Special Issue "Advanced Nanocomposites for 3D Printing Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Giovanni Spinelli
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Department of Information and Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics (DIEM), University of Salerno, via Giovanni Paolo II, 132 Fisciano (SA) 84084, Italy
Interests: Electromagnetic characterization and modeling of nanocomposites; 3D printing applications; strain sensors and structural health monitoring of polymeric structures; carbon-based particles; nanotechnology; development and optimization of advanced materials.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A recent research field involving the development and optimization of nanocomposites concerns the 3-dimensional printing (3DP) also known as additive manufacturing (AM) which allows fast and accurate fabrication of complex structures with wide range of sizes and forms thus favoring a low-cost and rapid prototyping. The introduction of nanotechnology into this innovative field offers huge potential and opportunities for the manufacturing of 3D printed parts with customizable properties and specific multifunctionality. Nowadays, for example, conductive filaments with remarkable electromagnetic, mechanical and thermal properties can be obtained by using carbon-based particles thus overcoming the harsh restrictions encountered with insulating materials classically used with this technology. Despite the achievements in the development of new materials, different issues regarding their applicability and optimization remain to be solved and therefore, further research investigations are expected for this.

The forthcoming Special Issue “Advanced Materials for 3D Printing Applications” aims at gathering and publishing original research papers, letters as well as review articles, which either add knowledge to the current understanding of nanocomposites suitable for additive manufacturing applications, or report new insights in this field.

It is my pleasure to invite you, as a renowned expert on the topic, to provide your precious contribution to this Special Issue.

Dr. Giovanni Spinelli
Guest Editor

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  • 3D prototyping
  • 3D filaments
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Advanced nanocomposites
  • 3D printing applications
  • Carbon-based materials
  • Thermoplastic polymers
  • Fused deposition modeling (FDM)

Published Papers (1 paper)

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3D Printing of UV-Curable Polyurethane Incorporated with Surface-Grafted Nanocellulose
Nanomaterials 2019, 9(12), 1726; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9121726 - 03 Dec 2019
The recognition of nanocellulose has been prominent in recent years as prospect materials, yet the ineffectiveness of nanocellulose to disperse in an organic solvent has restricted its utilization, especially as a reinforcement in polymer nanocomposite. In this study, cellulose has been isolated and [...] Read more.
The recognition of nanocellulose has been prominent in recent years as prospect materials, yet the ineffectiveness of nanocellulose to disperse in an organic solvent has restricted its utilization, especially as a reinforcement in polymer nanocomposite. In this study, cellulose has been isolated and defibrillated as cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) from oil palm empty fruit bunch (EFB) fibers. Subsequently, to enhance its compatibility with UV-curable polyurethane (PU)-based resin, the surface hydrophilicity of CNF has been tailored with polyethylene glycol (PEG), as well as reduced graphene oxide (rGO). The dispersibility of reinforced modified CNF in UV-curable PU was examined through the transmittance interruption of resin, chemical, and mechanical properties of the composite printed using the stereolithographic technique. Evidently, the enhanced compatibility of modified CNF and UV-curable PU was shown to improve the tensile strength and hardness of the composites by 37% and 129%, respectively. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Carbon nanofiller type and size effects on the thermal conductivity of PLA-based nanocomposites
Authors: Evgeni Ivanov 1,2,*, Rumiana Kotsilkova 1, Polya Angelova 1, Dzhihan Menseidov 1, Todor Batakaliev 3, Hesheng Xia 3, Yinghong Chen 3, Philippe Lambin 4
1 Open Laboratory on Experimental Micro and Nano Mechanics (OLEM), Institute of Mechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str. Block 4, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
2 Research and Development of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies (NanoTech Lab Ltd.), Acad. G. Bonchev Str. Block 4, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
3 State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
4 Physics Department, University of Namur, 61 Rue de Bruxelles, B-5000 Namur, Belgium

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