In addition to biodegradability and the ability to be recovered and re-used, cellulose nanoparticles are light and cheap, and they have very desirable mechanical properties. Therefore, they have high potential to be used in pharmaceutics, foodstuff, cosmetics, paper production and composite manufacturing.
The use of new nanomaterials in tyre production could help foster the sustainability of the tyre industry and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, if the potential environmental, health and safety risks of the technology are managed carefully, according to the new OECD report 'Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport'.
Researchers recently studied a class of Li-ion battery electrodes that have capacities much greater than those of the materials used in today's batteries. The researchers wanted to determine why these materials can often store more charge than theory predicts.