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Nanomaterials
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2079-4991
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Aims

Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991) is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal. It publishes reviews, regular research papers, communications, and short notes that are relevant to any field of study that involves nanomaterials, with respect to their science and application. Thus, theoretical and experimental articles will be accepted, along with articles that deal with the synthesis and use of nanomaterials. Articles that synthesize information from multiple fields, and which place discoveries within a broader context, will be preferred. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical research in as much detail as possible. Full experimental or methodical details, or both, must be provided for research articles. Computed data or files regarding the full details of the experimental procedure, if unable to be published in a normal way, can be deposited as supplementary material.

Nanomaterials is dedicated to a high scientific standard. All manuscripts undergo a rigorous reviewing process and decisions are based on the recommendations of independent reviewers.

Scopes

Nanomaterials are materials with typical size features in the lower nanometer size range and characteristic mesoscopic properties; for example quantum size effects. These properties make them attractive objects of fundamental research and potential new applications. The scope of Nanomaterials covers the preparation, characterization and application of all nanomaterials.

The following examples may provide a guide to what will be covered (not exclusive):

    Nanomaterials:
        Nanoparticles, coatings and thin films, inorganic-organic hybrids and composites (i.e. MOFs), membranes, nano-alloys, quantum dots, self-assemblies, graphene, nanotubes, etc
    Methodologies:
        Synthesis of organic, inorganic, and hybrid nanomaterials
        Characterization of mesoscopic properties
        Modelling of nanomaterials and/or mesoscopic effects
    Applications:
        Any application of new nanomaterials or new application of nanomaterials
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Special Issues
Special Issue on Advanced Mechanical Modeling of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/mechanical_modeling)
Submission Date: 2021-04-23

Dear colleagues, The continuous development of novel composite materials with increased mechanical performances and low density has encouraged the adoption of different components, such as functionally graded materials (FGMs), carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene nanoplatelets, or SMART constituents for many practical engineering applications, e.g., biomedicine, aerospace facilities, automotive industry, energy devices, and civil applications. In a context where the recent requirements in design and manufacturing have led to an increased development of nanoshells, carbon nanotubes, and paramagnetic nanoparticles, this Special Issue aims at gathering together experts and young researchers for the mechanical modeling of materials and structures in the small-scale range. The physical and mechanical properties of small-scale structures are well known to be size-dependent. This represents a key aspect, largely explored both theoretically and computationally by means of advanced nonlocal approaches. These are here explored to handle both the continuum solid mechanics and fracture mechanics, for which the nonlocal aspect is a requisite for a realistic description of fracture, including the crack inception or propagation and the structural size effect related to the existence of a finite size fracture process zone. Advanced theories and high-performance computational modeling on the statics or dynamics of nano-systems and nano-structures are welcome, together with the development of enhanced nonlocal damage and fracturing models, able to capture the formation and propagation of the internal cracks related to the heterogeneity of complex materials and interfaces. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/mechanical_modeling Keywords Adhesion Advanced computational methods Complex materials Composite nanobeams, nanoplates and nanoshells Delamination High-performance computational methods Nano engineering Nonlocal theories Fracture mechanics Size-effects Prof. Dr. Rossana Dimitri Prof. Francesco Tornabene Guest Editors
Last updated by Tracy Jin in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Terahertz Dynamics in Nanosystems
Submission Date: 2021-04-25

Dear Colleagues, Although the collective dynamics of soft materials has been the focus of intense scrutiny since the dawn of modern physics, it still presents many puzzling aspects, which can be ideally elucidated by scattering methods. Conceptually, scattering spectrometers resemble large microscopes operating in the dynamic domain, which can be zoomed to dynamic events occurring over different length- and time-scales by a suitable choice of momentum and energy exchanged with the target system. For decades, scattering measurements on disordered materials have maintained their primary focus on the dynamic response of mono-component systems—as monatomic, molecular, and glass-forming liquids. In recent times, mainstream interest has gradually shifted towards more complex materials characterized by a distinctive nanoscale organization, sometimes with a hybrid character, i.e., combining liquid and solid components. In these systems, a breach of homogeneity at intermediate scales might cause symmetry breaks, which foster the emergence of new spectral excitations. The study of this variegate multiscale behavior is not only of formidable fundamental interest, but it potentially leads to the discovery of unexplored materials’ functionalities, lending themselves to novel applications. The pursue of this endeavor can benefit from the synergy of complementary spectroscopic probes with the most advanced nano-fabrication techniques. Particularly exciting is the opportunity to use these methods to investigate the terahertz dynamics on the superlattices or random assemblies of nanoparticles, liquids under unidimensional or bidimensional confinement, block-copolymers undergoing order-disorder phase transitions, liquid crystals across various mesogenic phases, and so on. This Special Issue aims at covering recent advances in scattering studies on diverse nanostructured materials. These investigations may entail the use of either frequency or time-dependent methods and complementary probes such as visible light, X-ray, or neutron scattering, in either separate or joint measurements. Dr. Alessandro Cunsolo Guest Editor For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Terahertz_Dynamics_Nano You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail address: To: alisa.zhai@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Zhai)
Last updated by Alisa Zhai in 2021-03-04
Special Issue on Laser Synthesis of Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanomaterials are one of the main topics of research at present. These materials, with at least one of their dimensions in the nanoscale (i.e., in a length range from 1 nm to 100 nm) have remarkable or unconventional properties compared to bulk materials. These materials are currently used in many applications; however, new potential uses are being investigated. In this sense, there is a large interest in their use in medicine, electronic devices, production and storage of energy, composite materials, etc. The production of nanomaterials is addressed through physical and/or chemical methods; however, most of these methods exhibit low reproducibility or a low production rate or make use of toxic chemicals. In order to avoid most of these drawbacks, laser-based synthesis of nanomaterials has emerged as an alternative to overcome these limitations. This family of methods uses a laser beam to produce different nanomaterials (e.g., nanoparticles, nanowires or 2D materials) using diverse approaches. Techniques such as those based on laser ablation, laser vaporization, pulsed laser deposition (PLD), laser–chemical vapor deposition (LCVD), etc. are being explored, at present, to fabricate these nanoscale materials with a controlled size and shape. In this context, the present Special Issue will include research papers addressing the most recent developments in this field to summarize the current state-of-the-art in the synthesis of nanomaterials using laser techniques. Suitable topics include but are not limited to: Laser nanoprocessing; Laser ablation techniques, liquid-phase laser ablation; Laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition (LCVD); Pulsed laser deposition; Ultrafast laser synthesis of nanomaterials; Laser-Induced Fragmentation. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/laser Prof. Dr. Mohamed Boutinguiza Dr. Antonio Riveiro Dr. Jesús del Val Guest Editors
Last updated by Erika Zhao in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Catalysis by Metal-Oxide Nanostructures
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, Research into the subject of catalysis by metal-oxide nanostructured materials has been increasing over the past few years. Metal oxides (single or mixed) have been successfully used as catalysts, themselves, or as supports for single and multi-noble metals. Examples of metal oxides are silica, alumina, titania, zirconia, zeolites, Fe2O3, Fe3O4, ZnO, polyoxometallates (POMs), perovskites, phosphates, multicomponent mixed oxides (molybdates, tungstates, antimonates, etc.), hexaaluminates, etc. Such materials have been successfully used in several catalytic reactions of crucial importance, such as total and partial (selective) oxidation, hydrodesulphurisation, depollution, deNOx, deSOx, acid and base catalyses, biomass conversion, photocatalysis, among others. This Special Issue aims to cover the recent developments in the field in catalysis. Papers dealing with any type of metal oxide nanostructures, their preparation, characterisation, use for a type of catalytic reaction, mechanistic studies, and theoretical studies, among others, are most welcome. We hope you will contribute a paper. For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/catalysis_metal_oxide Prof. Dr. Sónia Carabineiro Guest Editor
Last updated by Erika Zhao in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Functional Glyconanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanotechnology provides a new array of techniques and platforms to study glycosystems. Recent developments in the field have provided access to an advanced toolkit of synthetic nanomaterials and improved techniques to study such molecules at high resolution. Current advances in glycobiology research have demonstrated that glycosylated biomacromolecules play crucial roles in a wide range of important biological functions. Thus, the development of glycofunctionalized materials emulating or interfering in those processes, such as glycocarrier systems or glycoconjugate drugs, offer great potential for applications in a broad range of fields. The chemical diversity of carbohydrates can be exploited for the development of new materials with controlled and precise chemical, physical, and biological properties. This Special Issue invites research articles involving the design, fabrication, and utilization of glyconanomaterials for biomedical applications. For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/glyconanomaterials Prof. Dr. Jose M. Palomo Prof. Dr. M. Carmen Galan Prof. Dr. José Manuel García Fernández Guest Editors
Last updated by Erika Zhao in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Magnetic Nanosystems for Diagnosis and Medical Imaging
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, It is well-established that early diagnosis is the most valuable ally in fighting cancer, which unfortunately continues to be a leading cause of death worldwide. In vivo imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) play a crucial role in this early diagnosis. However, one aspect that needs to be improved in cancer medical imaging in general, and MRI in particular, is the diagnostic specificity, which remains quite low in many cases. In this sense, the development of new nanotechnology-based diagnostic agents holds great promise for significantly increasing tumor diagnostic accuracy. MRI diagnostic agents include a wide variety of magnetic nanosystems, such as nanoparticles, nanogels, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), nanoliposomes, micelles, and labeled cells. This Special Issue will attempt to cover the recent advances in the development and application of magnetic nanosystems for MRI-based cancer diagnosis, including the functionalization strategies aimed at developing tumor-targeted magnetic nanosystems for molecular MRI (mMRI). Dr. María Luisa García-Martín Guest Editor For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Magnetic_Nano_Diagnosis_Imaging You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail address: To: alisa.zhai@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Zhai)
Last updated by Alisa Zhai in 2021-03-04
Special Issue on Advances in Micro- and Nanomechanics
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, It is my pleasure to announce the launch of a new Special Issue of the journal Nanomaterials entitled “Advances in Micro- and Nanomechanics”. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_micro_mechanics This Special Issue is devoted to recent advances in both theoretical and experimental studies of a material behavior at the micrometer and nanometer sizes. The SI includes modeling within the various continuum and discrete models. In particular, such continuum models as the surface elasticity, strain and stress gradient elasticity, and other generalized models of continua and structures are invited. Discrete models as lattice and molecular dynamics are also included. In addition, the SI considers experimental studies of such materials and structures within modern experimental techniques. Both static and dynamic analysis as well as multifield coupling are in the scope of the SI. Dr. Victor A. Eremeyev Guest Editor Keywords nanoparticles nanocomposites micro- and nanoporous materials nanotubes flexo- and magnetoelasticity surface elasticity strain and stress gradient elasticity homogenization nanoindentation computer tomography atomic force microscopy Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
Last updated by Sandra Ma in 2021-03-04
Special Issue on Semiconductor and Nanophotonic Devices
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanophotonics, which combines the latest advances in nanotechnology, nanofabrication, and nanostructured materials, has become in the past few years a key area of research and applied technology from the physics, material science, and engineering fields. As a result, semiconductor and nanophotonic devices as parts of integrated systems may provide essential components in miniaturized optical systems, such as for communication, computing, storage, sensing, metrology, quantum, and neuromorphic applications. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/semiconductor_nanophotonics This Special Issue aims at collecting a compilation of articles that demonstrate the continuous effort in developing advanced semiconductor and nanophotonic devices capable of generating, detecting, modulating, processing, and manipulating light at subwavelength scales, at ultrafast speeds, and at ultralow energy levels. Importantly, this Special Issue covers a variety of physical phenomena that are now being discovered in nanophotonic structures, nanomaterials, and devices as the scales of light–matter interaction becomes comparable to the atomic scale. This promises unique opportunities for a variety of cutting-edge technologies with exceptional performance and multifunctionalities of interest for ultracompact integrated sensors, quantum sensing, information and computing systems, and neuromorphic computing using light. Dr. Bruno Romeira Guest Editor Keywords Metamaterial devices Subwavelength cavities Topological nanophotonic devices 2D-layered semiconductor devices Semiconductor nanophotodetectors Nano-opto-electro-mechanical devices Photonic crystal and plasmonic devices Parity-time symmetry breaking in nanophotonics Semiconductor nanolasers, Fano lasers, nanoLEDs Nanophotonic modulators and phase change materials Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
Last updated by Sandra Ma in 2021-03-04
Special Issue on Risk Analysis and Assessment of Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanotechnology is a key technology for the future as it responds to many of the challenges that we face today. The field is rapidly growing with the constant development of new nanomaterials and includes a vast range of applications in medicine, food industry, electronic devices, and many other sectors. As a consequence, human and environmental exposure to these materials is rapidly increasing, which rises concerns related to their safety. The hazardous properties of nanomaterials are not fully understood, and finding information regarding their toxicity is time and resource consuming, and sometimes even unattainable. Moreover, estimating exposure is difficult, as nanomaterials detection is limited due to their small size and the high amount of naturally occurring nanomaterials. The use of nanomaterials represents a great challenge for environmental, health, and safety specialists, and the development of tools and methods for risk assessment (RA) and management for the safe use of nanomaterials is called for. With access to efficient and practical RA tools, the safe handling of these materials can be achieved faster and more accurately than through extensive literature research and unreliable exposure assessments. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will cover the topics of nanomaterial safety, new methods for risk assessment, safe management of nanomaterials and practical solutions to human and environmental safety issues related to the use, manufacture, and handling of nanomaterials. MER Dr. Thierry Meyer Dr. Elina BUITRAGO Dr. Anna Maria NOVELLO Guest Editors Keywords engineered nanomaterials nanotechnology nanotoxicology nanosafety risk assessment hazard identification exposure assessment safety management
Last updated by Matilda Huang in 2021-03-04
Special Issue on Application of SERS for Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, Since its discovery over forty-five years ago, SERS has blossomed into an exciting field of study that spans major fields of science, including analytical and physical chemistry, solid-state physics and optics, biosciences, medical diagnostics, and sensor engineering. In this Special Issue, we welcome new developments in SERS. One of the most important areas of research involves the development of novel substrates, such as arrays of metallic nanoparticles (NP), semiconductor quantum dots, composite core-shell NP substrates, soft systems such as organic semiconductors and J-aggregates, fabricated hot-spots in nanometer-sized gaps, electrochemical etched SERS substrates, and wire substrates for tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS). Many of these substrates allow single-molecule (SM) detection, which is a fascinating area of SERS research. Papers dealing with measuring and understanding the enhancement factor (EF) and the mechanism of enhancement of chemical systems adsorbed on these substrates are of interest for this issue. The main factors in the Raman enhancement are the EM effect of the substrate on the incident light involving plasmon resonances and the chemical mechanism involving charge transfer (CT) resonances between the substrate and molecule and possible molecular resonances. Theoretical treatments of the enhancement mechanisms by computational chemistry and physics using DFT (TDDFT) and periodic plane-wave methods are also of interest. Finally, papers dealing with the nature of chemical systems on SERS substrates, such as surface geometry, the identification of molecules of topical interest, such as drugs and biomolecules, and the study of chemical reactions on surfaces are welcome. Articles dealing with future trends and challenges involving either experimental or theoretical methods would be especially appreciated. Keywords surface-enhanced Raman scattering surface plasmon resonance charge transfer resonance time-dependent Raman theory biological and chemical Raman sensing hot-spots tip-enhanced Raman scattering
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Special Issue on Effects, Analysis and Applications of Nanomaterials in Biological Systems
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, Biological systems function at the nanoscale, communicating with one another using nanosized packages, activating functions using nano-switches and building structures based on biological nanomaterials. Not surprisingly, synthetic nanomaterials can manipulate these biological systems to create desired outcomes in both healthy protective functions and pathology. The effect of nanomaterials on biochemical pathways and biomarker expression is still poorly understood, and in order to design smart, biologically relevant nanomaterial interventions, we must first further elucidate the complex ways in which biological systems interact with nanomaterials. In this Special Issue, we will explore how nanobiotechnology and biomaterial engineering is expanding our understanding of nanotoxicity, tissue engineering and drug delivery. This issue will bring together expertise in environmental toxicology, metrology, nanopharmacology, nanomaterial synthesis and synthetic biology to define the nexus in these developing areas. Prof. Dr. Marianna Kulka Dr. Bernadette Quemerais Dr. David Kennedy Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/analysis_nano_biological_systems
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Special Issue on Frontiers in Functional Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, During the last several decades, there has been a great number of research papers on the functional nanomaterials. The benefits of nano-engineering are various, including enhanced surface areas and unprecedented physical properties. In materials science field, new materials have continuously appeared and engineered to nano-regimes. For example, PbCsX3 type perovskites and high-entropy materials have attracted the recent attention of scientists and have been engineered to nano-regimes. The functional performance of new materials could be enhanced through the nano-engineering. The communications about the new functional nanomaterials will be exciting. In this regard, we designed the special issue “Frontiers in Functional Nanomaterials” that welcomes the submission of the works on the recent functional nanomaterials. We wish that this special Issue becomes a good and helpful platform for the communications of scientists. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/functional_porous. Prof. Dr. Seung Uk Son Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Inkjet Printing of Nanomaterials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, The true beginning of inkjet printing technology (IJP) commercialization began in the second half of the 20th century, when IJP was implemented for industrial computer graphics applications. Graphical representation still remains its main conventional use today. In recent years, however, different inkjet printing technologies have been utilized to facilitate the functionalization of various energy-related nanomaterials. The effort was driven by the obvious advantages of IJP: Delivery of inks in precisely controlled small amounts (from picoliters to nanoliters). Suitability for dispensing a wide range of materials – inorganic (e.g., metals, ceramics, sealants) and organic (e.g., polymers, tissues, adhesives, enzymes). Elimination of expensive ink wastage due to the computerized (i.e., drop-on-demand (DoD)) method of delivery. Non-contact nature, allowing work on a variety of substrates (including fragile, flexible, patterned, or reactive) and with nanomaterials sensitive to mechanical pressure. Reduction of production and capital costs due to avoidance of high vacuum methods and high-resolution lithography. Accurate positional placement permitting creation of high-resolution 2D and 3D patterning. The ever-increasing demand for renewable and sustainable energy requires the development of more efficient and accessible technologies for energy generation, storage, control, and utilization achievable through the use of nanotechnology. Nanomaterials have shown remarkable potential to add targeted functionality to the original material systems, e.g., enhancing catalytically performances, mechanical strength, high surface area, tailored anisotropy, improved sinterability, biocompatibility, etc. Illustrating the inherent advantages of the combination of IJP and nanomaterials, this Special Issue focuses on inkjet printing of nanomaterials for renewable and sustainable energy application, including but not restricted to: Fuel cells, photovoltaics, and thermoelectric generation Batteries and supercapacitor storage Photo- and electrocatalytic processes for hydrogen evolution and fuel conversion Flexible and van der Waals electronics, 2D materials Nanoscale semiconductor applications Superconducting transmission lines, cryoelectronics, and energy storage We invite authors to contribute original research articles, short communications, or comprehensive reviews covering the recent progress in the application of inkjet printing of nanomaterials, offering feasible solutions to global energy and sustainability challenges. Keywords: inkjet printing nanomaterials energy devices commercialization https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/inkjet_nano Dr. Rumen I. Tomov Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
Last updated by Keyco Li in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Inkjet Printing of Nanomaterials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, The true beginning of inkjet printing technology (IJP) commercialization began in the second half of the 20th century, when IJP was implemented for industrial computer graphics applications. Graphical representation still remains its main conventional use today. In recent years, however, different inkjet printing technologies have been utilized to facilitate the functionalization of various energy-related nanomaterials. The effort was driven by the obvious advantages of IJP: Delivery of inks in precisely controlled small amounts (from picoliters to nanoliters). Suitability for dispensing a wide range of materials – inorganic (e.g., metals, ceramics, sealants) and organic (e.g., polymers, tissues, adhesives, enzymes). Elimination of expensive ink wastage due to the computerized (i.e., drop-on-demand (DoD)) method of delivery. Non-contact nature, allowing work on a variety of substrates (including fragile, flexible, patterned, or reactive) and with nanomaterials sensitive to mechanical pressure. Reduction of production and capital costs due to avoidance of high vacuum methods and high-resolution lithography. Accurate positional placement permitting creation of high-resolution 2D and 3D patterning. The ever-increasing demand for renewable and sustainable energy requires the development of more efficient and accessible technologies for energy generation, storage, control, and utilization achievable through the use of nanotechnology. Nanomaterials have shown remarkable potential to add targeted functionality to the original material systems, e.g., enhancing catalytically performances, mechanical strength, high surface area, tailored anisotropy, improved sinterability, biocompatibility, etc. Illustrating the inherent advantages of the combination of IJP and nanomaterials, this Special Issue focuses on inkjet printing of nanomaterials for renewable and sustainable energy application, including but not restricted to: Fuel cells, photovoltaics, and thermoelectric generation Batteries and supercapacitor storage Photo- and electrocatalytic processes for hydrogen evolution and fuel conversion Flexible and van der Waals electronics, 2D materials Nanoscale semiconductor applications Superconducting transmission lines, cryoelectronics, and energy storage We invite authors to contribute original research articles, short communications, or comprehensive reviews covering the recent progress in the application of inkjet printing of nanomaterials, offering feasible solutions to global energy and sustainability challenges. Keywords: inkjet printing nanomaterials energy devices commercialization Dr. Rumen I. Tomov Guest Editor Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/inkjet_nano You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
Last updated by Keyco Li in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Nanostructured Materials for Biomedicine and Bioengineering
Submission Date: 2021-04-30

