Special Issue "Emerging Functions of Nano-Organized Polysaccharides"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021).
Interests: cellulose; chitin; chitosan; polysaccharides; nanofibers; hybrid nanomaterials; interfacial catalysis; organocatalysis; green chemistry; biomaterials; biointerfaces; cell engineering; biomedical applications
Natural polysaccharides, such as cellulose, chitin, and starch, possess hierarchical nanoarchitectures, e.g., crystalline, nanofibrous, needle-like, helical, folded, and chain-aligned structures, in which macromolecular components assemble in a regular and organized manner during biosynthesis and physicochemical processing. Nanocellulose is one of the most promising nanomaterials in practical applications due to its high aspect ratio, high elastic modulus, high transparency, and low thermal expansion coefficient. Chitin nanofibers are also expected to be used to produce advanced nanomaterials for cosmetics and biomedical applications. Research and development of natural polysaccharides can be classified into two categories: (1) greener alternatives to existing products, from ecological and sustainability viewpoints; and (2) emerging functional nanomaterials, from scientific encounters with the unknown.
Both approaches are important to advancing the further utilization of natural polysaccharides; however, in this Special Issue, I would like to focus on the second topic, which includes the unexpected new functions arising from the inherent nanoarchitectures of natural nano-organized polysaccharides, all of which will provide new insights into and concepts for polysaccharide-driven nanomaterial chemistry and engineering.
We welcome original research papers, communications, and short reviews. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- crystalline-structure-triggered novel functions of nano-organized polysaccharides;
- nanomorphology-triggered novel functions of nano-organized polysaccharides;
- nanointerface-triggered novel functions of nano-organized polysaccharides; and
- nanocomposite-triggered novel functions of nano-organized polysaccharides.
In any case, nano-organized polysaccharides themselves are expected to play critical roles in the emerging functions of nanomaterials. I look forward to your contribution.
Prof. Dr. Takuya Kitaoka
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- cellulose nanofibers
- chitin and chitosan nanofibers
- polysaccharide nanostructures
- functional nanomaterials
- functional biointerfaces
- methodologies for the design and preparation of nano-organized polysaccharides
- challenges in exploring new functions of nano-organized polysaccharides