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Special Issue "Nano-Hybrid Composite Membranes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: nanocomposite membranes; electrolyte membranes; functionalized nanofillers; solid-state and flexible energy storage and conversion systems (e.g., batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells); electrochemical biosensors; self-powered wearables; water and wastewater treatment
Interests: polymer nanocomposites; self-assembled nanomaterials; water treatment; graphene and other 2D nanomaterials; porous 3D macrostructures; biomimetic ordered materials; bio-nano interfaces; biocolloids; CO2 to fuel electroconversion
Nano-hybrid composite membranes (NHCMs) are a novel class of membranes that comprise nanofillers incorporated into a polymeric or inorganic matrix to enhance their performance and lifetime in different industrial applications. Utilizing the conventional polymeric (e.g., thermoplastics, thermosets, and conducting polymers) or inorganic materials (metallic, ceramic, and zeolite) for membrane fabrication have certain limitations, including low thermochemical stability of polymers, hydrophobicity and fouling of polymeric membranes, high capital costs of inorganic materials, and trade-off between the permeability and selectivity for both matrices. The incorporation of different nanofillers, such as nanoparticles (e.g., silver, gold, copper), nanotubes, and nanofibers (e.g., metal oxides), nanosheets (e.g., graphene and graphene analogous materials), 3D nanobulks (e.g., metal organic frameworks), and some other novel nanoscale materials, into polymeric or inorganic membranes provides great advantages. Improvements on hydrophilicity, antifouling, selectivity and permeation efficiencies, mechanical properties, optical characteristics, and thermochemical stabilities can be observed by NHCMs as a result of interfacial interactions between matrix/nanofiller, matrix type, processing technique and parameters, and nanofiller content. Furthermore, the addition of nanofillers can create new functions for NHCMs, such as antisepsis, photocatalysis, charge conductivity, and electrocatalytic activities.
This Special Issue on “Nano-Hybrid Composite Membranes” seeks high-quality works focusing on the latest novel advances on NHCM technology for different applications, including but not limited to: gas transport, filtration, water treatment and purification, anticorrosion, biomedical, sensors, harvesting renewable energy, and energy storage and conversion technologies.
Dr. Hadis Zarrin
Dr. Nariman Yousefi
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Please note that for papers submitted after 30 June 2020 an APC of 1500 CHF applies. 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.
- Nanocomposite membranes
- Water and wastewater treatment
- Water purification
- Gas separation
- Electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems
- Solar cells
- Wearable sensors