Special Issue "Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructured Templated Materials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Juan M. Ruso
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Soft Matter and Molecular Biophysics Group, Department of Applied Physics, University of Santiago de Compostela, E-15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Interests: synthesis and characterization of nanostructured templated materials; the biophysics of proteins and ligand-protein interactions; complexation of different proteins with amphiphilic ligands (surfactants, lipids and drugs)
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Dear Colleagues,

The design and synthesis of nanomaterials or nanostructures’ templated materials has been one of the most dynamic activities over the last decade not only from a scientific point of view but also from an industrial perspective. Another of its most noteworthy features is the exceptional multidisciplinarity shown since its inception, where engineers, physicists, and chemists joined their knowledge and skills to satisfy the technological, medical, and social expectations. Traditionally, nanostructured materials’ manufacturing processes have been classified into top–down and bottom–up methods. In top–down techniques, nanomaterials are produced from macroscopic entities without any type of control at the molecular or atomic level. Bottom–up techniques, on the other hand, allow us to build materials from their atomic or molecular components through self-assembly. This requires a deeper understanding of the type of interactions that take place at that scale but achieves more complex structures with fewer defects. Despite the apparent simplicity of this classification, the huge number of possible components, the wide variety of synthesis routes, the improvement in experimental equipment, and the incorporation of computational techniques (including recent machine learning tools) offers us a horizon with infinite possibilities. The main objective of this Special Issue is to give a broad and current view of some of the most active lines of research in the field of nanostructured templated materials that stand out for their demand or originality from the point of view of applications and/or methodology.

Prof. Dr. Juan M. Ruso
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • nanomaterials
  • biomaterials
  • nanocomposites
  • nanobiodevices
  • nanomedicine
  • nanomodelling

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Structural Properties of Molecular Sierpiński Triangle Fractals
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(5), 925; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10050925 - 11 May 2020
Abstract
The structure of fractals at nano and micro scales is decisive for their physical properties. Generally, statistically self-similar (random) fractals occur in natural systems, and exactly self-similar (deterministic) fractals are artificially created. However, the existing fabrication methods of deterministic fractals are seldom defect-free. [...] Read more.
The structure of fractals at nano and micro scales is decisive for their physical properties. Generally, statistically self-similar (random) fractals occur in natural systems, and exactly self-similar (deterministic) fractals are artificially created. However, the existing fabrication methods of deterministic fractals are seldom defect-free. Here, are investigated the effects of deviations from an ideal deterministic structure, including small random displacements and different shapes and sizes of the basic units composing the fractal, on the structural properties of a common molecular fractal—the Sierpiński triangle (ST). To this aim, analytic expressions of small-angle scattering (SAS) intensities are derived, and it is shown that each type of deviation has its own unique imprint on the scattering curve. This allows the extraction of specific structural parameters, and thus the design and fabrication of artificial structures with pre-defined properties and functions. Moreover, the influence on the SAS intensity of various configurations induced in ST, can readily be extended to other 2D or 3D structures, allowing for exploration of structure-property relationships in various well-defined fractal geometries. Full article
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