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Nanotech 2007 Vol. 2
Nanotech 2007 Vol. 2
Technical Proceedings of the 2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 2
Chapter 2: Polymer Nanotechnology

Nano-Tecture: Developing Smart Skins in Architecture

Authors:O. Ataman and J. Trautmann
Affilation:University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, US
Pages:84 - 87
Keywords:architecture, nano-materials, skin, textile
Abstract:This paper surveys a brief history of architectural skin materials and presents an ongoing research project about the development of the materials and fabrication concepts for a fundamentally new class of architectural composite. This type of composite, which is a representative example of an even broader class of smart architectural material, has the potential to change the design and function of an architectural living environment. We believe this study will lay the fundamental groundwork for a new paradigm in surface engineering that may be of considerable significance in architecture, building and construction industry, and textile science.
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