Presence, Behavior and Fate of Engineered Nanomaterials in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

  • Ceyda Senem Uyguner-Demirel
  • Burak DemirelEmail author
  • Nadim K. Copty
  • Turgut T. Onay


As a result of extensive use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in consumer products, significant amounts of ENMs are eventually released to the environment and find their way to wastewater treatment plants, incineration plants and landfills. Recent concerns about the potential impacts of these materials on the environment and human health, have diverted researchers’ interest to investigate the behaviour of inorganic, metallic/metal oxide ENMs in conventional activated sludge wastewater treatment and anaerobic sewage sludge digestion systems. However, related information about the presence and fate of such ENMs during waste stabilization in municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills which remains a widely used method of solid waste management, is scarce in literature. Therefore, in this paper, recent information about the detection methods and fate of the most commonly used metal oxide ENMs such as TiO2, ZnO, Ag and SiO2 in MSW landfills was revealed. The complexity of the factors influencing ENMs retention and transport mechanisms was discussed. Future research needs relating to the fate of ENMs in MSW were also identified.


Engineered nanomaterials Municipal solid waste Landfill Analytic techniques Fate and transport Numerical modeling 



The authors express their gratitude to the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) for their support for this work through project 112Y322.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ceyda Senem Uyguner-Demirel
    • 1
  • Burak Demirel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nadim K. Copty
    • 1
  • Turgut T. Onay
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Environmental SciencesBoğaziçi UniversityBebek, IstanbulTurkey

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