Nanotechnology for Metal Remediation in the Environment


Reference #: 01247

The University of South Carolina is offering licensing opportunities for Nanotechnology for Metal Remediation in the Environment.



Water-polluting metals are a major global challenge given the increasing growth in industry and the expanding human population. Metals have a number of human and environmental health adverse outcomes, including kidney failure, softening of bones, prostate cancer and damage to the liver, to children’s central nervous system and to the reproductive system. These metals are a potential risk, given these hazards and their wide exposure in the environment, including bioaccumulation and bio-magnification.


Invention Description:

A method for the removal of metals from a body of water by using coated magnetic nanoparticles that can remove metals from synthetic soft water and sea water in acidic or nonacidic conditions.


Potential Applications:

Removal of pollutants from drinking water and the environment, as well as pollution prevention, detection, monitoring, and remediation.


Advantages and Benefits:

Nanotechnology has been shown to provide a potentially cheaper and more effective solution for environmental clean-up, and is an efficient, cost-effective, non-destructive method for the collection and/or removal of metals from a body of water.


Patent Information:
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Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Jamie Lead
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