Nanotechnology for heavy metal remediation of fresh water
The second project would comprise two (2) key components: one component would be oriented to the development of nanomaterials and sustainable methods for potential applications within heavy metal remediation of fresh water. Several FEALAC countries have been working intensively in this direction.
The use of waste derived from certain industrial activities as well as from products of natural origin may be a valuable source in the manufacture of precursors and reductants required in the production of nano materials.
A second component linked to this project should be available, oriented to the evaluation of the impact derived from nanotechnology processes and raw materials on the environment and living beings, when performing this task. There is an obligation to develop coordinated work on nano-materials, production methods, life cycle, and toxicity.
Three ideas presented during Phase 1 may be incorporated into the formulation of the first project as follows:
Nano- structured materials: This idea was originally presented by Colombia and Argentina and aims at the study, both theoretical and experimental, of compound nano-structured materials.
Recycling industrial waste: This idea was originally presented by Colombia and Costa Rica and aims at providing innovative and sustainable strategies for solid waste technologies and management models.
The development of advanced materials: This idea was originally presented by Colombia and aims at the theoretical development, modelling, experimentation, evaluation, and synthesis of advanced materials within different applications.