Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Recycling Nanomaterials - Recovery, Life Cycle Analysis and transforming waste into high-value applications

This report highlights recent academic research papers published in 2013 which could be of interest to companies interested in developing new technologies for the recycling of nanomaterials. The report also focuses on aspects of recovery, life cycle analysis and transforming waste into high-value applications which have appeared in 2013. A patent search was conducted to determine what research is being commercialised and what applications are being considered in industry. Experts were asked for their views on the commercial viability of recycling and recovery of nanomaterials. 

It is reasonable to extrapolate that globally, many nano enable products are entering the marketplace, being bought and sold by companies and the general public and then, at the end of their use, these products need to be recycled. The question posed is whether there is scope to recover/recycle the nanomaterials embedded in these products and transforming waste into high-value applications giving some companies a new business opportunity and new income streams. 

Can materials such as TiO2, ZnO, Ag, CNTs, Fe2O3 be recovered from products at the end of their useful life? Also, what about graphene and two-dimensional materials such as molybdenum disulfide and silicence? This is of particular interest as the Graphene Flagship – one of Europe’s first ten-year, 1,000 million Euro flagships in Future and Emerging Technologies was recently launched. 

Can waste be a valuable feedstock for future nanomaterial development? 

To further investigate the notion that nanomaterials can be recycled and waste can be transformed into high-value applications, academic, industrial and waste management experts were asked the following questions:
  • In terms of Life Cycle and aging – what should be considered for Recycling and Recovery?
  • Is the recovery/recycling of nanomaterials and NPs from nanocomposites / waste commercially viable?
  • Can companies take advantage of this process for improving products and products?
  • What else should companies take into account when transforming waste into high-value applications?
Also, key government, legislative and trade organisations were asked for position statements on recycling/recovery. 

Table of Contents:
Introduction and References
Policy Statements from Organisations
Expert Views for Recycling and Recovery of Nanomaterials
General Description of Graphene and References
Expert Views for Recycling and Recovery of Graphene
Companies working in the field of Nanomaterial Recycling and Recovery
Pyrolysis Companies
Reverse Polymerization Companies
Views from Waste Industry Experts
Related European, NSF and global projects
Recycling and Recovery - Universities and or Institutes working in the field
Interesting Finds - Universities and or Institutes working in the field
Other References of Interest
Interesting Finds For potential high-value applications - Universities and or Institutes

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