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Soft Matter & Colloids Chapter 10

A Framework for Identifying Sustainability Performance Targets for Nanomaterials

R.I. MacCuspie, L. Micher, J. Nance, J. Watkins, H. Hyman, S. Srinivasan, J. Dhau, C. Yakymyshyn, C. Drake
Florida Polytechnic University, United States

pp. 581 - 584

Keywords: sustainable nanomaterials

A current challenge facing the application of nano-enabled products is how to evaluate sustainable solutions and develop performance criteria? This work describes the application of an Input-Process-Output (IPO) model as a framework for a life-cycle analysis approach to identify performance metrics for evaluating the application of nanomaterials to improve the sustainability of a system (MacCuspie et al., Sustainable Materials & Technologies, 2014, doi:10.1016/j.susmat.2014.11.003). A case study is presented describing a scenario whereby a nano-enabled biocidal paint is considered for a remediation effort to reduce growth of dark molds and bacteria on refrigerated warehouses. The framework is applied to support identification of the energy-consuming and water-consuming steps (such as increased refrigeration energy burden, cleaning and repainting), selection of performance metrics (such as decreasing mold growth rate), and determination of thresholds to measure sustainability outcomes.