Special Issue "New Insight into Design and Properties of Nanomaterials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Sergei A. Kulinich
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Research Institute of Science and Technology, Tokai University, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan
Interests: Superhydrophobicity; hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces; ice-phobicity; anti-icing; hydrophilicity; laser ablation in liquid; nanomaterials and their characterization; thin films and coatings; anticorrosive coatings on aluminum; conversion coatings on aluminum; chemiresistive gas sensors; semiconductor nanoparticles
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Assoc. Prof. Valery A. Svetlichnyi
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Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Technology, Siberian Physical-Technical Institute, Tomsk State University, Tomsk 634050, Russia
Interests: Hight-power laser excitation; pulsed laser ablation; laser spectroscopy; nonlinear optics of dyes and crystals; synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials; photocatalisys; biomedical applications of nanoparticles; surfase and sensoric properties of nanostructures
Assoc. Prof. Neli Mintcheva
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, University of Mining and Geology, Sofia 1700, Bulgaria
Interests: Photocatalysis; semiconductor nanomaterials and their characterization; laser ablation in liquid; metallic nanoparticles; waste water treatment; wet chemistry synthesis; coordination compounds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanomaterials comprise a large part of recent research and are milestones of nanoscience and nanotechnology. They have a broad area of development which never stops growing. Their impact on modern industry is huge, also boosting both academia and education. Thus synthesis of novel nanomaterials, aiming at new potential applications, is a fundamental part of development of high-tech industry and implementation of scientific achievements in our daily life.

The goal of the current Special Issue on New Insights into Design and Properties of Nanomaterials is to attract manuscripts that present state-of-the-art studies on preparation of novel nanomaterials with a wide range of applications, from optics and optoelectronics, to photovoltaics, catalysis, sensing, biomedicine and so on. We also welcome reports on new, or modified, approaches that lead to new nanomaterials with enhanced properties, as well as on new techniques that help to achieve such nanomaterials.

The articles will cover new approaches to preparation and characterization which permit to smoothen the route from design to realization of nanostructures with properties highly anticipated for various applications. Alghough all reports about nanomaterials prepared by means of physical, chemical and even biological processes are appreciated as contributions, special attention will be paid to products prepared via environment-friendly and reagent-saving methods. Experimental and computational studies that reveal the relationship between structure and properties, and then demonstrate synthesis of nanomaterials with desired structure and properties, are especially welcome.

In addition to more conventional inorganic nanomaterials, research on directed synthesis of molecular nanostructures (such as supramolecular assemblies, molecular frameworks, etc.) is also expected to enrich the content of this issue. Besides, understanding of how the use of molecular precursors may govern composition, morphology, and surface chemistry of nanomaterials will also meet the objectives of this project.

In summary, this Special Issue welcomes communications, full papers and reviews from all researchers working on novel nanomaterials, from their design to synthesis, characterization, and applications.

Prof. Sergei A. Kulinich
Assoc. Prof. Valery A. Svetlichnyi
Assoc. Prof. Neli Mintcheva
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Novel nanomaterials
  • Molecular nanostructures
  • Physical, chemical, and biological methods for nanomaterial preparation
  • Optical, photovoltaic, catalytic, sensing, antibacterial properties
  • Structure-properties relationship

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Preparation and Photocatalytic Properties of CdS and ZnS Nanomaterials Derived from Metal Xanthate
Materials 2019, 12(20), 3313; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12203313 - 11 Oct 2019
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In this paper, we report a new, simple method for the synthesis of CdS and ZnS nanoparticles (NPs) prepared in a basic aqueous medium using metal xanthate as the sulfur source. The structure, morphology, size distribution, optical band gap, and photocatalytic properties of [...] Read more.
In this paper, we report a new, simple method for the synthesis of CdS and ZnS nanoparticles (NPs) prepared in a basic aqueous medium using metal xanthate as the sulfur source. The structure, morphology, size distribution, optical band gap, and photocatalytic properties of the newly obtained nanomaterials were investigated by UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that both CdS and ZnS crystallized in cubic phase and formed NPs with average sizes of 7.0 and 4.2 nm for CdS and ZnS, respectively. A blue shift of UV-Vis absorbance band and higher energy band gap values were observed for both materials in comparison with their bulk counterparts, which is in accordance with the quantum confinement effect. The as-prepared nanomaterials were tested in visible-light driven photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue (MB). After irradiation for 180 min, the degradation rate of MB with a concentration of 8 × 10−6 mol/L mixed with a photocatalyst (CdS or ZnS, both 10 mg in 100 mL solution of MB) was found to be 72% and 61%, respectively. The CdS NPs showed better photocatalytic activity than ZnS, which could be explained by their lower energy band gap and thus the ability to absorb light more efficiently when activated by visible-light irradiation. Full article
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Laser Synthesis of Iridium Nanospheres for Overall Water Splitting
Materials 2019, 12(18), 3028; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12183028 - 18 Sep 2019
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Engineering surface structure of catalysts is an efficient way towards high catalytic performance. Here, we report on the synthesis of regular iridium nanospheres (Ir NSs), with abundant atomic steps prepared by a laser ablation technique. Atomic steps, consisting of one-atom level covering the [...] Read more.
Engineering surface structure of catalysts is an efficient way towards high catalytic performance. Here, we report on the synthesis of regular iridium nanospheres (Ir NSs), with abundant atomic steps prepared by a laser ablation technique. Atomic steps, consisting of one-atom level covering the surface of such Ir NSs, were observed by aberration-corrected high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM). The prepared Ir NSs exhibited remarkably enhanced activity both for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in acidic medium. As a bifunctional catalyst for overall water splitting, they achieved a cell voltage of 1.535 V @ 10 mA/cm2, which is much lower than that of Pt/C-Ir/C couple (1.630 V @ 10 mA/cm2). Full article
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