Special Issue "Carbon Nanotube: Synthesis, Characteristics and Applications"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 July 2020.
Interests: c-CVD synthesis; physicochemistry of carbon nanotubes and other carbon sp2-allotropes; nanocomposites/nanohybrids of enhanced mechanical, thermal, electrical and/or magnetic properties; nano(bio)catalysis; magnetically targeted drug delivery dystems; materials for military/civil engineering
Nanotechnology as penetrating physics, chemistry, biology and formulating many new laws, such as ballistic electron transport, nanocatalysis, quantum effects, superparamagnetism or enhanced molecule-cell interactions, works at the atomic and subatomic scales. One of the greatest breakthroughs nanotechnology owes to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) which display the unique combination of superb properties. For example, individual CNTs of well-defined chirality exhibit ‘zero-loss’ electroconductivity, excellent thermal conductivity, extraordinary mechanical strength and tailorable optical properties. It is therefore not surprising that ‘re-discovery’ of CNTs by Iijima has initiated an avalanche of the interdisciplinary research. Indeed, since 1991 on, CNTs has been promising to realize numerous applications in a range of distant areas.
Nevertheless, only a rather small fraction of the promises has been fulfilled in the every-day or scaled-up implementations and many more are still awaiting to come. One of the most challenging problems of transfer the extraordinary properties of CNTs from nano- to macro-scale is control over their chirality, morphology and surface physicochemistry. On the one hand, individualization of pre-defined CNTs as key added-value components in complex systems and hybrid materials plays a vital role. This is particularly true in the manufacture of CNT-based composites of enhanced mechanical, thermal and/or electrical properties. Also ‘debundling’ of CNT agglomerates is crucial in biomedical applications like targeted drug/gene delivery systems or theranostics. On the other hand, assembling of CNTs into desired forms and geometries of superior electrical, thermal and mechanical properties would require ‘infinitely’-long CNTs.
The titled Special Issue intends to cover the up-to-date studies on CNTs focused on their applications achievable by the ‘properties-by-design’ approach. Novel strategies of controllable synthesis, original physicochemical modifications or innovative isolation/purification methods accompanied by comprehensive characterization toward applications constitute the cutting-edge science and this Special Issue as well. New openings or the most recent advances in the applications of CNTs – from (opto)electronics to thermal management to materials engineering to biomedicine – are the most welcome.
Dr. Slawomir Boncel
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- Synthesis routes
- Surface functionalization
- Purification/isolation methods
- Physicochemical characterization
- Nanomaterials for biomedicine
- Nanomaterials for energy applications
- Electrical and thermal properties