Special Issue "Multifunctional Composites, Volume II"

A special issue of Journal of Composites Science (ISSN 2504-477X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Phuong Nguyen-Tri
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1. Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physique, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Trois-Rivières, QC G8Z 4M3, Canada
2. Laboratory of Advanced Materials for Energy and Environment, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Trois-Rivières, QC G8Z 4M3, Canada
Interests: nanoconcretes; cement-based materials; nanomaterials; nanocomposites; organic coatings; polymer crystallization; functional composites
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Dear Colleagues,

With the progress of the nanotechnology and production methods, composite materials are becoming lighter, cheaper, more durable, and more versatile. At present, great progress has been made in design, preparation, and characterization of composite materials, making them smarter and versatile. By creating new properties using suitable fillers and matrix, the functional composites can meet the most difficult standards of users, especially in high-tech industries. Advanced composites reinforced by high-performance carbon fibers and nanofillers are popular in the automotive and aerospace industries thanks to their significant advantages, such as high specific strength to weight ratio and noncorrosion properties. In addition to the improvement of the mechanical performance, composite materials today are designed to provide new functions dealing with antibacterial, self-cleaning, self-healing, super-hard, solar reflective for desired end-used applications. On the other hand, composite materials can contribute to reduce environmental issues by providing renewable energy technologies in conjunction with multifunctional, lightweight energy storage systems with high performance and noncorrosive properties. They are also used to prepare a new generation of batteries and directly contribute to H2 production or CO2 reduction in fuels and chemicals.

This Special Issue aims to collect articles reporting on recent developments dealing with preparative methods, design, properties, structure, characterization methods, as well as promising applications of multifunctional composites. It covers potential applications in various areas, such as anticorrosion, photocatalyst, absorbers, superhydrophobic, self-cleaning, antifouling/antibacterial, renewable energy, energy storage systems, construction, and electronics. Modeling and simulating processes involving the design and preparation of functional and multifunctional composites as well as those performing experimental studies involving these composites are welcomed to submit papers.

Prof. Dr. Phuong Nguyen-Tri
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Antibacterial composites
  • Hard and super-hard composites
  • Self-cleaning composites
  • Self-healing composites
  • Photocurable composites
  • Electrical conducting composites
  • Composites for H2 production and storage
  • Composites for CO2 storage, conversion, and utilization
  • Photocatalytic composites
  • Biodegradable composites
  • Nanoscale characterization of composites
  • Computer simulation of composite design and preparation
  • Superabsorbant composites

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A Hierarchical Architecture of Functionalized Polyaniline/Manganese Dioxide Composite with Stable-Enhanced Electrochemical Performance
J. Compos. Sci. 2021, 5(5), 129; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcs5050129 - 13 May 2021
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As one of the most outstanding high-efficiency and environmentally friendly energy storage devices, the supercapacitor has received extensive attention across the world. As a member of transition metal oxides widely used in electrode materials, manganese dioxide (MnO2) has a huge development [...] Read more.
As one of the most outstanding high-efficiency and environmentally friendly energy storage devices, the supercapacitor has received extensive attention across the world. As a member of transition metal oxides widely used in electrode materials, manganese dioxide (MnO2) has a huge development potential due to its excellent theoretical capacitance value and large electrochemical window. In this paper, MnO2 was prepared at different temperatures by a liquid phase precipitation method, and polyaniline/manganese dioxide (PANI/MnO2) composite materials were further prepared in a MnO2 suspension. MnO2 and PANI/MnO2 synthesized at a temperature of 40 °C exhibit the best electrochemical performance. The specific capacitance of the sample MnO2-40 is 254.9 F/g at a scanning speed of 5 mV/s and the specific capacitance is 241.6 F/g at a current density of 1 A/g. The specific capacitance value of the sample PANI/MnO2-40 is 323.7 F/g at a scanning speed of 5 mV/s, and the specific capacitance is 291.7 F/g at a current density of 1 A/g, and both of them are higher than the specific capacitance value of MnO2. This is because the δ-MnO2 synthesized at 40 °C has a layered structure, which has a large specific surface area and can accommodate enough electrolyte ions to participate the electrochemical reaction, thus providing sufficient specific capacitance. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multifunctional Composites, Volume II)
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