Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 1239–1260 | Cite as

Nanoscale materials and their use in water contaminants removal—a review

  • Iram Mohmood
  • Cláudia Batista Lopes
  • Isabel Lopes
  • Iqbal Ahmad
  • Armando C. Duarte
  • Eduarda Pereira
Review Article


Water scarcity is being recognized as a present and future threat to human activity and as a consequence water purification technologies are gaining major attention worldwide. Nanotechnology has many successful applications in different fields but recently its application for water and wastewater treatment has emerged as a fast-developing, promising area. This review highlights the recent advances on the development of nanoscale materials and processes for treatment of surface water, groundwater and industrial wastewater that are contaminated by toxic metals, organic and inorganic compounds, bacteria and viruses. In addition, the toxic potential of engineered nanomaterials for human health and the environment will also be discussed.


Nanotechnology Nanoscale material Nanoparticles Water purification Water remediation Toxicity 



Iram Mohmood (SFRH/BD/74410/2010), Claúdia Batista Lopes (SFRH/BPD/45156/2008), Isabel Lopes, Iqbal Ahmad, Armando Duarte and Eduarda Pereira are grateful to the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), FSE and POPH funds (Programa Ciência 2007) and the Aveiro University Research Institute/Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) for partial financial supports.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iram Mohmood
    • 1
  • Cláudia Batista Lopes
    • 1
  • Isabel Lopes
    • 2
  • Iqbal Ahmad
    • 1
  • Armando C. Duarte
    • 1
  • Eduarda Pereira
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and CESAMUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Biology and CESAMUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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