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Nanotechnology in Eco-efficient Construction - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780081026410, 9780081026427

Nanotechnology in Eco-efficient Construction

2nd Edition

Materials, Processes and Applications

Editors: Fernando Pacheco-Torgal Maria Vittoria Diamanti Ali Nazari Claes Goran-Granqvist Alina Pruna Serji Amirkhanian
eBook ISBN: 9780081026427
Paperback ISBN: 9780081026410
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 22nd November 2018
Page Count: 896
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to nanotechnology in eco-efficient construction F. Pacheco-Torgal

Part 1. Mortars and concrete related applications
2. Influence of nanoparticles on the strength of ultra-high performance concrete Ksenija Jankovic, Dragan Bojovic and Marko Stojanovic
3. The effect of nanoparticles on the self-healing capacity of high performance concrete J.L. García Calvo, G. Pérez, P. Carballosa, E. Erkizia, J.J. Gaitero and A. Guerrero
4. The impact of graphene oxide on cementitious composites Alyaa Mohammed, Jay G. Sanjayan, Ali Nazari and Nihad T.K. Al-Saadi
5. Application of nanomaterials in alkali-activated materials Q.L. Yu
6. Effects of nanofibers on properties of geopolymer composites Akm Samsur Rahman
7. Nanoindentation for evaluation of properties of cement hydration products Saptarshi Sasmal and M.B. Anoop

Part 2. Applications for pavements and other infrastructure materials
8. Performance of asphalt mixture with nanoparticles Shaban Ali Zangena
9. Nanomodified asphalt mixture with enhanced performance Shuaicheng Guo, Xu Yang, Zigeng Wang, Lingyun You, Qingli Dai and Zhanping You
10. Effects of graphene oxide on asphalt binders Yuanyuan Li, Shaopeng Wu and Serji Amirkhanian
11. NanoComposites for structural health monitoring Qiaofeng Zheng, Baoguo Han and Jinping Ou
12. Concrete with nanomaterials and fibers for self-monitoring of strain and cracking subjected to flexure Yining Ding, Genjin Liu, Zhibo Han, F. Pacheco-Torgal and Antonio Augusto Veloso de Costa
13. Icephobic nanocoatings for infrastructure protection Zaid Ayaz Janjua
14. Self-healing nanocoatings for protection against steel corrosion Alicja Stankiewicz
15. Nanocoatings for protection against steel corrosion A. Pruna
16. Fire retardant nanocoating for wood protection L.N. Vakhitova

Part 3. Applications for building energy efficiency
17. Aerogel-enhanced insulation for building applications U. Berardi
18. Nano aerogel windows and glazing units for buildings’ energy efficiency Muhammad Abdul Mujeebu
19. Smart perovskite-based technologies for building integration: a cross-disciplinary approach Alessandro Cannavale and Francesco Martellotta
20. Electrochromic glazing for energy efficient buildings Claes Goran Granqvis
21. VO2-based thermochromic materials and applications: flexible foils and coated glass for energy building efficiency Xun Cao, Ping Jin and Hongjie Luo

Part 4. Photocatalytic applications
22. Photocatalytic performance of mortars with nanoparticles exposed to the urban environment Maria Vittoria Diamanti and MariaPia Pedeferri
23. Multifunctional photocatalytic coatings for construction materials Marisol Faraldos and Ana Bahamonde
24. Self-cleaning efficiency of nanoparticles applied on facade bricks Magdalena Janus and Kamila Zając
25. Nanotreatments to inhibit microalgal fouling on building stone surfaces Giovanni Battista Goffredo, Stefano Accoroni and Cecilia Totti
26. Self-cleaning cool paints Hideki Takebayashi
27. Photocatalytic water treatment Lev Matoh, Bostjan Zener, Romana Cerc Korosec and Urska Lavrencic Stangar

Part 5.Toxicity, safety handling and environmental Impacts
28. Toxicity of nanoparticles Cristina Buzea and Ivan Pacheco
29. Risk management: controlling occupational exposure to nanoparticles in construction F. Silva, P. Arezes and P. Swuste
30. Measurement techniques of exposure to nanomaterials in workplaces Riccardo Ferrante, Fabio Boccuni, Francesca Tombolini and Sergio Iavicoli
31. Life-cycle assessment of engineered nanomaterials Stefano Cucurachi and Carlos Felipe Blanco Rocha


Covering the latest technologies, Nanotechnology in eco-efficient construction provides an authoritative guide to the role of nanotechnology in the development of eco-efficient construction materials and sustainable construction. The book contains a special focus on applications concerning concrete and cement, as nanotechnology is driving significant development in concrete technologies. The new edition has 14 new chapters, including 3 new parts: Mortars and concrete related applications; Applications for pavements and other structural materials; and Toxicity, safety handling and environmental impacts.

