Nanotechnology in Eco-efficient Construction

Nanotechnology in Eco-efficient Construction

Materials, Processes and Applications

2nd Edition - November 22, 2018

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  • Editors: Fernando Pacheco-Torgal, Maria Vittoria Diamanti, Ali Nazari, Claes Goran-Granqvist, Alina Pruna, Serji Amirkhanian
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081026427
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081026410

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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

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 896
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2018
  • Published: November 22, 2018
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081026427
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081026410

About the Editors

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal
F. Pacheco-Torgal is a principal investigator at the University of Minho in Portugal. He has authored more than 300 publications, 147 are in Scopus and 125 in Web of Science. He is an editorial board member of nine international journals, and has participated in the review of 1,360 papers, 150 international journals, and 70 research projects, as well as being lead editor of 23 international books. He has acted as a foreign expert in the evaluation of 22 Ph.D. theses and is a scientific committee member of almost 60 conferences, most of them in Asian countries. He is also a grant assessor for several scientific institutions in 13 countries, UK, US, Netherlands, China, France, Australia, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Poland, and the EU Commission.

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

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