Special Issue "Soft and Nanostructured Materials for Energy Conversion"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.
Interests: electrochemistry; electrochemical energy conversion and sensors; anodic alumina film and membranes; chitosan membranes; conducting polymers; functional and composite materials; fuel cell; zn air battery; electrodeposition; nanomaterials; oxygen reduction electrocatalysis
This Special Issue on “Soft and Nanostructured Materials for Energy Conversion” will address advances in both experimental and theoretical aspects of the synthesis, processing, fabrication, characterization, properties of soft nanomaterials for possible application in energy conversion.
Soft nanostructured materials are a particular category of flexible bulk matter that shows rich dynamics and self-assembly behavior . Many examples of soft materials can be found in polymers, liquid crystals, gels, self-assemblies, membranes, thin films, composites, biomaterials etc.
In recent decades, several novel methods to synthesize nanostructured materials such as nanoparticles, quantum dots, nanotubes, nanofilms, and nanowires have been developed following the capability of nanostructuring to introduce in the matter novel functionalities due to the unique combination of the structure and the mode of bonding (i.e., superplasticity of carbon nanotubes, energy harvesting of nanowires). The connections between soft materials and nanostructuring result in amazing possibilities for scientific research and future applications of these materials.
Some examples can be found in carbon nanotubes and 2D soft nanomaterials, including graphene, 2D polymers, covalent organic frameworks, and 2D supramolecular organic nanostructures, with an easy structural control and flexibility that are particularly advantageous for energy storage and conversion . Another successful example can be found in polymer composites with nanowire, nanotube architecture, and graphene for application in flexible electronics and batteries.
This Focus Issue collects papers from research groups with diverse backgrounds in soft materials and nanomaterials to discuss all aspects of such research. Both original research and comprehensive review papers are solicited on all types of soft nanomaterials with possible or experimented application in energy conversion.
Prof. Dr. Patrizia Bocchetta
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- Carbon nanotubes
- Soft materials
- Soft energy conversion