Special Issue "Zinc Oxide Nanomaterials and Based Devices"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2020).
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Zinc oxide (ZnO), a II-VI semiconductor, is considered to be one of the most important and multifunctional materials due to its own properties and, hence, wide applications. The tetrahedral coordinated bonding geometry of ZnO crystallizes in the form of a zinc blende type structure or, most commonly, in the hexagonal wurtzite structure. Because of their multifunctional properties, various ZnO nanomaterials such as nanotubes, nanorods, nanowires, nanobelts, nanonails, nanoflowers, hierarchical nanostructures, and so on were synthesized using several synthetic techniques—to name a few, the vapor–liquid–solid thermal sublimation method, hydrothermal growth, electrochemical deposition, molecular beam epitaxy, decomposition of zinc precursor compounds, colloidal or solution based synthesis, etc.
Including various other properties, such as wide band gap and high exciton binding energy, ZnO possesses noncentrosymmetric structures which enable it to be used for the fabrication of various piezoelectric devices and systems. ZnO also possesses interesting biocompatible and environmental benign properties and is thus efficiently used for various chemicals, gases, and biosensors and various other environmental remediation applications. Further, due to their excellent optical, piezoelectric, pyroelectric, and photoconducting properties, ZnO nanostructures are used in a wide range of modern technological applications, including electronic and optoelectronic devices, such as light emitting diodes, sensors and actuators, field emitters, dye-sensitized solar cells, piezoelectric nanogenerators, and so on. Moreover, due to its high isoelectric point, ZnO has the ability to bind biological molecules, making this material suitable for the development of biosensors and other bioanalytical devices.
This Special Issue is a timely approach to surveying recent progress in the area of ZnO nanomaterials and their applications. The articles presented in this Special Issue will cover various topics, ranging from materials preparation, engineering, functionalization, and their various applications, such as sensors (chemical, biological, gas, and so on), environmental remediation, biological labeling, fuel cell, electrocatalysis, catalysis, photocatalysis, electronic devices, bio-applications of nanomaterials, and so on. Certainly, the coverage is not complete, but it is our intention that this Special Issue will offer a unique glimpse of what has been achieved and what remains to be explored in ZnO nanomaterials.
The Special Issue will cover (but not be limited to) the following topics:
- Synthesis and characterizations of zinc oxide nanomaterials;
- ZnO-based Sensors (bio, chemical, gas, optical, etc.) ;
- ZnO-based catalysis and photocatalysis;
- Environmental remediation using ZnO nanomaterials;
- Electronic devices based on ZnO nanomaterials;
- Energy devices based on ZnO nanomaterials;
- Bio applications based on ZnO nanomaterials;
- Theoretical studies;
It is our pleasure to invite you to submit review articles, original papers, and communications for this Special Issue, "Zinc Oxide Nanomaterials and Based Devices".
Prof. Bouropoulos Nikolaos
Prof. Ahmad Umar
Prof. Sotirios Baskoutas
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- ZnO nanostructures
- ZnO quantum dots
- ZnO nanowires and nanorods
- ZnO nanocomposites
- ZnO thin films
- ZnO random laser diodes
- ZnO based sensors and biosensors
- ZnO heterostructure
- ZnO based devices