NanoScavengers for remediation of petroleum and pharmaceutical contaminants

Indu Tripathi, Lance Schideman, Santosh K. Misra, Enrique A. Daza, Youkabed Ostadhossein, John W. Scott, Brajendra K. Sharma, Wei Zheng, Satanu Chaudhuri, Jacek Topczewski, Dipanjan Pan

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Current nanomaterial and dispersants for remediation of petroleum and pharmaceutical contamination are either not robust or neglect to appreciate their adverse environmental impact leading to a synergistic chemical imbalance. In order to develop a more comprehensive agent, a multi-compartmental nanoparticle-based approach, called NanoScavengers (NS), utilized comprehensive chemistry to tune their properties from petroleum scavenging to pharmaceutical remediation. NS treated different forms of petroleum oil (raw and distillate form) with remarkable efficiency (801 utilizing sequestration and dispersion abilities in tandem with a 10:1 (oil:NCS; w/w) loading capacity. A small change in outer shell composition of particles turns it from oil scavengers to pharmaceutical scavenger with textasciitilde55 this polymer passivated nanomaterial with minor changes in outer shell chemistry could be used to perform pharmaceutical scavenging and proving to be highly efficient, multi-functional pollution remediating nanomaterial.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2017


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