Special Issue "Silica and Silicon Based Nanostructures"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: Si nanowires; ZnO nanowires; semiconducting nanowire networks; nanonets; functional devices; biosensing; gas sensing; transistors; flexible electronics; material design; physical modeling
Studies on silicon and silica-based nanostructures appeared in the early 1990s. Their number continued to grow until about 2014. Since then, scientific production has stabilized (silica-based nanostructures) or tended to decrease (silicon-based nanostructures). An extensive literature review of silicon-based nanostructures clearly shows that the major areas affected by the decline in publications are applied physics, crystallography, and engineering electrical electronic, whereas numerous applied fields are the subject of increased interest.
This is a sign that the structures and technologies have been mastered and the most obvious applications (electronic devices) have been explored, and research teams are now exploring new fields and applications for these nanostructures. The purpose of this Special Issue is to bring together the state-of-art in this field and to allow the emergence of novel ideas and concepts for silicon- and silica-based nanostructures. Indeed, Si and SiO2-based nanostructures open new perspectives for many interdisciplinary applications in the fields of biomarkers, energy recovery, photovoltaics, sensors, manipulators, actuators, optoelectronics, quantum devices, telecommunications, environmental science, mechanics, biomaterials, etc.
Since the production of functional materials requires a good understanding of physical and chemical properties, fundamental studies, applied, theoretical, or computational, specifically related to new applications are also expected.
Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome. Topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Si- and SiO2-based nanostructures (single structure, network, nanonet, large assembly, composite, etc.): theory, synthesis, fabrication, properties
- Doping, surface effects, and surface functionalization
- Applications of Si- and SiO2-based nanostructures, for example, gas- and bio-sensing, electronics, photonics, energy harvesting, photovoltaic, energy storage, catalysis, biomedical, etc.
- Developments in the characterization of Si- and SiO2-based nanostructures: electrical and chemical mapping at the nanoscale, optical measurement, TEM-related methods, etc.
- Theory and computational modeling of Si- and SiO2-based nanostructures
- Other studies of nanoscience and nanotechnology associated with Si- and SiO2-based nanostructures
Dr. Céline Ternon
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