Topical Collection "Nanocrystals"

Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Roberto Comparelli

CNR-IPCF Division of Bari, Italy
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Interests: inorganic nanocrystals; hybrid nanocomposites, photocatalysis; plasmonics nanoparticles; nanocrystal functionalization; nanoscale microscopy
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Iwan Kityk

Department of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa Univeristy Technology, PL-42201, Armii Krajoej 17, Czestochowa, Poland
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Interests: nonlinear optical crystals and nanocrystals; laser stimulated effects in crystals; nanophotonic and optoelecronic crystals

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanocrystals and nanoparticles have been increasingly attracting the attention of scientists in the last twenty years, due to their original size/shape dependent optoelectronic, thermodynamic, mechanical, and catalytic properties. This collection aims to promote transfer of scientific information concerning the chemistry and physics of low-dimensional nanocrystalline materials. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, synthetic approaches to nanocrystals, their surface engineering, the investigation of their chemical-physical, optical and nonlinear optical features, their application in optoelectronics, catalysis, energy conversion and storage, nanomedicine, (bio)sensors. Manuscripts dealing with DFT calculations of the low-dimensional structures, establishment of relation between the electronic and crystalline structures of nanocrystals and their final properties will be also welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Roberto Comparelli
Prof. Dr. Iwan Kityk
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystals
  • Nanointerfaces
  • Chemical modification of the nanosurfaces
  • Optoelecronics features of the nanocrystals
  • Laser induced properties of nanocrystals
  • Nanophotonic materials
  • Catalysis
  • Energy conversion and storage
  • Nanomedicine
  • (Bio)Sensing

Published Papers (2 papers)

2018

Open AccessArticle The Influence of Photoelectron Escape in Radiation Damage Simulations of Protein Micro-Crystallography
Crystals 2018, 8(7), 267; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst8070267
Received: 1 May 2018 / Revised: 21 June 2018 / Accepted: 24 June 2018 / Published: 27 June 2018
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Radiation damage represents a fundamental limit in the determination of protein structures via macromolecular crystallography (MX) at third-generation synchrotron sources. Over the past decade, improvements in both source and detector technology have led to MX experiments being performed with smaller and smaller crystals
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Radiation damage represents a fundamental limit in the determination of protein structures via macromolecular crystallography (MX) at third-generation synchrotron sources. Over the past decade, improvements in both source and detector technology have led to MX experiments being performed with smaller and smaller crystals (on the order of a few microns), often using microfocus beams. Under these conditions, photoelectrons (PEs), the primary agents of radiation-damage in MX, may escape the diffraction volume prior to depositing all of their energy. The impact of PE escape is more significant at higher beam energies (>20 keV) as the electron inelastic mean free path (IMFP) is longer, allowing the electrons to deposit their energy over a larger area, extending further from their point of origin. Software such as RADDOSE-3D has been used extensively to predict the dose (energy absorbed per unit mass) that a crystal will absorb under a given set of experimental parameters and is an important component in planning a successful MX experiment. At the time this study was undertaken, dose predictions made using RADDOSE-3D were spatially-resolved, but did not yet account for the propagation of PEs through the diffraction volume. Hence, in the case of microfocus crystallography, it is anticipated that deviations may occur between the predicted and actual dose absorbed due to the influence of PEs. To explore this effect, we conducted a series of simulations of the dose absorbed by micron-sized crystals during microfocus MX experiments. Our simulations spanned beam and crystal sizes ranging from 1μm to 5μm for beam energies between 9 keV and 30 keV. Our simulations were spatially and temporarily resolved and accounted for the escape of PEs from the diffraction volume. The spatially-resolved dose maps produced by these simulations were used to predict the rate of intensity loss in a Bragg spot, a key metric for tracking global radiation damage. Our results were compared to predictions obtained using a recent version of RADDOSE-3D that did not account for PE escape; the predicted crystal lifetimes are shown to differ significantly for the smallest crystals and for high-energy beams, when PE escape is included in the simulations. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Zinc Oxide Nanostructures: From Chestnut Husk-Like Structures to Hollow Nanocages, Synthesis and Structure
Crystals 2018, 8(4), 153; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst8040153
Received: 1 March 2018 / Revised: 14 March 2018 / Accepted: 28 March 2018 / Published: 30 March 2018
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Abstract
Tailor-made nanostructured ZnO cages have been catalytically grown on Au and Pt films covering silicon substrates, by a controlled evaporation process, which means an accurate choice of temperatures, times, gas flows (He in the heating, He/air during the synthesis), and Au/Pt film thickness.
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Tailor-made nanostructured ZnO cages have been catalytically grown on Au and Pt films covering silicon substrates, by a controlled evaporation process, which means an accurate choice of temperatures, times, gas flows (He in the heating, He/air during the synthesis), and Au/Pt film thickness. The effect of the process parameters affecting the morphology and the structure of the obtained materials has been investigated by XRD analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) microscopies, and FTIR spectroscopies. In particular, the role of the synthesis temperature in affecting the size and shape of the obtained ZnO cages has been highlighted. It will be shown that by adopting higher temperatures, the protruding nanowhiskers several microns in length, covering the cages and exhibiting both basal and prismatic faces, change into very thin and narrow structures, with extended prismatic faces, prevailing with respect to the basal ones. At an even higher process temperature, the building up of Au particles aggregates inside and/or anchored to the walls of the hollow cages, without any evidence of elongated ZnO nanostructures will be highlighted. From FTIR spectra information on lattice modes of the investigated ZnO, materials have been obtained. Full article
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