Applications of polymeric smart materials to environmental problems. Academic Article uri icon


  • New methods for the reduction and remediation of hazardous wastes like carcinogenic organic solvents, toxic materials, and nuclear contamination are vital to environmental health. Procedures for effective waste reduction, detection, and removal are important components of any such methods. Toward this end, polymeric smart materials are finding useful applications. Polymer-bound smart catalysts are useful in waste minimization, catalyst recovery, and catalyst reuse. Polymeric smart coatings have been developed that are capable of both detecting and removing hazardous nuclear contaminants. Such applications of smart materials involving catalysis chemistry, sensor chemistry, and chemistry relevant to decontamination methodology are especially applicable to environmental problems.

published proceedings

  • Environ Health Perspect

author list (cited authors)

  • Gray, H. N., & Bergbreiter, D. E.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Gray, HN||Bergbreiter, DE

publication date

  • February 1997