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Special Issue "Research on Nanostructured Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lucian Baia
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Institute of Research, Development and Innovation on Applied Natural Sciences & Faculty of Physics &Institute of Interdisciplinary Research in Bio-Nano-Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: photocatalysts and graphene-based materials
Dr. Klara Magyari
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Institute of Interdisciplinary Research in Bio-Nano-Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Research Group of Environmental Chemistry, Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, University of Szeged, Hungary
Interests: biomaterials; tissue engineering; bioactive glasses; biopolymers
Prof. Jin Won (Maria) Seo
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KU Leuven, Department of Materials Engineering, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
Interests: carbon nanomaterials; oxide nanostructures; photocatalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There has recently been a particular interest in performing research on various types of nanostructures with dimensions of tens of nanometers. In this respect, this Special Issue aims to cover recent progress and trends in both fundamental and applied research on various types of nanostructured materials. Contributions to this Special Issue can be in the form of full research articles, short communications, and reviews that focus on the understanding of the role and the influence of molecules used for obtaining nanostructured materials as well as the processes and phenomena that occur when homogeneous or heterogeneous nanostructured materials are involved. On the other hand, an important aspect of the performed research could be directed towards the rigorous assessment of the phenomena that appear during the materials’ synthesis. Furthermore, there is a special interest in publishing research that presents the applications of materials in various interesting areas such as bio-medicine, drug delivery, (photo)catalysis, sensors, supercapacitors, batteries, fire retardants, etc., by pointing out the role and influence of the molecules and compounds involved during the preparation routes on the improvements of the materials’ performances.

Submissions are welcome relating but not limited to the broad topics listed below:

- Electronic, photonic, and magnetic materials;

- Materials for energy and environmental;

- Advanced materials characterization and modelling;

- Nanomaterials and characterization;

- Biomaterials and soft materials;

- Structural and (multi)functional materials;

- Surfaces and interfaces in nano-structures and nano-architectures.

Prof. Dr. Lucian Baia,
Dr. Klara Magyari
Prof. Jin Won (Maria) Seo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com 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.

Keywords

  • electronic materials
  • photonic materials
  • magnetic materials
  • sensors
  • advanced materials
  • nanomaterials
  • characterization
  • functional materials
  • modelling
  • surfaces and interfaces
  • material applications

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Optical Properties of Composites Based on Graphene Oxide and Polystyrene
Molecules 2020, 25(10), 2419; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25102419 - 22 May 2020
Abstract
In this work, new optical properties of composites based on polystyrene (PS) microspheres and graphene oxide (GO) are reported. The radical polymerization of styrene in the presence of benzoyl peroxide, pentane and GO induces the appearance of new ester groups in the PS [...] Read more.
In this work, new optical properties of composites based on polystyrene (PS) microspheres and graphene oxide (GO) are reported. The radical polymerization of styrene in the presence of benzoyl peroxide, pentane and GO induces the appearance of new ester groups in the PS macromolecular chains remarked through an increase in the absorbance of the infrared (IR) band at 1743 cm−1. The decrease in the GO concentration in the PS/GO composites mass from 5 wt.% to 0.5 wt.% induces a diminution in the intensities of the D and G Raman bands of GO simultaneous with a down-shift of the D band from 1351 to 1322 cm−1. These variations correlated with the covalent functionalization of the GO layers with PS. For the first time, the photoluminescent (PL) properties of PS/GO composites are reported. The PS microspheres are characterized by a PL band at 397 nm. Through increasing the GO sheets’ concentration in the PS/GO composite mass from 0.5 wt.% to 5 wt.%, a PS PL quenching process is reported. In addition, in the presence of ultraviolet A (UVA) light, a photo-degradation process of the PS/GO composite having the GO concentration equal to 5 wt.% is demonstrated by the PL studies. Full article
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