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Environmental risk assessment of nanomaterials for soil and groundwater remediation


Synthesis and characterisation of zero-valent Iron nanoparticles used in soil and groundwater remediation


Over the past two decades the nanotechnology sector has undergone rapid growth, and nanotechnology is now used in a wide range of commercial applications. One example of this is the development of nanotechnology products intended for use in the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.

One type of engineered nanoparticles specifically being developed for soil and groundwater remediation are the zero valent iron nanoparticles (nZVI).

As the use of nanoscale ZVI for environmental remediation is a relatively new field of research and a range of new products are being developed for this application, there is a need for detailed risk assessment of this new technology. The risk assessment of nZVI products destined for commercial application in the remediation industry are the focus of current research in the Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation (CERAR) at UniSA where this honours project will be carried out. The aim of this research project is to synthesise and characterise a selection of nZVI products designed for use in environmental remediation. The materials produced as part of this project will be used to support the risk assessment of nZVI for site remediation.


Bita graduated in chemical engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology which is one of the top technical universities in Iran. She has more than five years of experiences as a process engineer in the field of oil, gas and petrochemicals. Bita also has research experience in the field of environmental bioremediation and have worked on a research project with the subject of “Bioremediation of the monoaromatic compounds in contaminated water by immobilized cells.”