Water research at the University of Glasgow



While manufactured nanoparticles can be utilized in a diverse array of beneficial processes, some exhibit toxicity. Thus, to realise the full potential of nanoparticles we must also develop technologies which prevent their contamination of the natural environment. In response to this need, we are examining how nanoparticle pollutants can be captured and removed from water and wastewater.

Our current research focuses around two key themes:

  1. Development of microbially-driven mineral precipitation to trap nanoparticles within the solid mineral phase.
  2. Attachment of nanoparticles onto the surfaces of biofilms (microbial cities) in the natural environment and in engineered wastewater treatment systems.
Funded By: EPSRC DTA
Principal Investigator(s): Dr Vernon Phoenix
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