Nanotechnological tools for the groundwater remediation: From lab to the real environments


  • Verónica Lassalle INQUISUR


The presence of nanomaterials in our everyday life has largely grown during the last years. They have emerged as relevant tools to find solutions to old problems. Among the areas where nanotechnology and nanomaterials have shown value, environmental remediation appears as an important one. The capability to tune the nanomaterial´s properties and characteristics to confer specific properties to eliminate target pollutants, accentuates the potential of these materials. The purification of water for human consumption or industrial process is currently of priority due to the increasing demand and reduction of the available water sources. This point of view article intends to show that the assays performed in the lab are not sufficient to validate large scale processes. Removal of contaminants in real aqueous environments require that due consideration is given to the behavior of the nanomaterial in field processes, because changes in efficiency and lack os stability may result in these conditions.

Author Biography

Verónica Lassalle, INQUISUR

She’s a researcher in the area of chemistry of materials, orienting her work to the design of nanomaterials with specific properties to be applied in the biomedical and environmental remediation fields. She received her PhD in Chemistry from National University of South in 2006, performing her studies in PLAPIQUI (UNS-CONICET), Bahía Blanca. After her postdoctoral studies, she moved to INQUISUR(UNS-CONICET, Bahía Blanca) as CONICET Assistant researcher. Currently she is the head of the Applied Hybrid Nanomaterials (NanoHiAp) group and is Associated Professor of Department of Chemistry in UNS.