Special Issue "Functional Amorphous Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.
Interests: mesoporous materials for photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications; drug carriers based on magnetite and layered double hydroxides (LDH); crystallization of amorphous materials by thermal and hydrothermal treatments
The development of amorphous materials with high performances has led to increasing research activity, both theoretical and experimental. The main categories of these materials include metals, thin films, organic and inorganic nonmetallic disordered structures. Their peculiar characteristics, in terms of electric, magnetic, optical and mechanical isotropy, allow their utilization in numerous and advanced applications, such as electro-photography, thin film electronics, solar cells, battery materials, photo-catalysts, optical fibers and many other areas. In relation to the category of the amorphous materials, different methods of synthesis are required, such as chemical precipitation from solution, sol-gel, fast quenching of structurally disordered liquid, gas phase reactions, subliming the gas, usually on a cold substrate, sputtering by bombardment with inert gas ions, implantation of ions into a matrix of the same element, and so on. Each method of preparation determines materials with different properties. In fact, there are no techniques able to measure, at a long range, the intricate details of the structures of amorphous materials. Moreover, theoretical studies furnish sizes of models that are too small to expect bulk properties. A less or more stability of amorphous materials can be determined by their tendency to crystallization adopting different methods such as thermal or hydrothermal treatments, implantation of ions, interaction with radiant energy and so on. To this end, it is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.
Dr. Maria Cristina Mascolo
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- Metallic Glasses
- Thin films
- Inorganic non metallic amorphous materials
- Electric, magnetic, optical and catalytic properties.
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1) Preparation of Ceria-based ceramic electrolytes starting from amorphous carbonate precursors