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Coatings 2017, 7(1), 8; doi:10.3390/coatings7010008

Assessment of Environmental Performance of TiO2 Nanoparticles Coated Self-Cleaning Float Glass

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Department of Sciences and Engineering Methods, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Amendola, 2, 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italy
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Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari“, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Vignolese, 905/A, 41125 Modena, Italy
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Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Guerrero y Progreso s/n Col. Treviño, Monterrey 64570, Mexico
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Received: 5 September 2016 / Revised: 21 December 2016 / Accepted: 3 January 2017 / Published: 12 January 2017
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In recent years, superhydrophilic and photocatalytic self-cleaning nanocoatings have been widely used in the easy-to-clean surfaces field. In the building sector, self-cleaning glass was one of the first nanocoating applications. These products are based on the photocatalytic property of a thin layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles deposited on the surface of any kind of common glass. When exposed to UV radiation, TiO2 nanoparticles react with the oxygen and water molecules adsorbed on their surface to produce radicals leading to oxidative species. These species are able to reduce or even eliminate airborne pollutants and organic substances deposited on the material’s surface. To date, TiO2 nanoparticles’ benefits have been substantiated; however, their ecological and human health risks are still under analysis. The present work studies the ecodesign of the industrial scale-up of TiO2 nanoparticles self-cleaning coated float glass production performed by the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology and applies new human toxicity indicators to the impact assessment stage. Production, particularly the TiO2 nanoparticle application, is the life cycle phase most contributing to the total damage. According to the ecodesign approach, the production choices carried out have exacerbated environmental burdens. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-cleaning; life cycle assessment; titanium dioxide nanoparticles; ecodesign; scale-up; float glass self-cleaning; life cycle assessment; titanium dioxide nanoparticles; ecodesign; scale-up; float glass
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Pini, M.; Cedillo González, E.I.; Neri, P.; Siligardi, C.; Ferrari, A.M. Assessment of Environmental Performance of TiO2 Nanoparticles Coated Self-Cleaning Float Glass. Coatings 2017, 7, 8.

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