Special Issue "Plasma-Enabled Synthesis of Nanostructured Surfaces and Nanoparticles"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 12 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Carles Corbella
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States
Interests: Thin films and coatings; Elementary plasma-surface processes; 2D materials; Atmospheric plasmas; Carbon nanostructures; Plasma sources and diagnostics; Plasma medicine
Dr. Sabine Portal
Guest Editor
Department Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States
Interests: Nanoparticles; Surface nanopatterning; Photonic crystals and optical metamaterials; Colorimetry; Optical characterization; Plasma-surface physics; Sol-gel synthesis

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The utilization of plasma methods for materials design and microfabrication has been well known for decades. Thin film transistors for microelectronic devices, for example, have been produced thanks to the advances in plasma technology. Also, arc discharge techniques are well suited for production of ultrahard coatings and nanomaterials with extreme properties. In addition, design of flexible electronic devices, sensors, as well as the growth of amorphous or nanocrystalline photovoltaic materials can be assisted by means of magnetized plasmas. Plasma nanoprocessing can also address the optimization of new devices aimed to energy applications such as supercapacitors and catalysis. Besides, ion-enhanced surface modifications by low-temperature plasmas constitute clean, environmental-friendly techniques. Finally, plasma for biomedical applications is a new research line. Surface tailoring with cold atmospheric plasmas is adequate to process nanostructured biomaterials to control adhesion of proteins or cells.

The present Special Issue, which is focused on plasma nanosynthesis and processing, welcomes contributions that merge plasma technologies with the multidisciplinary field of nanoscience. Articles with a fundamental and/or applied approach will be considered. The topic is very ample, and is expected to develop a growing field which is attracting groups with different backgrounds worldwide.

Prof. Dr. Carles Corbella
Dr. Sabine Portal
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Arc discharges
  • Graphene and other 2D materials
  • Ion beam treatment
  • Magnetron sputtering
  • Modeling of plasma-surface interactions
  • Nanodevice fabrication
  • Nanolithography
  • Nanostructured thin films
  • Plasma atomic layer deposition
  • Plasma catalysis
  • Plasma diagnostics
  • Plasma synthesis of nanoparticles
  • Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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