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Research and development of functional nanomaterials and their hybrids with organic or inorganic components are growing rapidly, particularly in the field of environmental remediation. The exceptional properties rendered by nanomaterials at the molecular level have been proven to have unlimited potential and advantages in environmental remediation. In the past two decades, tremendous efforts have been made in both laboratories and industries to harness the potential of nanomaterials and their nanocomposites to address the limitations of conventionally used nanomaterials. Hybrid nanomaterials, including polymeric nanocomposites and inorganic nanocomposites, play equally important roles in advancing the technologies applied for environmental remediation.

The main purpose of this book is to give a clear picture of the current state-of-the-art as well as the future trends of nanomaterials in terms of their synthesis and application from an environmental viewpoint. This book consists of 11 chapters which discuss the application of nanomaterials and their nanocomposites for environmental remediation. The topic areas span the various approaches that have been explored and developed for their synthesis as well as their application to tackling environment-related issues. The chapters have been selected exclusively from world-leading experts who work in the multidisciplinary areas of materials sciences and engineering applications. Various forms of nanocomposites, including, polymer-based, antimicrobial, magnetic and photocatalytic are reviewed in terms of the approach to their synthesis and the unique properties that fit them for their intended uses. Their applications in environmental remediation, covering the removal of heavy metals, emerging contaminants, and air pollutants, are also discussed.

It is expected that functional hybrid nanomaterials will continue to flourish in the coming decades. This book is aimed at material scientists, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and professors who work in the preparation of nanomaterials and nanocomposites for environmental, applications, as well as at young researchers who wish to start their explorations in this interesting field. It is hoped that the book will serve as a reference for this targeted group to provide useful information on the progress that has been made in this field.

Ahmad Fauzi Ismail

Pei Sean Goh

Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre

School of Chemical and Energy Engineering,

Faculty of Engineering

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

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