Special Issue "Functional Semiconducting Nanomaterials for Sustainable Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 June 2023) | Viewed by 2969
Interests: in situ TEM; lithium ion battery; energy storage; low-carbon catalysis
Our society faces many challenges in the fields of energy, environment, health, etc. How to realize sustainable development is very important for tackling these issues. Nowadays, innovation and development in advanced materials, especially functional semiconducting nanomaterials, have played an important role in addressing these problems and achieving a sustainable society. First of all, for clean, renewable energy harvest, storage, and utilization, semiconducting nanomaterials have exhibited substantial importance. Many cutting-edge photocatalysts have been found that can effectively produce hydrogen and other fuels under solar irradiation, including g-C3N4, ZnO, TiO2, WO3, etc. Compound semiconductor nanomaterials, such as metal dichalcogenides, phosphides, and oxides, can be used for efficient electrochemical/photophysical energy storage and conversion. In terms of environmental protection, semiconductor nanomaterials can be used to capture and catalytically decompose pollutants in air and water. Moreover, the quick development of nanomedicine has also aroused intense interest in the use of semiconductor nanomaterials with novel optical, photochemical, and photophysical properties for health-related outcomes, such as anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, bioimaging, etc. It is clear that the emerging functional semiconducting nanomaterials will provide powerful tools to study and understand nature at a new, in-depth level, and will solve the challenges we are facing in the energy, environment, and health fields, which are critical for realizing sustainable development. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fabrications of semiconducting nanomaterials.
- Luminance, electrical, and chemical properties of semiconducting nanomaterials.
- Water splitting.
- Photothermal conversions.
- Solar cells.
- Hydrogen production, storage, and utilization.
- Pollutant removal and treatment.
- Photodynamic therapy.
- Drug delivery.
Prof. Dr. Xi Wang
Prof. Dr. Qunhong Weng
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