Civil engineers requiring an understanding of eco-efficient construction materials, as well as researchers and architects within any field of nanotechnology, eco-efficient materials or the construction industry will find this updated reference to be highly valuable.

Key Features

  • Addresses issues such as toxicity and LCA aspects
  • New chapters covering safety handling on occupational exposure of nanoparticles and the assessment of personal exposure to airborne nanomaterials
  • Discusses the effects of adding nano-particles on the durability and on the properties of geopolymers


Researchers in academia and industry with an interest in nano-technology and construction, and other fields including Civil Engineering, Nanomaterials, Applied Chemistry, Structural Engineering


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About the Editors

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

F.Pacheco Torgal is a Principal Investigator at C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho. He holds the Counsellor title of the Portuguese Engineers Association. Authored almost 350 publications some that were cited by Highly Cited authors (SCI h-index>60) and in high impact factor journals like Nature Reviews Mat. (IF=52), Nature Energy (IF=47), Progress in Mater. Science (I.F=24), Physics Reports (IF=20) and Nature Climate Change (I.F=19). Citations received in ISI WoS journals-2819 (h-index=29), citations received in Scopus journals- 3580 (h-index=31). Citations prediction for the year 2029 (around 5.500 citations on WoS, 7.500 on Scopus (already has 7000 MR, h=45) and 16.000 citations on scholar google). Member of the editorial board of 9 international journals, 4 referenced on the Web of Science and three referenced on Scopus. Grant assessor for several scientific institutions in 14 countries, UK, US, Netherlands, China, France, Australia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, UA.Emirates, Poland and also the EU Commission. Invited reviewer for 133 international journals for which he reviewed so far almost 900 papers. Lead Editor of 19 international books (9 being on the Master Book List of Web of Science).

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Investigator, C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho, Portugal

Maria Vittoria Diamanti

Maria Vittoria Diamanti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Her current research interests are: titanium oxides, nanostructured surfaces, photocatalysis, self-cleaning surfaces, spectrophotometry and reflectometry, corrosion, and durability of reinforced concrete.

Affiliations and Expertise

Polytechnic of Milan, Italy

Ali Nazari

Ali Nazari is a Postdoctoral research Fellow at Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, 3122, Australia

Affiliations and Expertise

Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, Australia

Claes Goran-Granqvist

Claes Goran-Granqvist is Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at Uppsala University, Sweden. Professor Granqvist's research is focused on optical and electrical properties of materials, especially thin films for energy efficiency and solar energy utilization. He has published around 730 research papers in mostly refereed journals, over 30 books, had invited conference presentations at about 250 international conferences and chaired about 30 international meetings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Engineering Science, Uppsala University, Sweden

Alina Pruna

A. Pruna is a Scientific Researcher in the Center for Surface Science and Nanotechnology at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. Her current research interests are: ZnO nanomaterials, graphene-based nanomaterials, conducting polymers, photocatalysis, corrosion, electrochemical sensing, supercapacitors.

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Surface Science and Nanotechnology, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Serji Amirkhanian

Dr. Serji Amirkhanian is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA. He was the Mays Professor of Transportation and the Director of the Asphalt Rubber Technology Services (ARTS) in the Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University until June of 2010, before he started his international consulting activities. He is also an Adjunct Research Faculty at UNLV and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University (ASU). In addition, he is an Adjunct Faculty at IIT Madras (India) and a professor of Civil Engineering at Wuhan University of Technology (Wuhan, China). Dr. Amirkhanian started his teaching career in 1987 at Clemson University. The total dollar amount of his research and teaching the DOT certification courses contracts exceeded $25 million. His research has resulted in over 250 refereed journal papers, conference papers and research reports. He has also published two book chapters. In addition, he has conducted over 200 presentations around the country and the world presenting his research findings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Civil Engineering, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA