Special Issue "Properties and Applications of Nanowires"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Microelectronics and Optoelectronics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Marius Orlowski
Guest Editor
Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 614 Whittemore Hall (0111), Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
Interests: transistor devices; nonvolatile memory; resistive switching memory cells; memristive and neuromorphic devices; nanodevice manufacturing technologies; thin layer deposition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanowires, which are objects that measure just 1–100 nm in diameter but whose length can extend for up to cm, have become hot new materials in recent years. They can be made of metals, semiconductors, insulators, and organic compounds and are being studied for use in electronics, energy conversion, optics, solar applications, in chemical sensing, and diagnostics (cancer cell detection), among other fields. Due to their extreme thinness, nanowires are quasi-1D materials. The one-dimensionality confers distinctive electrical, thermal, and optical properties.

In the last two decades, the nanowire research direction has quickly evolved into a large, dynamic, interdisciplinary research frontier with scientists and engineers from many communities including chemistry, physics, materials science, biology, and electrical engineering. The emergence of semiconductor nanowires has quickly led to a host of nanowire electronic and photonic, biomedical, as well as solar and energy conversion and storage devices. Nanowire heterostructure designs were introduced for the purpose of solar energy harvesting.

This Special Issue aims to review these active research frontiers, the progress, opportunities, and challenges and concentrates specifically on properties and applications of nanowires under the explicit exclusion of the manufacturing issues.

The topics of interest include but are not limited to the following properties and applications of nanowires:

  • Electrothermal properties
  • Photo-optical properties
  • Piezo-electric properties
  • Semiconductive properties
  • Nanowires in nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, piezo-photoelectronics
  • Nanowires as interfaces to organic cells (probing of neurons)
  • Nanowires in voltaics and energy storage applications
  • Nanowires as effective reinforcement in ceramic composites
  • Surface functionalizations and coatings of nanowires
  • Nanowire in nanomedicine for drug delivery and diagnostics

Prof. Dr. Marius Orlowski
Guest Editor

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  • Nanowire
  • Quantum conductance
  • Thermal conductance
  • Thermoelectric effects in low dimensional systems
  • Transport mechanisms
  • Point contact conduction
  • etc

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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