Special Issue "From Functional to Smart Nanomaterials: Advances in Design and Diagnostics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Alexander A. Guda
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Guest Editor
The Smart Materials Research Institute, Southern Federal University, Sladkova 178/24, 344090, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Interests: X-ray absorption spectroscopy; operando diagnostics; DFT simulations; machine learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Breakthroughs in innovations for our everyday life are intimately related to advances in functional and smart nanomaterials. Novel materials are available for industry implementation in the fields of fast rechargeable Li-ion batteries, transparent and stretchable optoelectronics, efficient and low-cost catalysts, targeted drug-delivery carriers, precise chemo- and biosensors, and lightweight and durable mechanics. This Special Issue will focus on the rational design of materials with functional properties and those that can be tuned by external stimuli. Rational design implies a deep understanding between the structure and properties of a material. We invite authors to contribute research articles that present successful examples of establishing structure–property relationships for functional and smart nanomaterials, including in silico materials design, synthesis and in situ characterization, operando spectroscopy diagnostics, X-ray and electron nano-imaging, and the application of statistical and machine learning approaches for synthesis and characterization.

Dr. Alexander A. Guda
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • operando spectroscopy
  • DFT simulations
  • multiscale computer modeling
  • smart materials
  • functional materials
  • directed synthesis
  • machine learning
  • X-ray and electron nano-imaging
  • rational design

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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