Special Issue "Development and Application of Ionic Liquids and Ionic Liquid-Based Hybrid Materials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Synthesis, Interfaces and Nanostructures".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2022) | Viewed by 1262

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Centre of Physics, Campus Gualtar, University of Minho, 4710-053 Braga, Portugal
Interests: ionic liquids; smart and multifunctional materials; polymer-based materials; materials processing; surface treatments; physical chemistry; materials characterization; sensors and actuators
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BCMaterials, Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, UPV/EHU Science Park, 48940 Leioa, Spain
Interests: multifunctional materials for sensors and actuators; environmental, energy, and biomedical applications
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The interesting properties of ionic liquids (ILs), such as high ionic conductivity, low vapor pressure, high thermal stability, and tuneability of cations and anions, allows us to explore the use of IL-based approaches in a variety of areas. Together with the use of ILs themselves for applications, in recent years, a novel class of multifunctional materials resulting from the combination of ILs and polymers has gained particular attention as they combine the features of both polymers and ILs. The availability to tune the polymer, IL and their interactions allows the development of new materials addressing specific requirements for applications ranging from biomedicine, drug delivery systems, energy storage systems, environmental monitoring and remediation, to sensing and activation, among others.

This Special Issue is open to contributions on the development and applicability of ILs and IL-based hybrid materials. This includes the synthesis of novel ILs with desired functional properties, such as magnetic, chromic and luminescent; the development of IL-based hybrid materials, and experimental or theoretical studies; and the applications of these advanced materials in different fields.

We invite authors to contribute original research and review articles covering the current progress of ILs and IL-based advanced materials. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Synthesis of ILs with specific properties;
  2. Theoretical and experimental studies concerning the properties of novel ILs and IL-based materials;
  3. Development of hybrid materials, such as the combination of ILs with specific polymers;
  4. Applications of IL and IL-based materials in areas including electronics, biomedicine, energy and the environment.

Dr. Daniela Correia
Prof. Dr. Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez
Guest Editors

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  • ionic liquids
  • hybrid materials
  • multifunctional materials
  • additive manufacturing
  • sustainable materials

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Electrospun Magnetic Ionic Liquid Based Electroactive Materials for Tissue Engineering Applications
Nanomaterials 2022, 12(17), 3072; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano12173072 - 04 Sep 2022
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Functional electrospun fibers incorporating ionic liquids (ILs) present a novel approach in the development of active microenviroments due to their ability to respond to external magnetic fields without the addition of magnetic particles. In this context, this work reports on the development of [...] Read more.
Functional electrospun fibers incorporating ionic liquids (ILs) present a novel approach in the development of active microenviroments due to their ability to respond to external magnetic fields without the addition of magnetic particles. In this context, this work reports on the development of magnetically responsive magneto-ionic fibers based on the electroactive polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride) and the magnetic IL (MIL), bis(1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium) tetrathiocyanatocobaltate ([Bmim]2[(SCN)4Co]). The PVDF/MIL electrospun fibers were prepared incorporating 5, 10 and 15 wt.% of the MIL, showing that the inclusion of the MIL increases the polar β-phase content of the polymer from 79% to 94% and decreases the crystallinity of the fibers from 47% to 36%. Furthermore, the thermal stability of the fibers decreases with the incorporation of the MIL. The magnetization of the PVDF/MIL composite fibers is proportional to the MIL content and decreases with temperature. Finally, cytotoxicity assays show a decrease in cell viability with increasing the MIL content. Full article
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