Dan Elliott to Give Invited Presentations on Nanoremediation in China
Daniel Elliott, Ph.D., a senior consultant and an environmental engineer for Geosyntec based in New Jersey, will present a series of invited talks on nanoremediation this month in the People's Republic of China.
The first is a platform presentation, "Application of Nano-iron in Soil and Groundwater Remediation," part of the 2013 International Forum on Contaminated Sites Remediation in Beijing. The forum will be held October 22-23 in Beijing, sponsored by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection and others.
Dr. Elliott will also speak at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Soil Science (ISS) October 24 and at the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group, the nation's largest, state-owned entity responsible for energy conservation and environmental protection, on October 25.
Dr. Elliott was invited to present by his colleague Mengfang Chen, Ph.D., of the ISS. Both are members of the Project Advisory Group for NANOREM, an international consortium comprised of university, national laboratory, and industry partners investigating the application and implications of environmental nanotechnology solutions for impaired properties in the European Union.
Nanoremediation refers to the use of various materials at the nano-scale used to improve or enhance a contaminated site in such a way as to prevent, minimize, or mitigate damage to human health or the environment.
For NANOREM, these materials include surface-modified, nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI), Carboiron, and various nanoscale iron oxides which, by virtue of their particle size (on the order of 100 nm or less), offer significantly enhanced reactivity and potentially improved selectivity for recalcitrant contaminant classes, including chlorinated solvents, pesticides, and redox-amenable metals.
Together with nZVI pioneer Wei-xian Zhang, Ph.D., Dr. Elliott played a key role in the development and applications of the nZVI technology and has been involved in numerous bench-scale and field-scale applications since the late 1990s.