Special Issue "Investigation of Inorganic Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Structures and Properties"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Materials and Metal-Organic Frameworks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2021.

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Prof. Dr. Peer Schmidt
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Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany

Special Issue Information

Physical properties in nanoscale systems can differ from the respective bulk phase and even lead to novel properties. Therefore, recent efforts have mainly focused on the synthesis of very small/thin structures. Lately, materials with 2-dimensional layer structures beyond graphene have moved into the focus of research. Often, top–down approaches are applied for downscaling the particle dimensions. Commonly used in 2D materials, exfoliation processes break weak structural interactions, thus leading to particles and thin sheets, even down to monolayer dimensions.

Novel synthesis concepts shall address bottom–up approaches in order to precipitate pure nanocrystallites and to avoid defects occurring from mechanical stress during delamination. Completion of these concepts by rational synthesis planning additionally gives more knowledge and efficiency in materials synthesis. Further characterization methods are convenient for proof of chemical composition, crystallinity and structure, morphology, as well as physical properties on nanoscale dimension.

Prof. Dr. Peer Schmidt
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Intermetallic
  • Metal halide
  • Metal chalcogenide
  • Metal oxide
  • 2D material
  • Honeycomb layer
  • Nanosheet
  • Element allotropes
  • Bottom up
  • Crystal growth
  • Low temperature materials synthesis
  • Rational synthesis planning
  • Structure–properties relationship
  • Characterization

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Electrolyte-Dependent Modification of Resistive Switching in Anodic Hafnia
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(3), 666; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11030666 - 08 Mar 2021
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Anodic HfO2 memristors grown in phosphate, borate, or citrate electrolytes and formed on sputtered Hf with Pt top electrodes are characterized at fundamental and device levels. The incorporation of electrolyte species deep into anodic memristors concomitant with HfO2 crystalline structure conservation [...] Read more.
Anodic HfO2 memristors grown in phosphate, borate, or citrate electrolytes and formed on sputtered Hf with Pt top electrodes are characterized at fundamental and device levels. The incorporation of electrolyte species deep into anodic memristors concomitant with HfO2 crystalline structure conservation is demonstrated by elemental analysis and atomic scale imaging. Upon electroforming, retention and endurance tests are performed on memristors. The use of borate results in the weakest memristive performance while the citrate demonstrates clear superior memristive properties with multilevel switching capabilities and high read/write cycling in the range of 106. Low temperature heating applied to memristors shows a direct influence on their behavior mainly due to surface release of water. Citrate-based memristors show remarkable properties independent on device operation temperatures up to 100 °C. The switching dynamic of anodic HfO2 memristors is discussed by analyzing high resolution transmission electron microscope images. Full and partial conductive filaments are visualized, and apart from their modeling, a concurrency of filaments is additionally observed. This is responsible for the multilevel switching mechanism in HfO2 and is related to device failure mechanisms. Full article
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Plasticity and Deformation Mechanisms of Ultrafine-Grained Ti in Necking Region Revealed by Digital Image Correlation Technique
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(3), 574; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11030574 - 25 Feb 2021
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The conventional engineering stress-strain curve could not accurately describe the true stress-strain and local deformability of the necking part of tensile specimens, as it calculates the strain by using the whole gauge length, assuming the tensile specimen was deformed uniformly. In this study, [...] Read more.
The conventional engineering stress-strain curve could not accurately describe the true stress-strain and local deformability of the necking part of tensile specimens, as it calculates the strain by using the whole gauge length, assuming the tensile specimen was deformed uniformly. In this study, we employed 3D optical measuring digital image correlation (DIC) to systematically measure the full strain field and local strain during the whole tensile process, and calculate the real-time strain and actual flow stress in the necking region of ultrafine-grained (UFG) Ti. The post-necking elongation and strain hardening exponent of the UFG Ti necking part were then measured as 36% and 0.101, slightly smaller than those of the coarse grained Ti (52% and 0.167), suggesting the high plastic deformability in the necking part of the UFG Ti. Finite elemental modeling (FEM) indicates that when necking occurs, strain is concentrated in the necking region. The stress state of the necking part was transformed from uniaxial in the uniform elongation stage to a triaxial stress state. A scanning electron microscopic (SEM) study revealed the shear and ductile fracture, as well as numerous micro shear bands in the UFG Ti, which are controlled by cooperative grain boundary sliding. Our work revealed the large plastic deformability of UFG metals in the necking region under a complex stress state. Full article
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In Situ Observation of Electron-Beam-Induced Formation of Nano-Structures in PbTe
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(1), 163; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11010163 - 10 Jan 2021
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Nano-scaled thermoelectric materials attract significant interest due to their improved physical properties as compared to bulk materials. Well-shaped nanoparticles such as nano-bars and nano-cubes were observed in the known thermoelectric material PbTe. Their extended two-dimensional nano-layer arrangements form directly in situ through electron-beam [...] Read more.
Nano-scaled thermoelectric materials attract significant interest due to their improved physical properties as compared to bulk materials. Well-shaped nanoparticles such as nano-bars and nano-cubes were observed in the known thermoelectric material PbTe. Their extended two-dimensional nano-layer arrangements form directly in situ through electron-beam treatment in the transmission electron microscope. The experiments show the atomistic depletion mechanism of the initial crystal and the recrystallization of PbTe nanoparticles out of the microparticles due to the local atomic-scale transport via the gas phase beyond a threshold current density of the beam. Full article
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