Dear Colleagues, Research focusing on innovative nanomaterials has been dramatically increasing in the last 20 years in the field of bioengineering, biomedicine and regenerative medicine, thanks to the unique features which can be provided by nanomaterials. Multifunctional nanoparticles, smart nanostructured scaffolds and implant coatings are only a fraction of the still partially unexplored framework of nanomaterial-based applications. As a matter of fact, advanced biomaterials with defined nanotopography and chemistry can be tailored to create nanoscale environment conditions favorable to cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation in a modulated fashion, to promote the optimal integration of implants and lead the regeneration processes. The aim of this Special Issue is to collect and publish papers that emphasize the effect of nanomaterials properties at the micro- and nano-scale, to better characterize the efficiency and functionality of novel materials and devices, for their application in regenerative dentistry and orthopedics, including bone, cartilage, tendons, and nerve tissue engineering. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/biomedicine_bioengineering Prof. Gianluca Carnevale Dr. Michele Bianchi Guest Editors
Last updated by Erika Zhao in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Carbon Nanotube: Synthesis, Characteristics and Applications
Submission Date: 2021-05-10

The titled Special Issue intends to cover the up-to-date studies on CNTs focused on their applications achievable by the ‘properties-by-design’ approach. Novel strategies of controllable synthesis, original physicochemical modifications or innovative isolation/purification methods accompanied by comprehensive characterization toward applications constitute the cutting-edge science and this Special Issue as well. New openings or the most recent advances in the applications of CNTs – from (opto)electronics to thermal management to materials engineering to biomedicine – are the most welcome. Keywords: Synthesis routes; Surface functionalization; Purification/isolation methods; Physicochemical characterization; Nanocatalysis; Nanomaterials for biomedicine; Nanomaterials for energy applications; Electrical and thermal properties Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/carbon_nanotube_Synth You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: cassie.zhang@mdpi.com (Ms. CassieZhang); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
Last updated by Cassie Zhang in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Polymer Nanocomposites: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-05-18

Dear Colleagues, Polymer composites have been at the forefront of science and technology in the last couple of decades because of advances in the synthesis and control of nanomaterial characteristics used as reinforcing or electroactive fillers. In this Special Issue, we aim to focus on the fabrication methods used to make the nanocomposites and their effect on the resultant properties. We are especially interested in research articles that focus on using the same starting materials so that a comparison between methods can be made and the effect of specific nanomaterials can be highlighted. We are also interested in articles that evaluate the effect of changing the structure of the matrix polymer and its effect on the composite properties while keeping the filler characteristics constant. Articles focused on demonstrating the sensitivity and accuracy of characterization methods and their analysis are desired, as are computer simulation methods that shed light on the trends seen in the properties of the nanocomposites. Finally, investigations that demonstrate the advantages of using a particular processing method to generate the desired properties for a specific application will also be welcome. Prof. Dr. Rosario Gerhardt Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Biomedical Applications of Anisotropic Magnetic Nanoparticles
Submission Date: 2021-05-30

Dear Colleagues, Magnetic nanoparticles have been studied for several decades for their biomedical applications. Due to their magnetic properties, they can be used as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), thanks to the modification of the relaxation time of protons in their surroundings. Their ability to heat up when submitted to an alternating magnetic field has been used in thermotherapy but also for on-demand drug release with thermosensitive drug delivery systems. They can also accumulate in a specific area through the application of a magnetic field gradient (magnetic targeting), while their size gives them the property of accumulating to a certain extent within tumor areas (passive targeting, EPR effect). Their nanometric size and the resulting high specific surface area allow the grafting of large quantities of biochemical entities (proteins, antibodies, etc.) onto their surface, which has led to applications in targeted therapy (active targeting) but also in in vitro diagnostics. Until a few years ago, research on magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications was mainly focused on spherical, isotropic nanoparticles. However, an increasing research effort is now directed toward anisotropic magnetic nanoparticles, as their magnetic properties and biological activity can be improved by controlling their shape. Indeed, some researchers have reported that tuning the anisotropy, by modifying the shape of the nanoparticles, leads to a higher specific adsorption rate and better performance as a contrast agent in MRI. Moreover, enhanced blood circulation time and prolonged retention in tumors have also been observed for anisotropic nanoparticles. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_bio_magnetic Thus, this Special Issue focuses on the synthesis, properties, and biomedical applications of anisotropic magnetic nanoparticles that may be nanotubes, nanowires, nanorods, nanocubes, nanoflowers, nanosheets, nanoplates or anisotropic nanoparticle assembly. The format of welcomed articles includes full papers, communications, and reviews. Dr. Jean-Michel Siaugue Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
Last updated by Sandra Ma in 2021-03-04
Special Issue on Colloids and Nanofluids for Energy Management
Submission Date: 2021-05-30

