Special Issue "Synthesis, Morphology, and Properties of Functional Nanomaterials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Andrey S. Mereshchenko
Guest Editor
Institute of Chemistry, Saint-Petersburg State University, 26 Universitetskii pr., Petergof, St. Petersburg 198504, Russia
Interests: ultrafast spectroscopy; electronic and vibrational spectroscopy; nonadiabatic dynamics; coordination chemistry; transition metal complexes; solution chemistry; luminescent nanomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The properties of nanomaterials are typically determined not only by composition but by the size and morphology of nanoparticles. This feature is used to design materials with specific photoactive, conductive/semiconductive, mechanical, and other properties. Thus, quantum dots are actively utilized as dyes, light-emitting devices, and components of solar cells, where their photoactive properties are controlled by their shape and size. An important branch of engineering is the creation of molecular nanomotors and integrated nanodevices. In microelectronics, the design of nanowires, single-electron transistors, diodes, and other nanoelectronics allows improving the computer performance. This will allow the storage, processing, and transmission of a large amount of information as well as facilitate the development of quantum computers and improvement of neural networks. Moving from technical to chemical–biological applications, nanostructures are in demand for selective catalysis. Functional nanomaterials play an important role in cleaning the environment, and molecular sieves and selective sorbents are widely used for gas separation. Functional nanomaterials have gained great popularity in medicine. Functional nanomaterials are opening up a whole new area of research of molecular design, so it is feasible to assemble new nanostructures that are widely used to study the functions of DNA, RNA, viruses, antibodies, as well as to create biocompatible materials that allow for the accurate delivery of drugs to specific human organs.

This Special Issue, collecting topics from an interdisciplinary viewpoint, is aimed at providing a resourceful background for readers, addressing the design of new functional materials and the devices based on them. Further, authors are encouraged to submit original works on the mechanisms of formation of nanocrystals and the effect of synthesis parameters on the morphology and properties of such materials.

Assoc. Prof. Andrey S. Mereshchenko
Guest Editor

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  • functional nanomaterials
  • nanochemistry
  • nanosized materials
  • quantum dots
  • functional nanomaterials
  • catalysis
  • molecular motors
  • photonics
  • photovoltaics
  • photoactive

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Ultra-Highly Efficient Removal of Methylene Blue Based on Graphene Oxide/TiO2/Bentonite Sponge
Materials 2020, 13(4), 824; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13040824 - 11 Feb 2020
An ultra-highly efficient Graphene Oxide/TiO2/Bentonite (GO/TiO2/Bent) sponge was synthesized using an in situ hydrothermal method. GO/TiO2/Bent sponge with a GO mass concentration of 10% exhibited the highest treatment efficiency of methylene blue (MB), combining adsorption and photocatalytic [...] Read more.
An ultra-highly efficient Graphene Oxide/TiO2/Bentonite (GO/TiO2/Bent) sponge was synthesized using an in situ hydrothermal method. GO/TiO2/Bent sponge with a GO mass concentration of 10% exhibited the highest treatment efficiency of methylene blue (MB), combining adsorption and photocatalytic degradation, and achieved a maximum removal efficiency of 100% within about 70 min. To further prove the ultra-high removal capacity of the sponge, the concentration of MB in water increased to ten times the original concentration. At so high a MB concentration, the removal rate was still as high as 80% in 90 min. The photocatalytic mechanism of GO/TiO2/Bent sponge was discussed through XPS, PL and radicals quenching experiments. Here Bent can immobilize TiO2 and react with a photo-generated hole to increase the amount of hydroxyl radical; effectively enhancing the degradation of MB.GO sponge enlarges the sensitivity range of TiO2 to visible light by increasing the charge separation of TiO2 and reducing the recombination of photo-generated electron–hole pairs. Additionally, GO sponge with an interconnected porous structure provides an effective platform to immobilize TiO2/bent and makes them be easily recovered. The as-prepared sponge develops a simple and cost-effective strategy to realize the ultra-highly efficient treatment of dyes in wastewater. Full article
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