Special Issue "Nanodiamonds: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Alfio Battiato
Guest Editor
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Torino, Via Pietro Giuria 1, 10125, Torino, Italy
Interests: surface science; x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; nanoparticles; nanostructured materials; CVD diamond; diamond graphitization; ion implantation; biosensors; diamond-based multiarrays; surface functionalization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanodiamonds represent a breakthrough research topic in different fields of chemistry, physics, and biology due to their unique combination of the outstanding properties of diamond with the peculiarities of nanoscale research and its technology developments.

Diamond is an extremely versatile material because of its high refractive index, hardness, great stability and inertness, low electrical but high thermal conductivity, high chemical inertness and structural stability in biological environments, very low toxicity, and good biocompatibility. Furthermore, diamond defects can show stable fluorescence, being employed as single photon sources.

All these issues find application in the use of nanodiamonds as sensors for temperature, magnetic fields, electric fields, as well as markers, biomarkers, and catalysis facilitators since, complementarily to the abovementioned general chemical inertness, the surface of diamond nanoparticles can be chemically decorated with a variety of functional molecules employing several different chemical processes, monitoring their stability.

The Special Issue aims to present recent advances in the synthesis and purification of nanodiamonds either by HPHT or detonation, in the characterization of their physical and chemical properties, as well as the key role of structural defects or chemical impurities present both in the core and on the surface.

Topics may also include nanodiamonds’ colloidal properties, novel methods to chemically modify the surface and tailor its reactivity with respect to external solicitation, any aspects of nanodiamond applications ranging from quantum technology to drug delivery, and the state-of-the-art and promising developments in engineering and industrial research.

Dr. Alfio Battiato
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Nanomaterials is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Nanodiamond production and purification
  • Crystalline structure, shape, defects, and impurities of nanodiamonds
  • Physical and chemical properties of nanodiamonds
  • Color centers in nanodiamonds
  • Surface chemistry of nanodiamonds
  • Biomarkers and drug delivery applications of nanodiamonds
  • Application of color centers as nanoscopic sensors
  • Employment of nanodiamonds in catalysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
Back to TopTop