Applying Nanotechnology for Environmental Sustainability

Applying Nanotechnology for Environmental Sustainability

Sung Hee Joo (University of Miami, USA)
Release Date: August, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 558
ISBN13: 9781522505853|ISBN10: 1522505857|EISBN13: 9781522505860|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0585-3


Nanomaterials have been used for years in industries such as consumer products, textile production, and biomedicine, yet the literature outlining their use in environmental causes is limited. The safety, toxicity, transportation, and removal of this technology must be addressed as nanotechnology and nanomaterial use is expected to grow.

Applying Nanotechnology for Environmental Sustainability addresses the applications of nanomaterials in the field of environmental conservation and sustainability, and analyzes the potential risks associated with their use. It elucidates the scientific concepts and emerging technologies in nanoscience and nanotoxicity by offering a wide range of innovative topics and reviews regarding its use. This publication is essential for environmental engineers, researchers, consultants, students, regulators, and professionals in the field of nanotechnology.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Bionanosensors
  • Contaminant Removal
  • Disinfection Techniques
  • Ecotoxicity
  • Engineered Membranes
  • Environmental Media
  • Nanostructures
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Sustainable Crop Production
  • Water Treatment

Reviews and Testimonials

Editor Joo offers this textbook-sized research compilation regarding the applications as well as the risks of nanotechnology in environmental monitoring, remediation, and preservation efforts. The book starts off with a paper discussing best methods for monitoring nanoparticle pollution. It then proceeds with mostly promising results regarding nanomaterials for point-of-use water filtration, nano-enhanced membranes for selective permeability and energy generation, wastewater treatment using nanofiltration, remediation of groundwater and soil contamination using MnO2 and zerovalent iron nanoparticles, novel disinfection techniques including a paper on fullerene-catalyzed oxidation, and solid waste treatment.

– Protoview Reviews

The book may most properly be viewed as a response to a problem: nanotechnologies are an emerging and underexplored area of study, especially as it relates to their impact on our environment. While nanotechnologies may represent an exciting advancement for both industry and end consumers, they must be explored through an environmental lens to ensure that the environment is protected and properly preserved. This book begins to start that conversation, and should be viewed as a welcome addition to communal learning and knowledge. This book is recommended for academic libraries.

– Sara Mofford

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Sung Hee Joo, Assistant Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Miami is the Director of the Environmental Nanotechnology Laboratory. Dr. Joo received PhD in environmental engineering at the University of New South Wales. Following her time in Australia, she conducted research on the formation and pathways of nitrogenous disinfection by-products during chlorine and chloramine disinfection at Yale University. She and her colleagues expanded research involving the development and applications of stabilized bimetallic nanomaterials for in situ remediation of chlorinated hydrocarbons. Dr. Joo has expertise in the field of advanced treatment technologies for emerging environmental contaminants, environmental nanotechnology, chemical nanoscience, the innovative processes of water/wastewater treatment, the application of membrane technology in wastewater, and the fate & transport of contaminants in the environment. She is a recipient of the Provost Research Award, USEPA's STAA, NRC, and YCC award of ACS.