University of Florida

ABE 6266
Nanotechnology in Water Research

Semester Taught - Fall

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Applications of environmental nanotechnology to water quality control. Fate and transport of nanomaterials in hydrologic pathways


Basic knowledge of hydrology, environmental engineering, and water chemistry.

Course Objectives

This course provides an overview of the research on applications and implications of environmental nanotechnology such as engineered nanomaterials, nanosensors, nano-remediation, water treatment, water quality, transport process, and modeling.

  • Gain fundamental knowledge about the terminology, techniques, and recent advances in the field of environmental nanotechnology, water treatment, and contaminant fate and transport.
  • Understand the impact of nanotechnology on water quality, particularly with respect to the applications of nanotechnology to water pollution control, and fate and transport of nanomaterials in hydrologic pathways.
  • Develop skills to identify, formulate, and solve problems in water quality.
  • Develop skills in using nano-engineering tools necessary for the practice in environmental nanotechnology and water quality field.
  • Develop skills in written and oral communication.
  • Develop teamwork skills.


Dr. Bin Gao
Office: Room 285 Rogers Hall
Phone: 392-1864 x285

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required



Course Outline


  1. Nanotechnology and Environmental Nanotechnology
  2. Environmental Benefit of Nanotechnology
  3. Applications of Nanotechnology to Water Pollution Control: Sensors
  4. Applications of Nanotechnology to Water Pollution Control: Remediation
  5. Applications of Nanotechnology to Water Pollution Control: Membranes
  6. Applications of Nanotechnology to Water Pollution Control: Adsorbents
  7. Environmental Risk of Nanotechnology: Student Presentations
  8. Nanoparticles in Water: Characterization
  9. The DLVO Theory
  10. The Classic Filtration Theory
  11. Nanoparticles in Hydrologic Pathways
  12. Fate and Transport of Nanoparticles: Surface
  13. Fate and Transport of Nanoparticles: Subsurface


Active class participation is necessary to satisfactorily complete this course.

Grading Scale
A ≥90%
A- ≥87% and <90%
B+ ≥84% and <87%
B ≥80% and <84%
B- ≥77% and <80%
C+ ≥74% and <77%
C ≥70% and <74%
C- ≥67% and <70%
D ≥60% and <67%
E <60%
Grading Method Percent
Homeworks & Class Participation
Project Presentation
Final Report





There will be no exams. The grade will be assessed on the basis of project work and class participation.

Academic Honesty

All students admitted to the University of Florida have signed a statement of academic honesty committing themselves to be honest in all academic work and understanding that failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action. This statement is a reminder to uphold your obligation as a UF student and to be honest in all work submitted and exams taken in this course and all others.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation.

Use of Library, Personal References, PC Programs and Electronic Databases

These items are university property and should be utilized with other users in mind. Never remove, mark, modify nor deface resources that do not belong to you. If you're in the habit of underlining text, do it only on your personal copy. It is inconsiderate, costly to others, and dishonest to use common references otherwise.

Software Use

All faculty, staff and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

  1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
  2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
  3. Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education (CARE), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling;
  4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.