Special Issue "Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2011)
Prof. Dr. Werner Blau
School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 896 1708
Fax: +353 1 8962151
Nanocarbon occurs in six different basic forms: graphene, graphite, fullerenes, nanodiamond, nanotubes and nanocones. Since the discovery of carbon nanotubes about two decades ago by Sumino Iijima, steady scientific and technological progress on numerous aspects of research related to synthesis, purification, structure, properties and applications has been observed, as is typical for any new and novel material. The properties of nanotubes are truly remarkable as a result of their unusual one-dimensional structure. This results in numerous superior physical and chemical properties, such as strongest mechanical strength, highest thermal conductivity, extraordinary electrical conductivity, room temperature ballistic quantum conductance and super surface functionality. At this stage, research on carbon nanotube applications spans a wide variety of sectors, ranging from composite materials, nanoelectronics, flat panel displays, sensors, and nanomedical devices to novel instrumentation. This special issue will provide a timely and comprehensive overview of the state of Nanocarbon materials and their applications, with particular focus on Carbon Nanotubes.
Prof. Dr. Werner Blau
Topics covered will include:
- Nanocarbons - Graphene, Graphite, Carbon Nanotubes, Carbon Fibers and Fullerenes
- Functionalisation – Covalent and Non-Covalent, Dispersion, Nanocomposites
- Nanotube Growth – Arc Discharge, Laser Ablation, CVD, Growth Mechanisms
- Characterization – Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy and Spectroscopy, Raman, Optical Absorption and Photoluminescence
- Properties – Mechanical, Electrical, Thermal, Optical, Electrochemical, Toxicity and Environmental Impact
- Applications in Chemistry, Electronics, Photonics, Optoelectronics, Energy, Biomedicine, Actuation, Aerospace, etc.
Article: Selective Grafting of Primary Amines onto Carbon Nanotubes via Free-Radical Treatment in Microwave Plasma Post-Discharge
Polymers 2012, 4(1), 296-315; doi:10.3390/polym4010296
Received: 1 December 2011; in revised form: 6 January 2012 / Accepted: 10 January 2012 / Published: 30 January 2012| Cited by 3 | PDF Full-text (662 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Polymers 2012, 4(1), 275-295; doi:10.3390/polym4010275
Received: 1 December 2011; in revised form: 9 January 2012 / Accepted: 9 January 2012 / Published: 23 January 2012| Cited by 43 | PDF Full-text (1264 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Microscopic and Spectroscopic Investigation of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Interaction with Carbon Nanotubes
Polymers 2011, 3(3), 1433-1446; doi:10.3390/polym3031433
Received: 7 June 2011; in revised form: 13 July 2011 / Accepted: 24 August 2011 / Published: 29 August 2011| Cited by 5 | PDF Full-text (1570 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Last update: 7 August 2014