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Special Issue "Recent Advances in MXenes: From Fundamentals to Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Christopher E. Shuck
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Guest Editor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA;
A. J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA
Interests: MXene; MAX phase; combustion synthesis; nanomaterials; chemical kinetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

MXenes are potentially the largest class of 2D materials discovered so far. With a general structure of Mn+1XnTx, M is an early transition metal (Ti, V, Nb, Ta, etc.), X is C and/or N, Tx represents the surface groups (-O, -OH, -F, -Cl), and n = 1–4, over 30 stoichiometric phases have already been discovered, with many more predicted computationally. Multiple MXene structures exist, including single-M, i-MXenes, solid-solution, and ordered-double transition metal MXenes, all of which exhibit unique and exciting properties. This class of materials has been widely studied owing to their exceptional properties, including hydrophilicity, scalability, mechanical strength, thermal stability, redox capability, and ease of processing. Since their discovery, MXenes have been used in a variety of applications, including electrochemical energy storage, electromagnetic interference shielding, biomedical, environmental remediation, catalysis, etc., with more novel applications being studied daily.

Owing to the rapid development of this field, the goal of this Special Issue is to highlight recent progress in research and development of MXenes. Submissions are welcome across the following themes, but are not limited to this list:

  • Studies focusing on the synthesis of MXenes and their precursors;
  • Fundamental studies on MXene properties;
  • In situ studies of MXenes under dynamic conditions;
  • Novel applications of MXenes;
  • Composites utilizing MXenes.

I encourage you to submit full papers, short communications, and reviews to this Special Issue highlighting developments, challenges, and opportunities in the MXene field.

Dr. Christopher E. Shuck
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • MXene
  • MAX phase
  • Synthesis
  • Energy storage
  • Energy conversion
  • Catalysis
  • Environmental protection
  • Composites
  • Biomedical
  • Ti3C2Tx

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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