Special Issue "Recent Breakthroughs with Layered Double Hydroxides"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Solid-State Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Domenica Tonelli

Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Department of Industrial Chemistry “Toso Montanari”, Bologna, Italy
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Interests: electrode materials for sensors; electrosynthesis and characterization of materials for energy conversion and catalysis; nanomaterials; layered double hydroxides; conducting polymers
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Erika Scavetta

Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale ‘Toso Montanari’, Università di Bologna, Viale Risorgimento 4, 40136 Bologna, Italy
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Interests: electrochemical (bio) sensors; functional materials; layered double hydroxides; conducting polymers; electrochemical deposition; nanomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are a family of anionic clays consisting of positively-charged brucite-like layers among which are located anions and water molecules. It is possible to synthesize LDHs containing a lot of combinations of bivalent and trivalent cations, the only limitation being their radium which must be not too different from those of Mg2+ and Al3+. LDHs are two-dimensional materials with widely tunable properties since many organic or inorganic species can be easily intercalated inside the interlayers, thus inducing changes in their porosity, morphology, charge transport, hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity, etc. Furthermore, LDHs are low-cost materials with water-resistant structures, good thermal stabilities, and environmentally-friendly natures and biocompatibilities.

All these characteristics make possible LDH utilization in many different fields, such as adsorbents for removing harmful anions, catalysis, separation technology, and photochemistry, as polymer additives, as anticorrosion coatings, drug carriers for pharmaceutically active compounds and in cancer therapy. Furthermore, LDHs are attractive materials for the fabrication of sensors and biosensors, and, when containing electroactive species, they exhibit promising pseudocapacitive properties.

This Special Issue aims to highlight the most recent applications involving LDHs with particular interest in the fields of energy storage, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, and sensing.

Prof. Dr. Domenica Tonelli
Prof. Dr. Erika Scavetta
Guest Editors

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  • Layered double hydroxides
  • Synthesis routes
  • Structural, chemical and physical properties
  • Energy storage
  • Catalysis
  • Sensors

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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