Special Issue "Recent Advances in Nano-Hybrids of Cellulose and Carbon-Based Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Vijay Kumar Thakur
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Biorefining and Advanced Materials Research Centre, SRUC, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK
Interests: biorefining, chemistry, nanotechnology, biomass, and waste; biomedical engineering; composites; sensors; manufacturing of functional materials; aerospace materials; nanomaterials; renewable energy; smart materials; surface engineering; water science and engineering; additive manufacturing of polymers and composites; multifunctional polymer composites and nanocomposites: self-healing, nanoelectronic materials; hydrogels; membranes; nanofiber; manufacturing technology and photocatalysts
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Prof. Dr. Djalal Trache
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Teaching and Research Unit of Energetic Processes, Ecole Militaire Polytechnique, Bordj-El-Bahri, 16046, Bordj Al-Bahri, Algiers, Algeria
Interests: bio-based materials; nanocellulose; nanomaterials; characterization; analytical methods; thermal analysis; kinetics; advanced materials; nanoenergetic materials; propellant; energetic materials; multifunctional polymer composites and nanocomposites
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the emergence of nanotechnology in the past few decades, the development and design of hybrid bio- nanomaterials has become an important field of research. Looking at the growing concern about the environment and sustainability, such nanomaterials find many applications in a wide range of domains that influence our society and our way of life. The improvement of properties and the discovery of new functionalities are key goals that cannot be reached without a well-controlled and better understanding of the preparation, characterization, manufacturing, and properties which constitute the starting points of the design of specific and adequate systems. Investigation of nanocellulose/nanocarbons hybrid materials has demonstrated both academic and technological importance and offered great research opportunities within cross-disciplinary areas. In our opinion, the applied aspects of such nanomaterials should receive proper attention now and bring an interdisciplinary effort to accomplish a more detailed understanding of such hybrid materials.

This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will attempt to publish high-quality short communications, research papers covering the most recent advances, as well as comprehensive reviews addressing novel and state-of-the-art topics from active researchers in nanocellulose/nanocarbons hybrid materials, concerning not only the synthesis, preparation and characterization, but especially focusing on the applications of such nanomaterials with outstanding performances. Potential nanocellulose/nanocarbon hybrid materials topics include but are not limited to:

  • Preparation of nanocellulose/nanocarbon hybrid materials with outstanding properties for next-generation applications;
  • Characterization of nanocellulose/nanocarbon hybrid materials;
  • Nanocellulose/nanocarbon hybrid materials application (medical, filtration, environmental, energy, corrosion, catalysis, automotive, aerospace, sensors, adhesives, packaging, food, construction, other sustainable applications).

Prof. Dr. Vijay Kumar Thakur
Prof. Dr. Djalal Trache
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Cellulose nanocrystals
  • Cellulose nanofibers
  • Bacterial cellulose
  • Graphene
  • Graphene oxide
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Nanodiamond
  • Hybrid nanomaterials
  • Preparation methods
  • Properties
  • Characterization
  • Application

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Fabrication and Characterization of Novel Poly(d-Lactic Acid) Nanocomposite Membrane for Water Filtration Purpose
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(2), 255; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11020255 - 20 Jan 2021
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The development of membrane technology from biopolymer for water filtration has received a great deal of attention from researchers and scientists, owing to the growing awareness of environmental protection. The present investigation is aimed at producing poly(D-lactic acid) (PDLA) membranes, incorporated with nanocrystalline [...] Read more.
The development of membrane technology from biopolymer for water filtration has received a great deal of attention from researchers and scientists, owing to the growing awareness of environmental protection. The present investigation is aimed at producing poly(D-lactic acid) (PDLA) membranes, incorporated with nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) and cellulose nanowhisker (CNW) at different loadings of 1 wt.% (PDNC-I, PDNW-I) and 2 wt.% (PDNC-II PDNW-II). From morphological characterization, it was evident that the nanocellulose particles induced pore formation within structure of the membrane. Furthermore, the greater surface reactivity of CNW particles facilitates in enhancing the surface wettability of membranes due to increased hydrophilicity. In addition, both thermal and mechanical properties for all nanocellulose filled membranes under investigation demonstrated significant improvement, particularly for PDNW-I-based membranes, which showed improvement in both aspects. The membrane of PDNW-I presented water permeability of 41.92 L/m2h, when applied under a pressure range of 0.1–0.5 MPa. The investigation clearly demonstrates that CNWs-filled PDLA membranes fabricated for this investigation have a very high potential to be utilized for water filtration purpose in the future. Full article
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A TiO2 Coated Carbon Aerogel Derived from Bamboo Pulp Fibers for Enhanced Visible Light Photo-Catalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(1), 239; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11010239 - 18 Jan 2021
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Carbon aerogels (CA) derived from bamboo cellulose fibers were coupled with TiO2 to form CA/TiO2 hybrids, which exhibited extraordinary performance on the photo-catalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB). The structure and morphology of CA/TiO2 were characterized by field emission scanning [...] Read more.
Carbon aerogels (CA) derived from bamboo cellulose fibers were coupled with TiO2 to form CA/TiO2 hybrids, which exhibited extraordinary performance on the photo-catalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB). The structure and morphology of CA/TiO2 were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectrum. The CA displayed a highly porous and interconnected three-dimensional framework structure, while introducing the catalytic active sites of TiO2 onto the aerogel scaffold could remarkably enhance its photo-catalytic activity. The adsorption and photo-catalytic degradation of MB by the CA/TiO2 hybrid were investigated. The maximum adsorption capacity of CA/TiO2 for MB was 18.5 mg/g, which outperformed many similar materials reported in the literature. In addition, compared with other photo-catalysts, the present CA/TiO2 demonstrated superior photo-catalytic performance. Almost 85% of MB in 50 mL solution with a MB concentration of 10 mg/L could be effectively degraded by 15 mg CA/TiO2 in 300 min. Full article
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