How Does Nanotechnology Impact the Environment?

KAJAL THARWANI

14th Mar'22

“Nanotechnology is an idea that most people simply didn’t believe.”- Ralph Merkle

What is the biggest issue everyone is facing around the globe? Think, think! Environment Problems? Yes, right! I have got good readers, you guys always answer my questions correctly. Now, enough of the talking. Let’s get to the point. 

Over the years, human activities have unintentionally devastated the environment, leading to climate change, global warming,  digital carbon footprint, pollution, ozone layer depletion, waste disposal, and many more issues. 

Therefore, protecting the environment has become an important yet critical challenge for the human race. It is high time for us to repair the environment. But how? One of the solutions to these environment-related issues is nanotechnology. Nanotechnology? Are you reading this term for the first time? No worries, I will tell you everything about it. 

 

What is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is a branch of science and technology that deals with dimensions of less than 100 nanometers, especially for the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules. The concept was discovered in 1959 by Dr. Richard P. Feynman, and the term nanotechnology was first coined in 1974 by Norio Taniguchi. 

Nanotechnology can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, physics, engineering, and biology. It is even used to reduce and prevent damage and repair the environment. 

 

Impacts of Nanotechnology on the Environment

Nanotechnology has the potential to have a significant impact on the environment. From saving raw materials to decreasing greenhouse gasses, it can help us to repair the environment. It can majorly help us with the following things:

 

Saving the Seas 

We have all read the news about oil spilling into the seas, damaging the oceans, rivers, and marine life residing within. The nanotechnology-based solutions help to save the seas in several ways:

  • It can yield a new generation of nanomembranes for the separation of water contaminants by removing and reducing water contaminants. 

  • Nanotechnology-based solutions can remove radioactive waste. 

  • The advancement of nanotechnology can help to expand the water supply by developing cost-effective treatments that can overcome the major challenges that current treatment technologies face. 

  • Nanotechnology helps in water cleaning by utilizing iron nanoparticles to remove organic solvents in groundwater.

 

Nanotechnology

 

Cleaning the Air 

The planet is warming, and the polar ice caps are melting, all because of an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide. It is the biggest threat to the environment and the human race. Thus, it has resulted in increased amounts of greenhouse gasses, leading to drastic climate change.

Methods for the separation of carbon dioxide from gasses are highly expensive and not competitive for large-scale applications. However, the nanomaterial can work in the same yet cost-effective way without even additional compounds. 

Various nanoparticles are being developed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The addition of nanoparticles to fuel can improve fuel efficiency and reduce the rate of greenhouse gas production resulting from fossil fuel users.

 

Battery Recycling 

Batteries are made up of heavy metals like mercury, lead, nickel, and cadmium, which can contaminate the environment and can cause potential threats to human health. But, with the help of nanotechnology, the use of cathode particles from lithium-ion batteries has made it possible to recycle and regenerate batteries to use as new ones.

 

Application of Nanotechnology to Environmental Issues 

Nanotechnology researchers and developers are using the following avenues to repair the environment.

  • Generating less pollution during the manufacture of materials.

  • For the production of solar cells to generate electricity at a competitive cost.

  • To increase electricity generated by windmills.

  • For cleaning organic chemicals that pollute the groundwater.

  • Cleaning up oil spills. 

  • For the reduction of fuel cell costs.

  • For storing hydrogen for fuel cell-powered cars.

 

Negative Impacts of Nanotechnology on Environment 

Nanomaterials can also have a negative impact. It has the potential to unintentionally form new toxic products. Although there is not much information regarding the environmental risks of manufactured nanomaterials. A few studies have been conducted to discover the impact of nanometers on the environment. There is no clear guideline to qualify the effects.


A workshop, conducted by the National Science Foundation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency, to identify the risks concerning nanomaterials. The workshop aimed at determining the exposure and toxicity of manufactured nanoparticles and the sustainability of nanomaterials. 

Following a critical risk assessment, issues regarding nanoparticles were identified:

  • Manufactured nanoparticle’s exposure assets.

  • Toxicology of nanoparticles.

  • Environmental and biological fate, persistence, transport, and transformation of manufactured nanoparticles.

  • Recyclability and sustainability of manufactured nanoparticles. 

 

Nanotechnology

 

Conclusion

Today, nanotechnology is becoming more and more real, and there is a need for discussion about the possible advances and impacts of technology on the environment. The increase in environmental problems is visible. Nanotechnology can cause positive and significant changes to air quality, water quality, and sustainable energy generation. It can help us to repair the environment and save it.


