Nanotechnology is already having a dramatic impact on improving water quality and the second edition of Nanotechnology Applications for Clean Water highlights both the challenges and the opportunities for nanotechnology to positively influence this area of environmental protection. This book presents detailed information on cutting-edge technologies, current research, and trends that may impact the success and uptake of the applications.

Recent advances show that many of the current problems with water quality can be addressed using nanosorbents, nanocatalysts, bioactive nanoparticles, nanostructured catalytic membranes, and nanoparticle enhanced filtration. The book describes these technologies in detail and demonstrates how they can provide clean drinking water in both large scale water treatment plants and in point-of-use systems. In addition, the book addresses the societal factors that may affect widespread acceptance of the applications.

Sections are also featured on carbon nanotube arrays and graphene-based sensors for contaminant sensing, nanostructured membranes for water purification, and multifunctional materials in carbon microspheres for the remediation of chlorinated hydrocarbons.

Key Features

  • Addresses both the technological aspects of delivering clean water supplies and the societal implications that affect take-up
  • Details how the technologies are applied in large-scale water treatment plants and in point-of-use systems
  • Highlights challenges and the opportunities for nanotechnology to positively influence this area of environmental protection


Engineers, researchers, students of water quality, water and wastewater management, groundwater remediation and pollution prevention. Policy and government officials.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Preface
    • Introduction
    • Disclaimer
  • Acknowledgment
  • Introduction: Water Purification in the Twenty-First Century—Challenges and Opportunities
    • I.1 Current water issues
    • I.2 Water purification: impacts and opportunities
    • I.3 Critical problems to be addressed in water research
    • I.4 Conclusion
    • References
  • Part 1: Contaminant Sensing Technologies
    • Chapter 1. Sensors Based on Carbon Nanotube Arrays and Graphene for Water Monitoring
      • 1.1 Introduction
      • 1.2 CNT-based electrochemical sensors
      • 1.3 Graphene-based sensors
      • 1.4 Conclusions and future work
      • Acknowledgments
      • References
    • Chapter 2. Advanced Nanosensors for Environmental Monitoring
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Nanostructured sensing materials developed
      • 2.3 Chemical sensor arrays and pattern recognition
      • 2.4 Biosensing applications of nanostructured materials
      • 2.5 Conclusions and future perspectives
      • Acknowledgments
      • References
    • Chapter 3. Electrochemical Biosensors Based on Nanomaterials for Detection of Pesticides and Explosives
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Nanomaterials-based biosensors for pesticides
      • 3.3 NP-based electrochemical immunoassay of TNT
      • 3.4 Conclusions
      • Acknowledgments
      • References
    • Chapter 4. Dye Nanoparticle-Coated Test Strips for Detection of ppb-Level Ions in Water
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Fundamental concept of dye nanoparticle-coated test strip
      • 4.3 The strategy to produce a suitable DNTS for a target ion
      • 4.4 Detection of harmful ions in water with DNTSs
      • 4.5 Conclusions and future perspectives
      • Acknowledgments
      • References
    • Chapter 5. Functional Nucleic Acid-


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