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Nanomaterials and sustainability

In an ACS Energy Letters paper, the authors summarize feedback from invited speakers at the Nanomaterials and Sustainability Workshop that was held on May 4, 2023, as part of the annual Advanced Photon Source/Center for Nanoscale Materials Users Meeting.


The Nanomaterials and Sustainability Workshop was held on May 4th, 2023 as part of the annual Advanced Photon Source/Center for Nanoscale Materials Users Meeting. The publication highlighted here summarizes the invited speakers’ feedback on major sustainability challenges and how nanomaterials can address those challenges.

Significance and Impact

Nanostructuring adds a tremendous degree of tunability to the optical, electronic, magnetic, tribological and chemical properties of matter. As a result, nanostructured materials already play major roles in the many technologies and industries that provide the comfort and convenience of our everyday lives. However, the potential impact of nanoscale materials on sustainability remains to be fully utilized when one considers that the nanostructure-property-composition exploration phase space is almost infinite. This publication describes opportunities for nanomaterials to contribute to sustainability across many industries and technologies, organized into the three topical areas shown on the left.

DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.3c01303

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