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Nanotechnology - An emerging technology

Mining Engineering

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Abstract

The science of nanotechnology is still in its infancy. However, progress is being made in research and development of potential beneficial properties of nanomaterials that could play an integral part in the development of new and changing uses for mineral commodities. Nanotechnology is a kind of toolbox that allows industry to make nanomaterials and nanostructures with special properties. New nanotechnology applications of mineral commodities in their nanoscale form are being discovered, researched and developed. At the same time, there is continued research into environmental, human health and safety concerns that inherently arise from the development of a new technology. Except for a few nanomaterials (CNTs, copper, silver and zinc oxide), widespread applications are hampered by processing and suitable commercial-scale production techniques, high manufacturing costs, product price, and environmental, and human health and safety concerns. Whether nanotechnology causes a tidal wave of change or is a long-term evolutionary process of technology, new applications of familiar mineral commodities will be created. As research and development continues, the ability to manipulate matter at the nanoscale into increasingly sophisticated nanomaterials will improve and open up new possibilities for industry that will change the flow and use of mineral commodities and the materials and products that are used.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Nanotechnology - An emerging technology
Series title:
Mining Engineering
Volume
59
Issue:
12
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Publisher:
Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
23
Last page:
29
Number of Pages:
7