Special Issue "Advances in Functional Soft Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Hyung-Jun Koo
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Guest Editor
Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul, South Korea
Interests: polymers; hydrogels; liquid metals; sensors; solar cells; capacitors; colloid assembly

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soft materials are a condensed matter that can be deformed or reshaped, generally at room temperature. The range of soft materials is very broad. Some of the most important examples include polymers, gels, elastomers, colloids, liquid metals, and biomaterials, such as proteins and cells. Compared with hard materials, soft materials can have advantageous properties in terms of flexibility, moldability, processability, cost-effectiveness, biocompatibility, etc. Soft materials have actively been adopted to numerous applications, ranging from cosmetics, food products, and packaging materials to energy devices, robotics, and biomedical applications. As interest in wearable/biocompatible devices increases, soft materials are attracting more and more attention. Recently, many efforts have been made to develop functional soft materials with a wide variety of functionalities, for example, stretchability, biodegradability, self-healing properties, stimuli-responsiveness, and so on.

In this Special Issue, recent trends and developments in technologies related to functional soft materials will be highlighted and discussed. This Special Issue will cover, but will not be limited to, the following topics:

- Synthesis and characterization of soft materials with new functionality;
- Electronic devices;
- Sensors;
- Soft robotics;
- Energy devices;
- Biomedical applications

It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special issue. Communications, full papers, and reviews are all welcome.

Prof. Dr. Hyung-Jun Koo
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • synthesis and characterization of soft materials with new functionality
  • electronic devices
  • sensors
  • soft robotics
  • energy devices
  • biomedical applications

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Preparation of Porous Carbon Nanofibers with Tailored Porosity for Electrochemical Capacitor Electrodes
Materials 2020, 13(3), 729; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13030729 - 05 Feb 2020
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Porous carbon electrodes that accumulate charges at the electrode/electrolyte interface have been extensively investigated for use as electrochemical capacitor (EC) electrodes because of their great attributes for driving high-performance energy storage. Here, we report porous carbon nanofibers (p-CNFs) for EC electrodes made by [...] Read more.
Porous carbon electrodes that accumulate charges at the electrode/electrolyte interface have been extensively investigated for use as electrochemical capacitor (EC) electrodes because of their great attributes for driving high-performance energy storage. Here, we report porous carbon nanofibers (p-CNFs) for EC electrodes made by the formation of a composite of monodisperse silica nanoparticles and polyacrylonitrile (PAN), oxidation/carbonization of the composite, and then silica etching. The pore features are controlled by changing the weight ratio of PAN to silica nanoparticles. The electrochemical performances of p-CNF as an electrode are estimated by measuring cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge/discharge. Particularly, the p-CNF electrode shows exceptional areal capacitance (13 mF cm−2 at a current of 0.5 mA cm−2), good rate-retention capability (~98% retention of low-current capacitance), and long-term cycle stability for at least 5000 charge/discharge cycles. Based on the results, we believe that this electrode has potential for use as high-performance EC electrodes. Full article
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