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Nanotechnology Applications for Clean Water, 2nd Edition by Nora Savage, Jeremiah Duncan, Richard Sustich, Anita Street

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Chapter 28

Nanotechnology for Contaminated Subsurface Remediation

Possibilities and Challenges

Denis M. O’Carroll,    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Groundwater represents a significant source of potable and industrial process water throughout the world. With population growth the availability of this precise resource is becoming increasingly scarce. Historically, the subsurface was thought to act as a natural filter of wastes injected into the ground. The potential for these wastes to persist in the subsurface for decades, potentially contaminating drinking water sources was ignored. Not only do toxic compounds have significant detrimental impacts on the environment ...

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