The energy-environment nexus: Aerosol science and technology enabling solutions

Pratim Biswas, Wei Ning Wang, Woo Jin An

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Energy issues are important and consumption is slated to increase across the globe in the future. The energy-environment nexus is very important as strategies to meet future energy demand are developed. To ensure sustainable growth and development, it is essential that energy production is environmentally benign. There are two temporal issues-one that is immediate, and needs to address the environmental compliance of energy generation from fossil fuel sources; and second that is the need to develop newer alternate and more sustainable approaches in the future. Aerosol science and technology is an enabling discipline that addresses the energy issue over both these time scales. The paper is a review of aspects of aerosol science and engineering that helps address carbon neutrality of fossil fuels. Advanced materials to meet these challenges are discussed. Future approaches to effective harvesting of sunlight that are enabled by aerosol studies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-312
Number of pages14
JournalFrontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering in China
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • aerosol science and technology
  • carbon dioxide conversion
  • energy-environment nexus
  • fossil fuels
  • nanoparticle technology
  • solar energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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