Special Issue "Nanostructured C-Based Thin Films"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Edvige Celasco
Guest Editor
1. Dipartimento di Fisica Università di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 33, 16146, Italy
2. CNR IMEM Unità Operativa di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 33, 16146, Genova, Italy
Interests: Graphene; Chemical reactivity; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Materials is dedicated to the most recent innovative studies on Carbon-based thin film properties.

The interest of the scientific community in modifying thin films, i.e., after a functionalization step, is finalized to the improvement of their chemical and mechanical characteristics and relative range of applications.

The main topics treated in this Special Issue will be:

  • Thin-film Carbon-based functionalization
  • Chemical reactivity of C-based thin films
  • Graphene properties
  • Graphene oxide and nanoparticles in polymeric materials
  • Sensoristic applications of modified C-based thin films
  • Biophysics applications in nanostructures embedded in C-based thin films
  • Carbon–thin-film interface

Dr. Edvige Celasco
Guest Editor

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  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Reactivity
  • Graphene and Graphene Oxyde
  • Functionalizations
  • Nanostructure in polymeric C-based material
  • Surface modification
  • Sensor
  • Thin film

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Edge Functionalized Graphene Layers for (Ultra) High Exfoliation in Carbon Papers and Aerogels in the Presence of Chitosan
Materials 2020, 13(1), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13010039 - 20 Dec 2019
Ultra-high exfoliation in water of a nanosized graphite (HSAG) was obtained thanks to the synergy between a graphene layer edge functionalized with hydroxy groups and a polymer such as chitosan (CS). The edge functionalization of graphene layers was performed with a serinol derivative [...] Read more.
Ultra-high exfoliation in water of a nanosized graphite (HSAG) was obtained thanks to the synergy between a graphene layer edge functionalized with hydroxy groups and a polymer such as chitosan (CS). The edge functionalization of graphene layers was performed with a serinol derivative containing a pyrrole ring, serinol pyrrole (SP). The adduct between CS and HSAG functionalized with SP was formed simply with a mortar and pestle, then preparing water dispersions stable for months in the presence of acetic acid. Simple casting of such dispersions on a glass support led to carbon papers. Aerogels were prepared through the freeze-dry procedure. Exfoliation was observed in both these families of composites and ultra-high exfoliation was documented in aerogels swollen in water. Carbon papers and aerogels were stable for months in solvents in a wide range of solubility parameter and in a pretty wide range of pH. By considering that a moderately functionalized nanographite was straightforwardly exfoliated in water in the presence of one of the most abundant biobased polymers, the obtained results pave the way for the simple and sustainable preparation of graphene-based nanocomposites. HSAG–SP/CS adducts were characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM and HRTEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. Thermal stability of the composites was studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and their direct electrical conductivity with the four-point probe method. Full article
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Polymorphism of carbonized cellulose nanocrystals

Mattia Bartoli1, Mauro Giorcelli1, Pravin Jagdale2, Massimo Rovere1, Alberto Tagliaferro1,3*, Michael Chae4, David C. Bressler5

Department of applied science and technology, Polytechnic of Turin, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129-Turin, Italy

2Center for sustainable future, Italian Istitute of technology, Via Livorno 60, 10144-Turin, Italy

3Faculty of Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa (ON) Canada

4Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, 410 Ag/For Building, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2P5

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Abstract: Bioderived scaffolds are largely used as template for the synthesis of drugs and materials. Among biomass sources, cellulose has been used as platform for numerous conversions and applications. In this study, we report the use of crystalline nanostructured cellulose (known as cellulose nanocrystals) as feedstock for micro-structured carbon production. Different morphologies were produced according to pyrolytic conditions ranging from sphere, needles and carbon-on-carbon decorated surfaces. All the materials were characterized using spectroscopic techniques (i.e. Raman, FT-IR), FE-SEM and thermogravimetric analysis. Hypothetical reaction pathways were proposed for describing materials shape and properties. In particular, for cellulose nanocrystals, the thermal treatments induced noteworthy electrical properties that could be applied for the production of conductive composites.
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