Special Issue "Transparent (Semi)-Conductors and Optically Tuneable Nanocomposites"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Optics and Photonics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Damien Lenoble
Guest Editor
Director of Materials Research and Technology (MRT) Department, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Interests: materials physics; nanotechnology; semiconductors; electronic devices
Dr. Petru Lunca Popa
Guest Editor
Materials Research and Technology (MRT) Department, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Interests: thin film deposition; nanostructures; material characterization; transparent conductive materials

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The actual tremendous amount of research in the field of the transparent and optically functional materials is triggered by the forefront perspective of an even more connected world relying on the invisible integration of seamless connected and energy-efficient systems into our daily environment. The promises of future disruptive technologies enabling data everywhere and advanced human–machine interaction into a sustainable world rely on progressing advanced materials showing specific functionality (electronics, catalysis, sensing, actuating, etc.) while demonstrating a very tight control of their optical properties. The field of transparent electronics used to consider wide band-gap semiconductors, but recent research has demonstrated that combining transparency (or tunable optical properties) with electric/electronic features embraces a much wider range of materials family ranging from nanoscaled metals to structured nanocomposites. This Special Issue aims at providing a holistic review of recent advances in the field of transparent and optically functional materials for which optical and electronic properties are tightly intricate, triggering fundamental research in new materials family or architecture. This would pave the way towards truly enabled transparent electronic devices and systems. Within the same field of transparent electronics, nanocomposites with controlled levels of scattered light or plasmonics have attracted a lot of interest in electronic, optical, and photocatalytic applications. Those perspectives are also reviewed in this Special Issue of Materials.

Dr. Damien Lenoble
Dr. Petru Lunca Popa
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • semiconductors
  • nanocomposites
  • electronic devices
  • transparent electronics
  • optically functional materials
  • sensors
  • energy
  • catalysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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