Special Issue "Mesocrystals and Hierarchical Structures"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2016)
Dr. Monica Distaso
Institute of Particle Technology, FAU Erlangen Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
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Interests: classical and non-classical crystallization; mesocrystals and hierarchical materials; design of nanocomposite materials; optical properties; design of multicomponent nanoparticles (Cu2ZnSnS4, CuInS(e)2) for photovoltaic applications; activation of small molecules (carbon dioxide, dimethyl carbonate); catalysis
This Special Issue aims to promote an interdisciplinary exchange on the latest development in the field of design, characterization, and applications of hierarchical materials, including mesocrystals and colloidal arrays. In the last 10 years, there has been a great interest in the scientific community for the design of nanoassemblies of primary particles by oriented attachment. The understanding of the formation mechanism has received a breakthrough from the development of in situ techniques. Current approaches include mathematical simulations to shed light on the interaction forces among primary particles or model the properties of materials to understand their intimate structure-function relation. Finally, the combination of multiple length scales in a single crystal envisages novel applications in nanotechnology.
The Special Issue on “Mesocrystals and Hierarchical Structures” is intended to provide an interdisciplinary platform for critically reviewing the design, formation mechanism, physical- chemical properties of the superstructures, and their emerging applications as catalysts, light absorbers in solar cells, sensors, and pigments, to mention only a few. Scientists working in both experimental and theoretical disciplines are invited to submit original contributions.
Dr. Monica Distaso
Manuscript Submission Information
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- synthesis and characterization of mesocrystals and hierarchical structures;
- colloidal arrays
- in situ monitoring of particle formation
- oriented attachment
- numerical simulations
- opto-electronic applications