Special Issue "Application of Carbon-Based Nanostructures and Nanocomposites for Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Nanoscience and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Silvia Scalese
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Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi (CNR-IMM), Catania, Italy
Interests: synthesis and characterization of carbon nanostructures; nanomaterials and nanocomposites for sensing, water purification, and water splitting applications; surface characterization; photocatalytic processes
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Dear Colleagues,

A better and more sustainable future requires the urgent tackling of numerous global challenges, in particular, those related to climate change, energy, environmental degradation, and good health/wellbeing. All of these themes fall within the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which are part of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.

In recent years, nanotechnology has emerged as a versatile platform for developing new solutions to global sustainability issues. Nanomaterials and, in particular, carbon-based nanomaterials, possess peculiar physicochemical properties as well as large and active surface areas that allow their use as functional materials for the removal of contaminants from air and water, the production of renewable energy (clean water, clean air and clean energy), and for addressing health issues (from diagnostics to therapy).

This Special Issue is devoted to the synthesis, characterization, and applications of carbon-based nanomaterials and nanocomposites (e.g., C nanostructures/polymers, C nanostructures/metal oxides, etc.) with specific focus on the following fields:

  • Environment (pollution prevention, pollution removal, environmental remediation, water treatment, desalination, environmental sensing);
  • Energy (energy storage and conversion, water splitting);
  • Health and wellbeing (from diagnostics to therapy).

Full research papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Dr. Silvia Scalese
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • carbon nanostructures
  • nanocomposites
  • synthesis and characterization
  • surface functionalization
  • environmental sensing
  • environmental remediation
  • water and air purification
  • materials for water splitting
  • energy storage and conversion
  • health applications

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A Review of Carbon Dots Produced from Biomass Wastes
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(11), 2316; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10112316 - 23 Nov 2020
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The fluorescent carbon dot is a novel type of carbon nanomaterial. In comparison with semiconductor quantum dots and fluorescence organic agents, it possesses significant advantages such as excellent photostability and biocompatibility, low cytotoxicity and easy surface functionalization, which endow it a wide application [...] Read more.
The fluorescent carbon dot is a novel type of carbon nanomaterial. In comparison with semiconductor quantum dots and fluorescence organic agents, it possesses significant advantages such as excellent photostability and biocompatibility, low cytotoxicity and easy surface functionalization, which endow it a wide application prospect in fields of bioimaging, chemical sensing, environmental monitoring, disease diagnosis and photocatalysis as well. Biomass waste is a good choice for the production of carbon dots owing to its abundance, wide availability, eco-friendly nature and a source of low cost renewable raw materials such as cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, carbohydrates and proteins, etc. This paper reviews the main sources of biomass waste, the feasibility and superiority of adopting biomass waste as a carbon source for the synthesis of carbon dots, the synthetic approaches of carbon dots from biomass waste and their applications. The advantages and deficiencies of carbon dots from biomass waste and the major influencing factors on their photoluminescence characteristics are summarized and discussed. The challenges and perspectives in the synthesis of carbon dots from biomass wastes are also briefly outlined. Full article
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