Special Issue "Advances in Functional Hybrid Materials"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Silvia Gross
ISTM-CNR, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università degli Studi di Padova, via Marzolo, 1, 35131- Padova, Italy
E-Mail: silvia.gross@unipd.it
Phone: +39 049 8275736
Fax: +39 049 8275161
Interests: oxoclusters; miniemulsion; wet-chemistry inorganic synthesis; organic-inorganic hybrid materials; colloids; metal oxides; metal sulphides; functional inorganic materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As witnessed by the publication, in the last 20 years, of over 10.000 papers on this wide class of materials, the filing of about 500 patents (source: SciFinder), four dedicated textbooks, several thematic sessions at international conferences and dedicated specialized conferences, organic-inorganic hybrid materials have attracted, in the last decades, a sharply increasing interest, from both the scientific and the technological point of view. The manifold and exciting properties of functional organic-inorganic hybrid materials have to be traced back to the intimate merging, often mediated by the formation of strong chemical bonds, between inorganic and organic building blocks, whose i) chemical nature, ii) structure iii) molar ratios and iv) mutual arrangement of building blocks do remarkably affect the final properties of the resulting materials. Despite the ongoing interest, hybrid materials still present unexplored and challenging issues, deriving from compositional and structural variability. In this framework, the tailoring of their features to achieve enhanced functional (i.e. magnetic, electrical, optical, electrochemical, catalytic, biological etc.) properties represents an intriguing challenge for scientists. In particular, molecularly homogeneous hybrid materials characterized by the formation of strong chemical bonds between the components disclose interesting perspectives in the achievements of new and improved functional performances.
This special issue of Materials will be focused i) on the design and optimization of original synthetic routes for functional inorganic-organic hybrid materials endowed with enhanced functional properties and ii) on their manifold applications. It will further center on the elucidation of structure-property relationships, as well as on the control of organic/inorganic interfaces and on the organization of hybrid building blocks on the micro- and macroscopic scale.

Dr. Silvia Gross
Guest Editor


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  • organic-inorganic hybrid materials
  • synthesis routes
  • wet chemistry
  • soft chemistry
  • sol-gel
  • polymerization
  • building blocks
  • hierarchical Organization
  • silica-based hybrid Materials
  • porous Structures
  • functional properties

Published Papers (5 papers)

Materials 2014, 7(4), 2978-3001; doi:10.3390/ma7042978
Received: 13 February 2014; in revised form: 19 March 2014 / Accepted: 25 March 2014 / Published: 11 April 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(4), 2890-2912; doi:10.3390/ma7042890
Received: 29 December 2013; in revised form: 20 March 2014 / Accepted: 25 March 2014 / Published: 10 April 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(4), 2697-2746; doi:10.3390/ma7042697
Received: 30 December 2013; in revised form: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 24 March 2014 / Published: 31 March 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(2), 751-768; doi:10.3390/ma7020751
Received: 23 December 2013; in revised form: 21 January 2014 / Accepted: 22 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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Materials 2013, 6(12), 5602-5612; doi:10.3390/ma6125602
Received: 3 November 2013; in revised form: 12 November 2013 / Accepted: 25 November 2013 / Published: 2 December 2013
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Last update: 10 April 2013

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