Special Issue "Carbon Nanostructures"


A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Daniele Gozzi
Reactivity of Inorganic Materials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Sapienza University of Rome, P.le Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Roma - BOX 34 - Roma 62, Italy
Website: http://www.chem.uniroma1.it/gozzi/professor.html
E-Mail: daniele.gozzi@uniroma1.it
Interests: Thermodynamics of carbon nanostructures; High temperature chemical thermodynamics; Synthesis and characterization of CNTs; Nanostructured semiconductors for photovoltaics; Dye Sensitized Solar Cells; Solid State electrochemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will bring together peer-reviewed articles and reviews discussing state of the art fundamental carbon nanostructures: nanodiamonds, fullerenes, nanotubes, nanorods, nanoonions, etc., as well as their syntheses, characterization, and applications. Especially appreciated are contributions discussing carbon phase diagrams at the nanoscale and theoretical and experimental studies concerning the relative stability of different forms of carbon at the nanoscale.

Prof. Dr. Daniele Gozzi
Guest Editor


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  • carbon;
  • nanodiamond;
  • fullerene;
  • carbon nanotubes;
  • carbon nanorods;
  • carbon nanoonions

Published Papers (4 papers)

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p. 74-90
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Crystals 2015, 5(1), 74-90; doi:10.3390/cryst5010074
Received: 30 September 2014 / Accepted: 19 December 2014 / Published: 16 January 2015
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p. 47-60
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Crystals 2015, 5(1), 47-60; doi:10.3390/cryst5010047
Received: 15 September 2014 / Accepted: 22 December 2014 / Published: 8 January 2015
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p. 466-489
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Crystals 2014, 4(4), 466-489; doi:10.3390/cryst4040466
Received: 26 September 2014 / Revised: 2 November 2014 / Accepted: 18 November 2014 / Published: 26 November 2014
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Crystals 2014, 4(4), 450-465; doi:10.3390/cryst4040450
Received: 2 July 2014 / Revised: 31 October 2014 / Accepted: 7 November 2014 / Published: 20 November 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Dispersability of carbon nanotubes in biopolymer-based fluids
Franco Tardani and Camillo La Mesa *
Department of Chemistry, Cannizzaro Building, La Sapienza University, P.le A. Moro 5, I-00185 Rome, Italy.
: The dispersability of carbon nanotubes is solutions containing proteins and/or nucleic acids is discussed. Several different phases are observed, depending on the type and concentration of biopolymer(s) and on the amount of dispersed nanotubes, as well. The observed phase properties depend on how much the biopolymers are surface adsorbing, and, naturally, on the molecular details of the adsorbents. Modulation of the nanotube/biopolymer interactions helps switching between repulsive and attractive regimes, i.e., dispersability or phase separation, respectively. Accordingly, the formation of liquid crystalline phases, or gels, may prevail with respect to other possibilities. As an example, we report on systems containing ssDNA-stabilized nanotubes and lysozyme-stabilized ones, representative of two different organization modes. Experiments show that a fine tuning of the system properties, assisted by pH or ionic strength, induces the formation of a given supra-molecular organization with respect to others. Therefore, the bio-polymer physico-chemical properties are relevant to induce the formation of different phases.
Single-walled carbon nanotubes; bio-polymers; phase separation; liquid crystals; gels; dispersions; repulsive/attractive interactions

Last update: 23 October 2014

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