Special Issue "Lanthanide-Based Multifunctional Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
This Special Issue aims to address both scientists working in the field of lanthanide-based compounds and materials, as well as researchers whose field of interest is mainly multifunctional materials.
Multifunctional materials research is a new emerging and ever growing section in the field of applied materials science. As in every new research area, the exact definition and nomenclature is still a subject of discussion, however, the scientific community roughly settled with the following definition: Multifunctional Materials (MFM) form part of the broader group of Multifunctional Materials Systems (MFMS). Apart from the former, the latter also includes Multifunctional Composites (MFC) and Multifunctional Structures (MFS). The differences between the subgroups lie within the level homogeneity. MFMs are single materials, consisting of one or more compounds joined or mixed together indistinguishably. These include inorganic and organic compounds, as well as compounds formed by one or more molecules, ions, frameworks or metals. All of those, however, have in common to be able to have multiple functions on molecular or nanoscale level. Examples can be carbon nanotube-based materials, which fulfil the function of a battery and that of a flexible polymer, or a pharmaceutical compound, which fulfils the role an API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) but also of a carrier molecule for other APIs. One can imagine a very extensive list of novel materials with a very useful set of combined physical or chemical properties. Whereas the main focus in recent reviews about MFMs was the actual definition of the field and the exploration of its potential, this Special Issue will exploit and evidence the importance and immense potential of lanthanide-based compounds in the world of MFMs. Many scientists working in the field of lanthanide chemistry and lanthanide-based materials science might not even be aware that actual multi-functional materials have been synthesized in their research group in the past. Reasons for this lie in the unique and cross-disciplinary properties of the lanthanide elements. The same lanthanide ion may not only be used to form highly porous molecular frameworks, the same framework material might also exhibit unique magnetic or fluorescence properties.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Baisch
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- Rare Earths
- Multifunctional Materials
- Crystal Engineering
- Metal-Organic Frameworks
- Coordination Polymers
- Composite materials
- Coordination Chemistry