Special Issue "Nanofibres: Friend or Foe?"


A special issue of Fibers (ISSN 2079-6439).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Alke Fink
Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Rte de l'Ancienne Papeterie, PO Box 209, 1723 Marly 1, Switzerland
Website: http://frimat.unifr.ch/frimat/en/page/494/
E-Mail: alke.fink@unifr.ch
Phone: +41 26 300 95 01
Fax: +41 26 300 96 24
Interests: nanoparticles; synthesis; surface; colloidal properties; particle-cell interactions; magnetic materials

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser
Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Rte de l'Ancienne Papeterie, PO Box 209, 1723 Marly 1, Switzerland
Website: http://www.am-institute.ch/about/people/staff/barbara-rothen
E-Mail: barbara.rothen@unifr.ch
Phone: +41 26 300 95 02
Fax: +41 26 300 96 24

Guest Editor
Dr. Martin J. D. Clift
Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Rte de L'ancienne Papeterie, CP 209, CH-1723 Marly 1, Fribourg, Switzerland
Website: http://www.am-institute.ch/about/people/staff/martin-clift
E-Mail: martin.clift@unifr.ch
Phone: +41 26 300 95 17
Fax: +41 26 300 96 24
Interests: nanotoxicology; genotoxicology; immunology; inflammation; cancer; cell signalling; in vitro analysis; cellular entry mechanisms; protein-nanoparticle interactions; nanoparticle-cell interactions; nanofibres; nanoparticles

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanofibres, particularly those of a carbonaceous content, have received increased interest in the past two decades due to their outstanding physico-chemical characteristics and their possibility to form and contribute towards a plethora of potentially advantageous materials for consumer, industrial and medical applications. Despite this, and together the numerous research studies and published articles that have sought to investigate these aspects, the potential impact of CNTs is still not understood. Whether or not nanofibres may be able to provide a sophisticated alternative to conventional materials is still debatable, whilst their effects upon both environmental and human health are highly equivocal. How nanofibres are conceived can determine how they may interact with different environments, such as the human body. Understanding each key step of the synthesis and production of nanofibres to their use within potential applications is therefore essential in gaining an insight into how they may be perceived by any biological system and environment. Thus, through obtaining such information will enable all scientific communities to begin to realise the potential advantages posed by nanofibres. The aim of this special issue therefore, is to provide a collective overview of nanofibres; ‘from synthesis to application’. The issue will particularly focus upon carbon-based nanofibres, but will also highlight alternative nanofibre types. Emphasis will be given holistically, with articles discussing the production routes of nanofibres, their plight during their life-cycle (origin to applied form and effects over time), as well as how nanofibres could either incite conflict, or provide aid to human and environmental health.

Prof. Dr. Alke Fink
Prof. Dr. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser
Dr. Martin J. D. Clift
Guest Editors


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Published Papers (4 papers)

Fibers 2014, 2(2), 108-127; doi:10.3390/fib2020108
Received: 11 February 2014; in revised form: 21 March 2014 / Accepted: 21 March 2014 / Published: 28 March 2014
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Fibers 2014, 2(1), 75-91; doi:10.3390/fib2010075
Received: 30 November 2013; in revised form: 27 January 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2014 / Published: 25 February 2014
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Fibers 2014, 2(1), 45-74; doi:10.3390/fib2010045
Received: 24 December 2013; in revised form: 5 February 2014 / Accepted: 13 February 2014 / Published: 19 February 2014
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Fibers 2014, 2(1), 34-44; doi:10.3390/fib2010034
Received: 18 November 2013; in revised form: 21 January 2014 / Accepted: 22 January 2014 / Published: 28 January 2014
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Last update: 17 July 2013

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