Special Issue "Nanoarchitectonics: A New Paradigm for Materials Science with Nanotechnology"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Katsuhiko Ariga
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Guest Editor
World Premier International Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI‐MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1‐1, Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305‐0044 Japan.
Interests: supramolecular chemistry; surface science; thin films; molecular recognition; self-assembly; nanoarchitectonics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To meet social demands in contemporary social communities, including the production of goods, environmental protection and remediation, energy creation and storage, integrated information conversion, and biological and biomedical treatments require both (i) synthesis of functional materials by organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials science, and supramolecular chemistry and (ii) precise fabrications by micro- and nanotechnology. So far, these efforts have been made rather separately. In order to promote science and technology with the combined efforts of these scientific and technological fields, a new paradigm to assemble these interdisciplinary fields is necessary. This can be satisfied with an emerging research concept, nanoarchitectonics. The nanoarchitectonics concept couples nanotechnology with various research fields, including materials science, supramolecular chemistry, and bio-related sciences, to logically create functional materials from nanoscale units. In nanoarchitectonics approaches, several actions and processes, including regulation of atomic/molecular manipulation, chemical materials modification, control of physicochemical interactions, self-assembly/self-organization, application of external physical stimuli, and biological processes, are combined with rational selection to create functional materials, where interactions, thermal fluctuations, and statistic uncertainties can be harmonized. Because the nanoarchitectonics concept has conceptual generality, it can be applied to a wide range of research fields, including materials synthesis, structural fabrications, sensing, catalysts, environmental remediation, energy production and storages, device fabrications, and biological/biomedical treatments. Reconsideration of these materials sciences with the emerging concept, nanoarchitectonics, would promote understanding the total progresses of the related fields and discovering novel insights between interdisciplinary research fields.

In this Special Issue, this research paradigm shift will be activated through a collection of papers with a novel term, nanoarchitectonics, in the paper title. Because the nanoarchitectonics concept has an adjustable and adaptable nature, the authors of this issue may imagine and create their own thoughts on nanoarchitectonics. Research articles, review articles, and communications relating to theory, simulation, processes, properties, and applications of nanoarchitectonics are all invited for this Special Issue.

Prof. Katsuhiko Ariga
Guest Editor

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  • nanoarchitectonics
  • self-assembly
  • nanomaterials
  • functional materials

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