Dear Colleagues, Colloids have been known for centuries and find innumerable applications in everyday life, from the food industry, to medicine, filtering and purification systems, and so on. In 1995, the colloidal suspensions of nanoparticles with the specific purpose of modifying the functional properties of the fluid itself were identified and defined by Choi as “nanofluids”. Since then, studies on nanofluids have multiplied exponentially. Different types of fluids (water, glycols, alcohols, oils, etc.) containing nanoparticles of various metals, oxides, and carbon nanostructures have been studied. Research has begun on the heat transfer and then expanded by investigating other properties and potential applications, including thermal energy storage, pool boiling, wettability, surface tension, lubrication properties, optical properties particularly absorption of solar radiation, magnetic or electric properties, etc. However, altough the first prototypes or the first commercial scouting begin to appear, some issues still need to be addressed, such as stability over time and in operating conditions or viscosity increase and pressure drop. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_colloids_fluids This Special Issue will attempt to explore recent advances in nanofluids, focusing on all aspects of their development: the design, from synthesis methods to new formulations; new potential applications and properties investigated; advances in understanding the behavior of nanoparticles and in modeling; and advancement in engineering and industrialization of nanofluids. This Special Issue also aims to investigate the advances on cutting-edge strategies to deal with issues still to be overcome in the nanofluids development. The intent is to give an overview of the progress of research, including different types of fluids, nanoparticles, colloids or emulsions, particularly focusing on energy aspects including heat exchange efficiency, thermal energy storage, lubrication, and in general on the energy efficiency increase of devices. Dr. Simona Barison Dr. Filippo Agresti Dr. Laura Fedele Dr. David Cabaleiro Guest Editors Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
Last updated by Sandra Ma in 2021-03-04
Special Issue on Self-Assembly and Applications of Soft Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-05-30

