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Nanoparticles in the Water Cycle

Properties, Analysis and Environmental Relevance

  • Fritz H. Frimmel
  • R. Niessner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Fritz H. Frimmel, Markus Delay
    Pages 1-11
  3. Jürgen Thieme, Sophie-Charlotte Gleber, Julia Sedlmair, Jens Rieger, Jürgen Niemeyer, John Coates
    Pages 103-115
  4. Markus Delay, Luis A. Tercero Espinoza, George Metreveli, Fritz H. Frimmel
    Pages 139-163
  5. Heiko Schwegmann, Fritz H. Frimmel
    Pages 165-182
  6. Birgit C. Gordalla
    Pages 207-231
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-239

About this book


As nanotechnology enters everyday life, engineered nanoparticles (ENP) will find their way into nature, including surface and groundwater. Here, distinguished experts of water chemistry present dedicated methods for the analysis of nanoparticles in the aquatic environment, their distribution and fate. This includes the influence of complex matrices such as wastewater, brown water with natural organic matter (NOM), and high salt concentrations as well as available and future standardized methods. The background of geogenic, natural nanoparticles is considered in a discussion of known environmental effects, including strategies to test for potential effects on human and environmental health.


Brown Water Chemical Contrast Imaging Engineered Nanoparticles (ENP) Field Flow Fractionation Groundwater Natural Organic Matter (NOM) Surface Water X-ray Spectromicroscopy nanotechnology surface wastewater

Editors and affiliations

  • Fritz H. Frimmel
    • 1
  • R. Niessner
    • 2
  1. 1.Engler-Bunte-Institut, Bereich WasserchemieUniversität KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Inst f Wasserchemie u Chem BalneologieTU MünchenMünchenGermany

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From the reviews:

“I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in nanotechnology in general and in environmental aspects of nanotechnology in particular. … Its contents could be useful to Master and Ph.D. students working in nanotechnology. It should also be very interesting to scientists working in both nanotechnology and environmental science and technology. It is a good reference book, and will support those involved in the production of nanomaterials for a variety of purposes and those involved in maintaining the quality of water.” (Miguel Valcárcel, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Vol. 400, 2011)