Special Issue "Advances in Functional Hybrid Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2013)
Dr. Silvia Gross
Istituto per l'Energetica e le Interfasi, IENI-CNR, 35131- Padova, Italy; Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, University of Padova, Via Marzolo, 1, 35131- Padova, Italy
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Interests: organic-inorganic hybrid materials; inorganic materials; inorganic coatings; sol-gel; hybrid coatings; surface characterisation
As witnessed by the publication, in the last 20 years, of over 10.000 papers on this wide class of materials, the filing of about 500 patents (source: SciFinder), four dedicated textbooks, several thematic sessions at international conferences and dedicated specialized conferences, organic-inorganic hybrid materials have attracted, in the last decades, a sharply increasing interest, from both the scientific and the technological point of view. The manifold and exciting properties of functional organic-inorganic hybrid materials have to be traced back to the intimate merging, often mediated by the formation of strong chemical bonds, between inorganic and organic building blocks, whose i) chemical nature, ii) structure iii) molar ratios and iv) mutual arrangement of building blocks do remarkably affect the final properties of the resulting materials. Despite the ongoing interest, hybrid materials still present unexplored and challenging issues, deriving from compositional and structural variability. In this framework, the tailoring of their features to achieve enhanced functional (i.e. magnetic, electrical, optical, electrochemical, catalytic, biological etc.) properties represents an intriguing challenge for scientists. In particular, molecularly homogeneous hybrid materials characterized by the formation of strong chemical bonds between the components disclose interesting perspectives in the achievements of new and improved functional performances.
This special issue of Materials will be focused i) on the design and optimization of original synthetic routes for functional inorganic-organic hybrid materials endowed with enhanced functional properties and ii) on their manifold applications. It will further center on the elucidation of structure-property relationships, as well as on the control of organic/inorganic interfaces and on the organization of hybrid building blocks on the micro- and macroscopic scale.
Dr. Silvia Gross
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- organic-inorganic hybrid materials
- synthesis routes
- wet chemistry
- soft chemistry
- building blocks
- hierarchical Organization
- silica-based hybrid Materials
- porous Structures
- functional properties