Dear Colleagues, Recently, the synthesis of novel chemical structures and the efficient use of soft and supramolecular interactions can generate novel structural properties and new protocols for the design of novel materials with nanoscale ordered morphologies suitable for advanced applications in nanotechnology. Leading examples of self-assembly processes can be found in biological systems where assemblies of different components and their integrated actions allow the performance of highly specific functions in living organisms. We invite researchers to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that investigate the self-assembly processes involving macromolecules block units that can be considered prominent example of the bottom-up approach in modern nanotechnology. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_softmaterials This Special Issue aims to cover a broad range of subjects from nanomaterials synthesis, characterization, and applications of macromolecules that, with the exhibition of various self-assembled nanostructures, may stimulate the development of a new generation of advanced functional materials in a wide range of disciplines including pharmaceutical, nanomedicine, food, cosmetics, agriculture, catalysis, and environment science. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Basic properties and self-assembly processes of macromolecular in bulk phases, surfaces, and interfaces Synthesis and characterization of novel (macro)molecules and smart materials Novel supramolecular assemblies for nanoarchitectonics material application Nanomaterial-based technologies for sustainability, renewable energy and environmental issues Application of amphiphilic macromolecules and supramolecular nanostructures to industrial processes Theoretical modelling and computer simulation studies of new problems in nanomaterial self-assembly Dr. Domenico Lombardo Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Functional Nanomagnetics and Magneto-Optical Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, Nanosized magnetic materials with a strong correlation between compositions, structure, and functional properties are attracting much attention due to the large number of fundamental phenomena they allow to study and their prospects for practical applications. The features of the chemical processes and physical interactions in low-dimensional nanomagnets are very important for interdisciplinary research development. Technical, scientific, industrial, and consumer demands lead to the emergence of new technologies that will make our world a better place. I kindly invite you to make a contribution to this Special Issue of Nanomaterials titled “Functional Nanomagnetics and Magneto-Optical Nanomaterials” For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/magnetic_optical Dr. Alex V. Trukhanov Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Applications of Nanomaterials in Plasmonic Sensors
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleague, Plasmonic sensors (PS) have been actively used for biochemical analysis, medical diagnostics, and environmental monitoring for more than three decades. The operation principle of plasmonic sensitive elements (SE) rests on the resonant nature of excitation of surface plasma oscillations, with the resonance conditions depending strongly on the refractive index of the ambient medium. The latter, in turn, changes, for example, due to the binding or dissociation of the target analyte, or other chemical or physical processes, which is then detected by the sensor. In other words, in most cases such devices are no more than refractometers, but such that are capable of ultra-sensitive label-free measurements, which explains the popularity and widespread use of such devices. The first designs of plasmonic sensors made use of flat (Otto and Kretschmann schemes) or cylindrical (fiber optic schemes) metal / dielectric interfaces as SEs. Over time, plasmonic nanoparticles began to be applied to these boundaries or the boundaries were coated with ultrathin layers of various materials, including those based on graphene and its derivatives. This enabled tunability of the excitation conditions and parameters of the boundary-guided surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) and, as a result, significantly improved the metrological characteristics of plasmonic refractometers, at the same time making them more compact and expanding their range of application. It is interesting that graphene-based composites in recent years are increasingly considered not only from the point of view of enhancing classical plasmon refractometer schemes, but also as an independent basis for building ultra-sensitive measuring devices. This is due to the unique properties of this 2D material: high mobility of charge carriers, the ability to guide SPP in a wide spectral range with very low absorption losses, the ability to control optical properties, large surface area, remarkable mechanical strength, chemical inertness, and intrinsic biocompatibility. Many researchers are convinced that further progress of sensors based on SPP will be largely determined by the development of sensitive elements based on 2D plasmonic nanocomposites. It must be noted that nanoscale inhomogeneities on the surface of noble metals, nanoparticles of these metals, as well as core-shell nanostructures or even carbon-based nanotubes can also serve not only as an enhancement to classical refractometers based on propagating SPPs, but as independent sensitive elements of PS. The sensitivity of the spectral parameters of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) to variations in the ambient refractive index, which is characteristic of such objects, is normally much lower than that of the devices based on propagating SPP. However, the LSPR spectrum is highly dependent on the size and configuration of the subwavelength nanostructures. Therefore, by choosing a proper SE geometry, it is possible to adjust the spectral position of the resonance peak and its shape so as to best match the optical properties of the analyzed substances. It is for this reason that a great number of publications have appeared in recent years on biochemical or medical sensors based on nanoparticles and other subwavelength plasmonic structures. It should be especially noted that the local field enhancement near subwavelength structures, caused by LSPR, opens up additional measurement possibilities, since it can significantly affect optical processes in molecules, for example, dramatically enhance photoluminescence or Raman scattering (SERS), providing extremely high measurement sensitivity. In recent years, reports have appeared on the possibility of detecting a signal from a single molecule using Raman scattering-based SEs on a single subwavelength plasmonic nanostructure. However, it should also be mentioned that at ultra-low concentrations of analyte molecules, the latter will be highly dispersed throughout the volume and the probability of their interaction with the localized surface plasmons is very low. This problem can be solved by surrounding the SE with an additional superhydrophobic surface. A drop of an aqueous solution deposited on such a surface slides over it during evaporation due to low adhesion and, ideally, brings the analyte molecules onto the plasmonic sensitive element. Superhydrophobic properties of the surface are achieved by nanopattering, which constitutes another area of ​​application of nanomaterials in the design of plasmonic sensors. By arranging specifically tailored subwavelength plasmonic nanostructures in certain order on a plane or in space, one can obtain so-called metasurfaces or metamaterials whose collective response will differ significantly from the response of its individual structural units. Taking advantage of this property, one can design SEs with very unusual, unique properties. Ultimately, this seems to be a promising strategy to achieve unprecedented refractometric sensitivity and resolution, as well as meet various requirements of diverse applications. This Special Issue is devoted to the current trends in the use of nanomaterials in plasmonic sensors, including but not limited to the range of topics covered in this brief introduction. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_plasmonic_sens Prof. Dr. Oleg Vitrik Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Surface Analysis Techniques for the Study of Advanced Nanostructures
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, In the last decade, we have witnessed an exponential increase in the level of complexity of nanomaterials, leading to the production of smaller-sized objects and 2D structures. In this dimension scale, a key role is played by the surface and interface of the materials. For this reason, surface analysis techniques represent a powerful investigatory tool for evaluating the properties of nanomaterials. This Special Issue will be focused on the advancement of a wide variety of surface analysis techniques employed to study and to characterize advanced nanomaterials. X-ray and UV photoelectron spectroscopies, Auger electron spectroscopy, secondary-ion mass spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and secondary electron microscopy will be explored, showing how they can help to answer many questions at the nanoscale. Dr. Alessio Mezzi Guest Editor For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Nano_Characterization_Surface_Analysis You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail address: To: alisa.zhai@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Zhai)
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Special Issue on Physics and Chemistry of Graphene: From Fundamentals to Applications
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, Graphene’s nickname as a ‘miracle material’ is perfectly consonant with its superior properties. The real miracle of graphene is that the species is a union of two entities: chemical and physical, each of which is unique in its own way. The molecular–crystalline duality of graphene is a natural consequence of this feature. Graphene dualism ensures a further division of the body into per sci and high tech graphenes, the former of which is the object of fundamental studies, while the latter is the working material for plenty of attractive applications. The present Special Issue on “Physics and Chemistry of Graphene: From Fundamentals to Applications” will highlight the forefront of research in this interdisciplinary area spanning physics, chemistry, biology, and geology of per sci graphene and commercial developments of per tech. The issue will cover a large set of topics including synthesis and structural studies of graphene crystals and molecules; chemistry and electrochemistry; electrical and optical properties; variety of spectroscopy; thermal, magnetic, and mechanical properties; theory and computational simulations; devices constructed from of graphene; energy applications; and biomedical and other applications. Prof. Dr. Elena Sheka Prof. Dr. Tai-Feng Hung Guest Editors Keywords graphene crystal graphene molecules experimental and virtual fundamentals of graphene technological graphenics Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on New Opto-Electronic Nanocomposites: Synthesis and Applications
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, In the past decade, nano-technology has received extensive attention by researchers in wide range of area from energy and environments to biological and medical sciences, and considerable progress has been made. Particularly it has encompassed many cutting-edge research areas of nano-photonics and nano-optoelectronics with development of opto-electronic nanocomposites. The opto-electronic nanocomposites are materials that incorporate different metals, metal oxides or semiconductors-based nanoparticles into organic and inorganic or bio-molecules, and they show a drastic improvement in optical properties and electrical or thermal conductivity so that they play important roles in innovative development of opto-elctronic devices, photocatalysts, solar cells as well as nanoscale biomedical analysis and treatments of bio-molecules and living cells. Thus, it would be very worthwhile to shed new light on the recent advances in the nanomaterials science and technology by publishing a special issue entitled ‘New Opto-Electronic Nanocomposites: Synthesis and Applications’ in Nanomaterials. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/opto_elec_nano_biocomposites This special issue covers wide range of following topics, but not limited to 1) fabrications of opto-electronic nanocomposites; 2) their energy and environmental applications to develop solar cells and photocatalysts; 3) their biomedical applications to development of diagnosis and phototherapeutic techniques of cancer; 4) imaging and detection of single living cells and bio-molecules; 5) nano-transportation system of medicine. Many researchers in these interdisciplinary research fields are invited to contribute original full articles, communications or comprehensive review articles of latest works. Prof. Dr. Minjoong Yoon Guest Editor Keywords Nanocomposites Design/Synthesis Opto-electronic properties Photocatalysis Solar cells Optoelectronic devices Photonic nanoscopy (SPM, AFM..) Nano-bio technology Biomedical applications Biosensing/Imaging of living cells Phototherapy/theragnosis of cancer Transport of medicine Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoparticles with Luminescence Properties
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, Luminescent nanoparticles have attracted significant attention for advanced applications in different fields such as biomedicine, energy, or sensors. The nanomaterials of interest range from insulating host particles doped with rare earth and transition metal ions to semiconductor nanoparticles or quantum dots. The luminescent properties of quantum dots are known to be very sensitive to the particle size and system dimensionality. The emission intensity and lifetime of rare earth-doped nanoparticles may change when the particle size decreases due to the increase in area of the specific surface. In addition, the luminescence intensity can be improved by changing the dopant concentrations and reducing the presence of defects. Both the synthesis procedure and the nature of the host lattice have an influence on the presence of defects and, thus, on the luminescence efficiency. In addition to this, nanoparticles can be easily functionalized for diverse applications. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/luminescence_nanoparticles This Special Issue of Nanomaterials, “Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoparticles with Luminescence Properties”, aims to collect articles covering a broad range of subjects from nanomaterials synthesis to characterization techniques and optical functionality. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Nanoparticle synthesis methods Physical processes in nanomaterials, porous materials, and interfaces Characterization techniques (e.g., X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy) Absorption, emission, excitation, and time-resolved spectroscopy Excited state dynamics and upconversion nanoparticles Applications (e.g., phosphors, energy conversion, bioimaging) Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome. Dr. Rosa Martín-Rodríguez Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Atomic-Scale Properties of Magnetic Surfaces, Interfaces, and Nanostructures
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, Magnetic surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructures are key elements for a wide spectrum of technological applications. Consequently, extensive research activities have been performed to explore the physical properties of these systems, including both fundamental and practical aspects. A deep understanding of the physical mechanisms at the atomic scale, both from theoretical and experimental points of view, is a crucial step towards utilizing magnetic nanomaterials in devices with improved functionality and efficiency in order to realize commercially available products for future everyday life. This Special Issue has the goal of collecting the latest original research contributions in the forms of short communications, articles, or comprehensive reviews on the atomic scale properties of magnetic surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructures. Our vision is to compile a high-impact Special Issue that will serve as an important reference for future research and development activities in this field. All considered papers should demonstrate clear links to atomic scale magnetic properties. We kindly invite the reader to contribute to this Special Issue. Dr. Krisztián Palotás Dr. Balázs Újfalussy Prof. Dr. László Szunyogh Guest Editors Keywords Atomic scale magnetic properties Magnetic surfaces, interfaces, thin films, multilayers, and heterostructures Magnetic nanostructures Nanomagnetism Topology and magnetism, topological spin textures Magnetic interactions Spin dynamics Spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy Spintronics, orbitronics, and skyrmionics Magnetic materials for industrial applications Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Synthesis and Applications of Nanomaterial-Based Probes for Bio-Imaging
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, Nanomaterial-based probes have greatly contributed to bio-imaging in basic life science and clinical research. Bio-imaging is crucial to see what is happening inside the cell and body at the molecular level, leading to an indispensable modality in life sciences and medical sciences. Bio-imaging uses a variety of imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance (MR), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasonic imaging, and optical (fluorescence/bioluminescence/Raman), which employ imaging probes to target and detect molecular and cellular dynamics in a living system. In the clinical field, nanomaterial-based bio-imaging plays a crucial role in cancer diagnosis and treatment. To date, bio-imaging has been improved not only by the development of imaging probes, but also by the development of imaging techniques. This Special Issue focusses on recent advances and future prospects in the area of bio-imaging probes and their synthetic techniques. This Issue will contain research communications, papers, and reviews in chemical, biological, and biomedical studies, regarding the synthesis and application of nanomaterial-based probes for bio-imaging. Prof. Dr. Takashi Jin Guest Editor Keywords CT/MRI/PET/ultrasonic probes Optical (fluorescence/bioluminescence/Raman) probes Super-resolution imaging probes Cellular imaging probes Deep-tissue (NIR) imaging probes Multimodal probes Microenvironment-sensitive probes Tumor detection/therapy probes For more details, please check: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanomaterial_probes_bioimaging
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Special Issue on Transport Properties of Nanowires
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, In the last two decades, bottom–up methods have allowed us to realize one-dimensional nanowire structures with a high surface to volume ratio, whose size and composition can be reliably controlled during synthesis. In addition, their small cross-sectional area allows nanowires to accommodate much higher lattice mismatch compared to thin films, resulting in the possibility to grow nanostructures of high structural quality. Due to these reasons, nanowires represent promising building blocks for a wide range of nanoscaled device applications, not only in the field of electronics and optoelectronics, such as field-effect transistors, light-emitting diodes, or sensors, but also for electrochemical device applications for energy storage. Furthermore, at low temperatures, nanowires can exhibit quantum interference effects, such as universal conductance fluctuations, whose analysis allows the determination of fundamental transport parameters such as phase coherence length. Thus, in addition to their technological importance, nanowires represent ideal systems to study mesoscopic transport in structures of reduced dimensions. In this context, this Special Issue on “Transport in Nanowires” attempts to cover all aspects regarding recent progresses and results in the characterization of transport processes in nanowires structures. Thus, the issue not only includes recent advances in the preparation and characterization of nanowire-based devices for technological applications but also focusses on recent progress in understanding the mesoscopic transport properties in nanowires and nanowire heterostructures. Dr. Matthias Elm Guest Editor Keywords quantum interference effects mesoscopic transport nanowires nanowire devices electronic transport nanowire electronics and optoelectronics nanowire batteries For more details, please check: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/transport_nanowires You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: matilda.huang@mdpi.com (Ms. Matilda Huang); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on In Vivo Toxicological Evaluation of Metal Nanoparticles
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, Metal nanoparticles (NPs) are used in a wide range of applications and so are currently being focused on more in research because of the potential risk they pose to humans and other organisms. Because of their small size, NPs can easily enter the human body and may reach the most sensitive organs. Once systemic exposure occurs, NPs are distributed by blood stream to the spleen, liver, lungs, heart, gastrointestinal tract, brain, endocrine system, or female and male reproductive organs. In order to clear these NPs from the body, the components of the immune system are activated. Interactions between NPs and biomolecules, such as proteins or nucleic acids, interfere with their biological functions and can lead to cell damage. Thus, the adverse effects of nanoparticles need to be studied extensively to gain a deep understanding of the toxicological profiles of these compounds. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/metal_nanotoxic The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the latest research on the toxicology of metal nanoparticles. We invite the submission of original research articles and reviews in which the effects of nanoparticles are investigated and their in vivo toxicity in experimental animals is evaluated. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the immunotoxicity, genotoxicity, reproductive toxicity and other organ toxicities of metal nanomaterials. Keywords: nanotoxicology; metal nanoparticles; animal studies; assessment of organ toxicity; immunotoxicity; genotoxicity; reproductive toxicity. Dr. Miroslava Lehotska Mikusova Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Upconverting Nanoparticles
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, It is my pleasure to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of the open-access journal Nanomaterials dedicated to Upconverting Nanoparticles. The field is broad, and I have restricted it to the survey of lanthanide-based nanomaterials only. The aim of this issue is to cover various hotspots spanning from nanoparticles’ synthesis to their embedding into nanohydrid structures or nano/microcomposites. A special emphasis will be paid on the understanding of the complex energy redistribution required for upconversion, linked to nanoparticles’ size, composition, and architecture and leading to improvement of the phenomenon’s efficiency via the excitation or by the use of organic sensitizer. Additionally, recent applications ranging from bioimaging to photocatalysis will be highlighted. Let us hope that this special issue will increase the visibility of this fascinating research domain. Keywords energy redistribution synthesis nanoparticle architecture composites organic dye sensitization photocatalysis bioimaging
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Special Issue on 10th Anniversary of Nanomaterials—Recent Advances in Environmental Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Nanomaterials with a Special Issue in the Section “Environmental Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” (ISSN 2079-4991; CODEN: NANOKO) in 2020. On behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Shirley Chiang, and of members of the Editorial Office, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our authors and reviewers for their valuable contributions and for ensuring that Nanomaterials is a successful and respected journal in its field. To highlight this anniversary, we will lead a Special Issue that will cover various topics related to Environmental Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. This section aims to host significant advances in the aforementioned areas including, but not limited to: Emissions control of mobile and stationary sources: De-(NOx, HCs, VOCs, H2S, CO, soot); Greenhouse gas abatement and utilization: CO2 capture and transformation to methane and renewable fuels; N2O abatement; CH4 valorization; Waste transformation to added-value products; Clean energy production: H2 production and cleaning (CH4, biogas and hydrocarbons reforming, water-gas-shift reaction, preferential CO oxidation reaction, etc.); Novel nanostructured electrodes and fuel cell design and applications; Photoelectrochemical wastewater treatment; Advanced preparation methods and approaches for the rational design and fabrication of nanostructured (up to atomic level) materials, for tailoring and fine-tuning of their critical physicochemical properties and local chemistry and for promoting active sites performance and stability in respect of the above implementations, as well as all aspects of characterization and in-depth understanding structure–activity correlations. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Environmental_Nanoscience We welcome full papers, communications, and review articles emphasizing the broad scope of the topic. Prof. Dr. Ioannis V. Yentekakis Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Carbon Nanoparticles for Strain Sensing and Damage Monitoring (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Strain_Sensing_Damage_Monitoring)
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, In the last few decades, the development of structural health monitoring systems has attracted the interest of industry. Strain sensors based on carbon nanoparticles, such as carbon nanotubes, are increasingly being thought of as a realistic alternative to conventional sensors based on metallic and semiconducting materials, largely due to their superior electrical properties. The addition of carbon fillers to polymer matrices allows the formation of an electrical network that gives the material a high piezoresistivity. These doped polymer matrices can be manufactured in different forms, such as flexible sensors that can be attached on a substrate, conductive adhesives that can detect crack propagation along bonded joints, etc. Another possibility is to use these matrices in fiber-reinforced polymers for the detection of failure. In this case, the incorporation of carbon nanofiller could also be used in the creation of a coating on traditional fiber fabrics for strain/damage monitoring of the composite material. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will attempt to cover the recent advances in carbon nanoparticles for strain and damage sensor applications, including the analysis of electrical conductivity and piezoresistivity of carbon nanoparticles/polymer nanocomposites, the relationship between them, the tunneling effect, sensitivity to different load modes, theoretical and numerical studies, etc. Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Strain_Sensing_Damage_Monitoring Dr. María Sánchez Prof. Alejandro Ureña Guest Editors Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials).
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Special Issue on Delivery Systems Based on Innovative Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, We kindly invite you to submit your contribution to the Special Issue entitled “Delivery Systems Based on Innovative Nanomaterials”. This issue will include several topics concerning innovative nanomaterials towards diagnosis, therapeutics, cosmetics, chemical and biological sensing, and regenerative medicine, amongst other relevant topics. The main goal of this issue is to showcase innovative ways of using nanomaterials and nano-based formulations in the development of delivery systems. Up-to-date original research and reviews on the ground-breaking applications of nanomaterials will be appreciated. Your contributions are welcome, and we look forward to receiving your interesting work. Special Issue Website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/innovative_delivery To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/innovative_delivery. Prof. Dr. Tânia Santos de Almeida Prof. Dr. Catarina Pereira-Leite Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Nanotechnology and Additive Manufacturing for Hard Tissue Regeneration
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, The role of nanotechnology and additive manufacturing in hard-tissue regeneration has significantly increased. Bone formation, bone bonding, cell viability, cell differentiation, mineralization, inflammation, and other key processes in hard-tissue regeneration are highly dependent on nano-structured surfaces and/or scaffolds. In addition, nanotopology and surface chemistry affect antibacterial activity. A new generation of smart biomaterials improving hard-tissue regeneration while preventing infection is highly desired. For this Special Issue, we are especially interested in surface modifications of metals, ceramics, and polymers, synthesis of scaffolds, characterization of hard-tissue regeneration processes, and possible applications based on nanotechnology. Manuscripts reporting nanotechnologies applicable to custom-made biomaterials with tailored outer and/or inner structures are also welcome. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/additive_manufacturing_tissue_Regeneration. Dr. Seiji Yamaguchi Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Li Battery and Electrodes
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, Energy storage has become of vital importance, with the decrease of fossil energy and its substitution by green (noncarbonaceous) renewable energy. In this context, electrochemical energy storage is inevitable. In countries with dense electrical grids, the storage of electricity in batteries is needed to buffer the intermittence of solar energy or the energy produced by wind mills prior to integration into the grids. In sub-Saharan countries, among others, this will presumably be the only possibility to supply electricity in remote places. This is the motivation for the research efforts presently done in this field. Remarkable progress has been achieved in recent years in lithium batteries, including Li-ion batteries (LiBs), Li-metal batteries (LMBs), and all-solid-state lithium batteries (SSLBs), although these are not all at the same stage of development concerning electrodes (positives and negatives) and their interface with electrolytes. The scaling aspects to manage the transition between laboratory scale and commercial use are also crucial. The aim of this Special Issue is to report the up-to date state of the research on all these aspects. Both theoretical and experimental papers, communications, and reviews related to lithium batteries are welcome. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/li_battery_electrodes_nano. Prof. Dr. Christian M. Julien Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Applications of Nanomaterials in Plasmonic Sensors
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleague, Plasmonic sensors (PS) have been actively used for biochemical analysis, medical diagnostics, and environmental monitoring for more than three decades. The operation principle of plasmonic sensitive elements (SE) rests on the resonant nature of excitation of surface plasma oscillations, with the resonance conditions depending strongly on the refractive index of the ambient medium. The latter, in turn, changes, for example, due to the binding or dissociation of the target analyte, or other chemical or physical processes, which is then detected by the sensor. In other words, in most cases such devices are no more than refractometers, but such that are capable of ultra-sensitive label-free measurements, which explains the popularity and widespread use of such devices. The first designs of plasmonic sensors made use of flat (Otto and Kretschmann schemes) or cylindrical (fiber optic schemes) metal / dielectric interfaces as SEs. Over time, plasmonic nanoparticles began to be applied to these boundaries or the boundaries were coated with ultrathin layers of various materials, including those based on graphene and its derivatives. This enabled tunability of the excitation conditions and parameters of the boundary-guided surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) and, as a result, significantly improved the metrological characteristics of plasmonic refractometers, at the same time making them more compact and expanding their range of application. It is interesting that graphene-based composites in recent years are increasingly considered not only from the point of view of enhancing classical plasmon refractometer schemes, but also as an independent basis for building ultra-sensitive measuring devices. This is due to the unique properties of this 2D material: high mobility of charge carriers, the ability to guide SPP in a wide spectral range with very low absorption losses, the ability to control optical properties, large surface area, remarkable mechanical strength, chemical inertness, and intrinsic biocompatibility. Many researchers are convinced that further progress of sensors based on SPP will be largely determined by the development of sensitive elements based on 2D plasmonic nanocomposites. It must be noted that nanoscale inhomogeneities on the surface of noble metals, nanoparticles of these metals, as well as core-shell nanostructures or even carbon-based nanotubes can also serve not only as an enhancement to classical refractometers based on propagating SPPs, but as independent sensitive elements of PS. The sensitivity of the spectral parameters of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) to variations in the ambient refractive index, which is characteristic of such objects, is normally much lower than that of the devices based on propagating SPP. However, the LSPR spectrum is highly dependent on the size and configuration of the subwavelength nanostructures. Therefore, by choosing a proper SE geometry, it is possible to adjust the spectral position of the resonance peak and its shape so as to best match the optical properties of the analyzed substances. It is for this reason that a great number of publications have appeared in recent years on biochemical or medical sensors based on nanoparticles and other subwavelength plasmonic structures. It should be especially noted that the local field enhancement near subwavelength structures, caused by LSPR, opens up additional measurement possibilities, since it can significantly affect optical processes in molecules, for example, dramatically enhance photoluminescence or Raman scattering (SERS), providing extremely high measurement sensitivity. In recent years, reports have appeared on the possibility of detecting a signal from a single molecule using Raman scattering-based SEs on a single subwavelength plasmonic nanostructure. However, it should also be mentioned that at ultra-low concentrations of analyte molecules, the latter will be highly dispersed throughout the volume and the probability of their interaction with the localized surface plasmons is very low. This problem can be solved by surrounding the SE with an additional superhydrophobic surface. A drop of an aqueous solution deposited on such a surface slides over it during evaporation due to low adhesion and, ideally, brings the analyte molecules onto the plasmonic sensitive element. Superhydrophobic properties of the surface are achieved by nanopattering, which constitutes another area of ​​application of nanomaterials in the design of plasmonic sensors. By arranging specifically tailored subwavelength plasmonic nanostructures in certain order on a plane or in space, one can obtain so-called metasurfaces or metamaterials whose collective response will differ significantly from the response of its individual structural units. Taking advantage of this property, one can design SEs with very unusual, unique properties. Ultimately, this seems to be a promising strategy to achieve unprecedented refractometric sensitivity and resolution, as well as meet various requirements of diverse applications. This Special Issue is devoted to the current trends in the use of nanomaterials in plasmonic sensors, including but not limited to the range of topics covered in this brief introduction. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_plasmonic_sens Prof. Dr. Oleg Vitrik Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on State-of-the-Art Electromagnetic Wave Absorbing Nanocomposites in Asia
Submission Date: 2021-05-31

