Special Issue "Advances of Atomic Layer Deposition Synthetic Nanostructures"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is an ultrathin film deposition method. This technique permits the deposition of various materials (oxides, nitrides, metals, etc.) with a thickness control on the nanomateric scale, as well as excellent uniformity and conformality.

The aim of this Special Issue is to assemble high quality contributions on the synthesis and modification of nanostructures using ALD. It will deal with the design of new nanostructures by tuning their morphology, geometry, crystallinity, and interfaces. The relation between these parameters and the physical–chemical properties will also be investigated. New applications in different fields, such as health, environment, and renewable energy, will be explored as well.

Relevant contributions related to prospective materials’ design, original materials’ properties, and innovative characterization techniques will also be considered.

Dr. Mikhael Bechelany
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Thin film
  • Nanomaterial
  • Interface
  • Nanostructured material
  • Porous materials
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Membrane

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Palladium/Carbon Nanofibers by Combining Atomic Layer Deposition and Electrospinning for Organic Pollutant Degradation
Materials 2020, 13(8), 1947; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13081947 - 21 Apr 2020
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As organic dyes are a major source of pollution, it is important to develop novel and efficient heterogeneous catalysts with high activity for their degradation. In this work, two innovative techniques, atomic layer deposition and electrospinning, were used to prepare palladium nanoparticles (Pd [...] Read more.
As organic dyes are a major source of pollution, it is important to develop novel and efficient heterogeneous catalysts with high activity for their degradation. In this work, two innovative techniques, atomic layer deposition and electrospinning, were used to prepare palladium nanoparticles (Pd NPs) supported on carbon nanofibers (CNFs). The sample morphology was investigated using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. This showed the presence of nanofibers of several micrometers in length and with a mean diameter of 200 nm. Moreover, the size of the highly dispersed Pd NPs was about 7 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy visually validated the inclusion of metallic Pd. The prepared nano-catalysts were then used to reduce methyl orange (MO) in the presence of sodium borohydride (NaBH4). The Freundlich isotherm model was the most suitable model to explain the adsorption equilibrium for MO onto the Pd/CNF catalysts. Using 5 mL MO dye-solution (0.0305 mM) and 1 mL NaBH4 (0.026 mM), a 98.9% of catalytic activity was achieved in 240 min by 0.01 g of the prepared nano-catalysts Pd/C (0.016 M). Finally, no loss of catalytic activity was observed when such catalysts were used again. These results represent a promising avenue for the degradation of organic pollutants and for heterogeneous catalysis. Full article
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In Situ Microgravimetric Study of Ion Exchanges in the Ternary Cu-In-S System Prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition
Materials 2020, 13(3), 645; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13030645 - 01 Feb 2020
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Reaction mechanisms during the growth of multinary compounds by atomic layer deposition can be complex, especially for sulfide materials. For instance, the deposition of copper indium disulfide (CuInS2) shows a non-direct correlation between the cycle ratio, the growth per cycle of [...] Read more.
Reaction mechanisms during the growth of multinary compounds by atomic layer deposition can be complex, especially for sulfide materials. For instance, the deposition of copper indium disulfide (CuInS2) shows a non-direct correlation between the cycle ratio, the growth per cycle of each binary growth cycles, i.e., CuxS and In2S3, and the film composition. This evidences side reactions that compete with the direct Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) growth reactions and makes the deposition of large films very challenging. To develop a robust upscalable recipe, it is essential to understand the chemical surface reactions. In this study, reaction mechanisms in the Cu-In-S ternary system were investigated in-situ by using a quartz crystal microbalance system to monitor mass variations. Pure binary indium sulfide (In2S3) and copper sulfide (CuxS) thin film depositions on Al2O3 substrate were first studied. Then, precursors were transported to react on CuxS and In2S3 substrates. In this paper, gas-phase ion exchanges are discussed based on the recorded mass variations. A cation exchange between the copper precursor and the In2S3 is highlighted, and a solution to reduce it by controlling the thickness deposited for each stack of binary materials during the CuInS2 deposition is finally proposed. Full article
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Advances in Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Nanolaminate Synthesis of Thermoelectric Films in Porous Templates for Improved Seebeck Coefficient
Materials 2020, 13(6), 1283; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13061283 - 12 Mar 2020
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Thermoelectrics is a green renewable energy technology which can significantly contribute to power generation due to its potential in generating electricity out of waste heat. The main challenge for the development of thermoelectrics is its low conversion efficiency. One key strategy to improve [...] Read more.
Thermoelectrics is a green renewable energy technology which can significantly contribute to power generation due to its potential in generating electricity out of waste heat. The main challenge for the development of thermoelectrics is its low conversion efficiency. One key strategy to improve conversion efficiency is reducing the thermal conductivity of thermoelectric materials. In this paper, the state-of-the-art progresses made in improving thermoelectric materials are reviewed and discussed, focusing on phononic engineering via applying porous templates and ALD deposited nanolaminates structure. The effect of nanolaminates structure and porous templates on Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity, and hence in figure of merit zT of different types of materials system, including PnCs, lead chalcogenide-based nanostructured films on planar and porous templates, ZnO-based superlattice, and hybrid organic-inorganic superlattices, will be reviewed and discussed. Full article
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