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Nano and Biotech Based Materials for Energy Building Efficiency

  • F. Pacheco Torgal
  • Cinzia Buratti
  • Siva Kalaiselvam
  • Claes-Göran Granqvist
  • Volodymyr Ivanov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. C. Buratti, E. Moretti, E. Belloni
    Pages 17-40
  3. Cinzia Buratti, Elisa Moretti, Elisa Belloni
    Pages 41-69
  4. Yu-Xia Ji, Mats Boman, Gunnar A. Niklasson, Claes-Göran Granqvist
    Pages 71-96
  5. Bjørn Petter Jelle, Simen Edsjø Kalnæs
    Pages 167-214
  6. R. Parameshwaran, Siva Kalaiselvam
    Pages 215-243
  7. Anna Laura Pisello, Riccardo Paolini, Maria Vittoria Diamanti, Elena Fortunati, Veronica Lucia Castaldo, Luigi Torre
    Pages 245-278
  8. Cristina Cornaro, Aldo Di Carlo
    Pages 321-355
  9. Maria Kurańska, Aleksander Prociak
    Pages 357-373
  10. Hai M. Duong, Son T. Nguyen
    Pages 411-427
  11. Scott N. Genin, J. Stewart Aitchison, D. Grant Allen
    Pages 429-455
  12. Rosa Cervera Sardá, Cristina Alvarez Vicente
    Pages 457-484
  13. Bjørn Petter Jelle, Simen Edsjø Kalnæs
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book presents the current state of knowledge on nanomaterials and their use in buildings, ranging from glazing and vacuum insulation to PCM composites. It also discusses recent applications in organic photovoltaics, photo-bioreactors, bioplastics and foams, making it an exciting read while also providing copious references to current research and applications for those wanting to pursue possible future research directions.

Derek Clements-Croome, Emeritus Professor in Architectural Engineering, University of Reading (From the Foreword)

Demonstrating how higher energy efficiency in new and existing buildings can help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, this book details the way in which new technologies, manufacturing processes and products can serve to abate emissions from the energy sector and offer a cost-effective means of improving competitiveness and drive employment.

Maximizing reader insights into how nano and biotech materials – such as aerogel based plasters, thermochromic glazings and thermal energy adsorbing glass, amongst others – can provide high energy efficiency performance in buildings, it provides practitioners in the field with an important high-tech tool to tackle key challenges and is essential reading for civil engineers, architects, materials scientists and researchers in the  area of the sustainability of the built environment.


Biotechnology Building Energy Efficiency Eco-efficient Construction Nanotechnology Sustainable Development

Editors and affiliations

  • F. Pacheco Torgal
    • 1
  • Cinzia Buratti
    • 2
  • Siva Kalaiselvam
    • 3
  • Claes-Göran Granqvist
    • 4
  • Volodymyr Ivanov
    • 5
  1. 1.University of MinhoGuimaraãesPortugal
  2. 2.Department of EngineeringUniversity of PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Applied ScienceAnna UniversityChennaiIndia
  4. 4.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  5. 5.Schl of Civil & Environmental EnggNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

About the editors

F. PACHECO-TORGAL is an Investigator at C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho in Portugal. Authored almost 300 publications, 96 referenced in ISI Web of Science-WoS. Has a SCI Platinum h=30, the highest in the field of civil engineering in Portugal. Invited reviewer for 76 international journals for which he reviewed so far more than 260 papers. His review record places him at the Top 0.25% between more than 48.000 reviewers registered in Publons. Currently ranks 5th place between more than 900 engineering reviewers. Lead Editor of 14 books (11 already published and 5 being on the Master Book List of Web of Science) with more than 500 contributors from 52 countries in the five continents. Some of these books are available in all the libraries of the 10 most important Universities according to the Shanghai Ranking World Top 500 Universities. F.Pacheco-Torgal has practiced as a professional Civil Engineer during 10 years (1993-2003) during which he participated in building design projects and on-site supervision activities amounting to an excess of 49 million euros. Member of the Portuguese Board of Engineers since 1993, granted with the Senior title in 2003.

CINZIA BURATTI born in Marsciano (PG, Italy) in 1966; Civil Engineer since 1990. Researcher in Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer at University of Perugia (Italy) since 1990: 1995, PhD in Applied Physics; 1997 – 2004, Assistant Professor; since 2005 Associate Professor. Director of CRB (Italian Biomass Research Centre) since 2014; President of Umbria Section of AIDI (Italian Illuminating Association) since 2012; Coordinator of PhD Course “Energy and Sustainable Development” since 2013. Scientific Research in Transparent insulation materials (aerogel); Indoor thermal comfort and works of art conservation;  Biomass and bioenergy; Environmental Impact; Life Cycle Assessment (LCA); Carbon Footprint; Sustainable energy; Heat Transfer; Acoustics; Natural lighting. Author of over than 150 scientific publications.

Dr. S. KALAISELVAM is the Head, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Anna University, Chennai. He obtained his Doctorate and  Post Graduate  degree from  Anna University, Chennai, and bachelor degree from University of Madras. He is a recipient of the  Active Researcher Award - 2013  by CTDT, Anna University from the Former President of India, Honorable A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, and Young Scientists award from  DST, Government of India, and IEI Young Mechanical Engineers Award  from the Institution of Engineers, India. He has published more than 50 articles in International Journals and presented more than 70 papers in National and International conferences. He also authored a Book in Academic Press (Elsevier) and contributed several  chapters in Books of International Standards.   His research interests encompass nanoscale and microscale heat transfer, nanomaterials, thermal energy transport, phase change materials, nanofluids and HVAC systems.

CLAES-GÖRAN GRANQVIST, born 1946, is currently Senior Professor of Solid State Physics at the The Ångström Laboratory of Uppsala University in Sweden. Granqvist’s research covers materials, mostly thin surface coatings, for energy efficiency and solar energy applications particularly in the built environment. The variable-transmittance “smart” window is one example, which also forms the basis of ChromoGenics AB, a company founded by Granqvist and collaborators and presently employing some 20 persons. He is member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. In 2015, Granqvist received the Jan Czochralski Award for his lifetime achievements in Materials Science.

Dr. VOLODYMYR IVANOV has more than 40 years of teaching and research experience on Environmental, Industrial, and Construction Microbiology and Biotechnology in the universities of Europe, Asia, and USA. He is an author of 200 papers, patents, book chapters and 8 monographies. His textbook “Environmental Microbiology for Engineers”, Francis & Taylor, 1st (2010) and 2nd (2015) editions, was adopted for the graduate and post-graduate courses in the universities. His research experience includes the supervision and participation in the projects on biotechnologies with biofilms and biogranules, microbial transformations of iron, biocementation, bioclogging, and bioremediation of soil, microbiological monitoring of water quality.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Nano and Biotech Based Materials for Energy Building Efficiency
  • Editors F. Pacheco Torgal
    Cinzia Buratti
    S. Kalaiselvam
    Claes-Göran Granqvist
    Volodymyr Ivanov
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-27503-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80155-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-27505-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 484
  • Number of Illustrations 154 b/w illustrations, 49 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Energy Efficiency
    Civil Engineering
    Materials Engineering
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