Special Issue "Metal Nanoparticles 2012"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Miguel Jose Yacaman
Chemical Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin, Room CPE 5.404, 1 University Station C0400, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Website: http://physics.utsa.edu/Faculty%20Staff/profiles/yacaman/Yacaman/index.html
E-Mail: Yacaman@che.utexas.edu
Phone: +1 (512) 232-9111
Interests: metal particles; electron microscopy; electron diffraction; catalysis; nanotechnology; synthesis of new materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metal nanoparticles are one cornerstones of modern nanotechnology. Many of the current and future applications of the field are based on metal nanoparticles. For instance in the biomedical area Gold nanoparticles have long been used for research. Silver nanoparticles antibacterial properties are now incorporated in many commercial products worldwide. Despite of vast research on the field many problems remain outstanding and pose very important scientific and technological challenges. In this special issue we call authors to send contributions on the following topics:

  • Advances on controlled synthesis of metal nanoparticles: The era in which any synthesis method was acceptable is over. There is a need of increasing the control on the size, shape and crystalline structure of the nanoparticles. The report of reproducible synthesis methods implies a more detailed description of parameters.
  • New characterization methods for nanoparticles: It is necessary to learn more about the exact structure of the nanoparticles. Is there any internal stress? Can we measure the internal stress? Is there different crystallography for the same metal? What is the composition of the surface of the nanoparticles? This and other questions may require advanced characterization methods such as aberration corrected electron microscopy, EELS, atomically resolved EDS, Raman, XPS, etc.
  • New shapes and metals. Most of papers have dealt with Au, Ag, Cu, Pd and Pt. We welcome papers on metal nanoparticles which have been scarcely explored such as Bi, Pb and all transition metals. We also encourage the report of new shapes of nanoparticles.
  • Properties of nanoparticles: Especially related to applications in biomedicine and diagnosis methods. SERS applications are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Miguel Jose Yacaman
Guest Editor


  • metal nanoparticles
  • aberration corrected microscopy
  • SERS applications
  • controlled synthesis
  • catalysis
  • shape of nanoparticles
  • nanotechnology

Published Papers (2 papers)

by , , ,  and
Materials 2012, 5(9), 1686-1697; doi:10.3390/ma5091686
Received: 27 June 2012; in revised form: 31 July 2012 / Accepted: 13 August 2012 / Published: 19 September 2012
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by , , , , , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(1), 198-205; doi:10.3390/ma6010198
Received: 6 November 2012; in revised form: 20 December 2012 / Accepted: 6 January 2013 / Published: 14 January 2013
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Last update: 27 February 2014

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