Majid Abbaspour , an Iranian university professor said on Tuesday that 150 tons of nanoclay will be used to prevent the formation of haze over an area of over 3,000 hectares in Isfahan province.
The professor added that intensive research has been carried out in a number of universities and research centers around the country.
Abbaspour, dean of the faculty of Environment and Energy of the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University, stated that if the nanoclay project yields positive results in the pilot phase, the method will be applied to control haze in several regions of the country, including the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
He also explained that nanoclay is made up of particles with large amounts of vast space in their molecular structure that gives them the capability to absorb and maintain small amounts of moisture.
This capability of nanoclay stops haze and dust particles in the deserts from being carried away by winds.
Abbaspour further noted that tests have showed that nanoaclay particles are extremely stable and are more effective than other methods, such as using mulch.