Nanotechnology in general and nanomaterials in particular promise to provide many solutions to environmental issues through sensing technologies to detect pollutants, photocatalysts and separation membranes to remove pollutants, catalysts to provide cleaner production processes and membranes for desalination.

Current environmental research at the Centre focuses on sensors for detection of chemical species and applications in agriculture and veterinary science. 

  • Development of foliar fertilizers based on nanomaterials, Gordon Xu, Peng Li ( PhD student)

    This ARC linkage project is to develop controlled suspension release systems for delivering ionic nutrien to plants through the leaves. Ideally, the suspension release systems contain the tailored-made nano-crystals which will adhere to both hydrophobic and hydrophilic leaf surfaces over a desired 4-6 week period, dissolve at a controlled rate during the diurnal wetting (dewing) cycles, and act as a nutrient reservoir, in order to provide extended delivery of critical ionic nutrients (Zn, Cu, Mn, and Fe) to the plant. Various nano-crystals containing Zn, Cu, Mn and Fe have been tailored made in this lab, and the uptake profile of these elements has been investigated in the other lab.


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