Dear Colleagues, Today, electromagnetic pollution triggered by the wide application of 5G technology poses a grave threat to people's health and the use of precision instruments. The most effective way to solve this issue is to design effective electromagnetic wave absorbing materials (EMWAMs). In order to achieve significant absorption of electromagnetic waves, the absorber should include exceptional impedance matching ability and excellent attenuation ability. Due to quantum size effect and small size effect, nanomaterials have been widely used in the field of microwave absorption. However, with single-phase nanomaterials, it is generally difficult to achieve plummy impedance matching or attenuation performance. Rational recombination of nanomaterials is an effective avenue by which to achieve dissipative electromagnetic waves. For example, single-phase MXene is widely used in the field of electromagnetic shielding due to its high conductivity, and MXene-based composite may be one of the optimum candidates for the purpose of “thin, light, wide and strong” EMW absorbing materials. In recent years, researchers from Asia have been very active in the field of EMWAMs, contributing the most papers. This Special Issue specifically focuses on “electromagnetic wave absorbing nanocomposites”, including ferrites, oxides, carbides, sulfides, MXenes, ceramics, and carbon materials, and welcomes contributions devoted to nanocomposite synthesis, advanced characterization, and the relationship between structure and properties of novel electromagnetic wave absorbing nanocomposites. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button "Submit to Special Issue" in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/electromagnetic_wave_absorbing_asia. Prof. Dr. Hongjing Wu Prof. Dr. Xiaomeng Fan Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Nano and Submicro Surface Modifications That Modulate Bacterial Growth(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-06-01

Dear Colleagues, Heterogeneous surfaces, especially those with pores on the nanometer and submicrometer scale, affect the growth of microorganisms differently compared to homogeneous surfaces made of the same materials. There is a popular belief among scientists that nano surfaces have potential as antibacterial and bacteriostatic materials. Inverse situations where the growth of microorganisms favors rough (nano and submicrometer) surfaces compared to atomically smooth are less common but also observed. This fact shows that our knowledge of this phenomenon is still incomplete and describing it systematically would give us a powerful tool to control the microbes in our surroundings. This is of great importance due to the role of biofilms in bacterial infections and the production of chemicals using microbes (e.g., lactic acid and dextran). In this case, studying less-described phenomena, i.e., growth stimulation, may reveal new information to help understand the broader perspective. This Special Issue welcomes the submission of original research works, as well as reviews, dealing with the modification of bacterial growth by well-characterized and defined surfaces. Topics should focus on correlating surface topology and the nature of growth modification. Works showing any effects related to pro-growth stimulation and less-common observations in the scientific literature are particularly welcome. Prof. Dr. Kamil Kaminski Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Superconducting Nanowire(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-06-01

Dear Colleagues, The next generation of high-performance low-temperature electronics, sensors, converters or quantum circuits demands advances in signal as well as noise properties. One of the most promising candidates for such applications are ultra-narrow metallic wires, due to their low electric loss properties, preferably in the superconducting state. For example, highly sensitive single photon detectors can be built upon the high switching ratio of the superconducting to normal state or the high kinetic inductance inherent to superconducting nanowires. The scope of this issue is toward a better understanding of the physical properties of superconducting nanowires at a low temperature. It can be expanded from the theoretical and the experimental findings, normal state material properties, and technical issues such as fabrication or characterization techniques to dedicated applications. Potential topics include but are not limited to: - Single photon detectors based on superconducting nanowires; - Nanowire-based microwave kinetic inductance detectors; - Phase slip and quantum phase slip nanowires and devices; - Quantum and non-quantum circuits and sensors using superconducting nanowires; - Theoretical studies and modeling; - Experimental studies on fundamental properties; - Demonstrators of applications and prototypes of instruments using nanowires; - New materials for superconducting nanowires; - Techniques for the fabrication of superconducting and non-superconducting metallic nanowires; - Integration of nanowires in low temperature sensors: novel structures, materials, etc.; - New characterization techniques for superconducting and non-superconducting nanowires. Dr. Hannes Rotzinger Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Performance and Characterization of 2D Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites for Designing New Devices
Submission Date: 2021-06-10

Dear Colleagues, With nanomaterials gaining a great interest in a wide range of industrial areas, a thorough characterization study of their properties once combined with other materials into nanocomposites remains in the forefront of the materials research field. A better understanding of their behavior in a nanocomposite matrix is imperative for development of new devices for a number of practical applications. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanocomposites_devices Nanomaterials is relevant to any field of study that involves nanotechnology. All manuscripts undergo a rigorous reviewing process and decisions are made based on the recommendations of independent reviewers. This special issue focuses on the performance and characterization of 2D nanomaterials and nanocomposites for designing novel devices. We invite authors to contribute research articles on the multidisciplinary research area on nanocomposite-based devices including but not limited to: - Synthesis and characterization of carbon nanomaterials - Carbon nanomaterials in energy conversion and storage - Nanomaterials in catalysis - Nanomaterials in sensors - Nanocomposites - Nanoelectronic devices - Optoelectronic devices - Chemical sensing devices - Nanocomposite-based devices Dr. Enkeleda Dervishi Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Nanotechnology for Electronic Materials and Devices
Submission Date: 2021-06-15

Dear Colleagues, Among the principal goals of the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems, the historical scaling down of electronic devices is now coupled with the need for novel nanomaterials and emerging characterization and fabrication techniques focused on interaction at the nanoscale. Nanomaterials for electronic devices are of growing interest, since their reduced dimensionality can be associated with unique properties which are currently finding rapid application in many technological areas (such as high-frequency electronics, power devices, displays, energy conversion systems, energy storage, photovoltaics, and sensors). On the other hand, the accurate characterization of materials and interfaces at the nanoscale, along with standard metrics and protocols, is crucial for moving from research to technology development in the field and for quality control of innovative products and functionalities. This Special Issue will cover the most recent developments on nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for electronic devices and sensors, from synthesis to advanced characterization, up to device fabrication. Specific topics covered by the issue are: Nanoscaled material and their properties: nanostructured thin films (oxides, nitrides), nanocomposites, nanoparticles, and 2D materials (graphene or MX2 M = Mo, W, etc. and X = S, Se, Te, etc.); Synthesis techniques for nanomaterials and thin films: processes and novel approaches; Advanced nanoscale characterization techniques (surface analytical and scanning-probe methods, electron beam methods, optical methods, X-ray methods); Applications of nanostructured materials and nanotechnologies to electronic devices (high frequency and power devices, photovoltaics, sensors, etc.). Full research papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_electronic_device Dr. Patrick Fiorenza Dr. Raffaella Lo Nigro Dr. Béla Pécz Dr. Jens Eriksson Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Biobased Nanoscale Drug Delivery Systems
Submission Date: 2021-06-15

Dear Colleagues, Nanoparticles or nanocapsules are an attractive tool used in medicine, responsible for several advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple diseases. Between their many applications, their use as drug delivery systems, diagnosis, and the improvement of biocompatible materials properties can be highlighted. Their large functional surface, quantum properties, ability to bind, adsorb, and carry drugs, probes, and proteins are unique features of nanoparticles, which are very important for medical purposes. Even though inorganic systems are the most widely researched, lately, biobased, sustainable solutions have encountered a great demand as they are less harmful not only to the human body but also to the environment. New approaches to deal with the growing concern associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the urgency for target-directed systems that act on a local bases and prevent systemic side effects have boosted research on biobased systems as platforms for drug delivery. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_drug_delivery This Special Issue seeks manuscript submissions that further our understanding of the ability of organic nanosystems to target and deliver specialized biomolecules in a sustainable way, without causing harmful responses. Further, studies that deal with the advantages of these systems over conventional strategies or inorganic nanoscale approaches are very welcome. Submissions on new processing and extraction methodologies for biobased materials, including biomolecules and polymers, are also encouraged. Dr. Helena P. Felgueiras Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Graphene Functionalization and Interface Effects (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/graphene_functionalization_interface)
Submission Date: 2021-06-18

Dear colleagues, Surface functionalization and interface effects offer an extensive toolbox to engineer the properties of graphene and make it a versatile platform for a wide range of applications. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will explore the complex interplay of graphene with its interface and the various ways of functionalizing its surface. We welcome contributions on innovations that utilize functionalization or interface effects as an enabling feature, for example, the antibody functionalization of graphene may enable selective biosensing. While surface functionalization and interface effects are a great opportunity to design new modalities, they may also cause undesirable effects that hinder the use of graphene in applications. Therefore, we equally welcome contributions that bring an understanding of these parasitic interface effects and thereby outline a pathway to mitigating them. Keywords Graphene Interface Functionalization Surface effect Biosensing Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/graphene_functionalization_interface Dr. Philipp Braeuninger-Weimer Guest Editor Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials).
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Special Issue on Application of Carbon Nanomaterials in Biological Detection
Submission Date: 2021-06-20

Dear Colleagues, Analytical chemistry is ubiquitous in biological sciences. The detection of biological molecules is of utmost importance in many crucial fields. Many strategies are applied by creative and enthusiast scientists. In this issue, we aim to show some of the possibilities making use of all different types of carbon nanomaterials. Innovative methodologies can be faster, more sensitive, more portable, cheaper or possess many other advantages according to analysts’ wishes. I hope you can participate in this issue with an exciting submission Prof. Luís Moreira Gonçalves Prof. Maria Isabel Pividori Gurgo Guest Editors https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Carbon_Biological_Detection Keywords analytical chemistry bioanalysis biosensing carbon electroanalysis sensing
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Special Issue on Nanotechnology Applied to the Oil Productivity Improvement and Enhancement of Oil Recovery
Submission Date: 2021-06-25

Dear Colleagues, The exponential growth of the world's population has led to a higher demand for fossil fuels to meet energy needs. In this regard, nanotechnology is becoming a key player in incorporating advances that lead to an increase in productivity and reserves of crude oil and gas. Recent applications under field conditions have proven that nanoparticles and nanofluids can inhibit/remediate different formation damage mechanisms, increase well productivity, and enhance the oil and gas recovery. Therefore, the main objective of this Special Issue is to provide the last advances and applications under an industrially relevant environment of nanotechnology-based solutions focused on productivity improvement and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) to face the current challenges of the oil and gas industry. The main objective of this Special Issue is to provide novel, original, and high-quality articles as powerful tools for readers of Nanomaterials, the scientific community, and members of the oil and gas industry. Original research and review articles are welcome for this issue. Topics that will be considered for this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following: EOR EGR (enhanced gas recovery) Formation damage IOR (improved oil recovery) and well productivity Unconventional resources Surface and/or Interface phenomena Microfluidic Nanofluids/nanoparticles Prof. Dr. Farid B. Cortés Dr. Camilo A. Franco Guest Editors For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_oil_productivity_enhancement You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail address: To: alisa.zhai@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Zhai)
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Special Issue on State-of-the-Art Nanoelectronics and Nanodevices
Submission Date: 2021-06-25

