Interdisciplinary Journal

Document Type : Mini Review


Departments of Chemical and Bio Engineering & Physics, University of Illinois at Chicago (M/C 063), Chicago, IL 60607-7052, USA


There are a number of challenging problems facing humanity today. One major challenge is the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic started in late 2019. A second major challenge is the environmental crisis due to fossil fuels combustion causing an increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. While the first challenge seems to be a temporary remedy for the second one, due to less travels by individuals, the actual solution of both problems may require comprehensive scientific, technological, and socioeconomic decisions. In this report, we look at the role of nanotechnology and nanoscale materials towards the solution of these two major challenges.

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