Topical Collection "Feature Paper Collection in Thin Films"
Interests: Li-ion batteries; Li-S batteries; all-solid-state batteries; pseudocapacitors; thin films; materials science; mesoporous materials; self-assembled nanostructures; structure-property relationships
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Interests: high-entropy ceramics; printed electronics; batteries; electrochemistry; semiconductors; thin films; materials science; structure-property relationships
Oxides and non-oxides in thin-film form are technologically important materials with a variety of applications in energy storage and conversion, sensing, electronics, mechanics, optics and biomedicine, resulting from unique combinations of properties. Inorganic, organic, and hybrid inorganic-organic materials can be produced with a range of structures, compositions, and thicknesses by physical and chemical deposition methods (e.g., atomic layer deposition, pulsed laser deposition, chemical vapor deposition, chemical solution deposition, etc.), with low-cost solution processing routes being usually more flexible in terms of chemistry. Apart from interfacial engineering and compositional design, nanoscale structuring at different length scales—through “top-down” and “bottom-up” approaches—has been shown to be effective in tailoring the properties of thin-film materials. However, the characterization becomes increasingly difficult with decreasing film thickness, and often the lack of structure-property relationship understanding is an impediment to applications. This “Feature Paper Collection” is dedicated to advanced thin film structures and devices, with special emphasis placed on their preparation, characterization, and application in the energy field.
Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
- Novel oxide and non-oxide materials in thin-film form
- Preparation by chemical and physical methods
- Micro- and nanostructuring
- Surface and interface engineering
- Advanced characterization techniques
- Structure–composition–property relationships
- Application in electrochemical energy storage devices (e.g., as protective surface coating on anode/cathode materials for bulk-type batteries or as active component in thin-film batteries), catalysis, solar cells, sensors, data storage, etc.
Dr. Torsten Brezesinski
Dr. Ben Breitung
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