Global Trends: Nanomaterials in Future Cities

Cerion Nanomaterials CEO, Landon Mertz, and Chemistry and Nanotechnology Subject Matter Expert, Liam Critchley, discuss key areas where materials science is affecting innovation and development on a global scale through a present-day lens, exploring the ongoing and ever-increasing role of nanomaterials across the globe. 

Here, you will find a summary of their discussion around the the impact of nanomaterials in future cities. Click here for a video of their full discussion on this topic, and other videos in this series. 


The Role of Nanomaterials in Future Cities

Modern infrastructure is almost entirely materials based, effectively creating a unique opportunity for materials science and nanomaterials, which are central to advancing innovation in the future city and smart city spaces.

Nanomaterials, which exhibit unique and beneficial physical and electronic properties not seen in their bulk counterparts, can be utilized as part of a product or application to provide differentiation and performance enhancement. The process of successfully leveraging nanomaterials to harness these properties forms the foundation of nanomaterial innovation and product commercialization.

Nanomaterials are already being integrated into many cities - the future is now in this respect, and as the use and adoption of nanotechnology increases, this will have a notable positive effect on maintenance costs, energy savings, the lifespan of infrastructure assets and the environment.

Nanomaterials are anticipated to become central to innovation and fulfill many roles in future cities; for example, lighter, stronger concrete or self-healing building cladding. They may also be used for insulation and corrosion inhibition, the latter being a significant improver of cost-effectiveness. Inorganic nanomaterials such as ceramics, metals and metal oxides confidently meet the high volume, low-cost requirements of physical infrastructure projects. Nanomaterials can also be utilized to enhance the performance of ubiquitous city materials such as steel, cement, and glass. Nano-coatings are already a pervasive technology that is applied to almost all physical infrastructure assets in some form.

There is no single one-size-fits-all solution to leveraging nanomaterials for a specific application so the best approach is a tailor-made one that can scale to industrial volumes, but a significant number of use cases already exist in the market or are moving into it.


This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Cerion Nanomaterials.

Cerion Nanomaterials specializes in the custom design, scale-up, and manufacturing of inorganic nanomaterials including metals, metal oxides, and ceramics. For more information on this source, please visit Cerion Nanomaterials.


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