Mar 9 – 11, 2015
NH Laguna Palace Hotel
Europe/Rome timezone

Research in Sustainable Synthesis of Nanomaterials: An overview

Mar 11, 2015, 12:00 PM
Breakout 1 (NH Laguna Palace Hotel)

Breakout 1

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Parallel session 5A: Safer by design products, production and processes 5A Safer by design products, production and processes


Barbara Karn (SNO/ George Washington University)


The basis of nanotechnology is the manufacture, characterization and use of new nanomaterials with properties that replace, improve, or create useful products.  However, in order to be sustainable, these new materials must be made in sustainable ways—without generating the old pollutants, without using more energy, and without causing environmental impacts at any of their life stages. Research into the sustainable synthesis of nanomaterials is a beginning step into making the whole enterprise sustainable.  Less polluting meansof synthesis such as using non-toxic solvents (e.g., supercritical CO2, water), self-assembly, microwave technologies, photochemical syntheses, renewable starting materials,  molten salts/ionic liquids, etc. are several ways in which nanomaterials can be made in a more sustainable manner.  This talk will track and discuss research in sustainable synthesis of nanomaterials and barriers to its use.

Primary author

Barbara Karn (SNO/ George Washington University)

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