Advances in Multifunctional Materials for Next-Generation Applications

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 July 2024 | Viewed by 874

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Interests: smart materials; composites; organic and printed electronics; sensors and actuators
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Interests: multifunctional materials; composites; sensors and actuators
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the scientific community has shown considerable interest in multifunctional materials, which exhibit the remarkable capability of manifesting multiple functionalities concurrently. These materials exhibit a unique combination of advantageous mechanical, electrical, thermal, and optical properties, thereby facilitating the execution of diverse tasks within a single structural framework. Such materials possess the potential to bring about a transformative impact across a wide range of industries, encompassing aerospace, automotive, energy, healthcare, electronics, and various other sectors.

This Special Issue will focus on the advancements in multifunctional materials that hold promise for next-generation applications. The scope of interest encompasses various aspects, including, but not limited to, the synthesis and fabrication techniques employed for multifunctional materials, the characterization and evaluation of their diverse properties, modeling and simulation approaches to comprehend their behavior, their application in structural contexts, their utilization for energy harvesting and storage purposes, their implementation in sensing and actuation systems, bio-inspired and biomimetic variations of multifunctional materials, the development of smart and responsive materials for adaptive applications, their integration into wearable devices and electronics, as well as their potential environmental applications.

Manuscripts shedding light on any of these topics or related areas are encouraged to submit.

Dr. Marco P. Silva
Dr. João Nunes-Pereira
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Keywords

  • multifunctional materials
  • synthesis and fabrication techniques
  • characterization and evaluation
  • environmental applications
  • sensing and actuation
  • energy harvesting and storage
  • smart adaptive applications
  • electromechanical properties
  • bio-inspired materials
  • soft robotics

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Efficient Removal of Representative Chemical Agents by Rapid and Sufficient Adsorption via Magnetic Graphene Oxide Composites
by Jina Wu, Gang Qu, Long Yan, Ruixue Wang, Peiwen Guo, Yang Yang and Xiaosen Li
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(19), 10731; https://doi.org/10.3390/app131910731 - 27 Sep 2023
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Chemical agents pose a significant threat to social security, highlighting the crucial role of representative chemical agents adsorption in ensuring the safety our environment. This study explored the application of Magnetic Graphene Oxide Nanoplatelet Composites (MGONCs) in adsorbing the representative chemical agents such [...] Read more.
Chemical agents pose a significant threat to social security, highlighting the crucial role of representative chemical agents adsorption in ensuring the safety our environment. This study explored the application of Magnetic Graphene Oxide Nanoplatelet Composites (MGONCs) in adsorbing the representative chemical agents such as Lewisite (L), O-ethyl S-2-diisopropylaminoethyl methylphosphonothiolate (VX), Sarin (GB), and Soman (GD). MGONCs were synthesized through a physical blending method, with the combination of graphene oxide (GO) and Fe3O4 nanoparticles at a mass ratio of 1:1. Optimization of the adsorption process involved investigating the effects of contact time, temperature, and adsorbent dosage. Remarkably, the adsorption rate of L and VX exceeded 99% when the dosage of MGONCs was 2.5 mg, with a contact time of 30 s at room temperature. Furthermore, GB and GD achieved maximum adsorption rates after a contact time of 20 min, with the dosages of MGONCs at 10 mg and 20 mg, respectively. Characterization of the magnetic composite was accomplished through XRD, TEM, VSM, FTIR, TGA, and BET analyses. Kinetical analysis revealed that the adsorption mechanism of GB and GD on MGONCs followed pseudo-second-order (PSO) kinetics, exhibiting a high regression coefficient. The calculated qe values were 0.103125 mg/g and 0.081349 mg/g, respectively. This research demonstrated the feasibility of utilizing MGONCs as highly efficient adsorbents for representative chemical agents, particularly in on-site sampling scenarios. Full article
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