Special Issue "Crystallography of Functional Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 March 2017)
Dr. Winnie Wong-Ng
Material Measurement Laboratory, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
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Interests: Crystallography (laboratory and synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction), crystal chemistry, phase equilibria, structure/property relationships of functional materials; standard reference materials; reference X-ray powder patterns; databases; modeling; energy conversion materials; high-throughput combinatorial thin film approaches
In the new millennium, functional materials will play an increasingly vital role in economic growth and quality of life. These materials encompass areas in electronics, computers, information, communication, biotechnology, aerospace, defense, environment, energy, medicine, and consumer products. The development and fundamental understanding of the properties of functional materials are central to technological needs, and are at the forefront of materials research.
Functional materials, which possess specific natural properties and functions, form the basis for a wide range of technologies, as stated above. A partial list of these properties includes ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, ferromagnetism, ionic conductivity, superconductivity, photovoltaic behavior, and giant magneto-resistance, with resulting applications in microelectronic devices and data storage, sensing, energy storage, hydrogen storage, thermoelectric waste heat conversion, solar cells, fuel cells, batteries, and other energy conversion and harvesting applications. Functional materials of interest cover different classes of solid-state materials ranging from semiconductors to polymers, from molecular crystals to nanoparticles.
The field of crystallography provides the foundation for the understanding of the structure properties relationship. It bridges the fundamental understanding of materials with the applications. As functional materials play a critical role in our modern society and future economic, physical, and social success, the underlying crystallographic information for these materials is of utmost importance for the many research communities involved.
The goal of this Special Issue is to solicit papers to cover the latest developments in the cross disciplinary fields of structure science and functional materials, so as to provide structure and property relationships including but not limited to phase transformations, local structures, modular and disordered structures, and defects. The forms of materials of interest include single crystals, bulk ceramics, amorphous solids, liquid crystals, thin films and nanostructures. In situ and in operando crystallography and high-pressure crystallography are also important areas for this issue. We welcome discussions of various techniques or combined techniques of investigation, including diffraction (X-ray (laboratory and synchrotron), neutron, and electron) and various scattering techniques.
Dr. Winnie Wong-Ng
Dr. Claudia Rawn
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- Functional materials
- Structure (including local structure) and property relationships
- Single crystals, bulk ceramics, amorphous solids, liquid crystals, thin films and nanostructures
- In situ and non-ambient crystallography
- Diffraction and scattering techniques