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Special Issue "Glassy Carbon: Microstructure, Properties and Applications"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Swati Sharma

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
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Interests: carbon MEMS and NEMS; magnetic carbon; carbon-based flexible electronics/sensors; 3D carbon scaffolds; NMR compatible bioreactor; pyrolysis of waste materials for obtaining biofuels and useable carbons

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will focus on the microstructure, properties and applications of glassy carbon; a graphene-rich form of elemental carbon obtained from pyrolysis of polymers. Glassy carbon is an isotropic, low-density material that exhibits excellent electrical and thermal conductivity, wide electrochemical stability window, superior mechanical strength, corrosion resistance, cytocompatibility and impermeability to most gases and liquids.

Conventionally manufactured in bulk, this material has gained considerable popularity among microsystem engineers in the past two decades, owing to the advances in lithographic techniques capable of patterning carbonizable photoresists. In addition to stimulating extensive research on various chip-based micro/nano devices, this revived interest in glassy carbon also created a compelling need for a thorough understanding of its structure-property relationship at the nano-scale. Recognition of the fact that glassy carbon offers a pre-patterned, synthesis-free, percolated graphene network without needing any additional binders, led to an impressive increase in the volume of publications on a variety of miniaturized glassy carbon devices such as battery and supercapacitor anodes, interdigitated electrode arrays, chemi/biosensors and cell culture substrates. In parallel, the two widely accepted microstructural models of glassy carbon describing it to be composed of either interconnected ribbon-like, or of fullerene-like structures were frequently revisited. Unfortunately, most of these publications are scattered in a range of journals on generalized topics and there are extremely few dedicated collections that can be accessed by a glassy carbon focus group. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of this work, occasional dissimilarities in the nomenclature and method description are also observed.

The motivation behind this Special Issue is to facilitate a common platform to material scientists and microsystem engineers working on different aspects of glassy carbon, which allows for a rapid and active exchange of the outcome of their work. Manuscripts detailing theoretical/experimental work on all open questions regarding glassy carbon’s microstructure, as well as on new application areas and fabrication techniques, unexplored carbonizable polymers and pyrolysis tuning can be submitted in the form of short communications, research articles or reviews. It is however noteworthy that at least one keyword of the paper should be glassy carbon or pyrolysis. This will exclude submissions on carbon-based devices that are not composed of glassy carbon (for example, synthetic graphene or carbon nanotube based devices). Other keywords can be practically anything pertaining to the reported work.

Papers submitted to this Special Issue will be subject to a peer-review procedure for constructive criticism with the aim of rapid publication and wide dissemination of the contents.

Dr. Swati Sharma
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Glassy carbon
  • pyrolysis
  • carbon-MEMS/ NEMS
  • glassy carbon anode
  • interdigitated electrode array
  • biosensor
  • chemical sensor
  • transmission electron microscopy (of glassy carbon)
  • crystallinity
  • microstructure
  • carbonizable resist
  • photopatterning

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

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.

1. Article

Influence of glassy carbon surface finishing on its  wear behavior during Precision Glass Molding of  fused silica

Tim Grunwald 1,*, Marcel Friedrichs 1, Olaf Dambon 2 and Fritz Klocke 1,2

1 Tool Machine Laboratory of RWTH Aachen University, Aachen Germany
2 Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology, Aachen Germany
* Correspondence: gwt@ipt.rwth-aachen.de; Tel.: +49-241-8904-317

2.  Article

Glassy Carbon Electrodes on Ultra-Thin and Finger-Like Polyimide Substrate for Neural Applications: Performance Evaluation Based on Different Electrode Diameters

Maria Vomero


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