General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Nanomaterials for wastewater remediation
Language EN
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Łukasz Wolski
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Chemistry
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 45
USOS code 02-NMWRA


Duration: lecture – 15 h, lab – 30 h, SUM = 45 h

Module lecturers:

Prof. UAM dr hab. Łukasz Wolski (

Prof. UAM dr hab. Anetta Zioła-Frankowska (

Prof. UAM dr hab. Iwona Kurzyca (

Prof. dr hab. Marcin Frankowski (


Module aim (aims)

The nanomaterials for wastewater remediation course is designed to familiarise students with the basic theory related to water pollution and water treatment methods with the use of various nanomaterials (e.g. metal oxides, polymers, carbon-based materials, etc.). Particular attention will be directed towards the application of nanomaterials in modern and advanced water purification processes such as photocatalysis, Fenton-like reactions, and persulfate-based technologies. A significant part of the course will also include theory and application of modern analytical techniques for the detection and quantitative analysis of water pollutants. The lectures will cover the fundamental knowledge about water pollutants, water purification techniques with particular attention to newly developing methods with the use of nanomaterials, and the theory of analytical techniques used in modern water analysis with basic principles of analytical procedures and techniques commonly used to determine the chemical composition of water samples, as well as evaluate the efficiency of water purification processes. The aim of the laboratory is to give students experience in performing experiments related to water remediation processes using various techniques (e.g., adsorption, oxidative degradation, catalytic and photocatalytic degradation, etc.), analysing, data and reporting their findings. Moreover, the course will be focused on the application of qualitative and quantitative techniques used in the analysis of water samples (e.g. UV-vis, TOC, HPLC/IC, ICP-OES, etc.). The theory is presented in lecture, and the students gain experience in a discussion and lab. This course builds on the laboratory experience, which focusses on hands-on experience with modern water purification techniques using various nanomaterials and analytical instrumentation.






Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge in the field of inorganic and analytical chemistry, rules in working with basic

laboratory and analytical equipment.


Reading list

  1. Handbook of Nanomaterials for Wastewater Treatment, Fundamentals and Scale Up Issues / Bharat Bhanvase, Shirish Sonawane, Vijay Pawade, Aniruddha Pandit, Elsevier, 2021.
  2. Nanomaterials for Wastewater Remediation / Ravindra Kumar Gautam, Mahesh Chandra Chattopadhyaya, Elsevier, 2016.
  3. Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials for Environmental Remediation / Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Pei Sean Goh, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2021.
  4. Advanced Nanomaterials for Wastewater Remediation / Mahesh Chandra Chattopadhyaya, Ravindra Kumar Gautam, CRC Press, 2016.
  5. Nanomaterials for Water Treatment and Remediation / Ashok Kumar Nadda, Aziz Habibi-Yangjeh, Srabanti Ghosh, Swati Sharma, CRC Press, 2021.
  6. Carbon Nanomaterial-Based Adsorbents for Water Purification, Fundamentals and Applications / Suprakas Sinha Ray, Rashi Gusain, Neeraj Kumar, Elsevier Science, 2020.
  7. Polymeric Adsorbents, Characterization, Properties, Applications, and Modelling / Ahad Ghaemi, Reza Norouzbeigi, Hadiseh Masoumi, Elsevier, 2023.
  8. Chemistry / John McMurry, Robert C. Fay. McMurry, John., Fay, Robert C. New Jersey : Printice Hall, 2004.
  9. Analytical chemistry : a modern approach to analytical science / ed. by J.-M. Mermet, M. Otto, M. Valcárcel ; founding eds R. Kellner, H. M. Widmer. Kellner, Robert A. Red., Mermet, Jean-Michel. Red., Widmer, H. Michael. Red., Valcárcel Cases, Miquel. Red., Otto, Matthias. Red.Weinheim : Wiley-VCH, cop. 2004.
  10. Fundamentals of analytical chemistry / Douglas A. Skoog, Donald M. West, F. James Holler, Stanley R. Crouch. Skoog, Douglas A.., Holler, F. James. Autor, Crouch, Stanley R. West, Donald M. Autor, Cengage Learning. Beoston : Cengage Learning, © 2022.
  11. Fundamentals of chromatography / Harold Gomes Cassidy. Cassidy, Harold Gomes. New York ; London: Interscience Publishers, 1961.