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Special Issue "Semiconductor Nanowire Devices and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Francesco Rossella

NEST, Scuola Normale Superuire and Istituto Nanoscienze-CNR, Piazza S Silvestro 12, I-56127 Pisa, Italy
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Interests: III-V semiconductor nanowires; nanowire devices and applications; transport phenomena at the nanoscale
Guest Editor
Prof. Giovanni Pennelli

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Università di Pisa, Via Caruso 16, I-56122 Pisa, Italy
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Interests: Thermoelectric devices; silicon nanostructures for thermoelectricity; Silicon nanowire devices
Guest Editor
Prof. Antonio Polimeni

Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma
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Interests: nanostructured materials (quantum dots, nanowires, 2D crystals), optical properties, hydrogen in semiconductors, optoelectronic devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue of Materials focuses on semiconductor nanowires, hosting a manuscripts collection on different aspects of nanowire physics and technology.

The unique properties of nanowires, including large aspect ratio and surface area, strain relaxation allowing for uncharted material combinations, crystal phase engineering and facile quantum confinement, make these nanomaterials of rising interests for applications.

Semiconductor nanowires bear in fact enormous potential as building blocks for next generation devices in different fields including electronics, optoelectronics, energy harvesting and sensing at the nanoscale.
Nanowire researchers are invited to contribute with original research paper as well as review-style articles on technological and scientific aspects - both experimental and theoretical - of semiconductor nanowires.
Main topics include:

nanowire synthesis and growth modeling;
advanced microscopies/spectroscopies;
study of structure-properties relation;

phonon engineering;
electronic and optoelectronic devices;

gated devices based on nanowires;

transport phenomena;
sensing and chem-FETs.

Dr. Francesco Rossella
Prof. Giovanni Pennelli
Prof. Antonio Polimeni
Guest Editors

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  • Nanowire synthesis
  • Nanowire Growth modeling
  • Advanced spectroscopy and microscopy techniques
  • Structure-properties relation
  • Phonon engineering
  • Nanowire electronics and optoelectronics
  • gated devices based on nanowires
  • sensing applications
  • nanowire chem-FETs
  • nanowire-based hybrid systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

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. Strong Modulations of Optical Reflectance in Tapered Core-shell Nanowires

F. Floris1, L. Fornasari2, V. Bellani2, A. Marini3, F. Banfi4, D. Ercolani5, F. Beltram5, L. Sorba5 and F. Rossella5


1 Tyndall National Institute - University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

2 Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Pavia, Pavia, Italy

3 Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy

4 Universitė de Lyon, Institut Lumière Matière (iLM), Université Lyon 1 and CNRS, Lyon, France

5 NEST, Scuola Normale Superiore and Istituto Nanoscienze-CNR, Pisa, Italy


Random assemblies of vertically aligned tapered core-shell nanowires display an optical response dominated by angular dependent oscillations of the reflected light. Angle-resolved specular reflectance measurements show the occurrence of periodic modulations in the polarization-resolved spectra of reflected light for a surprisingly wide range of incident angles. Numerical simulations allow us to identify the geometrical features of the core-shell nanowires leading to the observed oscillatory effects. Our results suggest that randomly displaced ensembles of nanoscale heterostructures made of III-V semiconductors can operate as optical metamirrors for sensing applications.


2. Large Collections of Silicon Nanowires for the Exploitation of Silicon as Thermoelectric Material

Giovanni Pennelli, Elisabetta Dimaggio
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Universita’ di Pisa
Via Caruso 16, I-56122, PISA, Italy

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