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Nanotechnology Commercialization: Manufacturing Processes and Products

Nanotechnology Commercialization: Manufacturing Processes and Products

Thomas O. Mensah, Ben Wang, Geoffrey Bothun, Jessica Winter, Virginia Davis

ISBN: 978-1-119-37176-2

Oct 2017

448 pages


A fascinating and informative look at state-of-the-art nanotechnology research, worldwide, and its vast commercial potential 

Nanotechnology Commercialization: Manufacturing Processes and Products presents a detailed look at the state of the art in nanotechnology and explores key issues that must still be addressed in order to successfully commercialize that vital technology. Written by a team of distinguished experts in the field, it covers a range of applications notably: military, space, and commercial transport applications, as well as applications for missiles, aircraft, aerospace, and commercial transport systems.

The drive to advance the frontiers of nanotechnology has become a major global initiative with profound economic, military, and environmental implications. Nanotechnology has tremendous commercial and economic implications with a projected $ 1.2 trillion-dollar global market. This book describes current research in the field and details its commercial potential—from work bench to market.

  • Examines the state of the art in nanotechnology and explores key issues surrounding its commercialization  
  • Takes a real-world approach, with chapters written from a practical viewpoint, detailing the latest research and considering its potential commercial and defense applications
  • Presents the current research and proposed applications of nanotechnology in such a way as to stimulate further research and development of new applications
  • Written by an all-star team of experts, including pioneer patent-holders and award-winning researchers in nanotechnology  

The major challenge currently faced by researchers in nanotechnology is successfully transitioning laboratory research into viable commercial products for the 21st century. Written for professionals across an array of research and engineering disciplines, Nanotechnology Commercialization: Manufacturing Processes and Products does much to help them bridge the gap between lab and marketplace.


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Nanotechnology – a foundational megatrend in science and engineering

1.3 Three stages for establishing the new general purpose technology

1.4  Several challenges for nanotechnology development

1.5 About the return on investment

1.6 Closing remarks

Chapter 2: Nanocarbon materials in catalysis

2.1 Introduction to nanocarbon materials

2.2 Synthesis and functionalization of nanocarbon materials

2.3 Applications of nanocarbon materials in electrocatalysis

2.4 Applications of nanocarbon materials in photocatalysis

2.5.  Summary

Chapter 3: Controlling and Characterizing Anisotropic Nanomaterial Dispersion

3.1 Introduction

3.2 What is dispersion and why is it important?

3.3 Characterizing Dispersion State in Fluids

3.4 Characterization of dispersion state in solidified materials

3.5 Conclusions

Chapter 4: High Throughput Nano manufacturing via Spray Processes

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Flash Nanoprecipitation

4.3 Electrospray

4.4 Liquid-in-Liquid Electrospray

4.5 Spray-Assisted Layer-by-Layer Assembly

4.6 Conclusions and Future Directions

Chapter 5: Overview of Nanotechnology in Military and Aerospace Applications

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Implications of Nanotechnology in Military and Aerospace Systems Applications

5.3 Nano-based Micro-Sensor Technology for the Detection of Chemical Agents

5.4 Nanotechnology for Missile Health Monitoring

5.5 Nano-Energetics – Missile Propellants

5.6 Nano-Composites for Missile Motor Casings and Structural Components

5.7 Nano-Plasmonics

5.8 Nano-Thermal Batteries and Supercapacitors

5.9 Conclusion

Chapter 6: Novel Polymer Nanocomposite Ablative Technologies for Thermal Protection of Propulsion and Re-Entry Systems for Space Applications

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Motor Nozzle and Insulation Materials

6.3 Advanced Polymer Nanocomposite Ablatives

6.4 New Sensing Technology

6.5 Technologies Needed to Advance Polymer Nanocomposite Ablative Research

6.6 Summary and Conclusions`

6.7 Nomenclature

Chapter 7: Manufacture of Multiscale Composites

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Nanoconstituents Preparation Processes

7.3 Liquid Composites Molding (LCM) Processes for Multiscale Composites Manufacturing

7.4 Continuous Manufacturing Processes for Multi-scale Composites

7.5 Challenges and Advances in Multi-scale Composites Manufacturing – Environmental, Health and Safety (E, H & S)

7.6 Modeling and simulation tools for multi-scale composites manufacture

7.7 Conclusion

Chapter 8: Bio-Inspired Systems

8.1 Introduction and Literature Overview

8.2 Electrical Properties of a Single Palladium-Coated Biotemplate

8.3 Materials and Methods

8.4 Results and Discussion 

8.5 Conclusion and Outlook

Chapter 9. Prediction of Carbon Nanotube Buckypaper Mechanical Properties with Integrated Physics-Based and Statistical Models

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Manufacturing process of buckypaper

9.3 Finite element-based computational models for buckypaper mechanical property prediction

9.4 Calibration and adjustment of FE models with statistical methods

9.5 Summary

Chapter 10: Fabrication and fatigue of fiber reinforced polymer nanocomposites – a tool for quality control

10.1. Introduction

10.2. Materials

10.3 Composite Fabrication

10.4 Discussion – Fatigue and Fracture


Chapter 11: Nanoclays: a review of their toxicological profiles and risk assessment implementation strategies

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Nanoclay structure and resulting applications

11.3 Nanoclays in food packaging applications

11.4 Possible toxicity upon implementation of nanoclay in consumer applications

11.5 Conclusions and Outlook

Chapter 12: Nanotechnology EHS: Manufacturing and Colloidal Aspects

12.1. Introduction

12.2. Colloidal properties and environmental transformations

12.3. Assessing nano-EHS

12.4. Summary