Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2011KY175B

Arsenic removal from water with functionalized magnetic nanoparticles

Institute: Kentucky
Year Established: 2011 Start Date: 2011-03-01 End Date: 2012-02-29
Total Federal Funds: $4,612 Total Non-Federal Funds: $13,983

Principal Investigators: David Atwood

Abstract: The current project will involve attaching AB9 (the carboxylated derivative of B9, BDTH2-COOH) to silica-coated magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) in order to prepare a solid reagent with high capacity for arsenic binding and ease of isolation from water. This study will demonstrate the ability to control the size (smaller/similar size for better efficiency) and homogeneity of silica coated particles. The project combines an emerging magnetic nanotechnology while enhancing the understanding of arsenic filtration. This approach will allow transferable water filtration media with the simple introduction of a magnetic field.