Nanomaterials for the sustainable remediation of remote oil spills

J.R. Lead
University of South Carolina,
United States

Keywords: nanomaterials, oil, remediation, pollution


The successful use of nanomaterials for environmentally beneficial purposes depends on parameters such as their cost-effectiveness and minimizing their environmental (and social) impact throughout their lifecycle. This presentation discusses the development of polymer coated iron oxide nanomaterials for oil remediation from basic science to commercialization. Issues of synthesis, mechanisms of removal, efficacy, scale-up and early stage commercialization are discussed. There will be a focus on the development of safe and sustainable nanomaterials including hazard, exposure, risk assessment and legislation.