Environmental nanoscience is an emerging discipline where a growing number of engineers and scientists begin to measure, understand, and predict the change of earth material properties from the bulk to nanodomains, and to comprehend the significant ways that environmental processes are affected by these changes. Water sustainability can be attained by improving our knowledge on nanoparticle behaviors. With a typical concentration of 10 to 100 millions nanoparticles per liter of natural water, nanoparticles are ubiquitous in the environment. Such natural nanoparticles influence important environmental processes such as soil genesis, biogeochemical cycling of elements, and contaminant transport/transformation.

Our research program takes an interdisciplinary approach to achieve a better quantitative and mechanistic understanding of nanoscale phenomena in aquatic environmental processes. We focus on studying the critical role of organics in the design and successful implementation of nanomaterials as well as their environmental health and safety.


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