NanoSphere researcher receives SEK 3,5 million for graphene and nano-cellulose studies

News: Nov 10, 2014

NanoSphere researcher Rickard Arvidsson receives nearly SEK 3,5 million in research funding by Formas to study graphene and nano-cellulose.

Graphene is made of carbon and the strongest known material, while nano-cellulose is produced from wood. Both substances have promising applications - graphene as an additive in plastics or as part of flat screens, and nano-cellulose could be used to make plastics stronger. The promising application areas does however not mean that graphene and nano-cellulose are necessarily good from environmental and resource standpoints.

- Many nanomaterials have pretty high energy use and other environmental and resource impacts when manufactured, says Rickard Arvidsson.

Some nanomaterials require almost ten thousand times the energy that is used to produce aluminum. In the project, environmental and resource assessments conducted in life cycle assessment and materials flow analysis will be performed. The main purpose is to ensure that human society does not lock itself in future high environmental and resource impacts from new materials.

- Because environmental and resource problems are major issues in society today, it is important not to create major future problems, says Rickard Arvidsson.


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