Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit

Our Focus Area

The NanoWS research unit has identified five (5) focus areas of research under which various strategic projects relating to nanotechnology and water research are developed. See post-doctoral and student profiles for specific projects. Below are the focus areas.

Membrane research:

  • Membranes (UF, NF, RO, FO) and mixed matrix membranes i.e. embedded with nanocatalysts and strong nanomaterials for drinking, sea water and wastewater purification.
  • Fabrication and modification of ceramic, ceramic-polymeric and hollow fibre membranes.
  • Fabrication, advanced characterization and transport properties of carbon nanomembranes.

Composites, nanocomposites and nanomaterials for water purification:

  • Nanostructured polymeric adsorbents, nanofibres and nanocomposite materials.
  • Synthesis, doping and applications of carbon based nanomaterials (e.g. carbon nanotubes, grapheme oxide, carbon spheres, etc.).
  • Green synthesis and application of nanostructured materials.
  • Synthesis of photocatalytic nanostructured materials for water treatment.

Analytical/environmental research:

  • Environmental analysis of persistent organic pollutants (PoPs) and emerging pollutants in the water treatment train.
  • Assessment and understanding the nature of emerging inorganic contaminants in water.
  • Toxicology and nanotoxicology: analysis and remediation of biotoxins.
  • Emerging aquatic pathogens and water microbiology.
  • Development of analytical methods and protocols for the analysis and quantification of analytes.

Urban water cycle and rural community development:

  • Drinking and wastewater treatment using conventional and new/integrated technologies based on nanotechnology.
  • New water: water recycling, water reclamation and wastewater treatment.
  • Natural organic matter in water systems: characterization, treatability and removal.
  • Water-energy-food nexus.
  • Energy efficient water purification technologies.

Bioremediation and analysis:

  • Aquatic toxicology (harmful algae biotoxins-analysis, monitoring, remediation).
  • Constructed wetlands.
  • Fabrication and application of passive sampling devices for environmental monitoring.
  • Method development for the analysis of organic and inorganic molecules in various matrices.

Last modified: 2017/03/07