Special Issue "Fluorescent C-based materials and nanopowders for magnetic sensing"

A special issue of C (ISSN 2311-5629).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Massimo Cazzanelli

Laboratorio IdEA, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Trento, via Sommarive 14 Povo (Trento)
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Interests: optical characterization of photocatalysts; nanodiamond synthesis and fluorescence; laser ablation propulsion; laser ablation; experimental nonlinear optics; photonics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,


Carbon-based materials and nanopowders, namely diamonds, silicon carbide (SiC) and their nanometric counterparts, show peculiar fluorescent properties. The light emission coming from atom-like color centers in their crystal structures often exhibit spin-dependent characteristics, still observable and controllable at room temperature. The main optical technique capable of characterizing these opto-magnetic fingerprints of C-based nanopowders is the so-called Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance (ODMR) and its variants, involving microscopy techniques (wide-field, confocal, etc.). With these means, it is possible to use C-based materials and nanopowders as local magnetic sensors or fluorescent probes sensitive to feeble magnetic fields (down to ~pT regime). Their applications, for example, in sensing biomagnetically-feeble fields started to appear in the literature.

The main aim of this Special Issue is to present the most relevant and recent insights in the field of carbon-based (nano)materials and addressed their synthesis, optical characterization and exploitation as highly sensitive magnetic sensors and probes with particular attention on the material synthesis techniques, optical characterization of such (nano)materials, and also the present main applications.

Dr. Massimo Cazzanelli
Guest Editor

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  • Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance
  • Silicon Carbide (SiC)
  • NV (nitrogen-vacancy) centers in diamond and nanodiamonds
  • Silicon-vacancy (Si-V) centers in SiC, diamond and nanodiamonds
  • Nickel-nitrogen color centers in (nano)diamond
  • Quantum sensing with fluorescent (nano)materials
  • Bio-sensing with fluorescent (nano)materials
  • Laser Ablation Synthesis of nanodiamonds and SiC nanopowders
  • Detonation nanodiamonds
  • HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature) diamonds and nanodiamonds
  • CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition) of diamonds and nanodiamonds
  • Controlled doping of (nano)diamonds
  • Sublimation synthesis of SiC
  • Biocompatibility of C-based nanopowders

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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