Recovery of nanomaterials from battery and electronic wastes: A new paradigm of environmental waste management

Tanushree Dutta, Ki Hyun Kim, Akash Deep, Jan E. Szulejko, Kowsalya Vellingiri, Sandeep Kumar, Eilhann E. Kwon, Seong Taek Yun

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Recycling battery and electronic wastes for the recovery of nanomaterials (NMs) has ushered in a new era in nanotechnology and environmental research. Essentially, NM recycling offers a two-way method of environmental remediation. The potential economic benefits of high-value NM end-products are conducive for industrial scale operations. Simultaneously, it reduces the industrial consumption of finite primary resources. The added benefits of abating environmental pollution (e.g., from VOCs, VFAs, SO2, NOx, and heavy metals) further contributes to the significance of ongoing research in this particular area. However, some challenges still persist due to the lack of motivation for recycling and the problem of the limited usability (or low stability) of many of the end-products. In this study, we aimed to evaluate different basic aspects of waste recycling in relation to NM recovery, along with other associated techniques. The utility of recovered NMs and potential options for NM recovery are described as highlighting features to help construct a future roadmap for this emerging scientific field. In addition, an assessment of the potential economic returns from recycling high-purity NMs is provided. Outcomes of this review may fuel further innovations for optimizing the current recycling methods for the efficient synthesis of commercial-grade, high purity NMs at minimal cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3694-3704
Number of pages11
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb

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  • End-of-life products
  • Green engineering
  • Nanomaterial recycling
  • Waste regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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