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Nanotechnology in wastewater treatment

Nanotechnology in wastewater treatmentPresented by , Guided by, ANOOPA ANN THOMAS Dr .MARY LUBI C GCANECH010

Water, Water every where but not a drop to drink! Over 75% of the earth surface is covered in water 97.5% of this water is salt water, leaving 2.5% as fresh water.

Nearly 70% of the fresh water is frozen in the icecaps of Antartica and Greenland; most of the remainder is present as soil moisture or as groundwater not accessible to human use.

Less than 1% of the worlds freshwater is accessible for direct human uses.

What we need?????

Fresh water



Why wastewater treatment???

Increasing population

Depleting water resources

Climate change resulting in prolonged droughts and floods.


Coagulation Chlorination Flocculation Lime softening Ozonation Membrane separation processes etc....

Why research is still going on?????

Day to day Change in wastewater composition Requirement of stable methods Requirement of economical methods Requirement of effective methods Search for reliable methods

UNSOLVED TECHNOLOGY PROBLEMS......Mercury contamination, Minamata, Japan, 1956Microbial contamination, Zimbabwe, 2009Pesticide contamination, Kerala, 2001Fluoride contamination, India, 2003

What is nanotechnology??

The creation of functional materials ,devices and systems through control of matter on the nanometer length scale (1-100nm), and exploitation of novel phenomenon and properties (physical, chemical and biological ) at that length scale.

NANOPARTICLES IN WASTEWATER TREATMENT Dendrimers Metal nanoparticles Zeolites Carbonaceous nanomaterials


Size 1-20 nm Globular shape Structure 3 regions Dendrimers differs in structure Presence of interior voids

Eg: PAMAM (Polyamidoamine) dendrimers Ethylene Diamine (EDA) core and terminal NH2 groups can recover Cu ( II ) ions from aqueous solutions. Cu (II), Ni (II) and Cr (III) can be removed.

Metal nanoparticles Magnesia nanoparticles (5-100 nm): Effective biocide against gram positive and gram negative bacteria and bacterial spores

Gold nanoparticles (20-100nm): Palladium coated nanoparticles are effective catalyst for removing TCE (Trichloroethane) from groundwater.

Silver nanoparticles (1-40nm) : acts as an anti-microbial, anti-biotic and anti- fungal agent

Zeolites Zeolite nanoparticles are prepared by laser- induced fragmentation. An effective sorbent and ion exchange media for metal ions.

Porous structure Can accommodate variety of cations Na+,K+,Ca2+,Mg2+ etc....... These ions can be readily exchanged NaP1 zeolites (Na6Al6Si10O32.. 12H2O) have a high density of Na+ ion- exchange sites.Experiments have reported the successful use of synthetic NaP1 zeolites to remove Cr (III), Ni (II), Zn (II), Cu (II) and Cd (II) from wastewater.

Carbonaceous nanomaterials

High capacity selective sorbents for organic solutes Shows antibacterial properties Includes polymers like azidated polyvinyl chloride, PEG polymer, Polyethylene mine (PEI) etc... Polymers are poly cationic agents


Occurrence of new micro contaminants is a challenge to mankind. Nanoparticles have the ability to penetrate into the cell cytoplasm. Positively charged materials are absorbed on negatively charged cell surfaces. Disruption of cell membranes


Nanosorption Nanofiltration Photocatalysis


Nanoparticles have larger surface area. It can be enhanced with various reactive groups to increase their chemical affinity towards target compounds. Activated carbon is the widely used adsorbent in conventional methods. Higher efficiency with the use of CNTs and metal based nanosorbents

Major drawbacks of activated carbon Contains a significant number of micropores inaccessible to bulky organic molecules. Low affinity for low molecular weight polar organic compounds.

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) & Metal nanosorbents

From planar sheet of graphite (Graphene) Available surface area for adsorption on individual CNTs is their external surfaces. Hydrophobicity of graphitic surface. Peng (2005) discovered Cerium oxide supported CNTs are effective sorbents for arsenic . Nanomaterials can remove heavy metals. Metal based nanosorbents are used for the removal of arsenic.

NANOFILTRATION A pressure driven membrane separation process. Falls between ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis. Low pressure membrane process (7-30 bar) Nanofiltration membrane has pore size 1-5 nm Higher flux rate Allows the transmission of monovalent ions but multivalent ions are largely retained.

Nanofiltration membranes have been shown to remove Turbidity Microorganisms Inorganic ions (Ca , Na) Nitrates and arsenic from groundwater Organic pollutants Carbon nanotube filters Nanoceramic filters

PHOTOCATALYSIS An advanced oxidation process Major barrier for its wide application is slow kinetics TiO2 is the most widely used photocatalyst Ti exists naturally in three different forms rutile, anatase, brookite. Anatase is most often used in photocatalysis

Steps involved in degradation of organic compounds

External diffusion of reactant to photocatalyst surface. Adsorption of contaminant. Reaction of adsorbed organic compound with photo-excited photocatalyst. Desorption of reaction products. Mass transfer of reaction product to bulk water.

How it works ???


Efficient Reliable High capacity Regenerative Stable


Scale up is difficult High cost

CONCLUSION The unique properties of nanomaterials and their convergence with current treatment technologies present great opportunities to revolutionize water and wastewater treatment.

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