The Environmental Nanotechnology team focuses on the development of bio-nanomaterials that enable new and cost effective environmental technologies. The research concentrates on the development of efficient selective filter materials that allow to remove toxic pollutions of water in the lower concentration range as well as the recovery of dissolved noble metals. The filter material is based on active as well as passive processes involving bacteria and algae immobilized in sol-gel matrices. Moreover, whole-cell biosensors for environmental monitoring are developed. To monitor the aquatic environment genetically modified microorganisms are used, especially yeasts. Furthermore, we are synthesizing new nanocomposites or thin films with pyroelectric components that possess a remarkable interaction with microorganisms (microbial disinfection). The research group cooperates with several companies and non-academic institutes that turn the nanotechnology research into marketable products.
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