Nanotechnology for clean water has worldwide ramifications

Water-borne illnesses have been estimated to be responsible for 35% of deaths in developing nations. Providing clean drinking water, remediating polluted waterways and aquifers and preventing pollution are critical challenges around the globe for governments and the scientific community. A forthcoming reference from William Andrew highlights the opportunities for nanotechnology to positively influence this area and the challenges that lie therein...

NORWICH, NY, Oct. 16, 2008 -- Water-borne illnesses have been estimated to be responsible for 35% of deaths in developing nations. Providing clean drinking water, remediating polluted waterways and aquifers and preventing pollution are critical challenges around the globe for governments and the scientific community. A forthcoming reference from William Andrew highlights the opportunities for nanotechnology to positively influence this area and the challenges that lie therein.

Nanotechnology Applications for Clean Water provides detailed information on breakthroughs, cutting edge technologies, current research, and future trends that may lead to widespread applications. The first four sections of the book cover specific topics, including the use of nanotechnology for clean drinking water in both large scale and point-of-use systems. The final section discusses the inherent societal implications that may affect the acceptance of widespread applications.

The fact is nanotechnology is already having a dramatic impact on research in water quality. Recent advances show that many of the current problems involving water quality can be addressed using nanosorbent, nanocatalysts, bioactive nanoparticles, nanostructured catalytic membranes, and nanoparticle enhanced filtration. In this truly unique reference, over 80 leading experts from the global scientific community share their research and knowledge to address the global challenges of water quality and remediation in the hopes that nanotechnology can ensure that clean water is available to everyone.

Engineers, researchers, and students of water quality, water and wastewater management, groundwater remediation, and pollution prevention will find this book an excellent reference and status of the state-of-the-art. Policy and government officials will find the information they need to begin considering nanotechnology as a potential resolution to their water quality concerns.

Nanotechnology Applications for Clean Water is the fourth book in the William Andrew Micro & Nano Technologies series and is due to be published in November 2008. Discounted copies are currently available through the publisher.

William Andrew is an independent, mid-size publisher of applied science handbooks, references, and databases with an active backlist of more than 400 titles in 16 subject areas. William Andrew publishes and distributes its content in North America and has appointed Elsevier as its exclusive distribution partner for all territories outside North America.

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