The introduction of sand filtration and chlorine disinfection marked the end of waterborne epidemics in the developed world over a century ago. Nevertheless, unexpected surges in waterborne disease outbreaks persist. Globally, in many developing nations, waterborne diseases continue to be the primary cause of death. While the current disinfection methods employed in drinking water treatment can effectively manage microbial pathogens, recent research has unveiled a conundrum: a conflict between effective disinfection and the creation of harmful disinfection byproducts. The rapid advancements in nanotechnology have ignited substantial interest in employing nanomaterials for water disinfection. These nanomaterials, owing to their large surface area and high reactivity, prove to be exceptional adsorbents, catalysts, and sensors. More recently, various natural and engineered nanomaterials have also demonstrated potent antimicrobial properties.
We are currently investigating disinfection of water systems including drinking water supplies, industrial water systems and marine applications