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August 9th, 2010

Study reveals pros, cons of nanotech-enhanced building materials' use

Abstract:
Nanomaterials will soon find effective use in the construction industry but widespread use in building materials comes with potential environmental and health risks when those materials are thrown away, according to new research.

The study, by Rice University engineering researchers, appears in ACS Nano.

"The advantages of using nanomaterials in construction are enormous. When you consider that 41 percent of all energy use in the U.S. is consumed by commercial and residential buildings, the potential benefits of energy-saving materials alone are vast," said study co-author Pedro Alvarez, Rice's George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering."

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