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Risk/benefit approach to the application of iron nanoparticles for the remediation of contaminated sites in the environment - CB0440

The project will undertake desk based research to investigate the application of zerovalent iron nanoparticles for the use in remediation of contaminated land. The project will provide background information about nano iron and will include its characteristics, how it can be used, what situations it can be used in and how it works in treating contaminants in soil and groundwater. The project will also describe the potential risks, benefits, limitations and its restrictions of use. Real case studies where zerovalent iron nanoparticles has been used will be provided by drawing on examples provided by practitioners Worldwide.

This project will provide in a relatively short time scale:
• A comprehensive inventory of nano-iron risks and benefits for contaminated land remediation, identifying where firm conclusions can be drawn and uncertainties remain as a basis for policy making
• A set of detailed case studies that illustrate the range of problems currently addressed by nano iron, and classified as commercially available; demonstrated; in development and conceptual
• A prioritised research agenda to address any uncertainties identified .

A final report will be produced that will be independent, non-aligned and cross sectoral.
1. Provide background information on the application of iron nanoparticles (NP) in relation to soil and groundwater remediation;

2. To outline the benefits associated with the application of iron NPs in soil and groundwater remediation;

3. Identify the risks associated with using iron NPs for remediation;

4. Provide case studies demonstrating the use of iron NPs for remediation in other countries;

5. Provide recommendations on whether the benefits associated with the application of iron NPs for the remediation of contaminated sites, outweighs the potential risks;

6. Provide the key requirements that are necessary to evaluate the risks of using Nano Materials when exploited for remediation in order to permit their use.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Final Report   (1452k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2011

Cost: £48,860
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Fields of Study
Chemicals and Nanotechnology