Special Issue "Sol-Gel Synthesis of Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 7867
Interests: sol–gel synthesis; multifunctional metal oxides; optical materials; bioceramic materials; nanomaterials; conservation chemistry
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Over the last few decades, the sol-gel techniques have been used to prepare a variety of mixed-metal oxides, nanomaterials and nanoscale architectures, nanoporous oxides, organic-inorganic hybrids. These materials now represent one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the world. One challenge for the high end of the market is the development of alternative synthesis technologies that are not just “greener” but provide environmentally benign processes. It is well known also that physical properties of crystalline materials are strongly dependent on the phase purity, grain size and grain size distribution. Therefore, it is also very important to develop simple, reliable and cost-effective synthesis method for the preparation of products with controllable phase purity and surface morphology. Among different synthesis methods, sol–gel processing route is most convenient method because of its simplicity, good mixing of starting materials, relatively low reaction temperature and easy control of chemical composition of the end product. Sol-gel synthesis is utilized to fabricate advanced materials in a wide variety of forms: ultrafine powders, thin film coatings, fibbers, porous or dense materials. The scope of this Special Issue of Materials is focused on the development of sol-gel synthesis technique, and application of sol-gel processing for the fabrication of multifunctional materials, which are important in all industrial areas. The field of the research in the evolution of inorganic networks through the formation of a colloidal suspension (sol) and gelation of the sol to form three-dimensional, continuous network in a liquid phase (gel) is very much appreciated.
Prof. Aivaras Kareiva
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- sol-gel synthesis
- aqueous processing
- metal alkoxides route
- mixed-metal oxides
- organic-inorganic hybrids
- functional materials
- ultrafine powders
- thin/thick films
- porous and dense materials