Special Issue "Design, Fabrication and Assessment of Nanostructured Materials and Systems for Advanced Optical Applications"

A special issue of Ceramics (ISSN 2571-6131).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Alessandro Chiasera

CNR-IFN, CSMFO Lab. and FBK Photonics Unit, via alla Cascata 56/C, Povo, 38123 Trento, Italy
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Interests: glasses for photonic applications; Rf-sputtering fabrication; planar waveguides; 1D photonic crystals and multilayer structures; rare-earth activated materials; nanostructured materials; optical and spectroscopic characterization
Guest Editor
Dr. Anna Lukowiak

Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences 2 Okolna St., 50-422 Wroclaw, Poland
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Interests: nanoparticles; nanocrystals; silicate glass; glass-ceramic; biomaterials; graphene-based composites; thin films; lanthanides; spectroscopy; optical properties; optical applications; photonics; sol-gel
Guest Editor
Prof. Francesco Scotognella

Physics Department, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133, Milano, Italy
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Interests: photonic structures; metal oxides for photonics; doped metal oxides for plasmonics; optical properties of inorganic nanostructures; optical properties of inorganic/organic nanostructures; ultrafast spectroscopy; photon-to-energy conversion processes
Guest Editor
Dr. Maurizio Ferrari

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche CNR-IFN, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie CSMFO Lab. via alla Cascata 56/C, Povo, 38123 Trento, Italy
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Interests: glass photonics; properties, structure and processing of glasses, crystals and film for optical applications and photonics; integrated optics; transparent glass ceramics; confined structures including photonic crystals, waveguides, microcavities, and microresonators

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The activity in the field of nanostructured materials and systems for advanced optical applications is amazing in terms of new science, new technologies, and new products covering a very broad spectrum of applications. The application of these structures allows to successfully face socio-economic challenges in many fields—from energy to efficient photons management, from environmental protection to novel integrated communication systems, from structural monitoring to quantum technologies and to healthcare applications. Nanostructured systems for advanced optical application are the focus of this Special Issue. The general idea is to collect impressive papers devoted to the physical, chemical, and hybrid fabrication techniques; to the design of innovative systems; to the modeling and simulation of the physical and chemical mechanisms and properties; to the theory behind nanostructured optical systems. Concerning spectroscopic, optical, morphological, and structural assessment, we expect scientific papers employing diagnostic techniques covering photoluminescence, time resolved spectroscopy, Raman, AFM, TEM, SEM, XPS, Neutron scattering, synchrotron radiation based technologies, thermodynamic analysis and more. Emphasis is expected for new physical and chemical properties. Technical articles looking at novel diagnostic, design and fabrication of components and devices are also welcome. The aim of this Special Issue is to gather experiences of leading scientists, but also to be a guide for people who needs to confront with non-conventional and emerging routes for the development of nanostructured materials and systems for advanced optical applications. From this point of view, we believe that the Special Issue will provide the presentation of technological advances and the latest research on the state-of-the-art in innovative processing and device applications of new materials to meet the challenges of sustainable energy and optical nanotechnologies. Interested and committed individuals from academia, national laboratories, industries, and start-up companies are invited to contribute by submitting papers on the following and related topics:

  • Aerospace, defense, security
  • Bioinspired optical nanostructures
  • Biomaterials
  • Coherent optical sources
  • Energy-related Technologies
  • Environmental Protection
  • Frequency conversion
  • Healthcare
  • Integrated optics
  • Laser material processing
  • Lasers
  • Lightning
  • Luminescent nanostructured materials and systems
  • Nanocavities
  • Nano scale interaction and optical properties
  • Nanoreactors
  • Ongoing applications and forecasts
  • Phosphors
  • Photon conversions
  • Photonic crystals and light trapping devices
  • Plasmonic nanostructures
  • Quantum nanotechnologies
  • Scintillators
  • Sensors

Dr. Alessandro Chiasera
Dr. Anna Lukowiak
Prof. Francesco Scotognella
Dr. Maurizio Ferrari
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Optical nanostructures
  • Physical and chemical fabrication methods
  • Novel processing and synthesis
  • Nanostructured materials and devices
  • Design of innovative optical structures
  • Assessment of optical, structural, morphological and spectroscopic properties
  • Nanocrystals
  • Ceramics and Glass-ceramics
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Novel diagnostic techniques
  • Photons management

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Open AccessArticle Tantalum Arsenide-Based One-Dimensional Photonic Structures
Ceramics 2018, 1(1), 139-144; https://doi.org/10.3390/ceramics1010012
Received: 11 July 2018 / Revised: 4 August 2018 / Accepted: 10 August 2018 / Published: 13 August 2018
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Weyl semimetals can be described as the three-dimensional analogue of graphene, showing linear dispersion around nodes (Weyl points). Tantalum arsenide is among the most studied Weyl semimetals. It has been demonstrated that TaAs has a very high value of the real part of
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Weyl semimetals can be described as the three-dimensional analogue of graphene, showing linear dispersion around nodes (Weyl points). Tantalum arsenide is among the most studied Weyl semimetals. It has been demonstrated that TaAs has a very high value of the real part of the complex refractive index in the infrared region. In this work we show one-dimensional photonic crystals alternating TaAs with SiO2 or TiO2 and a microcavity where a layer of TaAs is embedded between two SiO2-TiO2 multilayers. Full article
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Open AccessArticle On the Synthesis and Characterization of Lanthanide Metal-Organic Frameworks
Ceramics 2018, 1(1), 54-64; https://doi.org/10.3390/ceramics1010006
Received: 28 March 2018 / Revised: 2 June 2018 / Accepted: 11 June 2018 / Published: 12 June 2018
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In this study, lanthanide metal-organic frameworks Ln(BTC)(DMF)2(H2O) (LnMOFs) are synthesized using the metal nitrates as lanthanide (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) source and 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (BTC) as a
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In this study, lanthanide metal-organic frameworks Ln(BTC)(DMF)2(H2O) (LnMOFs) are synthesized using the metal nitrates as lanthanide (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) source and 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (BTC) as a coordination ligand. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric (TG/DTG) analysis fluorescence spectroscopy (FLS), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are employed to characterize the newly synthesized LnMOFs. Full article
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