Special Issue "Semiconductor Nanomaterials Surfaces"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jacek Szuber

Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Sciences, Institute of Electronics, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
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Interests: semiconductor nanomaterials; nanotechnology of transparent conductive oxides; surface analytical methods; photoelectron and thermal spectroscopies; scanning probe microscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is known that, since tens years ago, semiconductor nanomaterials belonging to the commonly-known low-dimensional (LD) systems, are the subject of high scientific interest, both from the point of view of fundamental science, as well as for their technological applications. This is related to fact that LD semiconductor nanomaterials being smaller than 100 nm in one dimension exhibit specific and fascinating properties for which their surfaces begin playing a crucial role and causing the novel and potentially exceptional characteristics that are completely different with respect to their bulk. These characteristics determine the most potential semiconductor nanomaterials applications.

This Special Issue will be dedicated to a comprehensive overview of current knowledge related to the surface of low-dimensional semiconductor nanomaterials, on aspects of their potential applications.

Contributions are invited on a wide range of topics in this general research area, including both reviews and research articles, with a special emphasis on (but not limited to):

  • Controlled synthesis of high-quality semiconductor nanomaterials of well controlled surfaces,
  • Advanced characterization, including modelling of the surface of semiconductor nanomaterials over different length scales, including their chemical, electronic, morphological and optical properties, with respect to their application,    
  • Applications of semiconductor functional nanomaterials of well-controlled surfaces in the development of specific semiconductor nanodevices for, among others, nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, and spintronics.
Prof. Dr. Jacek Szuber
Guest Editor

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  • Semiconductor low dimensional nanomaterials (elemental, multiple inorganic, organic, etc.)
  • Technology/synthesis of semiconductor nanomaterials of well controlled surfaces
  • Advanced surface/nanoscale characterization and modelling
  • Electronics/optoelectronics/photovoltaic/sensoric application.

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Open AccessReview In2O3-Based Thermoelectric Materials: The State of the Art and the Role of Surface State in the Improvement of the Efficiency of Thermoelectric Conversion
Crystals 2018, 8(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst8010014
Received: 9 October 2017 / Revised: 1 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 1 January 2018
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In this paper, the thermoelectric properties of In2O3-based materials in comparison with other thermoelectric materials are considered. It is shown that nanostructured In2O3 Sn-based oxides are promising for thermoelectric applications at moderate temperatures. Due to the
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In this paper, the thermoelectric properties of In2O3-based materials in comparison with other thermoelectric materials are considered. It is shown that nanostructured In2O3 Sn-based oxides are promising for thermoelectric applications at moderate temperatures. Due to the nanostructure, specific surface properties of In2O3 and filtering effects, it is possible to significantly reduce the thermal conductivity and achieve an efficiency of thermoelectric conversion inaccessible to bulk materials. It is also shown that a specific surface state at the intergrain boundary, optimal for maximizing the filtering effect, can be achieved through (1) the engineering of grain boundary parameters, (2) controlling the composition of the surrounding atmosphere, and (3) selecting the appropriate operating temperature. Full article
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