Glonatech S.A., subsidiary nanotechnology company of ONEX, participated to the 5th Dissemination Workshop of the Nano4water cluster, which was held on January 20-21, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Fotini Giannakopoulou, R&D Manager of Glonatech’s Product Development Department co-authored a paper titled “Removal of Pb+2 and Ni+2 by sorption onto Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes”, which was presented at the Workshop. Glonatech S.A. in its presentation proposed the use of its Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions, giving a powerful insight into the nanotechnology methods for water remediation.
According to the results, MWCNTs exhibit significant high sorption capacity for the studied hazardous metals.
This behavior is attributed to the unique properties of MWCNTs, such as large surface area, the specific sorption sites in the structure of the material, the electrostatic attraction and chemical interaction between the metal ions and the surface of MWCNTs.
This renders Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes ideal candidates for applications in the field of environmental protection and water treatment.
This study was carried out in cooperation with Laboratory of Soils and Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural University of Athens and Soil Science Laboratory Department of Hydraulics, Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Water treatment and purification constitute the main challenges for the current and upcoming generations. Membrane processes, nanosized materials and the combination of both, offer a wide range of possibilities and promising solutions for water treatment by means of filtration and catalytic processes.
During the 2-day Nano4water Workshop the participants from diverse groups of the international scientific and industrial community exchanged ideas and knowledge about the current issues on water treatment methods.
More than 100 delegates of the Academic community and global Industry from 28 countries attended the Workshop on “Nanotechnology for water treatment”, which was organized by LEITAT Technological Center, Spain.