Special Issue "Functional Carbon-based Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Hyungwoo Kim
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Guest Editor
School of Polymer Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University
Interests: Polymer synthesis, Functional polymers, Hydrogels, Imaging agents
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Prof. Doojin Lee
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Guest Editor
School of Polymer Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University
Interests: smart composites; nanocomposites; polymer processing and rheology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With an increasing interest in functional carbon-based nanomaterials and their applications, there has been a growing demand for the design and fabrication of more advanced functional nanocomposites. Considerable progress has been made over the past decade in the development of highly functional carbon-based nanocomposites owing to their unique and excellent features, which have opened a venue for the application of new nanomaterials into diverse areas such as biomimetics, catalysis, sensing, electronics, energy storage, and mass transport.

Carbon-based nanomaterials have numerous merits, including a large specific surface area, low density, high mechanical strength, and characteristic 3D structure, and can be widely functionalized through various chemical routes, which makes them a key component for the development of novel functional nanocomposites. The composites are now of considerable significance to explore advanced applications, which requires not only a fundamental study about the materials but also in-depth understanding of the structure–property relationship.

This Special Issue covers general topics on functional carbon-based nanomaterials and nanocomposites. The scope of this issue can be expanded from the synthesis and design of functional carbon-based nanomaterials to the fabrication and application of nanocomposites, which would benefit academia and industry as well. Interdisciplinary approaches are also much welcomed. The issue will publish full research papers, communications, and reviews.

We anticipate that this Special Issue could serve as a certain guiding role for the study of functional carbon-based nanomaterials or nanocomposites and stimulate a broader range of studies as well, leading to significant progress in this area.

Prof. Hyungwoo Kim
Prof. Doojin Lee
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanocomposites
  • Carbon
  • High-performance composites
  • Functional materials

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One-Pot Decoration of Cupric Oxide on Activated Carbon Fibers Mediated by Polydopamine for Bacterial Growth Inhibition
Materials 2020, 13(5), 1158; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13051158 - 05 Mar 2020
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Despite the widespread application of activated carbon fiber (ACF) filters in air cleaning owing to their high surface area and low price, they have certain limitations in that they facilitate bacterial growth upon prolonged use as ACF filters can provide favorable conditions for [...] Read more.
Despite the widespread application of activated carbon fiber (ACF) filters in air cleaning owing to their high surface area and low price, they have certain limitations in that they facilitate bacterial growth upon prolonged use as ACF filters can provide favorable conditions for bacterial survival. The deposition of cupric oxide (CuO) on ACFs can be an effective way of resolving this problem because CuO can inhibit the proliferation of bacteria owing to its antimicrobial properties. However, finding a new method that allows the simple and uniform coating of CuO on ACF filters is challenging. Here, we demonstrate one-pot CuO deposition mediated by polydopamine (PD) to realize an ACF filter with antimicrobial activity. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses reveal that CuO and PD are uniformly deposited on the ACF surface. The amount of CuO formed on the ACFs is measured by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Finally, the changes in surface area, pressure drop, and antimicrobial activity after coating PD-CuO on the ACFs are evaluated. The use of PD-CuO on the ACFs effectively suppresses the growth of bacteria and enhances the mechanical properties without significantly sacrificing the original characteristics of the ACF filter. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

(1) Recent Progress on Molecular Photoacoustic Imaging with Carbon-Based Nanocomposites

Hea Ji Kim,a Suhyeon Park,b Changho Lee,b,c and Hyungwoo Kima

a School of Polymer Science and Engineering & Alan G. MacDiarmid Energy Research Institute, Chonnam National University, 77 Yongbong-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju 61186, Korea

b Interdisciplinary Program of Molecular Medicine, Chonnam National University, 77 Yongbong-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju 61186, Korea

c Department of Nuclear Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School & Hwasun Hospital, 264, Seoyang-ro, Hwasun-eup, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do 58128, Korea

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