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.