Special Issue "Electrochemically Engineering of Nanoporous Materials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Abel Santos

1. School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Engineering North Building, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
2. The Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS), The University of Adelaide
3. ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), The University of Adelaide
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Interests: structural engineering and synthesis of nanoporous materials by electrochemical etching; nanophotonics and photonics; optical sensing and biosensing; smart drug delivery from nanocarriers and surface coatings for biomedical applications; microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems for all-in-one sensing applications; photo-catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Electrochemical engineering of nanoporous materials is a cost-effective and facile synthesis approach that enables the production of a range of nanoscale materials with controllable dimensions and properties. Recent decades have witnessed extensive research activity into the advanced engineering of nanoporous materials, from fundamental studies to applied science. These nanomaterials offer a set of unique and exclusive advantages for a wealth of applications, including catalysis, energy storage and harvesting, electronics, photonics, sensing, templates, and membranes.

This Special Issue is dedicated to recent research advances in electrochemical engineering of nanoporous materials and their application across several disciplines and research fields. The broad and interdisciplinary applicability of these nanomaterials will be of profound and immediate interest for a broad audience, ranging from physicists, chemists, engineers, materials scientists, bioengineers, and nanomedicine experts.

Dr. Abel Santos
Guest Editor

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  • Electrochemical Etching
  • Anodization
  • Fabrication of nanoporous materials
  • Nanoporous materials for sensing and biosensing
  • Nanoporous materials for biomedical applications
  • Nanoporous materials for energy storage and harvesting
  • Nanoporous materials for catalysis
  • Nanoporous materials for membrane science
  • Nanoporous materials for electronics
  • Nanoporous materials for optics and photonics

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle 3D Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Structures for Sustained Drug Release
Nanomaterials 2017, 7(8), 227; doi:10.3390/nano7080227
Received: 21 July 2017 / Accepted: 14 August 2017 / Published: 21 August 2017
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The use of nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) for the development of drug delivery systems has gained much attention in recent years. The release of drugs loaded inside NAA pores is complex and depends on the morphology of the pores. In this study, NAA,
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The use of nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) for the development of drug delivery systems has gained much attention in recent years. The release of drugs loaded inside NAA pores is complex and depends on the morphology of the pores. In this study, NAA, with different three-dimensional (3D) pore structures (cylindrical pores with several pore diameters, multilayered nanofunnels, and multilayered inverted funnels) were fabricated, and their respective drug delivery rates were studied and modeled using doxorubicin as a model drug. The obtained results reveal optimal modeling of all 3D pore structures, differentiating two drug release stages. Thus, an initial short-term and a sustained long-term release were successfully modeled by the Higuchi and the Korsmeyer–Peppas equations, respectively. This study demonstrates the influence of pore geometries on drug release rates, and further presents a sustained long-term drug release that exceeds 60 days without an undesired initial burst. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electrochemically Engineering of Nanoporous Materials)

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