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A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2024 | Viewed by 1271

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Interests: flammability and fire retardancy of polymers; textiles and fibre-reinforced thermoplastic/thermoset composites; thermal degradation of polymers; high performance textiles; biocomposites; development of proactive flame retardant formulations/materials; nanocomposites; heat and mass transfer in polymers and composites; numerical modelling of combustion induced mechanical properties degradation of polymers
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Interests: synthesis and modification of mesoporous silicas; nanosized metal oxides; approaches for functionalization of mesoporous composites; valorization of biomass; VOCs oxidation; CO2 capture; drug delivery systems
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This Special Issue of Molecules is dedicated to showcasing recent advancements in the field of materials chemistry research. This Special Issue welcomes contributions not only from the Editorial Board Members (EBMs) but also from all researchers interested in the field of “Materials Chemistry”. Both original research articles and comprehensive review papers on theoretical or experimental studies covering the application of chemistry-based techniques to the study of materials, including materials synthesis, characterization, and properties, are welcome. The objective of this Special Issue is to highlight noteworthy investigations conducted within our section, and we aim to establish an attractive open access publishing platform for cutting-edge materials chemistry research.

Prof. Dr. Baljinder Kandola
Prof. Dr. Margarita Popova
Dr. Abhishek K. Mishra
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Keywords

  • biomaterials
  • nanomaterials
  • hybrid materials
  • core–shell materials
  • thin films
  • self-assembling systems
  • hydrogels
  • sensors and biosensors

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Synthesis and Characterisation of Core–Shell Microparticles Formed by Ni-Mn-Co Oxides
by Javier García-Alonso, Svitlana Krüger, Bilge Saruhan, David Maestre and Bianchi Méndez
Molecules 2024, 29(12), 2927; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules29122927 - 20 Jun 2024
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In this work, core and core–shell microparticles formed by Ni-Mn-Co oxides with controlled composition were fabricated by an oxalate-assisted co-precipitation route, and their properties were analysed by diverse microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. The microparticles exhibit dimensions within the 2–6 μm range and mainly [...] Read more.
In this work, core and core–shell microparticles formed by Ni-Mn-Co oxides with controlled composition were fabricated by an oxalate-assisted co-precipitation route, and their properties were analysed by diverse microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. The microparticles exhibit dimensions within the 2–6 μm range and mainly consist of NiO and NiMn2O4, the latter being promoted as the temperature of the treatment increases, especially in the shell region of the microparticles. Aspects such as the shell dimensions, the vibrational modes of the spinel compounds primarily observed in the shell region, the oxidation states of the cations at the surface of the microparticles, and the achievement of a Ni-rich 811 core and a Mn-rich 631 shell were thoroughly evaluated and discussed in this work. Full article
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Kaolin-Derived Porous Silico-Aluminate Nanoparticles as Absorbents for Emergency Disposal of Toluene Leakage
by Xin Wang, Guishi Rao, Feng Zhou, Fuli Bian and Yuan Hu
Molecules 2024, 29(11), 2624; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules29112624 - 3 Jun 2024
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To rapidly eliminate toluene from aqueous environments during leakage accidents, this paper synthesized porous silico-aluminate nanoparticles (SANs) via a hydrothermal method, using cost-effective and non-toxic natural kaolin as the basic raw material. The morphology and structure of the porous SANs were characterized using [...] Read more.
To rapidly eliminate toluene from aqueous environments during leakage accidents, this paper synthesized porous silico-aluminate nanoparticles (SANs) via a hydrothermal method, using cost-effective and non-toxic natural kaolin as the basic raw material. The morphology and structure of the porous SANs were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and BET-specific surface area tests. The effects of different conditions, such as the dosage of porous SANs, initial concentration of toluene, temperature, capture time, and pH, on the adsorption performance of porous SANs were analyzed. The as-prepared SANs exhibited a high removal efficiency and rapid adsorption performance toward toluene in aqueous solution. Finally, the kinetics of the adsorption of toluene in aqueous solution by porous SANs were investigated. The mechanism of the adsorption of toluene by porous SANs was further discussed. These findings provide a cost-effective and highly efficient absorbent for the emergency disposal of toluene leakage accidents. Full article
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Effects of La-N Co-Doping of BaTiO3 on Its Electron-Optical Properties for Photocatalysis: A DFT Study
by Yang Wang, Qinyan Zhou, Qiankai Zhang, Yuanyang Ren, Kunqi Cui, Chuanhui Cheng and Kai Wu
Molecules 2024, 29(10), 2250; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules29102250 - 10 May 2024
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In cation–anion co-doping, rare earth elements excel at regulating the electronic structure of perovskites, leading to their improved photocatalytic performance. In this regard, the impact of co-doping rare earth elements at the Ba and Ti sites in BaTiO3 on its electronic and [...] Read more.
In cation–anion co-doping, rare earth elements excel at regulating the electronic structure of perovskites, leading to their improved photocatalytic performance. In this regard, the impact of co-doping rare earth elements at the Ba and Ti sites in BaTiO3 on its electronic and photocatalytic properties was thoroughly investigated based on 2 × 2 × 2 supercell structures of BaTiO3 with different La concentrations of 12.5% and 25% using DFT calculations. The band structure, density of states, charge density difference, optical properties, and the redox band edge of the co-doped models mentioned above were analyzed. The results indicated that the BaTiO3 structure co-doped with 25% La at the Ti site exhibited higher absorption in the visible range and displayed a remarkable photocatalytic water-splitting performance. The introduced La dopant at the Ti site effectively reduced the energy required for electronic transitions by introducing intermediate energy levels within the bandgap. Our calculations and findings of this study provide theoretical support and reliable predictions for the exploration of BaTiO3 perovskites with superior photocatalytic performances. Full article
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