Special Issue "Nanoscale Surface Engineering"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2020.
Interests: Materials for optics ; Dielectric nanoparticles ; Hybrid materials ; Nanoparticle assembly ; Sol-gel chemistry ; Crystallization ; Structural control/Templating.
Nanoscale surface engineering refers to the design of physical, morphological and interfacial properties of nanoparticles or 2D nanostructured surfaces for a particular application. The surface chemistry of nanomaterials impacts an assortment of specific physical properties, such as magnetism, optics, electronics, catalysis and toxicity. Ligands and other surface molecules often play a major role in nanoparticle growth, form and crystallinity, in addition to bring new features such as (bio)chemical functional moieties, new interactions with the surrounding medium and adjusting the hydrophilic/lipophilic balance. Complex nanoparticle morphologies such as stars, core-shell, patchy and Janus nanoparticles are possible thanks to surface chemistry. Mastering nanoparticle self-assembly requires a solid knowledge of the surface chemistry, as the surface heavily influences particle-particle and particle-substrate attractive/repulsive forces. Surface chemistry can be used to chemically stabilize nanoparticles for instance, in processes involving high temperature treatments, against (photo)oxidization, or to protect the material from corrosion. This Special Issue will include, but not be limited to, any kind of nanoscale surface modification strategies addressing critical issues in fields related to nanotechnologies such as biomaterials, nanomedicine, plasmonics, metamaterials, energy harvesting, nanoelectronics, spintronics, and smart materials, among others. Through this plethora of topics, this issue will illustrate the fundamental nature of surface chemistry to material functionality, tunability and longevity.
Dr. Stéphane Mornet
Dr. Glenna Drisko
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- Surface nanoengineering
- Reactive surfaces
- Multifunctional materials
- Colloidal assembly
- Colloidal stabilization in complex media
- Surface engineering in Nanomedicine