Special Issue "Multifunctional Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Thin Films and Coatings"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2016).
2. Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus, South Australia-5095, Australia
Interests: polymer materials; nanomaterials; biomaterials; thin film; materials for energy; electrocatalysis; fuel cells; organic photovoltaics; hybrid coating; protective coatings
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This Special Issue is dedicated to highlighting the important advances and innovations in “Multifunctional Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Thin Films and Coatings”. Organic-inorganic hybrids are composite materials consisting of two constituents. One of the components is inorganic and the other is organic in nature, which are uniformly dispersed at the nanometre level, but are separated by a defined interface. In such materials the final characteristics and functions are critically determined by the quality of the interface and the hierarchical organization.
Mother Nature has demonstrated her remarkable ability to organize the (bio)organic and inorganic components at the nanoscale with a very high level of complexity, with hierarchical constructions on a scale ranging from nanometres, to micrometres, to millimetres, to create multitudes of organic-inorganic hybrids, including crustacean carapaces, mollusc shells, animal horns, and bone and teeth tissue in vertebrates. The sophistication of such biological hybrids far surpasses the current accomplishments realized in materials science; and they are able to perform complicated tasks. However, during the past few decades, remarkable advancements have been made by the scientific community in producing a diverse range of organic-inorganic hybrids with carefully controlled interfaces, morphologies, porosities, textures, and functionalities. The vastly expanding literature has reported numerous approaches, including environmentally friendly sol-gel techniques, template mediated hybridization, and assembly of nanobuilding blocks (ANBB) to design and tailor-make multifunctional organic-inorganic hybrids with easy processing, fabrication, shaping, and patterning; and unique chemical, physical, electrical, electronic, or optical properties and qualities.
Numerous silica- or/and siloxane-based hybrid organic-inorganic materials have been developed in the past few decades. Research on organic-inorganic hybrid materials, containing trivalent lanthanide ions and other rare-earth metals, is currently a very active field, in order to meet the challenging requirements in the areas of phosphors, lighting, integrated optics and optical telecommunications, solar cells, and biomedicine. ANBB has the potential to revolutionize the development and assembly of multifunctional organic-inorganic hybrids. Organic-inorganic hybrids developed using sol-gel approach in the material science has rapidly become attractive for a variety of coatings technology.
The goal of this Special Issue is to publish original research articles, as well as critical reviews and perspectives from leaders, in both academia and industry, on all aspects related to the recent advances in the design, synthesis, development, and potential challenges in “Multifunctional Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Thin Films and Coatings” The contributions from the authors on the new concepts, mechanisms, and the potential impact of “Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Thin Films and Coatings” on environmental issues are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Naba K. Dutta
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- sol-gel coatings
- multifunctional coatings
- nanostructured coatings
- anticorrosion coatings
- barrier coatings
- organ-inorganic hybrid thin film
- optically active hybrid thin film
- organic-inorganic perovskites
- catalytically active hybrids
- self-cleaning coating
- self-healing coatings
- antifouling coatings
- bioactive hybrid coatings
- water based hybrid coatings
- environmental impact