We at OpenGrowth, are committed to keeping you updated with the best content on the latest trendy topics from any major field. Also, both your feedback and suggestions are valuable to us. So, do share them in the comment section below.

An explorer who takes risks and learns from her mistakes. An aspirational content writer, studying social work. Kajal loves trying her hands in different crafts.

Comments

robertmorrison744@gmail.com

30th Aug'22 08:35:24 AM

READ MY REVIEW HOW I WIN $158m CONTACT DR KACHI NOW FOR YOUR OWN LOTTERY WINNING NUMBERS. I was a gas station truck driver and I always playing the SUPER LOTTO GAME, I’m here to express my gratitude for the wonderful thing that Dr Kachi did for me, Have anybody hear of the professional great spell caster who help people to win Lottery and clear all your debt and buy yourself a home and also have a comfortable life living. Dr Kachi Lottery spell casting is wonders and work very fast. He helped me with lucky numbers to win a big money that changed my life and my family. Recently i won, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EIGHT MILLIONS DOLLARS, A Super Lotto ticket I bought in Oxnard Liquor Store, I am so grateful to meet Dr Kachi on internet for helping me to win the lottery and if you also need his help, email him at: drkachispellcast@gmail.com and he will also help you as well to win and make you happy like me today. His WhatsApp number: +1 (570) 775-3362 visit his Website, https://drkachispellcast.wixsite.com/my-site

robertmorrison744@gmail.com

28th Aug'22 11:35:14 AM

READ MY REVIEW HOW I WIN $158m CONTACT DR KACHI NOW FOR YOUR OWN LOTTERY WINNING NUMBERS. I was a gas station truck driver and I always playing the SUPER LOTTO GAME, I’m here to express my gratitude for the wonderful thing that Dr Kachi did for me, Have anybody hear of the professional great spell caster who help people to win Lottery and clear all your debt and buy yourself a home and also have a comfortable life living. Dr Kachi Lottery spell casting is wonders and work very fast. He helped me with lucky numbers to win a big money that changed my life and my family. Recently i won, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EIGHT MILLIONS DOLLARS, A Super Lotto ticket I bought in Oxnard Liquor Store, I am so grateful to meet Dr Kachi on internet for helping me to win the lottery and if you also need his help, email him at: drkachispellcast@gmail.com and he will also help you as well to win and make you happy like me today. His WhatsApp number: +1 (570) 775-3362 visit his Website, https://drkachispellcast.wixsite.com/my-site

robertmorrison744@gmail.com

28th Aug'22 11:35:04 AM

READ MY REVIEW HOW I WIN $158m CONTACT DR KACHI NOW FOR YOUR OWN LOTTERY WINNING NUMBERS. I was a gas station truck driver and I always playing the SUPER LOTTO GAME, I’m here to express my gratitude for the wonderful thing that Dr Kachi did for me, Have anybody hear of the professional great spell caster who help people to win Lottery and clear all your debt and buy yourself a home and also have a comfortable life living. Dr Kachi Lottery spell casting is wonders and work very fast. He helped me with lucky numbers to win a big money that changed my life and my family. Recently i won, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EIGHT MILLIONS DOLLARS, A Super Lotto ticket I bought in Oxnard Liquor Store, I am so grateful to meet Dr Kachi on internet for helping me to win the lottery and if you also need his help, email him at: drkachispellcast@gmail.com and he will also help you as well to win and make you happy like me today. His WhatsApp number: +1 (570) 775-3362 visit his Website, https://drkachispellcast.wixsite.com/my-site

polkm

21st Jun'22 02:50:10 AM

Read my testimony Hello Everyone, I'm Jamuna Gurung, i am from Melbourne, i am 45 years of age an entrepreneur. I once had difficulties in financing my project/business.If not for a good friend of mine who introduced me to SKY EXPERIENCE LOAN COMPANIES to get a loan worth $250,000 USD from his company. When i contacted them it took just 48 hours to get my loan approved and transfer to my account after meeting all their modalities i to their loan agreement/terms and conditions. Even if you have bad credit they still offer there service to you. They also offer all kinds of loan such as Business loan,Home loan,Personal loan,Car loan,Loan for Business start up and Business Expansion. i don't know how to thank them for what they have done for me but God will reward Mr peter, If you need an urgent financial assistance you can contact them visit their website or email ( https://skyexperienceloan.com) contact@skyexperienceloan.com

