"NanoRem: Nanoremediation for Soil and Groundwater Clean-up - Possibilities and Future Trends"NanoRem was a research project, funded through the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 309517. NanoRem focused on facilitating a practical, safe, economic and exploitable nanotechnology for in situ remediation of soil and groundwater. This was undertaken in parallel with developing a comprehensive understanding of the environmental risk-benefit for the use of nanoparticles (NPs), their market demand, overall sustainability, and stakeholder perceptions. The project was designed to unlock the potential of nanoremediation processes from laboratory scale to end user applications and to support both the appropriate use of nanotechnology in restoring land and water resources as well as 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 was multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral and transnational. It consisted of 29 partners from 13 countries (Fig. 10) organised in 11 work packages. The consortium included 19 of the leading nanoremediation research groups in the EU, 9 industry and service providers (7 SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises)) and one organisation with policy and regulatory interest. The consortium was co-ordinated by the VEGAS team (Research Facility for Subsurface Remediation) from the University of Stuttgart in Germany.
The overall aim of the NanoRem project was to demonstrate that the application of NPs is a practical and reliable method for the treatment of contaminated soil and groundwater. NanoRem provided a direct link between SMEs on the production side and SMEs on the application side of groundwater remediation using NPs.