Emerging opportunities for nanotechnology to enhance water security

Pedro J.J. Alvarez, Candace Chan, Menachem Elimelech, Naomi J. Halas, Dino Villagrán

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No other resource is as necessary for life as water, and providing it universally in a safe, reliable and affordable manner is one of the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century. Here, we consider new opportunities and approaches for the application of nanotechnology to enhance the efficiency and affordability of water treatment and wastewater reuse. Potential development and implementation barriers are discussed along with research needs to overcome them and enhance water security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)634-641
Number of pages8
JournalNature nanotechnology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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