Green routes to nanomaterials synthesis and understanding mechanisms
Symposium Organizers: Dr. Marc R. Knecht, Department of Chemistry, University of Miami; Cory Jensen, Colorado School of Mines
Inorganic nanomaterials are widely used in a variety of applications. The E-factor analysis revealed that the current nanomaterials production methods are up to 10,000 times more wasteful when compared to the production of bulk chemicals. These figures clearly stress an urgent need to develop green synthesis methods for nanomaterials, which require less energy and produce less waste (i.e. eco-friendly), yet are cost-effective and can allow greater control over materials properties.
This session invites contributions on fundamentally new green routes to the synthesis of nanomaterials. These can include biomineralization and biologically inspired eco-friendly methods for nanomaterials synthesis. Of interest will be the advances to increase efficiency and reduce waste by investigating the reaction chemistry, novel solvents, and downstream processing (separations and purification). Further, given that some of these methods are very recent, the symposium is also keen to feature studies on the mechanistic understanding of the particle formation pathways. These include information obtained from both theory and experiments pertaining to molecular-level phenomena, catalysis leading to particle formation, nucleation and growth mechanisms, etc.
Evaluating and predicting the impact of nano-products will be embedded within this session. This session will focus on the question, how nanomaterials contribute to the overall sustainability of products. Contributions identifying novel approaches to holistic improvements in product innovation utilizing nanotechnology as well as metrics, modelling, and/or informatics-based evaluation and prediction of impacts are of particular interest. Discussion generated will be geared towards identifying near-term, mid-term, and long-term goals for making new nanotechnology products inherently more efficient.