Special Issue "Biological and Synthetic Organic–Inorganic Composite Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2016)
Over recent years, our capability to design and synthesize organic–inorganic composites has increased significantly, leading to a wide range of functional materials for applications in chemistry, nanotechnology, materials science, engineering and physics. Many of these advances have been due to our improved understanding of the basic mechanisms of crystallization, the interactions between organic and inorganic phases and how they determine the properties of composite materials. In addition, our proficiency to develop such materials has progressed hand in hand with our understanding of the mechanisms of biomineralization—how living organisms produce sophisticated organic–inorganic hybrid materials with properties that are adapted to a specific functional need. By drawing lessons from biomineralization, many novel organic–inorganic hybrid materials with highly controllable and specialized properties have been synthesized. Examples are nanowires, semiconductors, biosensors, catalysts supports and surgical biomaterials. The fields of synthetic materials, chemistry and biomineralization are rapidly expanding, and advances in one are directly contributing to our understanding in the other.
This thematic Special Issue aims to cover the most recent advances in the design, synthesis and understanding of the structure and material properties of natural and synthetic organic–inorganic composite materials. It is therefore my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript; full papers, communications and review articles are all welcome.
Dr. Fabio Nudelman
Manuscript Submission Information
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- composite materials
- bio-inspired materials
- organic–inorganic hybrids
- functional materials