Nanotechnology Innovations Enhancing Recycling and Reuse of Waste

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Published: 27 Jan 2017

With the global growth in production and processing, the amount of production wastes and end-of-life products is constantly rising. Research studies highlight that by 2025 the solid wastes will reach over 2 billion tones per year; this creates a high demand for new technologies and processes for effective recycling and reuse. Nanotechnology can impact the recycling industry in three major categories: the recycling of nanomaterials, the recycling of solid wastes by nanoprocessing, and the improvement of existing processes in order to reduce the amount of wastes generated. The market is witnessing many small- and medium entities dealing with one specific product or nanoprocess for waste management. The Nanotech TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on nanotechnology-related innovations and their impact across various industries. Technology focus areas include nanomaterials, nanocoatings, nanohealthcare, nanomedicine, and nanomanufacturing. The Environment and Sustainability cluster tracks developments and industry trends in technologies that contribute to the betterment of the environment or enable/aid environmental protection/preservation, mitigation and sustainability. Keywords: Nanotechnology, recycling, nanomaterial, nanocellulose, cellulose nanocrystals, tyre recycling, infrared light recycling, batteries recycling

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