Nanotechnology has a vital role to play in current sustainable development. Nanotechnology can accelerate progress through technological solutions, including clean water/soil/air and sanitation, to affordable and clean energy solutions and products that fulfil the united nations' sustainable development goals. Multidisciplinary is a key factor, a toolset that contains skills that will allow students to provide solutions to our current society's problems. This is a significant challenge that citizens of the entire world must face and join forces working together within a multidisciplinary context toward developing sustainable solutions and products.
In this collaborative online international learning (COIL) course, international teams will join forces to create green and eco-friendly nanotechnological solutions. In this case, the development of a sustainable product will be based on four critical pillars:
- Water purification, remediation, and reuse;
- Air purification;
- Soil remediation, and;
The acquired knowledge is practised using the learned concepts while developing sustainable solutions and products. During product development, life cycle analysis and recyclability aspects will be applied. The course uses a challenge-based approach, requiring students to work together to solve problems and learn how to collaborate with individuals from different cultural backgrounds.