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Special Issue "Nanocomposites of Polymers and Inorganic Particles"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Marinella Striccoli

CNR-IPCF Division of Bari, Italy
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Interests: colloidal nanocrystals; nanocomposite materials; quantum dots; surface functionalization; patterning; nanoparticle assembling; optical characterization
Guest Editor
Dr. Roberto Comparelli

CNR-IPCF Division of Bari, Italy
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Interests: inorganic nanocrystals; hybrid nanocomposites, photocatalysis; plasmonics nanoparticles; nanocrystal functionalization; nanoscale microscopy
Guest Editor
Dr. Annamaria Panniello

CNR-IPCF Division of Bari, Italy
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Interests: nanomaterials; nanocomposites; organic-inorganic hybrids; carbon nanoparticles; surface functionalization; spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last few years, significant efforts have been devoted to design, fabricate and exploit nanocomposite materials based on inorganic nanoparticles incorporated in a polymer matrix. The extraordinary interest in such materials relies on the large range of properties that can arise from the synergic combination of the features of nanoparticles and host polymer. Indeed, the original size dependent physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials (semicondunting, metals, oxides and magnetic nanoparticles), joint with the high processability, the defined chemistry and the morphology of polymers and block copolymers, finally turn out in innovative materials, with high technological impact in a variety of advanced application in photonic, optoelectronics, sensing, environmental, energy conversion, biological and biomedical fields.

The aim of the Special Issue is to focus on recent developments, advancements and future prospectives of such a fascinating and largely multidisciplinar field. Topics will include preparative approaches, functionalization strategies of nanoparticles and polymers, integration of nanocomposites in devices, additive manufacturing materials and processes and nanocomposite advanced application. Authors are welcomed to provide their contribution on the aforementioned aspects and on other subjects relevant for the theme. Review articles will be also welcome.

Dr. Marinella Striccoli
Dr. Roberto Comparelli
Dr. Annamaria Panniello
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Inorganic nanoparticles
  • Nanocrystals
  • Polymers
  • Hybrid nanostructures
  • Nano-fillers
  • Matrix
  • Multiphases

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Open AccessArticle A Novel AgNPs/Sericin/Agar Film with Enhanced Mechanical Property and Antibacterial Capability
Molecules 2018, 23(7), 1821; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23071821
Received: 17 June 2018 / Revised: 5 July 2018 / Accepted: 11 July 2018 / Published: 23 July 2018
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Abstract
Silk sericin is a protein from a silkworm’s cocoon. It has good biocompatibility, hydrophilicity, bioactivity, and biodegradability. However, sericin could not be used in biomedical materials directly because of its frangible characteristic. To develop multifunctional sericin-based materials for biomedical purposes, we prepared a
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Silk sericin is a protein from a silkworm’s cocoon. It has good biocompatibility, hydrophilicity, bioactivity, and biodegradability. However, sericin could not be used in biomedical materials directly because of its frangible characteristic. To develop multifunctional sericin-based materials for biomedical purposes, we prepared a sericin/agar (SS/agar) composite film through the blending of sericin and agar and repetitive freeze-thawing. Then, we synthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in situ on the surface of the composite film to endow it with antibacterial activity. Water contact angle, swelling and losing ratio, and mechanical properties analysis indicated that the composite film had excellent mechanical property, hydrophilicity, hygroscopicity, and stability. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirmed the successful modification of AgNPs on the composite film. X-ray powder diffraction showed the face-centered cubic structures of the AgNPs. This AgNPs modified composite film exhibited an excellent antibacterial capability against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Our study develops a novel AgNPs/sericin/agar composite film with enhanced mechanical performance and an antimicrobial property for potential biomedical applications. Full article
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