Special Issue "Metallic Oxide Nanostructures"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Synthesis, Interfaces and Nanostructures".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021).

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Dr. Mikhael Bechelany
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Institut Européen des Membranes (IEMM, ENSCM UM CNRS UMR5635), Montpellier, France
Interests: thin films; 2D materials; atomic layer deposition; nanostructure; nanocomposites; membrane; electrospinning; 3D printing; photocatalysis; biosensor; sensor; water splitting
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Dear Colleagues,                

Metal oxide nanomaterials have attracted a lot of interest due to their outstanding chemical, physical, and electronic properties compared with those of their bulk counterparts. Metal oxide nanomaterials are versatile materials that can be tuned for potential applications into functional devices in different areas.

The aim of this Special Issue is to collect high-quality contributions on the synthesis and modification of Metallic Oxide Nanostructures. It will deal with the design of new nanostructures by tuning their morphology, geometry, crystallinity, and interfaces. The relation between these parameters and the physical-chemical properties will also be investigated. New applications in different fields such as health, environment, and renewable energy will be as well explored.

Relevant contributions related to prospective materials design, original materials properties, and innovative characterization techniques will also be considered.

Dr. Mikhael Bechelany
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Metal oxide
  • Nanomaterial
  • 1D nanostructures
  • Thin film
  • Interface
  • Surface modification
  • Nanostructured material
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Environment

