Special Issue "Sol-Gel-Derived Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, sol–gel technology has attracted a research community working in all the facets of materials sciences, including optics, electronics, catalysis, mechanics, pharmacy, and medicine. Hence, in these few decades, advanced sol–gel processes have enabled the preparation of new functional materials, even those unreachable through other technologies.
First of all, the passage through a controllable porous state is at the origin of important advantages of sol–gel materials. The porous texture and large surface areas associated with aerogels, and even xerogels, has been essential to the development of catalysts, to the control of the entrapment and release of drugs or biomolecules, and for obtaining homogeneously doped glasses that are usable in fiber optics devices. Second, the polymeric nature of the chemical bonds involved in the gelation transitions allows the association, at low temperature, of organic and inorganic species that can be combined in hybrid materials. Moreover, progress in the chemistry of metal alkoxide precursors makes it possible to produce high-purity materials that radically improve the optical quality of sol–gel-derived glasses and ceramics, for example.
Of course, sol–gel processes are now used to obtain different shapes of advanced materials, such as powders, thin films, fibers, porous monoliths, dense glasses, or ceramics for a wide range of applications. Furthermore, new potential applications are continuously emerging in all of these domains. I kindly invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue, which is devoted to the development of sol–gel materials and to their applications in various areas. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.
Prof. Bruno Capoen
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- sol–gel material
- thin films