Special Issue "Growth, Characterization, and Modelling of Nanostructures for Applications in Sensing"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.
Interests: CVD growth; nanostructures; modelling; semiconductors
This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will cover the latest developments on nanostructures for applications in the field of sensing. Topics will include, but are not limited to, nanofibers, nanoparticles, nanopillars, nanoplatelets, nanoribbons, nanorods, nanowires, nanosheets, quantum dots and related structures based on various materials (semiconductors, metals, dielectrics) .
One of the most interesting applications of nanostructures is the sensing of specific molecules in gases or liquids, as their peculiar small size and high surface/volume ratio permit achieving a very high sensitivity, up to parts per billion, or even more. The modifications in electrical conductivity caused by the binding of charged species to the surface of the nanostructure allows for fast, efficient, and selective sensing. Surface modifications induced by specific functional groups allow for increasing the measurable interactions and enhancing the selectivity towards specific analytes.
This Issue will cover a wide range of research fields in the field of nanostructures for sensing. Topics will include the following:
- Synthesis and growth of nanostructures.
- Characterization with specific focus on properties affecting sensing.
- Modelling of physical and chemical processes for sensing.
- Functionalization for specific applications.
- Fabrication of sensors and devices.
Original reviews, communications, and scientific papers focusing on these topics are welcome.