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Crystallization in Zirconia Film Nano-Layered with Silica
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(12), 3444; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11123444 - 19 Dec 2021
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Gravitational waves are detected using resonant optical cavity interferometers. The mirror coatings’ inherent thermal noise and photon scattering limit sensitivity. Crystals within the reflective coating may be responsible for either or both noise sources. In this study, we explored crystallization reduction in zirconia [...] Read more.
Gravitational waves are detected using resonant optical cavity interferometers. The mirror coatings’ inherent thermal noise and photon scattering limit sensitivity. Crystals within the reflective coating may be responsible for either or both noise sources. In this study, we explored crystallization reduction in zirconia through nano-layering with silica. We used X-ray diffraction (XRD) to monitor crystal growth between successive annealing cycles. We observed crystal formation at higher temperatures in thinner zirconia layers, indicating that silica is a successful inhibitor of crystal growth. However, the thinnest barriers break down at high temperatures, thus allowing crystal growth beyond each nano-layer. In addition, in samples with thicker zirconia layers, we observe that crystallization saturates with a significant portion of amorphous material remaining. Full article
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Nanostructured Molybdenum Oxides from Aluminium-Based Intermetallic Compound: Synthesis and Application in Hydrogen Evolution Reaction
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(5), 1313; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11051313 - 17 May 2021
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Characterized by a large surface area to volume ratio, nanostructured metal oxides possess unique chemical and physical properties with applications in electronics, catalysis, sensors, etc. In this study, Mo3Al8, an intermetallic compound, has been used as a precursor to [...] Read more.
Characterized by a large surface area to volume ratio, nanostructured metal oxides possess unique chemical and physical properties with applications in electronics, catalysis, sensors, etc. In this study, Mo3Al8, an intermetallic compound, has been used as a precursor to obtain nanostructured molybdenum oxides. It was prepared into ribbons by arc-melting and melt-spinning techniques. Single and double-step free corrosion of the as-quenched material have been studied in 1 M KOH, 1 M HF and 1.25 M FeCl3 at room temperature. In both cases, nanostructured molybdenum oxides were obtained on a surface layer a few microns thick. Two of the as-prepared samples were tested for their electrocatalytic capability for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in 0.5 M H2SO4 giving low onset potential (−50 mV, −45 mV), small Tafel slopes (92 mV dec−1, 9 mV dec−1) and high exchange current densities (0.08 mA cm−2, 0.35 mA cm−2 respectively). The proposed nanostructured molybdenum oxides are cost-effective and sustainable due to the cheap and abundant starting material used and the simple synthetic route, paving the way for their possible application as HER electrocatalysts. Full article
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Multifunctional Hydroxyapatite/Silver Nanoparticles/Cotton Gauze for Antimicrobial and Biomedical Applications
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(2), 429; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11020429 - 08 Feb 2021
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Medical textiles have played an increasingly important protection role in the healthcare industry. This study was aimed at improving the conventional cotton gauze for achieving advanced biomedical specifications (coloration, UV-protection, anti-inflammation, and antimicrobial activities). These features were obtained by modifying the cotton gauze [...] Read more.
Medical textiles have played an increasingly important protection role in the healthcare industry. This study was aimed at improving the conventional cotton gauze for achieving advanced biomedical specifications (coloration, UV-protection, anti-inflammation, and antimicrobial activities). These features were obtained by modifying the cotton gauze fabrics via in-situ precipitation of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (HAp NP), followed by in-situ photosynthesis of silver (Ag) NPs with ginger oil as a green reductant with anti-inflammation properties. The HAp-Ag NPs coating provides good UV-protection properties. To further improve the HAp and Ag NPs dispersion and adhesion on the surface, the cotton gauze fabrics were modified by cationization with chitosan, or by partial carboxymethylation (anionic modification). The influence of the cationic and anionic modifications and HAp and Ag NPs deposition on the cotton gauze properties (coloration, UV-protection, antimicrobial activities, and water absorption) was thoroughly assessed. Overall, the results indicate that chemical (anionic and cationic) modification of the cotton gauze enhances HAp and Ag NPs deposition. Chitosan can increase biocompatibility and promotes wound healing properties of cotton gauze. Ag NP deposition onto cotton gauze fabrics brought high antimicrobial activities against Candida albicans, Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and improved UV protection. Full article
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An Easy Method of Synthesis CoxOy@C Composite with Enhanced Microwave Absorption Performance
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(5), 902; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10050902 - 08 May 2020
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Design of interface-controllable magnetic composite towards the wideband microwave absorber is greatly significance, however, it still remains challenging. Herein, we designed a spherical-like hybrids, using the Co3O4 and amorphous carbon as the core and shell, respectively. Then, the existed Co [...] Read more.
Design of interface-controllable magnetic composite towards the wideband microwave absorber is greatly significance, however, it still remains challenging. Herein, we designed a spherical-like hybrids, using the Co3O4 and amorphous carbon as the core and shell, respectively. Then, the existed Co3O4 core could be totally reduced by the carbon shell, thus in CoxOy core (composed by Co and Co3O4). Of particular note, the ratios of Co and Co3O4 can be linearly tuned, suggesting the controlled interfaces, which greatly influences the interface loss behavior and electromagnetic absorption performance. The results revealed that the minimum reflection loss value (RLmin) of −39.4 dB could be achieved for the optimal CoxOy@C sample under a thin thickness of 1.4 mm. More importantly, the frequency region with RL < −10 dB was estimated to be 4.3 GHz, ranging from 13.7 to 18.0 GHz. The superior wideband microwave absorption performance was primarily attributed to the multiple interfacial polarization and matched impedance matching ability. Full article
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Carrier Transfer and Capture Kinetics of the TiO2/Ag2V4O11 Photocatalyst
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(5), 828; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10050828 - 27 Apr 2020
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In this paper, TiO2/Ag2V4O11 nanoheterojunctions have been synthesized by hydrothermal methods, which show enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to TiO2 under visible light. Moreover, the TiO2/Ag2V4O11 nanoheterojunction with set [...] Read more.
In this paper, TiO2/Ag2V4O11 nanoheterojunctions have been synthesized by hydrothermal methods, which show enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to TiO2 under visible light. Moreover, the TiO2/Ag2V4O11 nanoheterojunction with set molar ratio of 2:1, referred to as TA2, show the highest visible light photocatalytic activity, which could decompose about 100% RhB molecules within 80 min of irradiation with visible light. Specially, the time-resolved photoluminescence spectrum of TA2 demonstrates that the free exciton recombination occurs in approximately 1.7 ns, and the time scale for Shockley–Read–Hall recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes is prolonged to 6.84 ns. The prolonged timescale of TA2 compared to TiO2 and Ag2V4O11 can be attributed to the carrier separation between nanojunctions and the carrier capture by interfacial defects. Furthermore, the enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2/Ag2V4O11 nanoheterojunctions also benefits from the synergistic effect of the broadened absorption region, higher photocarrier generation, longer carrier lifetime, and quicker collection dynamics. Full article
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