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Special Issue "Green Chemistry - both precursors and processes - to Hierarchical Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2017).
Interests: hierarchical materials, porous carbons, deep eutectic solvents, super capacitor cells
Assembling nanoparticles into hierarchical porous materials is challenging because the resulting materials would offer a desirable combination of a high internal reactive surface area and straightforward molecular transport through broad “highways” leading to such a surface, which is of special relevance to any of the above applications. Therefore, materials chemists should be able, not only to make nanostructures of any size and shape, but also to assemble them in any form and to control their final structure at different space levels (e.g., hierarchically organized) so that their chemical natures and dimensions ensure accessibility to the inner interfaces.
In materials science and from a green chemistry point of view, progress in the preparation of advanced materials with controlled structure and/or unprecedented functionality de- pends largely on the core competence of materials chemists to design and develop new synthetic strategies that, at any stage of the synthesis, limit the use of chemical reagents—e.g., reducing and/or cross-linking agents, solvents or surfactants, among others—that may eventually be difficult to eliminate from the reaction batch. This issue has, lately, attracted a great deal of attention for preparation of nanoparticles and nanocomposites, useful in catalysis/biocatalysis and biomedicine. It is worth noting that the absence of undesired byproducts can be of help in either reducing nanoparticles poisoning in catalytic/biocatalytic reactions or preventing denaturation of biological entities (due to biocompatibility enhancement) in biomedical applications.
Moreover, besides the utilization of environmentally benign chemicals and solvents, the in situ preparation of nanocomposites into the required hierarchical structure (e.g., spheres, nanospheres, capsules, or scaffolds, among others) is another key issue that merits important consideration. This is because the reduction or full elimination of processing steps that may eventually give rise to contamination can also be of help for the final performance of any catalytic or biomedical device.
Based on this, the current Special Issue will include papers dealing with the “Application of Green Chemistry for the Design of Precursors and Processes of Potential Interest for the Preparation of Hierarchically Organized Materials”.
Dr. Francisco del Monte
Dr. María Concepción Gutiérrez
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- green chemistry
- sustainable reagents and processes
- hierarchical materials
- porous materials