Engineered Nanoparticles in Environmental Mitigation and Green Growth

The notion of green growth has emerged as a dominant policy response to climate change and

ecological breakdown. Environmental contamination is one of the important issues that the world is

facing today, it is always expanding and leading to the grave and harmful effect on the Earth.

Nanoparticles have a diameter less than 100 nm exhibit new size-dependent properties compared

with the bulk material. Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) have unique characteristics in addition to the

high surface area-to-volume ratio, which may increase their toxicity relative to bulk materials. Due to

the high volume production of ENPs products such as carbon nanotubes, titanium dioxide, silver, zinc

oxide environmental exposure to these compounds is very common. ENPs have their unique

properties and applications in the areas of medicine, food & drink, construction, automotive, textiles,

energy, electronics, environment etc. To enable society to build and sustain a green economy, the

associated concept of “green nanotechnology” aims to exploit nano-innovations in materials science

and engineering to generate products and processes that are energy efficient as well as economically

and environmentally sustainable. The present book chapter is focused on the recent development of

the applications of ENPs in the environmental mitigation and green growth.

Author (s) Details

Brij Bhushan Tewari

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Guyana, P.O. Box 101110, Georgetown, Guyana.


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