Special Issue "Advances in Colorants 2014"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2014)
Prof. Dr. Harold Freeman
College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, NC 27695, USA
Interests: color and dye chemistry and sciences; energy; environment and sustainability
Until the dawning of the 21st century, advances in new colorants centered on their use in the textiles arena. While there is continuing activity in this important sector, it is now evident that organic dyes and pigments enjoy widespread use for a variety of interesting and promising non-textile, high-tech applications. The use of colorants in food, drug, and cosmetic products, in digital printing and photography, and in biological/histological stains is now matched, if not superseded, by their utility in areas such as cancer phototherapy, solar energy capture and storage, optical imaging, and color laser marking for document security. The associated ¡°functional dyes¡± demonstrate the long-standing viability of the field of color chemistry and point to the need for an organized update on the present topic. It was envisioned that the coverage would involve recent developments in the molecular design, synthesis, characterization (structural and ecological), and application of organic dyes and pigments covering the visible and near-infrared regions. In addition, the resurgence of natural dyes as part of the environmental stewardship message makes this topic worthwhile to cover.While this issue will not be exhaustive in scope, it will be of interest to academic and industrial researchers, making it an indispensable product for both environments.
Prof. Dr. Harold Freeman
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