|Posted: May 30, 2016|
Use of nanomaterials and nanoscale products for wastewater treatment(Nanowerk News) The German Environment Agency (UBA) has published the factsheet "Use of nanomaterials and nanoscale products for wastewater treatment" (pdf).
|The treatment of contaminated water prior to its introduction into surface water is one of the most pressing global challenges of the future.|
|Existing processes for treating water and wastewater can be optimized by suitable nanotechnology applications, which can result in a more targeted removal of contaminants, better energy efficiency and lower costs.|
|Experts predict that the water sector could also benefit most from innovative nanotechnology applications in the medium to long term.|
|In addition to the benefits of using nanomaterials for water treatment, it should also be borne in mind that nanomaterials can have unintended impacts on the environment and human health.|
|When using nanomaterials it is important to note that the novel properties of nanomaterials may possibly also have harmful effects on the environment and humans.|
|Additional relevant publications:|
|Use of nanoscale iron for the remediation of groundwater damages|
|Use of nanomaterials in coatings|
|Use of nanomaterials in textiles|
|Nanotechnology-based lighting systems: organic light-emitting diode (OLED)|
|Source: German Environment Agency|
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