Dear Colleagues, In recent years, there has been growing interest in surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices for the detection of various physical and chemical parameters. The development of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor technologies has opened the perspective for manufacturing SAW devices for application in the gigahertz frequency range, monolithically integrated with active devices and distributed components. The development of nanolithography processes in WBG semiconductors offers the possibility to significantly increase the resonant frequency, the consequence being an important increase in the sensitivity of the devices. The advantages offered by wide bandgap semiconductors and miniaturization were reflected in the emergence of new generations of sensors in various fields: temperature, pressure, gas, humidity, etc. This Special Issue "State-Of-The-Art Nanoelectronics and Nanodevices" will cover the latest advances in sensor manufacturing using SAW structures in broadband semiconductors and present both the advantages of this type of sensors and the variety of possible applications. Dr. Dan Vasilache Guest Editor For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Nanoelectronics_Nanodevices You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail address: To: alisa.zhai@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Zhai)
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Biosensing, Bioimaging and Therapy: From Cancer to Alzheimer's Disease
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Biosensing and bioimaging are two key technological areas that are highly indispensable for the next generation of point-of-care devices. Targeted drug delivery and therapy is another emerging paradigm in the field of theranostic nanomedicine. This Special Issue attempts to garner advances in these three areas (imaging, sensing, and therapy) with the advent of nanotechnology for both cancer and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's). Nanomaterials, in particular nanoparticles (NPs), have been widely used for biosensing, bioimaging and targeted drug delivery in various disease models. Typical examples of NPs include plasmonic Au; CdSe/ZnS, carbon, graphene quantum dots (QDs); magnetic NPs; upconversion NPs; and transition-metal ion-doped QDs. Functionalized NPs with antibodies, peptides, oligonucleotides are generally used for specific targeting of cells and animal tissues. This Special Issue will focus on recent advances in various nanomaterials and NPs that can be used as probes for sensing (e.g., protein detection, fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensors) and imaging (cancer and Alzheimer's disease cell/animal imaging), using optical imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and other multimodal imaging techniques, and NPs as drug vehicles for targeted delivery and therapy. Topic to be covered (but not limited to the following): Nanomaterials for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson's or Alzheimer's) Quantum dots for in-vitro cell and in-vivo animal imaging of tumors Bio-functionalized quantum dots with prostate-specific membrane antigen, Her2, EGFR for prostate and breast cancer diagnostics, and Alzheimer's disease Transition-metal ion-doped QDs for biosensing and bioimaging Lanthanide-doped upconversion NPs for imaging and therapy of cancer and Alzheimer's disease Nanoparticles as contrast agents for CT/MRI and multimodal imaging Nanoparticles for photothermal therapy of cancer Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) plasmonic nanosensors for pH monitoring in single cells and detection of specific genes for diseases Plasmonic nanosensors for cellular biosensing, diagnostics and high throughput screening Nanoparticles for the detection of specific target DNA sequences associated with diseases https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/biosensing_imag_cancer_alzheimer Prof. Dr. Subramanian Tamil Selvan Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Nanonutraceuticals Delivery
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Among the many nanotechnology applications, there is the production of nanoscale materials for the food industry by the characterization, fabrication, and manipulation of structures, devices or materials having at least one dimension not exceeding 100 nm. The science of nanosized food ingredients has made great progress in the last few years, with products that increase the functionality or bioavailability of nutrients, thereby minimizing their concentrations needed in the marketed foods. Nevertheless, the production of nanodelivered nutraceuticals is still in its infancy. In addition to their actual function of providing nutrition, some obtained in vitro outcomes show these pharmaceutical-grade and standardized nanonutrients have health benefits by preventing the occurrence of cancers and several cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disorders. However, their safe nanomaterials-based delivery without exhibiting any side effects for humans is a matter of discussion in the scientific community. The Special Issue aims to provide further knowledge in the field of application of nanomaterial-based carriers involved in nutraceutical delivery through original articles and reviews focused on the development of innovative synthesis processes, as well as in vitro and in vivo studies assessing the biological effects and/or physical and chemical properties of them. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following: Delivery of nanonutraceuticals; Dietary nanosupplements; Food nanoadditives; Food nanomaterials; Functional nanofoods; Nanoencapsulation of nutraceuticals and nutrients; Nanoformulations including nutraceuticals; Pharmaceutical-grade and standardized nanonutrients. For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Nanonutraceuticals_food Dr. Luciana Dini Dr. Cristian Vergallo Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Conductive Ink Based Nanocomposites for Advanced Printing Applications
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Conductive inks have remarkable applications in several fields, such as flexible and stretchable printed electronics, and have widely attracted the attention of scientists and industry experts. The current state-of-the-art technologies for conductive inks are carbon nanomaterials such as graphene derivatives, carbon nanotubes, as well as metallic nanoparticles and especially silver or copper nanowires. The use of such functional nanomaterials in common printing processes (inkjet, screen, gravure and flexographic printing), requires the development of suitable inks with their own specific formulation requirements and rheological properties for each distinct process, making this task a challenge. Despite the considerable growth in this field, there are still various obstacles (cost, commercial scale production, eco-friendly technology, printing characteristics) that need to be overcome for the industrial scale application of conductive inks in the field of printed electronics. Conductive inks are a significant part of the wider functional printing field, which is currently evolving and is considered as one of the key-future technologies in Printing. As such, conductive inks research is crucial for further development of printing technologies. Thus, the present special issue is a challenge for scientists from various fields, requiring the coexistence and cooperation for innovative research. This Special Issue is planned to include research articles, short communications and mini reviews related to: The preparation and use of nanomaterials for the development of conductive inks. Characteristics, properties, and printing applications of conductive inks based on nanomaterials. In general, works that contribute to the elucidation of a representative image of this subject. This Special Issue welcomes the submission of papers that will be presented in the 14th Paints Symposium “Research and Technology of Paints, Varnishes & Inks, a Bright Future”, (https://www.greekpaints.com/en/symposium-2020/). Keywords: conductive inks nanocomposites graphene inks silver/copper nanoparticles/nanowires rheology printed electronics inkjet printing screen printing gravure printing flexographic printing https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/conductive_ink_nano Dr. Vassiliki Belessi Dr. Vasilios Georgakilas Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Recent Advances in Multifunctional Sustainable Organic Coatings
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Coating technology has been essential to improve material functionality since ancient times. There is a vast array of applications that would not be possible in the absence of specific coatings, extending from underwater structures to automotive vehicles, aircrafts, and even space machines. Nanotechnology has greatly boosted coating performance through the use of nanoparticle incorporation or nano-structuring, enhancing their properties such as durability in harsh environments, non- wettability, and barrier, antibacterial, self-cleaning, and healing features. The resulting multifunctionality of coatings has attracted great research efforts, leading to the production of a large variety of multifunctional coatings, employed for their usefulness rather than for their decorative qualities, like in the past. Coatings that will respond to external stimuli such as sunlight, humidity, or mechanical stress are going to become increasingly common. To have a real advantageous impact, coating technology has to be developed in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Sustainability is becoming a key requirement not only for the coatings industry but also for the whole manufacturing industry. This Special Issue welcomes the submission of papers that will be presented in the 14th Paints Symposium “Research and Technology of Paints, Varnishes & Inks, a Bright Future”, (https://www.greekpaints.com/en/symposium-2020/) Keywords: Organic coatings polymers sustainability epoxy industrial paints biomimetic self-healing superhydrophobic Nanocomposites nanosafety and toxicity hybrid materials nanoparticles https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/organic_coating_nano Dr. Andreas Sapalidis Prof. Dr. Mircea Manea Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Nanobiotechnology for Drug Delivery System
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, In contrast to the “one-size-fits-all” approach of the past, personalized medicine has the potential to tailor therapy with the best response and highest safety margin to ensure better patient care. Success depends on multidisciplinary efforts to accelerate our understanding of host responses to “customized” theranostic agents and formulating individualized therapies. In the last decade, much effort has been focused on identifying disease subtypes biomarkers and developing functional biomaterials for more precise diagnosis and drug delivery. Advanced theranostic systems are multifunctional platforms that contain a homing device or targeting agent that directs the carrier to the target tissue, an agent for imaging the lesion, and a chemotherapeutic agent to be delivered selectively to the target site. Real-time visualization of damaged/altered cells and drug release pattern is useful in optimizing the dose and treatment schedule. Thus, the development of nanotheranostic approaches paves the way for more precise personalized medicine and holds great promise for improved patient outcomes. We invite authors to contribute original research articles or comprehensive review articles covering the most recent progress and new developments in the design and utilization of nanomaterials for highly efficient drug delivery. This Special Issue will cover a broad range of subjects, from nanomaterials synthesis to the design and characterization of nano–bio interactions, and systemic transport of the nanobject to the target site. The format of welcomed articles includes full papers, communications, and reviews. Potential topics can include, but are not limited to the following: Nanotheranostics Cancer Functionalization Active targeting Nanomedicine Drug delivery Gene delivery Imaging Tumor microenvironment Nano-cell interaction Regenerative medicine https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/biotechnol_nano Dr. Anna Laurenzana Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Immunological Properties of Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, In 1955, nanotechnology entered the door with motto by Richard Feynman “There is a space at the bottom”. From this bottom, a stream of intensive research brought new nanomaterials from the depths of the abyss to the surface. Today, nanomaterials, especially in medicine and agriculture, promise to solve many problems, but, on the other hand, new nanomaterials of anthropogenic origin released into the environment represent a hidden danger for humans, animals, aquacultures, and plants. This Special Issue is composed of the following five sections focused on and covering the main topics and various aspects related to nanoparticle–immune system interaction and characterization of nanoparticle-provoked immune reactions. Scope of the issue: Immunotoxic/neurotoxic properties of nanopollutants (nanopesticides, air-borne/waterborne nanoparticles like metals, metalloxides, carbon-based nanoparticles; bioresistance and accumulation within the body, allergy) Immune response towards nanomaterial used in medicine (nanofiber-based issues, nanodrug delivery systems, polymers, and hybrid nanoparticles; effect of administration routes, elimination from the body) Immunotherapeutics based on nanosystems (antiinflammatory drugs, vaccines, adjuvants; effect of administration routes) Mechanisms of immunomodulation at the molecular and cellular level (inflammasome, TLR, NOD, cell injury/stress signals, mechanical injury to cell and molecular structures – cell membrane, mitochondria, lysosomes, chromosomes, DNA/RNA, enzymes and signaling protein structures, etc.) In vitro and in vivo methods for characterization of nanomaterials and testing their immunological properties (physical-chemical methods for complex characterization of nanoparticles, dynamic and multi-angle light scattering, electron and atomic force microscopy, behavior of nanoparticles in media, sera/plasma, body fluids, methods for study on protein corona, in vivo imaging) Contributions related to these topics are welcome. Keywords: nanoparticles immunology drug delivery systems inflammation nanotoxicity immunotherapeutics vaccines in vivo imaging https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/immunological_nano Dr. Jaroslav Turanek Prof. Jan Krejsek Prof. Milan Raska Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Immunological Properties of Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, In 1955, nanotechnology entered the door with motto by Richard Feynman “There is a space at the bottom”. From this bottom, a stream of intensive research brought new nanomaterials from the depths of the abyss to the surface. Today, nanomaterials, especially in medicine and agriculture, promise to solve many problems, but, on the other hand, new nanomaterials of anthropogenic origin released into the environment represent a hidden danger for humans, animals, aquacultures, and plants. This Special Issue is composed of the following five sections focused on and covering the main topics and various aspects related to nanoparticle–immune system interaction and characterization of nanoparticle-provoked immune reactions. Scope of the issue: Immunotoxic/neurotoxic properties of nanopollutants (nanopesticides, air-borne/waterborne nanoparticles like metals, metalloxides, carbon-based nanoparticles; bioresistance and accumulation within the body, allergy) Immune response towards nanomaterial used in medicine (nanofiber-based issues, nanodrug delivery systems, polymers, and hybrid nanoparticles; effect of administration routes, elimination from the body) Immunotherapeutics based on nanosystems (antiinflammatory drugs, vaccines, adjuvants; effect of administration routes) Mechanisms of immunomodulation at the molecular and cellular level (inflammasome, TLR, NOD, cell injury/stress signals, mechanical injury to cell and molecular structures – cell membrane, mitochondria, lysosomes, chromosomes, DNA/RNA, enzymes and signaling protein structures, etc.) In vitro and in vivo methods for characterization of nanomaterials and testing their immunological properties (physical-chemical methods for complex characterization of nanoparticles, dynamic and multi-angle light scattering, electron and atomic force microscopy, behavior of nanoparticles in media, sera/plasma, body fluids, methods for study on protein corona, in vivo imaging) Contributions related to these topics are welcome. Keywords: nanoparticles immunology drug delivery systems inflammation nanotoxicity immunotherapeutics vaccines in vivo imaging Dr. Jaroslav Turanek Prof. Jan Krejsek Prof. Milan Raska Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Development and Evaluation of Nanostructured Electrochemical Sensors
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Over the last decade, electrochemical sensing has made enormous progress, with developments in creating sensors with improved selectivity, sensitivity, and versatility. One major factor driving this development has been the progress in the area of conductive nanostructured materials, nanoparticles, and nanofibers, giving access to sensing interfaces with tailored electrochemical and chemical properties, including enhanced electrocatalytic properties, enhanced surface areas (providing enhanced electrochemical area and area for the immobilization of biochemical sensing elements), access to novel biomaterial immobilization and signal transduction approaches, as well as the incorporation of tandem sensing strategies such as electrochemical Ramen spectroscopy. Examples of these materials include 2D conductive materials such as graphene and newly emergent 2D nanomaterials such as Xenes and other novel nanosheet-based materials, conductive fibers, particles such as hybrid metallic nanoparticles, and sensing interfaces including a variety of these materials providing synergistic effects. For this Special Issue we invite investigators to submit original research articles, letters, as well as review and prospective view articles on fundamental developments in nanostructured electrochemical sensing interfaces, as well as new applications and material synthesis and characterization. This Issue will have a particular focus on novel electrochemiluminescence based biosensing strategies and nanomaterials for electrochemiluminescence, including low cost and point-of-care diagnostics. Prof. Dr. Giovanni Neri Dr. Egan Doeven Guest Editors Keywords electrochemical sensors nanomaterials 2D materials nanostructured sensors electrochemical biosensors point-of-care diagnostics electrochemiluminescence Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Ionic Interfaces in Smart Polymer Materials
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Materials sciences have a major role in meeting the current global challenges such as environmental stewardship; the production, storage, and conversion of energy; and cost-effective transportation, leading the research to design advanced polymer materials that consider both their shelf- and end-of-life. Through the concept “function through structural design”, the development of easy and new production methods is crucial for preparing innovative polymer material solutions and thus ensures a sustainable future. Consequently, in recent years, the polymer materials community has put a great deal of effort into designing innovative polymer materials that are engineered to be multifunctional or task-specific, presenting enhancement in properties such as ionic conductivity, chemical and thermal stability, mechanical performance, fire retardancy, barrier properties, self-healing ability, and shape memory behavior. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_inoic_interfaces This can be effectively achieved by altering the interphase behavior of these polymer systems, both via chemical modification or incorporating additives/fillers such as block copolymers, ionomers, organic–inorganic hybrid materials, or inorganic-rich nano-objects. Among these, the application of (poly)ionic liquids, eutectic solvents, and eutectic molecular liquids have presented many new opportunities within the last decade, since small amounts of these compounds can impart dramatic interphase modifications to polymer materials due the production of vast physical interphase bonding, including the formation of ionic bonding. Especially considering their unique set of physico-chemical properties as well as their multitude of chemical structures, they represent a promising new path to designing and creating new multifunctional and task-specific polymeric materials. Prof. Dr. Sébastien Livi Dr. Ricardo Keitel Donato Dr. Hynek Beneš Guest Editors Keywords interphase interfacial agents shape memory behavior functional properties (poly)ionic liquids polymer blends nanocomposites Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Advanced 1D-Nanostructures for High-Efficient Nano-Energy Applications
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Thanks to their large surface-to-volume ratio, high crystalline quality, and nanometer-scale dimensions, 1D-nanostructures such as nanowires, nanorods, or nanofibers offer unique advantages for a wide range of nano-energy applications. Among these applications, we can cite photonic, mechanical, and thermal energy harvesters; electrocaloric nanomaterials; water-splitting; nano-capacitors and wide bandgap nanomaterials for power electronics. Today, the use of 1D-nanostructures as building blocks for developing nano-energy systems requires scientists to master nanostructure synthesis understand, in depth, their inherent properties, functionalities, and behavior engineer their properties by considering the device/application requirements optimize the architectures of the 1D-nanostructures based-systems. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_1D_Energy This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will attempt to cover the recent advances in the field of 1D nanostructures for nano-energy applications: from studies (both experimental and theoretical) of nanostructures (unique or array) to the development of macroscopic 1D nanostructure-based systems, while considering the development of new characterization tools required to investigate the specific nanoscale properties of these 1D nanostructures. Dr. Noelle Gogneau Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage Applications
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear colleagues, The use of nanomaterials in energy conversion and storage represents an opportunity to improve the performance, density, and ease of transportation in renewable resources. This Special Issue looks at the most recent research on the topic, with a particular focus on artificial photosynthesis and lithium-ion batteries as the most promising technologies to date. We call for expertise from a wide range of backgrounds, from the most fundamental perspectives of the key catalytic processes at the molecular level to device-scale engineering and optimization. Although the nature of the processes dictates that electrochemistry is a primary characterization tool, due attention is given to advanced techniques such as synchrotron studies in operando. Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) This Special Issue looks at the gap between the performance of current technology and what is needed for the future, for example, how to improve on the lithium-ion battery and to go beyond its capabilities. Contents: Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting; Semiconducting Photocatalysis for Hydrogen Conversion; Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalysis; Metal-Nitride Nanostructures: Emerging Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis; Surface Engineering of Semiconductors for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting; Photoanodic and Photocathodic Materials Applied for Free-Running Solar Water Splitting Devices; Electrocatalytic Processes in Energy Technologies; Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy on Photocatalysis; Photoelectrochemical Tools for the Assessment of Energy-Conversion Devices; Fundamentals of Rechargable Batteries and Electrochemical Potentials of Electrode Materials; Revitalized Interest in Vanadium Pentoxide as Cathode Material for Alkali-Ion Batteries; Tin-Based Compounds as Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion Storage; Beyond Li-Ion: Electrode Materials for Sodium- and Magnesium-Ion Batteries; Nanomaterials and Nanostructures for Regulating Ions and Electron Transport in Advanced Energy-Storage Devices. Prof. Dr. Brahim Aïssa Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Advanced Nanocellulose-Based Materials: Production, Properties and Applications
