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Issue 41, 2015

Rational design of nanomaterials for water treatment

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The ever-increasing human demand for safe and clean water is gradually pushing conventional water treatment technologies to their limits. It is now a popular perception that the solutions to the existing and future water challenges will hinge upon further developments in nanomaterial sciences. The concept of rational design emphasizes on ‘design-for-purpose’ and it necessitates a scientifically clear problem definition to initiate the nanomaterial design. The field of rational design of nanomaterials for water treatment has experienced a significant growth in the past decade and is poised to make its contribution in creating advanced next-generation water treatment technologies in the years to come. Within the water treatment context, this review offers a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the latest progress in rational design, synthesis and applications of nanomaterials in adsorption, chemical oxidation and reduction reactions, membrane-based separation, oil–water separation, and synergistic multifunctional all-in-one nanomaterials/nanodevices. Special attention is paid to the chemical concepts related to nanomaterial design throughout the review.

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21 Jul 2015
25 Aug 2015
First published
26 Aug 2015

This article is Open Access

Nanoscale, 2015,7, 17167-17194
Article type
Review Article
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Rational design of nanomaterials for water treatment

R. Li, L. Zhang and P. Wang, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 17167 DOI: 10.1039/C5NR04870B

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