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Pan Stanford Publishing Pte Ltd
11 May 2018
Nanotechnology has a great potential for providing efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally acceptable solutions to face the increasing requirements on quality and quantity of fresh water for industrial, agricultural, or human use. Iron nanomaterials, either zerovalent iron (nZVI) or iron oxides (nFeOx), present key physicochemical properties that make them particularly attractive as contaminant removal agents for water and soil cleaning. The large surface area of these nanoparticles imparts high sorption capacity to them, along with the ability to be functionalized for the enhancement of their affinity and selectivity. However, one of the most important properties is the outstanding capacity to act as redox-active materials, transforming the pollutants to less noxious chemical species by either oxidation or reduction, such as reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) and dehalogenation of hydrocarbons.

This book focuses on the methods of preparation of iron nanomaterials that can carry out contaminant removal processes and the use of these nanoparticles for cleaning waters and soils. It carefully explains the different aspects of the synthesis and characterization of iron nanoparticles and methods to evaluate their ability to remove contaminants, along with practical deployment. It overviews the advantages and disadvantages of using iron-based nanomaterials and presents a vision for the future of this nanotechnology. While this is an easy-to-understand book for beginners, it provides the latest updates to experts of this field. It also opens a multidisciplinary scope for engineers, scientists, and undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Although there are a number of books published on the subject of nanomaterials, not too many of them are especially devoted to iron materials, which are rather of low cost, are nontoxic, and can be prepared easily and envisaged to be used in a large variety of applications. The literature has scarce reviews on preparation of iron nanoparticles from natural sources and lacks emphasis on the different processes, such as adsorption, redox pathways, and ionic exchange, taking place in the removal of different pollutants. Reports and mechanisms on soil treatment are not commonly found in the literature. This book opens a multidisciplinary scope for engineers and scientists and also for undergraduate or postgraduate students.
By:   Gerencia Quimica
Edited by:   Marta I. Litter, Natalia Quici (CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina), Martin Meichtry
Imprint:   Pan Stanford Publishing Pte Ltd
Country of Publication:   Singapore
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   794g
ISBN:   9789814774673
ISBN 10:   9814774677
Pages:   324
Publication Date:   11 May 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marta I. Litter is a researcher at the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA), a superior researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), and a full professor of the National University of General San Martin, Argentina. She is a PhD in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a postdoctorate from the University of Arizona, USA. She has authored more than 200 scientific publications in international journals, books, and chapters of books. She is recipient of the MERCOSUR Science and Technology Award in 2006 and 2011. She was president of the local organizing committee of the 5th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (As2014), Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was recently designated as pioneer on photocatalysis in Argentina (2016). Her research focuses on treatment of organic and inorganic contaminants in water and air by innovative advanced technologies, especially heterogeneous photocatalysis, and use of nanomaterials. Natalia Quici is a researcher at CNEA, an adjunct researcher at CONICET, and head of the Chair of Physical Chemistry at Buenos Aires School of the National Technological University (UTN.BA), Argentina. She received her degree as a chemical engineer from UTN.BA and her doctoral degree from the Engineering Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK, during 2009-2010 and at Loughborough University, UK, during 2010-2012. Her current research focuses on the use of nanomaterials for environmental remediation and chemistry. Martin Meichtry is a researcher at the Environmental Remediation Chemistry Division, Chemistry Management, CNEA; a joint researcher at CONICET; and assistant professor at the Chemistry Department, UTN.BA. His current research focuses on the development and application of advanced processes, such as heterogeneous photocatalysis, and nanoparticulated iron-based technologies and ultrasound for the treatment of air, water, and soil pollutants and conversion of energy. He has authored 22 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, 8 book chapters, 4 books, and several technical reports.

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