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Bacterial nanocellulose (BNC), cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), and cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) are three nanometric forms of the most abundant natural polymer (viz. cellulose), and are currently at the spotlight in numerous fields of modern science and technology. The eco-friendly connotation, peculiar features, and multiple functionalities of these nanoscale cellulosic substrates are being explored to engineer advanced nanocomposites and nanohybrid materials for application in manifold domains, such as mechanics, optics, electronics, energy, environment, biology, and medicine. The aim of this Special Issue titled “Advanced Nanocellulose-Based Materials: Production, Properties, and Applications” is to gather a collection of original research and review contributions from the world-leading scientists working with nanocellulose. Thus, research that is representative of the current developments dealing with the production methodologies, properties, and applications of nanocellulose-based materials (e.g., nanocomposites, hybrids, aerogels, hydrogels, films, and fibers), are very welcome to the Special Issue. Dr. Carla Vilela Dr. Carmen S.R. Freire Guest Editors For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanocellulose_production_applications You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail address: To: alisa.zhai@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Zhai)
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Special Issue on Advances in Nanostructured Biomaterials and Their Applications
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, The design and engineering of biomaterials at nanoscale has transformed nanostructured biomaterials with unique properties for real world applications, including therapeutic, tissue engineering, drug/cell/gene delivery, imaging, medical implants and diagnostics. This special issue aims to publish original, innovative, cutting edge and ground-breaking nanostructured biomaterials research. This includes communications and review articles, covering advances in the fundamental understanding, development and applications of nanostructured biomaterials obtained through experimental, theoretical and/or modelling approaches, addressing current limitations, challenges and outlook in this field towards practical industry, healthcare and biomedical applications. We invite you to contribute to this special issue including but not limited to the following topics: Novel nanostructured biomaterials applied in 1D, 2D, 3D and/or coatings and their applications, including sensing, healthcare, biomedical research or tissue engineering. Nanoengineered biomaterials, including bioactive and/or biodegradable materials. Sustainable and cost-effective fabrication of nanostructured biomaterials, including bionanocomposites. Functionalisation and/or nano-surface engineering of biomaterials. Improvement in characterisation and clinical testing of nanostructured biomaterials. Interaction of nanostructured biomaterials with biological molecules such as proteins/enzymes, DNA, RNA, antibodies etc. Surface and interface control in nanostructured biomaterials. Intelligent (smart), biomimetic nanostructured biomaterials and their applications. Prof. Kwang Leong Choy Guest Editor Keywords Nanoengineered biomaterials Bioactive coatings Intelligent biomaterials Bionanocomposites Biodegradable materials Surface modification Biomedical applications You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: matilda.huang@mdpi.com (Ms. Matilda Huang); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Do Nanoplastics Represent a Risk for Aquatic Organisms? From Bio-Nano-Interactions to Possible Impacts at Population and Community Level
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanoplastics, derived from both products containing nanoscale plastics (<1µm) and from aging/fragmentation of larger plastic debris, are present in different environmental compartments, and in particular in aquatic ecosystems. During various stages of their life cycle, nanoplastics may reach concentrations that are able to exceed toxicity thresholds for living species. Increasing evidence indicates how particle size, surface charge, and bio-nano-interactions occurring in both environmental and biological media can result in the formation of protein-coronas (i.e., eco- and bio-coronas). These can in turn affect nanoplastic interactions, uptake, and effects on aquatic biota. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_plastics This Special Issue is aimed at gathering contributions on advances on the biological effects of nanoplastics in different organisms. Special emphasis will be given to effects investigated at different levels of biological organization, from molecular interactions to uptake and effects at single cell and tissue level, in order to identify possible targets and mechanisms of action that can lead to alterations of key biological processes in individuals, with possible consequences at the higher level of biological organization. Standardized methods such as those in silico and in vitro and read-across approaches will be also covered. Methods for extrapolating results up to population and community effects are welcome. This information will contribute to environmental risk assessment of nanoplastics. Keywords: nanoplastics; aquatic organisms; bio-nano-interactions; biomarkers; mechanisms of action; environmental impact assessment. Prof. Laura Canesi Dr. Ilaria Corsi Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Synthesis, Applications and Biological Impact of Nanocellulose
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Interest in nanocellulose research has continued to increase dramatically in the past few years with advances in the preparation/extraction of nanocellulose, such as cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) and bacterial nanocellulose (BNC). There have also been significant developments in the fabrication of functional nanocellulose-based materials for various industrial applications. As a result of their excellent physical and biological properties, they have emerged as promising materials for biomedical applications, including tissue engineering and medical implants, therapeutic delivery systems and antimicrobial/antibacterial agents, among others. To move the nano biomedical field forward, it is crucial to develop a solid understanding of the biological impacts of nanocellulose, including toxicity and genotoxicity, as well as potential immune responses elicited by these nanomaterials. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/synthesis_nanocellulose This Special Issue aims to cover topics such as recent advances in the synthesis of nanocellulose, surface modifications for the design of functional nanocellulose as well as applications and biological impacts. Manuscripts presenting innovative methods of preparation, design of new advanced nanocellulose-based materials and biomedical applications are most welcome. Keywords: nanocellulose; cellulose nanocrystals (CNC); cellulose nanofibrils (CNF); bacterial nanocellulose (BNC); synthesis of nanocellulose; surface modifications; characterization methods applications; biological impacts (toxicity, genotoxicity, immunomodulation). Dr. Rajesh Sunasee Dr. Karina Ckless Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Nanotechnology for Interfacial Rheology, Dispersed Systems and Colloid Chemistry
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, The majority of chemical formulated products involves nanotechnology. Ice creams, sun screen lotions, toothpastes, lipsticks, paints, glues, and bituminous binders are some examples. These chemical products are polyphasic systems where several phases (liquid, solid, gas) have to coexist, leading to various interfaces. To reach the specific end-use properties required for these systems, a subtle combination of scientific disciplines comes into play. These include formulation science (colloid chemistry, dispersed systems, surfactants, nanoparticles), chemical engineering (mixing, emulsification processes), rheology (flowing, hydrodynamic and structural characteristic properties), and interfaces (interfacial rheology, particles adsorption, surface tension, wetting). In addition, the behavior of the nanoparticles or nanoobjects at the various interfaces has become a hot topic in this field. Recently, interfacial rheology has emerged as a new method to study the hydrodynamic and structural characteristic properties of interfaces. Therefore, the main focus of this Special Issue is to cover the recent advances in nanotechnology for chemical formulated products and, more particularly, for interfacial rheology, dispersed systems, and colloid chemistry. The main aspect of this research area may include but is not exclusive to: - Particle-laden interfaces; - Pickering emulsions and foams; - Relation between interfacial and bulk properties; - Repartition of the particles in liquid/liquid and liquid/gas systems; - Asphaltenes and enhanced oil recovery of crude oils; - Advantages of nanoparticles for soft matter. Prof. Dr. Thibault Roques-Carmes Guest Editor https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Colloid_Chemistry
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Special Issue on Heat Transfer and Fluids Properties of Nanofluids(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanofluids have recently emerged as a hot research field, as evidenced by the worldwide research and publication explosion on them. Despite being a popular topic, though, the real progress of this field is rather slow, and its real-world application is impeded due to various complicated challenges, including its anomalous thermophysical properties, stability, sustainable usefulness, and compatibility in many conventional systems or devices. Although extensive research efforts have been focused on thermophysical properties of nanofluids and most of the research has demonstrated significant enhancement in thermophysical properties, there remains a large volume of scattered and inconsistent data leading to not yet reaching unanimous conclusions on the enhancement and its underlying mechanisms. Additionally, a large number of research efforts have been made to develop models for the prediction of the thermophysical properties, particularly thermal conductivity of nanofluids. Again, no widely accepted theoretical models are available for nanofluids. The viscosity of nanofluids is also a key property, particularly important for their applications under a flowing condition. On top of all these, a major challenge with nanofluids is to obtain sustainable stability and persistent properties over a long duration. All these issues are very crucial for nanofluid development and applications, and research in these areas has been growing in recent years. The aim of this Special Issue is to publish a wide range of topics related to nanofluids with special emphasis on thermophysical and heat transfer properties and features, challenges, and applications in all spectra in order make this Special Issue a useful resource for the people involved in this field as well as for the progress of this field. Articles to be considered for this Special Issue include original full papers, communications, and critical reviews in any area/topic of the keywords and beyond. Prof. Dr. S M Sohel Murshed Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Bioactivity of Nanoparticles
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, In the last few decades, bioactive inorganic, organic or hybrid nanoparticles have played an important role in the biomedical field, ranging from drug delivery systems to imaging and diagnosis. In this respect, different materials have been studied and investigated, such as iron oxide, gold nanoparticles, polymeric nanoparticles, lamellar solids, and composites. We invite authors to contribute original research articles or review articles covering the most recent progress and new developments in the design, use, and characterization of different nanoparticles for drug delivery, drug release, tissue engineering, and more generally for biomedical technologies. This Special Issue aims to cover a broad range of subjects, from nanoparticle synthesis to characterization and application. The welcomed study formats include full papers, communications, and reviews. Potential topics include but are not limited to: Nanoparticle and nanocomposite development, synthesis, and fabrication for drug delivery, drug release, and tissue engineering; Inorganic, organic, and hybrid nanoparticles; Nanoparticle-based technologies for biomedical applications; Characterization of nanoparticles and nanocomposites and study of their biocompatibility/toxicity. Dr. Tamara Posati Dr. Annalisa Aluigi Dr. Giovanna Sotgiu Guest Editors https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Bioactivity_Nanomaterials
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Special Issue on Nanopatterned Functional Materials (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanopatterned_materials)
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Functional materials are at the core of modern technologies. In recent decades, the need for miniaturization, integration, and control of novel physical and chemical effects have necessitated the development of strategies for the fabrication of nanopatterned functional materials. Strategies based on bottom-up as well as top-down fabrication approaches have contributed to this global effort, leading to huge progress in technologies such as electronics, energy, information storage, sensors and actuators, catalysis, medicine, etc. This Special Issue dedicated to Nanopatterned Functional Materials aims to attract contributions related to the use of top-down approaches to fabricate materials with sub-micron precision that exhibit functional properties in modern technologies. The Guest Editors encourage submissions related to the application of existing lithography techniques and new lithography developments with the aim of producing nanopatterned materials relevant to any of the mentioned technologies. Some of the lithography techniques that are expected to be involved in the development of such nanomaterials are as follows: Photon-based lithography using UV, EUV, X-rays, etc. Electron-based lithography using focused electron beams such as EBL, FEBID, etc. Ion-based lithography using focused ion beams such as FIB, FIBID, etc. Scanning probe lithography using AFM or STM. Nanoimprinting and related lithographies. Other top-down lithographies: nanostencil lithography, nanosphere lithography, etc. Besides technology-oriented contributions, the Guest Editors also encourage submissions involving research of novel effects arising from the sub-micron dimensions of the materials in, but not limited to, the following fields: Magnetism and spintronics. Photonics and plasmonics. Superconductivity. Mechanics. Topological and 2D materials. Biomedical applications. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit manuscripts to this Special Issue on “Nanopatterned Functional Materials”. Review and original research articles are also welcome. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanopatterned_materials Prof. Jose Maria De Teresa Dr. Soraya Sangiao Guest Editors Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials).
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Special Issue on Nanoparticles in the Environment and Nanotoxicology
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, In recent decades, the applications of nanotechnology have dramatically increased in many areas such as cosmetics, medicine, food packaging, environment, agriculture, electronics, and others. Despite its useful applications, nanomaterials (at least one dimension <100 nm) due to their small size and unique properties, concerns have been raised about their potential environmental impact and hazard to human health. In addition, given the increasing production, nanomaterials might potentially release into the environment, leading to potential risks to the ecosystem. Besides engineered nanomaterials, nanoplastics, the degradation products of microplastics, have also attracted increasing concern due to the large production and usage of plastics, which might lead to widespread existence of nanoplastics in the environment and pose potential toxicity for living organisms. Until now, there are still huge gaps and unknown knowledge about the fate, behavior, and toxicity of nanoparticles in the environmental system. This Special Issue aims to gather recent novel research findings of various types of nanoparticles on the determination, detection, and degradation in the environment as well as the toxicity and risk assessment of nanoparticles. Prof. Vivian Hsiu-Chuan Liao Guest Editor https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Environment_Nanotoxicology
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Special Issue on Application of Nanomaterials in Photocatalysis
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Photocatalysis applications are of utmost relevance in a plethora of active fields nowadays, such as pollution abatement, water splitting, artificial photosynthesis or even others that we do not foresee today but will be a reality tomorrow. A lot of effort is being invested into the synthesis and fabrication of stable and recyclable nanomaterials for many different applications. Some of these can be enhanced by making use of the special properties of nanosized materials, and tuning them. This Special Issue intends to compile a self-contained set of papers related to potential applications of nanomaterials in different fields that can give a realistic picture of current state-of-the-art research in this cutting-edge field, showing the wide spectrum of topics that will benefit from research and developments in the area. These may be mini-reviews, research papers, or short communications describing new breakthroughs. All researchers in the field are cordially encouraged to submit their manuscripts for consideration for publication in this Special Issue. Dr. Moisés Canle Guest Editor https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Photocatalysis_Application_Nanomaterials
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Special Issue on Self-Assembly, Synthetic and Biomimetic Nanostructures (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/self-assembly_synthetic_biomimetic)
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Bioinspired nanostructures comprising innovative one- , two-, or three-dimensional topologies are suitable for the design of advanced biomaterials and novel applications in nanomedicine, pharmaceutics, and diagnostics. Among them, liquid crystalline nanostructures enable the generation of cubosomes, hexosomes, nanosponges, and other nanoporous and multifaceted architectures with a high surface-to-volume ratio. The methods for their fabrication and structural investigations present strong current interest. Various classes of synthetic chemical compounds and natural biomolecules (lipids, peptides, proteins, DNA, RNA, polysaccharides) can be exploited towards that purpose. The structural integrity, biocompatibility, biodegradability, and interactions with cells or biological barriers are questions which need to be addressed in the strategies for the engineering of multifunctional architectures and carriers for therapeutics, regenerative medicine, and membrane-based biosensors. This Special Issue focuses on new concepts enabling the fabrication of biomimetic nanostructures and multiphase supramolecular assemblies and their structural characterization by high-resolution structural methods. Reports on the capacity of such nanostructures to enhance the bioavailability of encapsulated drugs (small-molecule compounds or therapeutic proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids) will be of special interest. Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/self-assembly_synthetic_biomimetic Dr. Angelina Angelova Guest Editor Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials).
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Special Issue on Nanotechnology for Heat Transfer and Storage(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Nowadays, the environmental challenge of reducing the climate impact requires new technological solutions in the energy sector. Nanotechnology, including nanofluids (colloidal suspensions with nanoparticles lower than 100nm in base fluids as water, oils, glycols, molten salts, etc.) can be an interesting alternative to achieve this challenge by making more efficient different applications, such as heat transfer and heat storage. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials aims at gathering original works and reviews about the recent advances on linking fundamental research of nanofluids with their applications for heat transfer and storage. Papers dealing with experimental characterization, theoretical modelling, or numerical simulations of nanomaterials and nanofluids (nanoparticles, nanoPCM, nanosalts, ionanofluids, etc.) with improvements for heat transfer or storage applications will be considered for publication in this Special Issue. All types of papers, including short communications, full papers, and reviews, are very welcome. We hope this Special Issue promotes a step forward in the research of nanomaterials, toward their potential use and implementation to enhance performance in energy applications systems. Prof. Dr. Luis Cabedo Mas Prof. Dr. Leonor Hernández López Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Carbon-Based Nanocoatings (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/carbon_nanocoatings)
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, Currently, nanomaterials and nanotechnologies are innovating many aspects of our daily life. The size reduction of materials gives them unique properties that allow groundbreaking results to be obtained in several application fields. In particular, nanomaterials have provided an important contribution in human life—for example, in chemical or image sensors, electromagnetic coatings and sensors, electronic and transport applications, renewable energy production, and so on. Among nanomaterials, carbon nanocoatings and related nanostructures are important and are extensively studied. This Special Issue aims to collect manuscripts dealing with the use and properties of carbon-based nanocoatings (e.g., graphene, graphene oxide, MXene) alone or in combination with other nanomaterials (metallic or semiconductor nanoparticles or nanocoatings) or even as a part of polymeric nanocomposites, focused on nanocoatings, thin films, surfaces, and interfaces. Subjects that fall into the scope of this Special Issue include the preparation of carbon-based nanocoatings; functionalization methodologies of carbon nanocoatings; the preparation of carbon-composite-based nanocoatings; electrical and structural characterization; physicochemical interaction with molecules or biomarkers; optical properties of nanocoatings; and nanocoatings for energy storage and renewable energy production. Manuscripts can be submitted in the following formats: full research papers, communications, and reviews. Keywords Graphene Nanocoatings Surface functionalization Nanocomposites Carbon nanostructures Sensing applications Electromagnetic applications Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/carbon_nanocoatings Dr. Jan Macutkevic Guest Editor Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin)
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Special Issue on Fluorescent Nanomaterials and Their Applications
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, In the last few years, the study of fluorescent nanomaterials has become a distinctive subject of research. This increase in interest is driven by the numerous applications of these materials in industry, medicine, information technology, energy storage, sensing, and many others. Compared to traditional fluorescent molecules, fluorescent nanomaterials display many advantages, such as photostability, tunable morphology and size, as well as the ability to perform multiple functions. Many kinds of fluorescent nanomaterials are currently available, including diamond, metal-oxides, polymer, silica carbide, carbon, just to mention some. They are fabricated in many different shapes and sizes, and have a wide range of properties suitable for many different applications, ranging from quantum to biomedical applications. However, despite significant progress, obstacles remain in their successful implementation as industrial and clinical solutions. The full potential of these nanomaterials is yet to be employed for applications. The overarching goal of this Special Issue is to tackle all recent advances in the development, characterization, and translational applications of fluorescent nanomaterials to real-life applications. The interdisciplinary aspect of this Issue is open to all aspects of fluorescent nanomaterials-related research, and it welcomes full-size articles, short communications, and reviews. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/fluorescent. Dr. Snjezana Tomljenovic-Hanic Dr. Asma Khalid Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Recent Advances in Nano-Hybrids of Cellulose and Carbon-Based Materials
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

