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Nanotechnology and clean energy: sustainable utilization and supply of critical materials

Fromer, Neil A. and Diallo, Mamadou S. (2013) Nanotechnology and clean energy: sustainable utilization and supply of critical materials. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 15 (11). Art. No. 2011. ISSN 1388-0764 . http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20131105-084834160

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Abstract

Advances in nanoscale science and engineering suggest that many of the current problems involving the sustainable utilization and supply of critical materials in clean and renewable energy technologies could be addressed using (i) nanostructured materials with enhanced electronic, optical, magnetic and catalytic properties and (ii) nanotechnology-based separation materials and systems that can recover critical materials from non-traditional sources including mine tailings, industrial wastewater and electronic wastes with minimum environmental impact. This article discusses the utilization of nanotechnology to improve or achieve materials sustainability for energy generation, conversion and storage. We highlight recent advances and discuss opportunities of utilizing nanotechnology to address materials sustainability for clean and renewable energy technologies.


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Additional Information:© 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Received: 20 June 2013. Accepted: 13 September 2013. Neil A. Fromer thanks the Resnick Sustainability Institute, as well as the LMI-EFRC, Rod Eggert, and Jack Lifton and the other attendees of the Resnick Institute critical materials workshop for helpful discussions. Mamadou Diallo thanks the EEWS Initiative (Grant #NT080607C0209721), the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) [MEST grant No. 2012M1A2A2026588] and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of United States [CBET grants 0948485 and 0506951] for funding his research on sustainable chemistry, engineering and materials (SusChEM).
Group:Resnick Sustainability Institute
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EEWS InitiativeNT080607C0209721
National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST)2012M1A2A2026588
NSF CBET0948485
NSF CBET0506951
Subject Keywords:Critical materials, Clean energy, Nanotechnology, Urban mining
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Official Citation: Nanotechnology and clean energy: sustainable utilization and supply of critical materials Neil A. Fromer, Mamadou S. Diallo Article:2011
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