Special Issue "Multifunctional Metallic Nanomaterials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2017)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jordi Sort

Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) and Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra, Spain
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Interests: porous and continuous films; lithographed systems; amorphous alloys; nanocomposites; nanomagnetism; nanomechanics
Guest Editor
Dr. Eva Pellicer

Ramon y Cajal Researcher, Gnm3 group, Physics Department, Cc (C3/210) building, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra, Spain
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Interests: electrodeposition; metallic micro- and nanostructures; ordered mesoporous metal oxides; nanocasting; magnetic properties; electrocatalytic properties

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are launching a Special Issue in Nanomaterials (IF: 2.690) entitled “Multifunctional Metallic Nanomaterials”. The aim of this Special Issue is to publish research articles and topical reviews focused on metallic nanomaterials that show interesting multifunctional properties, i.e., that can be used in various technological applications, taking advantage of synergistic or complementary physical and/or chemical properties. The investigated materials must be nanometric in at least one of their dimensions. This includes: Thin films (fully dense or nanoporous), nanoparticles, nanorods, nanowires/nanotubes and other types of lithographed structures. The materials can be one-component or consist of various counterparts (hybrid or composite metallic nanomaterials). The Special Issue is aimed at providing selected contributions on advances in the synthesis, characterization, and applications of the aforementioned materials. Special emphasis is laid on their potential uses in magnetism, spintronics, biomedicine, electrocatalysis or miniaturized micro/nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), among others.

Prof. Dr. Jordi Sort
Dr. Eva Pellicer
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • metallic films
  • metallic nanoparticles
  • lithographed metallic structures
  • synthetic applications
  • magnetic properties, spintronics
  • biodegradable alloys
  • electrocatalysis
  • mechanical and structural applications

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Open AccessArticle Bi-Component Nanostructured Arrays of Co Dots Embedded in Ni80Fe20 Antidot Matrix: Synthesis by Self-Assembling of Polystyrene Nanospheres and Magnetic Properties
Nanomaterials 2017, 7(9), 232; doi:10.3390/nano7090232
Received: 28 July 2017 / Revised: 17 August 2017 / Accepted: 19 August 2017 / Published: 23 August 2017
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A bi-component nanostructured system composed by a Co dot array embedded in a Ni80Fe20 antidot matrix has been prepared by means of the self-assembling polystyrene nanospheres lithography technique. Reference samples constituted by the sole Co dots or Ni80Fe
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A bi-component nanostructured system composed by a Co dot array embedded in a Ni80Fe20 antidot matrix has been prepared by means of the self-assembling polystyrene nanospheres lithography technique. Reference samples constituted by the sole Co dots or Ni80Fe20 antidots have also been prepared, in order to compare their properties with those of the bi-component material. The coupling between the two ferromagnetic elements has been studied by means of magnetic and magneto-transport measurements. The Ni80Fe20 matrix turned out to affect the vortex nucleation field of the Co dots, which in turn modifies the magneto-resistance behaviour of the system and its spinwave properties. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Sintering Inhibition of Silver Nanoparticle Films via AgCl Nanocrystal Formation
Nanomaterials 2017, 7(8), 224; doi:10.3390/nano7080224
Received: 20 July 2017 / Revised: 10 August 2017 / Accepted: 11 August 2017 / Published: 17 August 2017
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Electrically conductive films are key components in most printed and flexible electronics applications. For the solution processing of conductive films, inks containing silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) remain important because of their relatively easy processing and generally low resistivity after a sintering procedure. Because the
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Electrically conductive films are key components in most printed and flexible electronics applications. For the solution processing of conductive films, inks containing silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) remain important because of their relatively easy processing and generally low resistivity after a sintering procedure. Because the commonly used, moderate sintering temperatures of 150–300 °C are still too high for most low-cost flexible substrates, expanding the knowledge of surface-ink interactions that affect the sintering temperature is desirable. It is known that chloride ions can assist the sintering of AgNP films by displacing capping agents on the surfaces of AgNPs. However, very little is known about other possible Cl-AgNP interactions that affect the resistivity and no interaction having the opposite effect (sintering inhibition) has been identified before. Here we identify such a Cl-AgNP interaction giving sintering inhibition and find that the mechanism involves the formation of AgCl nanocrystals within the AgNP film. The AgCl formation was observed after inkjet-printing of AgNP inks with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as the capping agent onto papers with quick-absorbing coatings containing 0.3 wt % KCl. Our findings show that chloride can have opposite roles during sintering, either assisting or inhibiting the sintering depending on the prevalence of AgCl formation. The prevalence of AgCl formation depends on the absorption properties and the capping agent. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Broadband Ultra-Deep Sub-Diffraction-Limit Optical Focusing by Metallic Graded-Index (MGRIN) Lenses
Nanomaterials 2017, 7(8), 221; doi:10.3390/nano7080221
Received: 20 July 2017 / Revised: 8 August 2017 / Accepted: 9 August 2017 / Published: 12 August 2017
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The development of techniques for efficiently confining energy in the visible and infrared spectral regions to the deep subwavelength spatial scale with dimensions as small as a few nanometers would have great significance for scientific research and engineering practices. Such an ability to
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The development of techniques for efficiently confining energy in the visible and infrared spectral regions to the deep subwavelength spatial scale with dimensions as small as a few nanometers would have great significance for scientific research and engineering practices. Such an ability to manipulate light is impossible for conventional dielectric lenses due to the diffraction limit. Here, we propose a metallic graded-index (MGRIN) lens formed by an array of coupled metallic waveguides with identical nanoscale widths embedded by index-varying dielectrics to enable the optical nanofocusing. The focusing mechanism of the MGRIN lens is theoretically investigated based on Hamiltonian optics, which are verified by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. Numerical results reveal that an ultra-deep subwavelength focus of 8 nm (λ/500) with a long focal depth (1.93λ) and enhanced field intensity can be achieved. Moreover, the nanofocusing capability of the MGRIN lens without redesigning the structure can be well kept when the incident wavelength changes over a broad range from visible to infrared. Our design of optical nanofocusing shows great potential for use in nano-optics and nanotechnology. Full article
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