1st Edition

Nanotechnology for Sustainable Manufacturing

Edited By David Rickerby Copyright 2014
    314 Pages 8 Color & 90 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    316 Pages 8 Color & 90 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Nanotechnology has the potential to play an important role in increasing the sustainability of a wide range of industrial sectors. Nanomaterials could contribute to more sustainable manufacturing through cleaner, less wasteful production processes and can substitute conventional materials, leading to savings in raw materials and energy. Nanotechnology for Sustainable Manufacturing discusses recent progress in the areas of energy and materials efficiency related to resource savings and conservation of raw materials, which are drivers for the application of nanotechnology in the industrial setting.

    Written by leading experts from Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia, the book provides an innovative perspective by establishing connections between the subject areas associated with nanotechnology and by bridging the academic and industrial research gap. The topics covered include electronics, agrifood, aerospace, pulp and paper manufacturing, batteries, catalysts, solar energy, fuel cells, drinking water, and construction materials.

    The chapters offer insights into the diverse industries that are currently or likely to be impacted by developments in nanotechnology and nanomaterials. They cover applications such as nanotechnology for alternative energy generation, improving water quality, and novel uses in agriculture and forest products. The book also addresses the use of life-cycle analysis for assessing the sustainability of nanotechnology-based products and processes.

    David G. Rickerby and Mark Morrison

    Nanotechnology in Electronics
    Larry Larson, Seongsin Margaret Kim, Patrick Kung, Quigkai Yu, Zhihong Liu, Deb Newberry, and Walt Trybula

    Photovoltaics and Nanotechnology: From Innovation to Industry
    Sophia Fantechi, Iain Weir, and Bertrand Fillon

    How Nanotechnologies Can Enhance Sustainability in the Agrifood Sector
    Frans W.H. Kampers

    Biological Production of Nanocellulose and Potential Application in Agricultural and Forest Product Industry
    Nadanathangam Vigneshwaran, Prasad Satyamurthy, and Prateek Jain

    Applications of Nanotechnology in Aerospace
    Leonard L. Yowell and Padraig G. Moloney

    Applications of Nanomaterials in Fuel Cells
    Shangfeng Du and Bruno G. Pollet

    Nanostructured Metal Oxide Catalysts
    Vicente Cortés Corberán, Vicente Rives, Natalia V. Mezentseva, Vladislav A. Sadykov, and Eduardo Martínez-Tamayo

    Solar Photocatalytic Drinking Water Treatment for Developing Countries
    John Anthony Byrne and Pilar Fernandez-Ibañez

    Applications of Nanotechnology in the Building Industry
    Michael B. Cortie, Nicholas Stokes, Gregory Heness, and Geoffrey B. Smith

    Anticipatory Life-Cycle Assessment of SWCNT-Enabled Lithium Ion Batteries
    Ben A. Wender and Thomas P. Seager

    Life-Cycle Assessment of Nanotechnology-Based Applications
    Michael Steinfeldt


    David G. Rickerby, PhD, is a senior scientific officer in the Institute for Environment and Sustainability at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy. After earning a doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge, he carried out postdoctoral research at the Pennsylvania State University. His present research interests involve evaluation of the potential risks and benefits of nanotechnologies, including development of risk assessment tools and methodologies. He was one of the group of international experts who coauthored a chapter on nanotechnology and the environment for the UNEP GEO Year Book and is a member of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials, Steering Group 9 on the Environmentally Sustainable Use of Nanotechnology.