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EPA Developing and Demonstrating Nanosensor Technology to Detect, Monitor, and Degrade Pollutants.

Opportunity Title:

Developing and Demonstrating Nanosensor Technology to Detect, Monitor, and Degrade Pollutants RFA

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Environmental pollutants such as pesticides, insecticides, dyes, phenols, endocrine disrupters,

polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), heavy

metals, and nitrogen compounds can have adverse effects on human health even at low

concentrations. Efforts are consistently being made to develop reliable and simple sensors to

detect pollutants even at low levels. Environmental remediation technologies cover a vast

range of applications that require tailored engineering solutions for successful

implementation. Technologies applied for the treatment of water, soil, or air involve

contaminant degradation or sequestration, and often use related processes such as adsorption or reduction/oxidation (redox) reactions.

Advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology have significantly influenced the field of

environmental science, where many nanoparticles have been introduced for the detection and

remediation of a wide range of contaminants in different matrices [1, 2]. Because of their

unique properties, nanomaterials have enabled advances in sensor design such as

miniaturization, portability, and rapid signal response times [3]. Nanomaterial-enabled

sensors are being designed for efficiency, flexibility, and multiplex-functionality sensing

applications. Nanosensors can help monitor many pollutants and environmental chemicals in

more cost-effective, efficient, and selective ways than traditional methods [4]. In addition to

detection and monitoring, nanotechnology can also be used in the sequestration and

degradation of pollutants. Innovative solutions based on nanotechnology have been applied

for the treatment of air (removal of volatile organic compounds, greenhouse gases, or bioaerosols), water (removal of heavy metals and pathogens), and soil (application of nanomaterials as amendment agents and as pollutant stabilizers).


Public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, public and private institutions of higher education (IHEs), and hospitals located in the U.S. and its territories or possessions; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. Profit-making firms and individuals are not eligible to apply.

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Application Deadline:

December 7, 2022

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