Special Issue "Smart Nanoparticles and Polymer Nanocomposites for Emerging Technology"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Organic Crystalline Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Raghvendra Singh Yadav
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Centre of Polymer Systems, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Trida Tomase Bati 5678, 76001 Zlin, Czech Republic
Interests: magnetic materials; dielectric materials; electrical properties; luminescent nanomaterials; micro-wave absorbing materials; ceramics; materials chemistry; soft matter; nanostructured materials; materials for energy; semiconductor materials; nano-bio composite materials; metals and alloys; nanocomposites; functional materials; optical materials; graphene; polymer nanocomposites; graphene nanocomposites; graphene quantum dots; nanoparticles; nanocomposites; structural properties; magnetic properties; dielectric properties; electrical properties; magnetically recoverable efficient photo-catalysts; data storage; gas sensing; magnetoresistance; other physical properties; synthesis; characterization; hyperthermia cancer treatment; drug delivery; magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents; magnetic refrigeration (MR); spintronic devices; ferro-fluids; anode materials for Li-ion batteries; microwave devices; water splitting for hydrogen production; paint industry; super-capacitors; elect
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Dear Colleagues,

Recently, smart nanoparticles have received a lot of attention among researchers and academicians due to their unique physical properties and, further, their wide applications, including drug delivery, biomimetic devices, contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging, hyperthermia, cell manipulation, security systems, information storage devices, quantum computing, magnetic sensors and actuators, energy harvesting, catalysis and magnetic separation, spintronic-based devices, electronic devices, lasers, Li-ion batteries, solar cells, bio-imaging, thermal therapy, etc. Prompt technological improvement and miniaturization need immediate developments in materials science to achieve increased performance demands. Polymer nanocomposites have received much attention regarding the design of a new generation of high-performance composite materials based on smart nanoparticles due to their extraordinarily high synergetic and complementary characteristics between two or more component materials. The characteristics of polymer nanocomposites can be modified by selectively introducing smart nanoparticles with unique physical properties for the desired application. Additionally, the reduced size of smart nanoparticles increases the aspect ratio, which can play a fundamental role in enhancing the interfacial properties in the overall performance of innovative polymer nanocomposite material for emerging technology.

We invite authors to contribute original research articles or comprehensive review articles covering the most recent progress and new developments in the synthesis of smart nanoparticles, preparation of polymer nanocomposites, characterization and application of smart nanoparticles, physical properties of polymer nanocomposites, utilization of smart nanoparticles in the design of advanced polymer nanocomposites for emerging technology including biomedical, optoelectronics, sensing, diagnostics, food packaging, organic photovoltaics, bioelectronics, electronics, energy storage, automobiles, aerospace engineering, biomedicine, supercapacitors, batteries, water and air purification, microwave absorber, etc.

This Special Issue aims to cover a broad range of subjects, from smart nanoparticles and polymer nanocomposite synthesis and study of their fundamental properties to the fabrication and characterization of devices and emerging technologies with smart nanoparticles and polymer integration.

Manuscripts can be submitted in the following formats: full research papers, communications, and reviews.

Dr. Raghvendra Singh Yadav
Guest Editor

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  • Smart nanoparticles
  • Synthesis and characterization
  • Polymer nanocomposites
  • Properties
  • Energy applications
  • Biomedical applications
  • Environmental applications

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Electron-Beam Irradiation for Boosting Storage Energy Density of Tuned Poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene)/Graphene Nanoplatelet Polymer Composites
Crystals 2020, 10(8), 633; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst10080633 - 22 Jul 2020
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In current, the energy storage materials based on electrets and ferroelectric polymers are urgently demanded for electric power supply and renewable energy applications. The high energy storage density can be enhanced by conducting or inorganic fillers to ferroelectric polymer matrix. However, agglomeration, phase [...] Read more.
In current, the energy storage materials based on electrets and ferroelectric polymers are urgently demanded for electric power supply and renewable energy applications. The high energy storage density can be enhanced by conducting or inorganic fillers to ferroelectric polymer matrix. However, agglomeration, phase separation of fillers, interfacial phase regions and crystallinity of matrix remain the main factors for the improvement of energy storage density in those composites. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) was modified with graphene nanoplatelets for enhanced the dielectric properties and energy storage density, which combines the irradiated by electron beam. Tuning effect of the crystalline regions and polar phases with graphene nanoplatelets and electron irradiation on its surface, structure, electrical and energy storage properties were observed. The film homogeneity was increased by reducing the pores, along with the improvement of surface roughness and hydrophobicity, which related with the dielectric properties and energy storage density. The β-phase fraction and crystallinity improvement significantly affect electrical properties by improving polarization and dielectric constant. As a core, electron beam dramatically reduce the crystals size by two times. Hence, energy storage density of composites was enhanced, while energy loss was reduced under operating conditions. Results on the improvement of energy efficiency were from 68.11 to 74.66% for neat poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (P(VDF-HFP)), much higher than previously reported of 58%, and doubled for P(VDF-HFP)/GNPs composites which will be discussed and evaluated for the practical energy storage materials. Full article
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