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Nanotechnology and it’s applications in environmental remediation: an overview

  • Anupritee Das
  • Madhu Kamle
  • Ajay BhartiEmail author
  • Pradeep KumarEmail author
Review Articles


In the last few decades, nanotechnology has come to the fore as a crucial and significant domain in the scientific realm owing to its multidisciplinary nature. The enhanced properties of materials in the nanoscale make them a viable option for different applications in different fields. The conventional method viz. the physical and chemical methods of nanoparticle production, however, pose hazardous risks to the environment. To redress these concerns, researchers have diverted their focus towards the more favourable green method of synthesis which is free from any toxic precursor or strenuous process conditions making it an economical and nature-friendly method. Nanoparticles showed a wide range of application in environmental biotechnology like reduction of pollution, water treatment, remediation, dye degradation and water purification development. This review focuses on the various biogenic precursors for fabrication of nanoparticles and also emphasizes their potential applications in environmental remediation.


Bioremediation Dye degradation Antimicrobial Green synthesis Human health 



Authors like to thank Director, NERIST and Head of respective department for the support and help. Author (PK) acknowledges the financial support from the Department of Biotechnology (ref. BT/PR24741/NER/95/836/2017) and DST-SERB (File No ECR/2017/001143), Government of India.

Author contributions

PK conceived and designed the manuscript. AD, PK wrote the manuscript and MK helped in the editing. PK and AB finalized the manuscript before submission.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringNorth Eastern Regional Institute of Science and TechnologyNirjuliIndia
  2. 2.Department of ForestryNorth Eastern Regional Institute of Science and TechnologyNirjuliIndia

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