Special Issue "Functional Multi-Scale Crystals"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystal Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Julien Haines

Institut Charles Gerhardt, CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
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Guest Editor
Dr. Jérôme Rouquette

Institut Charles Gerhardt, CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The dimensions of materials have an extremely strong influence on their physical properties.  Designing materials with distinct structures at different length scales, from the nanoscale up to the macroscopic scale, can yield novel and potentially exceptional caracteristics, which may be of great interest for a variety of applications as functional materials. These can include optical, mechanical, electonic, magnetic, energy conversion and storage applications among others. The goal of this Special Issue “Functional Multi-Scale Crystals” is to provide an overview of current knowledge in the design of the next generation of functional multiscale materials.

This Special Issue deals with the design and synthesis of such materials, the study of their  crystal structures, topology and morphology over different length scales and the study of their properties and potential applications as functional materials. Such materials include, but are not limited to, those listed below in the keywords and other related materials. Contributions are invited on a wide range of topics in this general research area.

Dr. Julien  Haines
Dr. Jérôme  Rouquette
Guest Editors

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Keywords

• Porous materials (Zeolites, Metal Organic frameworks)
• Cage-type materials
• Nanocomposites,
• Host–guest systems
• Inclusion phenomena in functional materials
• Multi-scale crystalline solids

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Open AccessArticle Ultrathin g-C3N4 Nanosheet-Modified BiOCl Hierarchical Flower-Like Plate Heterostructure with Enhanced Photostability and Photocatalytic Performance
Crystals 2017, 7(9), 266; doi:10.3390/cryst7090266
Received: 22 July 2017 / Revised: 22 August 2017 / Accepted: 30 August 2017 / Published: 31 August 2017
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Abstract
A novel ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheet-modified BiOCl hierarchical flower-like plate heterostructure (abbreviated as BC/CN) was constructed via a thermal polymerization of urea precursor followed with hydrolysis route. The as-prepared samples were well characterized by various analytical techniques. The morphological observation showed
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A novel ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheet-modified BiOCl hierarchical flower-like plate heterostructure (abbreviated as BC/CN) was constructed via a thermal polymerization of urea precursor followed with hydrolysis route. The as-prepared samples were well characterized by various analytical techniques. The morphological observation showed that hierarchical flower-like BiOCl nanoplates were discretely anchored on the surface of ultra-thin C3N4 nanosheets. The photocatalytic performance of the as-prepared photocatalysts was evaluated by degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible-light irradiation. The results showed that BC/CN photocatalyst exhibited enhanced photostability and photocatalytic performance in the degradation process. On the basis of experimental results and the analysis of band energy structure, it could be inferred that the enhanced photocatalytic performance of BC/CN photocatalyst was intimately related with the hybridization of hierarchical flower-like BiOCl nanoplates with ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets, which provided good adsorptive capacity, extended light absorption, suppressed the recombination of photo-generated electron–hole pairs, and facilitated charge transfer efficiently. Full article
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