Special Issue "Metallic Nanoparticles and Their Assembly within Hybrid Nanostructures for Environmental Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ileana Florea
Guest Editor
LPICM-Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex, France
Interests: nanoparticles; hybrid nanostructures; synthesis and characterization; environmental applications: gas sensing; renewable energy; energy storage systems; photo-electrocatalysis processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanoparticles-based nanotechnologies currently have a prominent position in research and are used to improve many aspects of our daily life. Alone or in combination with other nanomaterials, their characteristics (i.e., size, shape, composition, and environment) can give them remarkable properties that, if suitably exploited, allow groundbreaking results to be obtained in several application fields. In particular, health and environment are fields where the use of nanoparticle-based nanomaterials has provided an important contribution—for example, in gas or bio-sensors, renewable energy production, energy storage systems, photo-electrocatalysis, and so on.

This Special Issue aims to collect manuscripts dealing with the use of metallic nanoparticles alone or in combination with other nanomaterials (i.e., carbon nanostructures or semiconductor nanomaterials), or even as a part of polymeric nanocomposites, focused on solving different environmental issues. Subjects that fall into the scope of this Special Issue include: synthesis methodologies of metallic nanoparticles; the preparation of nanocomposites; electrical, structural, and morphological characterization; physico-chemical interaction with gases; and electro- and photocatalytic properties.

Manuscripts can be submitted in the following formats: full research papers, communications, and reviews.

Dr. Ileana Florea
Guest Editor

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  • metallic nanoparticles
  • synthesis and characterization
  • hybrid nanocomposites
  • environmental application
  • energy storage systems
  • photo-electrocatalysis processes

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Health Monitoring of Metallic Structures with Electromechanical Impedance and Piezoelectric Sensors
Nanomaterials 2019, 9(9), 1268; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9091268 - 05 Sep 2019
In order to monitor the health condition of structures in a more sensitive and accurate way, a novel and universal methodology called direct coupling mechanical impedance (DCMI) for characteristic signatures extraction is presented in this paper. This methodology is used to obtain DCMI [...] Read more.
In order to monitor the health condition of structures in a more sensitive and accurate way, a novel and universal methodology called direct coupling mechanical impedance (DCMI) for characteristic signatures extraction is presented in this paper. This methodology is used to obtain DCMI signatures from measured raw signatures (RSs) with the surface-bonded piezoelectric sensors (PZT), which is developed from a pertinent electromechanical impedance (EMI) theoretical model for surface-bonded circular PZT. The proposed DCMI methodology has the advantages of simple calculation and magnifying the signatures when compared with the existing methods. Combining the extracted DCMI signatures with the root mean square deviation (RMSD) index is able to quantify the correlation between the health condition and the signatures variation more effectively. To verify the effectiveness of proposed DCMI methodology, experiments are conducted on aluminum plates and a part of fuselage in detail. The experimental results sufficiently demonstrate that the presented universal DCMI methodology possesses better sensitivity than the raw signatures when utilized for evaluating the health condition of metallic structures, including those made of metal-matrix nanomaterials. Full article
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