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

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

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.