Special Issue "Nanoparticle-Enhanced Electroluminescence in Films and Powders"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanocomposite Thin Films and 2D Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Adrian Kitai
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Guest Editor
Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada
Interests: light-emitting solid state materials and devices; photoluminescent and electroluminescent phosphor materials and devices; electroluminescent nanostructured composite materials and devices; light-emitting diodes; digital displays; lighting systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Electroluminescence in thin films and powders represents a topic of continuing interest in the field of solid-state light emission. The p–n junction light-emitting diode (LED) has enjoyed dramatic success and now has a strong foothold in almost all lighting markets; however, the LED is inherently a point source of light rather than a continuous sheet source. Materials to produce flexible and continuous sheets or strips of light at low cost are of great interest, since they target next-generation flexible display and lighting products. 

Interest in this field has recently been re-invigorated by the application of nanomaterials to powder and thin film electroluminescent devices. Nanowires of both semiconductors and metals can enhance electrical injection of carriers. Nanostructured materials can be specifically tailored to improve light-emitting processes.

Long-standing performance issues associated with current thin film and powder electroluminescent materials and devices exist. Typical issues include high drive voltages, low quantum efficiency, limited operational life, and low brightness and contrast. Improvements in these areas are of commercial relevance.

This Special Issue invites manuscripts concerning the basic physics of electroluminescent powders and thin films, with a special emphasis on the incorporation of nanomaterials to improve their properties. Relevant materials science and relevant device physics are of particular interest. Also of interest are new optoelectronic properties, new manufacturing methods, and new applications.

Dr. Adrian Kitai
Guest Editor

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  • Thin film electroluminescence
  • Powder electroluminescence
  • Nanoparticle-assisted electroluminescence
  • Nanophosphor electroluminescence
  • Luminescence maintenance
  • Microstructure of thin film and powder electroluminescence
  • Nanoparticle carrier injection for electroluminescence
  • Synthesis of electroluminescent micro- and nanostructures

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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