Nanotechnology for Sustainable Manufacturing

Nanotechnology for Sustainable Manufacturing

Published: June 10, 2014 by CRC Press
Content: 306 Pages | 98 Illustrations
Editor(s): David Rickerby
ISBN 9781482214826


  • Takes a broad look at opportunities for nanotechnology in real-world applications
  • Examines the application of nanotechnology to reduce energy and resource consumption and emissions
  • Addresses how to make nanotechnology products more sustainable using life-cycle analysis
  • Brings together contributions by international experts offering insights in relevant scientific and technical fields
  • Provides examples of applications of nanotechnology for alternative energy generation
  • Discusses the use of nanotechnology to improve water quality
  • Includes novel applications of nanotechnology in agriculture and forest products


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.