Special Issue "Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mariusz Barczak
Guest Editor
Institute of chemical Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland
Interests: use of adsorption processes for water remediation, particularly removal of emerging pollutants from waters and wastewaters; synthesis and characterization of nanostructured porous materials; tailored surface functionalization for specific applications; fabrication of magnetic hydrogels for biomedical applications; sol–gel method
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Dr. Dimitrios Giannakoudakis
Guest Editor
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Interests: physicochemical, structural, optical, and surface chemistry features of nanostructured materials; photocatalysis; mechanochemistry; ultrasound; sonophotochemistry; interfacial phenomena in catalysis; detoxification of toxic vapors; biomass valorization; selective oxidation processes; adsorptive air and water remediation; materials chemistry; MOFs and metal oxides nanocomposites; activated carbons; graphite/graphite oxide; graphitic carbon nitride polymer; semiconductors nanocatalysts; carbon quantum dots
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Dr. Maximilian O. Besenhard
Guest Editor
Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London, London, United Kingdom
Interests: nanoparticle synthesis; nanomaterial characterization; iron oxide and noble metal nanoparticles; chemical and pharmaceutical engineering; crystallization; particle technology; online characterization and process control; flow chemistry; process analytical technology; big and multivariate data analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

New generations of hybrid nanomaterials and nanocomposites with enhanced performance and tailorable properties are finding increasing application in many areas, including environmental protection, biomedicine, sensing, catalysis, or multifunctional protective coatings. Apart from traditional synthetic processes, like the sol–gel method, there are nowadays a plethora of other more novel and advantageous bottom-up approaches that lead to the formation of hybrid nanomaterials. The precise characterization of their structural, morphological, and physicochemical features, as well as of their surface chemistry, is of paramount importance, since the properties to performance and cost correlation determine the possible practical applications in abovementioned areas. Organically modified silicates (ORMOSILS), metal–organic frameworks (MOF), or periodic mesoporous organosilicas (PMO) can be assumed among the most characteristic examples of hybrid nanomaterials of great scientific interest. The wide range of potential applications of hybrid nanomaterials in many well-established and emerging fields has intensified the research effort to achieve highly controlled synthesis in order to meet the required demands.

It is our pleasure to invite you to publish your work in this Special Issue of Materials entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites” in the form of full articles, communications, or reviews. The aim of this Special Issue is to gather articles describing new concepts related to the synthesis, functionalization, characterization, and application of different classes of hybrid nanomaterials.

Dr. Mariusz Barczak
Dr. Dimitrios Giannakoudakis
Dr. Maximilian O. Besenhard
Guest Editors

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  • hybrid materials
  • nanomaterials
  • nanocomposites
  • sol–gel method
  • porous materials
  • functionalization
  • multifunctional hybrids
  • characterization techniques

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Preparation and Characterization of Novel Mixed Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica Nanoparticles
Materials 2020, 13(7), 1569; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071569 - 28 Mar 2020
We report herein the preparation of mixed periodic mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (E-Pn 75/25 and 90/10 PMO NPs) by sol-gel co-condensation of E-1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethylene ((E)-BTSE or E) with previously synthesized disilylated tert-butyl 3,5-dialkoxybenzoates bearing either sulfide (precursor P1 [...] Read more.
We report herein the preparation of mixed periodic mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (E-Pn 75/25 and 90/10 PMO NPs) by sol-gel co-condensation of E-1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethylene ((E)-BTSE or E) with previously synthesized disilylated tert-butyl 3,5-dialkoxybenzoates bearing either sulfide (precursor P1) or carbamate (precursor P2) functionalities in the linker. The syntheses were performed with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as template in the presence of sodium hydroxide in water at 80 °C. The nanomaterials have been characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), nitrogen-sorption measurements (BET), Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), zeta-potential, Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), FTIR, 13C CP MAS NMR and small angle X-ray diffraction (p-XRD). All the nanomaterials were obtained as mesoporous rodlike-shape nanoparticles. Remarkably, E-Pn 90/10 PMO NPs presented high specific surface areas ranging from 700 to 970 m2g−1, comparable or even higher than pure E PMO nanorods. Moreover, XRD analyses showed an organized porosity for E-P1 90/10 PMO NPs typical for a hexagonal 2D symmetry. The other materials showed a worm-like mesoporosity. Full article
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