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Thermodynamic Analysis of Titanium Dioxide Nanotube Synthesis Process for Sustainability Improvement

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Bingbing Li

California State University, Northridge, CA

Hong-Chao Zhang

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Chris Yuan

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Paper No. MSEC2015-9229, pp. V002T05A008; 5 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: Materials; Biomanufacturing; Properties, Applications and Systems; Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 8–12, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5683-3
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Sustainability of nanomanufacturing has triggered tremendous research interest in recent years, especially the energy consumption and environmental impacts of nanomaterial. TiO2 nanotube is a typical material with broad application potential. In this paper a thermodynamic analysis model integrating the energy consumption and exergy losses is presented for sustainability improvement of TiO2 nanotube synthesis process. This thermodynamic model was validated by the TiO2 nanotube electrochemical anodization process. Comparisons of energy consumption, exergy losses and environmental impacts of five main stages showed the effective sustainability improvement potential. This work can be extended to sustainability improvement of other similar nanomaterial synthesis processes.

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