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Special Issue "Applications of Silica and Silica-Based Composites"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2023 | Viewed by 111

Special Issue Editors

“Coriolan Dragulescu” Institute of Chemistry, Romanian Academy, 24 Mihai Viteazu Bvd., 300223 Timisoara, Romania
Interests: functionalized silica materials; iron oxide silica nanocomposites; adsorption; drug loading; ionic liquids
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Department of Physic, Universit della Calabria, via Pietro Bucci, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende, Italy
Interests: hydrogen; methane; CCS; porous materials; nanostructure; energy conversion and storage; 2D materials; self-assembled monolayer
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is intended to present studies on the preparation and characterization of controlled functionalized porous materials with tailored properties that can be used in different applications. The functionalization of porous silica materials has been used to tune their physical and chemical properties for different applications, such as drug carriers, gas storage materials, water pollutants adsorbents, or asphalt modifiers. The present Special Issue aims to gather some of the current challenging research explorations in the use of different functional groups, the presence of organic groups within the pores or the amount of a certain functional group which will be attached at the material surface by one or another functionalization procedure, and how all these separate or combined effects will merge together to promote the resulting material for a certain application. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: the preparation of functionalized porous materials via co-condensation or post-grafting methods; the structural and morphological characterization of these materials with tailored properties; functionalized silica materials for hydrogen, methane, or carbon dioxide storage; functionalized porous silica materials as drug carriers; functionalized mesoporous silica materials used for the removal of dyes, heavy metals, or other pollutants from waste water; and functionalized silica materials used as an asphalt modifier.

Dr. Ana-Maria Putz
Dr. Alfonso Policicchio
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • functionalized silica materials
  • co-condensation
  • post-grafting
  • drug loading
  • gas adsorption
  • pollutant removal

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