Special Issue "Functionalized Porous Silica-Based Nanoparticles: From Synthesis to Applications"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 March 2019)
Dr. Elena Aznar
CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (CIBER-BBN) and Instituto Interuniversitario de Investigación de Reconocimiento Molecular y Desarrollo Tecnológico (IDM), Universitat Politècnica de València-Universitat de València, Camino de Vera s/n 46022, Valencia (Spain)
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Interests: functional mesoporous materials; controlled release applications; nanotherapies; nanodiagnostics; smart nanomaterials
Porous silica-based nanoparticles are one of the most commonly-used supports to prepare functional nanomaterials. In general, these materials are synthesized using a self-assembly strategy based on the hydrolysis of an inorganic precursor around a pre-organized organic template such as surfactant micelles or block copolymers. The obtained supports can be easily chemically-modified as silicon oxide functionalization chemistry has been widely studied. At present, it is possible to modulate density, distribution, or even the location of the incorporated functional groups. Decoration of these materials with molecules, super-molecules or even with other inorganic materials confers new advantageous features to the final material, which find application in many fields, such as controlled release, molecular and biomolecular recognition, imaging, self-healing, remediation, catalysis or biomaterials among others. The present Special Issue is focused on the preparation and applications of new functional hybrid silica-based nanomaterials. This is a timely topic of research and an increasing interest in this kind of nanomaterials is envisioned due to their potential broad application in many fields.
Dr. Elena Aznar
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- Functional porous materials
- Porous silica-based nanoparticles and controlled release
- Porous silica-based nanoparticles and biomedical applications
- Porous silica-based nanoparticles and self-healing
- Porous silica-based nanoparticles and remediation
- Porous silica-based nanoparticles and catalysis