Nanomaterials for Water-Food-Energy Nexus

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Catalysis".

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Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA
Interests: advanced nanomaterials; sustainable technologies; clean water; safe food
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Merced, CA 95343, USA
Interests: desalination; energy storage; humidification-dehumidification; water-energy
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Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Interests: thermal environment modeling; energy-efficient design; renewable energy-based operation of controlled environment agricultural (CEA) production facilities
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The rapid growth of the global population is exerting increasing pressure on essential resources such as water, energy, and food, which are central to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Arid regions in Asia, Africa, and Australia, characterized by limited water and vegetation, face food security challenges and often rely on resource imports. The influx of people into these areas further intensifies the demand for resources, despite the harsh environmental conditions marked by low rainfall and high temperatures. Notably, these regions often possess abundant sources of both renewable and non-renewable energy. Recognizing the interconnectedness of these resources, the "water-energy-food (WEF) nexus" concept has emerged, offering potential improvements in resource efficiency, economic development, and living standards. Interdisciplinary solutions are increasingly recognized as essential to address these challenges.

Nanomaterials hold significant promise in enhancing energy systems, particularly in the realms of thermal energy storage, solar energy utilization, and resource efficiency across various applications such as oil and gas, water treatment, and food production. Their application can significantly enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of these critical sectors. By taking a comprehensive nexus approach that incorporates nanomaterials and renewable energy technologies, substantial system-wide improvements can be achieved.

This Special Issue aims to highlight research papers and review articles within the field of nanomaterials-based studies to strengthen the water–energy–food nexus. We welcome contributions that focus on the design, fabrication, characterization, integration, and application of nanomaterial-based systems, with a particular emphasis on technology based on renewable energy to enhance the efficiency of the water–energy–food nexus.

Dr. Das Rasel
Dr. Amrit Kumar Thakur
Dr. Md Shamim Ahamed
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  • nanomaterials
  • advanced materials
  • clean water
  • energy
  • food safety
  • food production

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