Special Issue "Mechanics, Electrical and Optical Properties of Nano-Thin Films"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luca Valentini

Universita degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italy
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Interests: polymer nanocomposites; thin films; nanostructured carbon
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Prof. Dr. Nicola Pugno

Universita degli Studi di Trento, Department of Civil, Trento, Italy
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Interests: nanomechanics; nanomaterials; bioinspired materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The integration demand of multifunctional properties in thin films is challenging, since some of them are mutually exclusive; for example, the mechanisms that operate during material deformation make stretchability and conductivity fundamentally difficult properties to combine. Thus, innovative solutions enabling the production of unexpected optical, mechanical and electrical functions are required. A broad range of optically and electrically anisotropic thin film devices can be produced by surface texturing, surface corrugations and mechanical stretching. In this Special Issue we would invite authors to contribute with their innovative contributions in terms of research papers, communications, letters and reviews on thin films based on nanomaterials that demonstrate electrical and optical tunability under mechanical stress, including self-organization of conductive nanostructures with the strain, and hybrid nanocomposite thin films with recoverable control of the electrical and optical properties by mechanical actuation. Potential methods include but are not limited to layer-by-layer assembly, buckled nanostructures, hybrid nanoarchitectures and controlled disposition of nanoparticles.

Prof. Dr. Luca Valentini
Prof. Dr. Nicola Pugno
Guest Editors

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  • nanomaterials
  • soft nanocomposites
  • electronic applications
  • optical properties
  • stretchable devices
  • nanostructured surfaces

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Open AccessArticle Investigation of Interaction between Dislocation Loop and Coherent Twin Boundary in BCC Ta Film during Nanoindentation
Nanomaterials 2017, 7(11), 375; doi:10.3390/nano7110375
Received: 18 September 2017 / Revised: 24 October 2017 / Accepted: 3 November 2017 / Published: 6 November 2017
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In this work, the interaction between dislocation loop (DL) and coherent twin boundary (CTB) in a body-centered cubic (BCC) tantalum (Ta) film during nanoindentation was investigated with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The formation and propagation of <111> full DLs in the nanotwinned (nt)
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In this work, the interaction between dislocation loop (DL) and coherent twin boundary (CTB) in a body-centered cubic (BCC) tantalum (Ta) film during nanoindentation was investigated with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The formation and propagation of <111> full DLs in the nanotwinned (nt) Ta film during the indentation was observed, and it was found that CTB can strongly affect the stress distribution in the Ta film, and thus change the motion and type of dislocations. There are three kinds of mechanisms for the interaction between DL and CTB in a twinned BCC Ta film: (i) dislocation absorption, (ii) dislocation desorption, and (iii) direct slip transmission. The nucleation of twin boundary dislocations and the formation of the steps in CTB were also observed during the indentation. The mechanisms presented in this work can provide atomic images for understanding the plastic deformation of BCC metals with mirror-symmetry grain boundary structures, and provide available information for the evaluation and design of high-performance nt BCC metallic thin film coatings. Full article
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