polkm

21st Jun'22 02:50:10 AM

Read my testimony Hello Everyone, I'm Jamuna Gurung, i am from Melbourne, i am 45 years of age an entrepreneur. I once had difficulties in financing my project/business.If not for a good friend of mine who introduced me to SKY EXPERIENCE LOAN COMPANIES to get a loan worth $250,000 USD from his company. When i contacted them it took just 48 hours to get my loan approved and transfer to my account after meeting all their modalities i to their loan agreement/terms and conditions. Even if you have bad credit they still offer there service to you. They also offer all kinds of loan such as Business loan,Home loan,Personal loan,Car loan,Loan for Business start up and Business Expansion. i don't know how to thank them for what they have done for me but God will reward Mr peter, If you need an urgent financial assistance you can contact them visit their website or email ( https://skyexperienceloan.com) contact@skyexperienceloan.com

polkm

21st Jun'22 02:50:10 AM

Read my testimony Hello Everyone, I'm Jamuna Gurung, i am from Melbourne, i am 45 years of age an entrepreneur. I once had difficulties in financing my project/business.If not for a good friend of mine who introduced me to SKY EXPERIENCE LOAN COMPANIES to get a loan worth $250,000 USD from his company. When i contacted them it took just 48 hours to get my loan approved and transfer to my account after meeting all their modalities i to their loan agreement/terms and conditions. Even if you have bad credit they still offer there service to you. They also offer all kinds of loan such as Business loan,Home loan,Personal loan,Car loan,Loan for Business start up and Business Expansion. i don't know how to thank them for what they have done for me but God will reward Mr peter, If you need an urgent financial assistance you can contact them visit their website or email ( https://skyexperienceloan.com) contact@skyexperienceloan.com

polkm

21st Jun'22 02:50:09 AM

Read my testimony Hello Everyone, I'm Jamuna Gurung, i am from Melbourne, i am 45 years of age an entrepreneur. I once had difficulties in financing my project/business.If not for a good friend of mine who introduced me to SKY EXPERIENCE LOAN COMPANIES to get a loan worth $250,000 USD from his company. When i contacted them it took just 48 hours to get my loan approved and transfer to my account after meeting all their modalities i to their loan agreement/terms and conditions. Even if you have bad credit they still offer there service to you. They also offer all kinds of loan such as Business loan,Home loan,Personal loan,Car loan,Loan for Business start up and Business Expansion. i don't know how to thank them for what they have done for me but God will reward Mr peter, If you need an urgent financial assistance you can contact them visit their website or email ( https://skyexperienceloan.com) contact@skyexperienceloan.com

lewiswakefield

6th Apr'22 11:15:58 PM

Good news I came across NEW HORIZON CREDIT 1 , I used to have a lot of sleepless nights due to my low (FICO) credit score that was below expectations ,and I couldn't access loans and mortgages for the new house I was about buying for me and my lovely wife .   New horizon credit1 has been able to bring up my credit score tremendously by monitoring my credit between the three credit bureaus and resolving issues with providers. They are always available when I call. They take their time to discuss progress on my case and keep me updated.    After about four working days of contacting them I was shocked to discover my credit score went from 650 -780 . Now I just got approved for a mortgage ! .       I highly recommend NEWHORIZONCREDIT1ATGMAILdotCOM , because their representatives are helpful ,hardworking and they also do what they say ,  fix your credit  !   

Nath Mary

2nd Apr'22 02:15:42 PM

I'm so happy to share this with you that can read / see this now. When I started trading binary and forex a few months ago, I really didn't have the necessary tools to trade and I lost a lot until I met Pablo Martinez who taught me all about market psychology as he managed my account for me. Today I am grateful to him for his great offer and help because it really changed my financial situation with an investment capital of $1500 and now I'm earning around $35,500 - $30,000 profits per week. Here is his WhatsApp no: +44 7520 636249 or his email address: pm7234029@gmail.com Https://www.facebook.com/PM-Fast-Trade-104912912155335/

clyde burke

27th Mar'22 06:55:25 AM

What a great relief for my dad's business pages on Facebook / Instagram accounts after it got compromised by a yet to be identified strange person ,all of a sudden he got locked out of his personal and vital business pages. As the only admin on several groups that he runs for real estates in Italy with over 15k members . He is completely at a loss here because he can't make a new profile because of hundreds of important business and personal contacts on his pages that are very critical to his online businesses and websites. Thanks to (fixurworries ATdoctor DOT com) who finally retrieved his Facebook/Instagram accounts within 48 hours.