Special Issue "State-of-the-Art Nanophotonics Materials and Devices in Italy"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanophotonics Materials and Devices".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Neda Ghofraniha
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Guest Editor
Istituto Dei Sistemi Complessi-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome, Italy
Interests: photonics in complex systems; integrated photonics; nonlinear optics; miniaturised optical cavities; enhanced fluorescent spectroscopy; plasmonics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanophotonics is an incredibly quickly growing branch of research with roots in fundamental physics and spreading nowadays to numerous and diverse fields of interest: from telecommunication engineering to biology, from solar cells to cancer cure.

In Italy, several research groups work in nanophotonics, searching for the smallest detector and light source, studying fundamental quantum effects, developing advanced microscopic techniques, investigating quantum fluids and polariton dynamics, fabricating integrated photonic devices, and gaining the advantage of plasmonic effects in drug delivery and biomedicine.

The aim of this Special Issue is to put together all of the Italian expertise in these fields and to produce a collection of the main results. 

The format of welcomed articles includes full papers, communications, and reviews. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Plasmonics: fundamentals of light-matter interaction at nanoscale
  • Advanced microscopy and spectroscopy
  • Single photon detectors and sources
  • Graphene photonics
  • Integrated and on chip photonic devices
  • Advanced techniques and research in biomedicine
  • Plasmon polaritons and polaritonic devices
  • Bose–Einstein condensation

Dr. Neda Ghofraniha
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 2200 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.

Keywords

  • plasmonics
  • quantum photonics
  • polaritons
  • graphene photonics
  • integrated photonics
  • advanced microscopy

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Infrared Nanospectroscopy Reveals DNA Structural Modifications upon Immobilization onto Clay Nanotubes
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(5), 1103; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11051103 - 24 Apr 2021
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The growing demand for innovative means in biomedical, therapeutic and diagnostic sciences has led to the development of nanomedicine. In this context, naturally occurring tubular nanostructures composed of rolled sheets of alumino-silicates, known as halloysite nanotubes, have found wide application. Halloysite nanotubes indeed [...] Read more.
The growing demand for innovative means in biomedical, therapeutic and diagnostic sciences has led to the development of nanomedicine. In this context, naturally occurring tubular nanostructures composed of rolled sheets of alumino-silicates, known as halloysite nanotubes, have found wide application. Halloysite nanotubes indeed have surface properties that favor the selective loading of biomolecules. Here, we present the first, to our knowledge, structural study of DNA-decorated halloysite nanotubes, carried out with nanometric spatially-resolved infrared spectroscopy. Single nanotube absorption measurements indicate a partial covering of halloysite by DNA molecules, which show significant structural modifications taking place upon loading. The present study highlights the constraints for the use of nanostructured clays as DNA carriers and demonstrates the power of super-resolved infrared spectroscopy as an effective and versatile tool for the evaluation of immobilization processes in the context of drug delivery and gene transfer. Full article
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