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Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World

Volume 1: Nanotechnology and Health Risk

  • Eric Lichtfouse
  • Jan Schwarzbauer
  • Didier Robert


  • Presents novel nanotechnologies for sustainable fuels and environmental protection

  • Lists innovative methods to clean water, soil and air polluted by heavy metals, endocrine disruptors and pharmaceuticals

  • Offers applied methods for professionals, textbook-type reviews for students and relevant information for use in lectures by teachers


Part of the Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World book series (ECSW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Nanotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Chin Wei Tan, Kok Hong Tan, Yit Thai Ong, Abdul Rahman Mohamed, Sharif Hussein Sharif Zein, Soon Huat Tan
      Pages 3-46
    3. David Landy, Isabelle Mallard, Anne Ponchel, Eric Monflier, Sophie Fourmentin
      Pages 47-81
    4. Sippy K. Chauhan, Anuradha Shukla, Simpi Dutta, S. Gangopadhyay, Lalit M. Bharadwaj
      Pages 83-98
    5. Diana Visinescu, Greta Patrinoiu, Alina Tirsoaga, Oana Carp
      Pages 119-169
  3. Health Risk

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Mathias Ricking, Jan Schwarzbauer
      Pages 173-208
    3. Slavka Stankovic, Mihajlo Jovic, Ana R. Stankovic, Lynne Katsikas
      Pages 311-373
    4. S. K. Sarkar, K. K. Satpathy, M. P. Jonathan, A. Bhattacharya, A. Alam, M. Chatterjee et al.
      Pages 375-406
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 407-410

About this book


Environmental chemistry is a fast developing science aimed at deciphering fundamental mechanisms ruling the behaviour of pollutants in ecosystems. Applying this knowledge to current environmental issues leads to the remediation of environmental media, and to new, low energy, low emission, sustainable processes. Nanotechnology applications for alternative energies such as solar power, fuel cells, hydrogen and lithium batteries are reviewed in the first section. Recent investigations on carbon nanotubes, nanocatalysts and cyclodextrins disclose unprecedented techniques to monitor and clean pollutants such as greenhouse gases, heavy metals, pesticides, pathogens occurring in water, air and soil. The second section reviews the risks for human health of critical pollutants such as endocrine disruptors, dioxins and heavy metals contaminating seafood and sediments. An exhaustive review of DDT isomers reveals unexpected mechanisms of DDT transfer to fishes. A chapter on pollutant geochronology  using river sedimentary archives provides novel insights on pollution history since the beginning of the anthropocene.


This book will be a valuable source of information for engineers and students developing novel applied techniques to monitor and clean pollutants in air, wastewater, soils and sediments.


Anthropogenic Contaminents Carbon Nanotubes Applications Endocrince Disruptors Nanotechnology Persistent Organic Pollutants Remediation Technologies

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Lichtfouse
    • 1
  • Jan Schwarzbauer
    • 2
  • Didier Robert
    • 3
  1. 1.INRA-CMSE-PMEDijonFrance
  2. 2.Inst. für Geologie, Geochemie, u. Lagerstätten d. Erdöls u. d. KohleRWTH AachenAachenGermany
  3. 3.Lab. de Chimie IndustrielleUniversité de MetzSaint-AvoldFrance

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