. The eventual proliferation and use of nanotechnology may cause unintended consequences such as the creation of new classes of toxins or related environmental hazards.

In this lecture, the environmental applications and implications of nanotechnology are assessed with emphasis on recent research and development of new nanotechnologies for hazardous waste treatment and site remediation.

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