Aquatic environment

Application potential of carbon nanotubes in water treatment:A review


Xitong Liu , Mengshu Wang , Shujuan Zhang , Bingcai Pan

DOI:10.1016/S1001-0742(12)60161-2

Received April 01, 2013,Revised May 09, 2013, Accepted , Available online July 10, 2013

Volume ,2013,Pages 1263-1280

Water treatment is the key to coping with the conflict between people's increasing demand for water and the world-wide water shortage. Owing to their unique and tunable structural, physical, and chemical properties, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have exhibited great potentials in water treatment. This review makes an attempt to provide an overview of potential solutions to various environmental challenges by using CNTs as adsorbents, catalysts or catalyst support, membranes, and electrodes. The merits of incorporating CNT to conventional water-treatment material are emphasized, and the remaining challenges are discussed.

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