Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Tam, Edwin (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Keywords

Agriculture, Plant Culture.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Nanotechnology is not only being used to enhance commercial goods but the research into the use of nanomaterials as soil and groundwater remediation options has been underway for some time. The research to date suggests that once CNTs have been taken up by humans, or other species they may cause inflammation, oxidative stress, cell damage, or adverse effects on cell performance. However, when considering the interactions between CNTs and plants cells or developing plants the outcomes are less certain and may be counterintuitive. Interactions between developing plants seem to show neutral or positive short-term effects. Research conducted thus far shows un-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes, when suspended in an aquatic environment, seem to enhance the growth of plant life in the short term.

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