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Project manager:Dr.-Ing. Hans-Peter Koschitzky, AD
Deputy:Jürgen Braun, Ph.D.
Research assistants:Dr.-Ing. Alexandra Gens
Dr.-Ing. Norbert Klaas, M.Sc.
M.Sc. Kumiko Miyajima
Dr. rer.nat. Christine Herrmann
Joachim Roos, Dipl.-Kfm. techn.
Dipl.-Ing. Anke Wiener
Maurice Andre Menadier Stavelot, M.Sc.
Duration:1.2.2013 - 31.1.2017
Funding:Seventh Framework Programme Theme 4: Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies - NMP Nanotechnology solutions for in-situ soil and groundwater remediation NMP.2012.1.2-1
Project Partners:Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Solvay (Schweiz) AG, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, Universitaet Wien, University of Manchester, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy research (NIBIO), Technical University of Liberec, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aquatest, Palacký University in Olomouc, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Politecnico di Torino, Geoplano Consultores, S.A., Technical University of Denmark, Stichting Deltares, r3 Environmental Technology Limited, LQM, Land Quality Management Ltd., Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE), Nano Iron, s.r.o., Golder Associates GmbH, Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, UVR-FIA GmbH, ScIDre Scientific Instruments Dresden GmbH, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen

This project is part of the research area:
In-Situ Remediation Technologies

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NanoRem will focus on facilitating practical, safe, economic and exploitable nanotechnology for in situ remediation. This will be undertaken in parallel with developing a comprehensive understanding of the environmental risk-benefit for the use of nanoparticles (NPs), market demand, overall sustainability, and stakeholder perceptions. The project is designed to unlock the potential of nanoremediation processes from laboratory scale to end user applications and so support both the appropriate use of nanotechnology in restoring land and water resources and the development of the knowledge-based economy at a world leading level for the benefit of a wide range of users in the EU environmental sector.

The NanoRem consortium is multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral and transnational. It includes 29 partners from 12 countries organized in 11 work packages. The consortium includes 18 of the leading nanoremediation research groups in the EU, 10 industry and service providers (8 SMEs) and one organisation with policy and regulatory interest. The consortium is co-ordinated by the VEGAS team (Research Facility for Subsurface Remediation) from the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

The NanoRem project's objectives are to:
  • Identify the most appropriate nanoremediation technological approaches to achieve a step change in remediation practice.
  • Develop lower cost production techniques and production at commercial scales of nanoparticles.
  • Determine the mobility and migration potential of nanoparticles in the subsurface, and relating these both to their potential usefulness and also their potential to cause harm.
  • Develop a comprehensive set of tools to monitor practical nanoremediation performance and determine the fate of nanoparticles.
  • Engage in dialogue with key stakeholder and interest groups to ensure that the work meets their needs, is most sustainable and appropriate whilst balancing benefits against risks.
  • Carry out a series of full scale applications in several European countries to provide realistic cost, performance, fate, and transport findings.