Nanomaterials in the Construction Industry: A Review of Their Applications and Environmental Health and Safety Considerations

Lee, Jaesang and Mahendra, Shaily and Alvarez, Pedro J. J.. (2010) Nanomaterials in the Construction Industry: A Review of Their Applications and Environmental Health and Safety Considerations. ACS Nano, 4 (7). p. 3580. ISSN 1936-0851

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The extraordinary chemical and physical properties of materials at the nanometer scale enable novel applications ranging from structural strength enhancement and energy conservation to antimicrobial properties and self-cleaning surfaces. Consequently, manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs) and nanocomposites are being considered for various uses in the construction and related infrastructure industries. To achieve environmentally responsible nanotechnology in construction, it is important to consider the lifecycle impacts of MNMs on the health of construction workers and dwellers, as well as unintended environmental effects at all stages of manufacturing, construction, use, demolition, and disposal. Here, we review state-of-the-art applications of MNMs that improve conventional construction materials, suggest likely environmental release scenarios, and summarize potential adverse biological and toxicological effects and their mitigation. Aligned with multidisciplinary assessment of the environmental implications of emerging technologies, this review seeks to promote awareness of potential benefits of MNMs in construction and stimulate the development of guidelines to regulate their use and disposal to mitigate potential adverse effects on human and environmental health.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: concrete; windows; sensor; exposure; bioavailability; toxicity; oxidative stress; industrial ecology; risk assessment; labeling
InterNano Taxonomy: Nanoscale Objects and Nanostructured Materials > Nanoparticles
Areas of Application > Materials and Chemical Industries and Green Manufacturing
Collections: Nanomanufacturing Research Collection
Depositing User: Robert Stevens
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 17:56
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 17:56

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