no4 nano-revista

Volume 4 No 1

Environment and Nanotechnology

The global water crisis is one of the most important challenges facing
the society in the 21st century. By pollution, lack of proper management
and population growth, the availability of this valuable natural
resource is committed. In some countries, the average gradual loss per
capita availability of water has already reached alarming levels, which
makes it necessary the urgent search of sustainable and effective solutions.
One of the goals incluided in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
formulated by the United Nations, stablished the need to: “ensure
availability and sustaninable management of water and sanitation for all”
with the commitment to achieve it by 2030, “universal and equitable access
to safe and affordable drinking water for all, improve water quality
by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of
hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated
wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally,
expand international cooperation and capacity-building support
to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and
programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency,
wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies”, among other
In order to achieve the Agenda goals, specifically those related with water
sanitation, bio and nanotechnology can contribute effectively through
its capabilities for detection, mitigation and remediation actions. New
environmentally friendly materials and their exceptional properties,
can contribute to the design and configuration of sensors for monitoring
and measurement as well as bio-nanostructured membranes and nanoparticles
for selective removal of contaminants -such as heavy metals-.
In addition, these technologies can help with replacement of beneficiation
methods and practices responsible for contamination of water for
human consumption.
This issue of the journal Nano is devoted to what nanotechnology can
offer in terms of efficient solutions to recover one of the world’s most
precious and necessary natural resources “WATER”.

Nanocosmos Architecture


Nanocosmos Architecture is a journey inside matter to explore the fascination of form, composition and size.The privilege provided by the valuable instrumental endowment that we have received from the XX century, allows us to move toward a scale that offers a wonderful universe of forms and processes with a “reality” sensitive to its surroundings and architecture. Admire the complexity of the network of interconnections between atoms, molecules and particles that harmonize in the collectivity, to deliver an endless world of possibilities that feed the creativity.We are learning from nature and its diversity, lessons that will carry us to conquer the states of self-organizing, replicating and self-assembling. This allows us to access the domains of the design and construction of the matter from a scale that is creating a trend in the new era of nanoscience and nanotechnology.We hope our readers enjoy the material printed in this book as much as we have enjoyed the journey that we embarked to produce and collect these snapshots of the nanocosmos architecture and translate them into the language of image and color.



La ciencia de coloides ha fascinado a físicos, matemáticos,
biólogos e ingenieros desde hace más de un siglo. En 1913,
Ostwald al abordar la naturaleza de los sólidos diminutos
suspendidos en líquidos y carentes de resolución
microscópica, se refería a la ciencia de la dimensión olvidada,
la dimensión cero. Casi 100 años más tarde, los coloides
han cambiado de nombre –nanopartículas- y han pasado
de ser la ciencia de la dimensión desconocida a probablemente
el mayor pilar de la revolución contemporánea en
nanociencia y nanotecnología.


ISSN: 978-958-46-6931-5


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