Dear Colleagues, This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will attempt to publish high-quality short communications, research papers covering the most recent advances, as well as comprehensive reviews addressing novel and state-of-the-art topics from active researchers in nanocellulose/nanocarbons hybrid materials, concerning not only the synthesis, preparation and characterization, but especially focusing on the applications of such nanomaterials with outstanding performances. Potential nanocellulose/nanocarbon hybrid materials topics include but are not limited to: 1. Preparation of nanocellulose/nanocarbon hybrid materials with outstanding properties for next-generation applications; 2. Characterization of nanocellulose/nanocarbon hybrid materials; 3. Nanocellulose/nanocarbon hybrid materials application (medical, filtration, environmental, energy, corrosion, catalysis, automotive, aerospace, sensors, adhesives, packaging, food, construction, other sustainable applications). Website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanohybrids_Cellulose_carbon Prof. Dr. Vijay Kumar Thakur Prof. Dr. Djalal Trache Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Nanomechanical and Optical Biosensors
Submission Date: 2021-07-10

Dear Colleagues, Currently, there is a huge demand for rapid, accessible, and affordable tools for the decentralized analysis of samples in many different areas, including environmental, food analysis, and healthcare. Nanomechanical and optical biosensors have been demonstrated to be powerful and promising tools for biosensing due to their small size, fast response, high sensitivity, and compatible integration into point-of-care (POC) devices. Advances in nanofabrication technologies and nanomaterials has enabled the achievement of smaller transducers with improved analytical performances (e.g. shorter response times, larger dynamic ranges, and unprecedented sensitivities). The aim of this Special Issue is to report recent advancements in nanoscience and nanotechnology leading to the new generation of nanomechanical, optomechanical, and optical biosensors for healthcare diagnostics, food quality control, and environmental monitoring. It is envisaged that this will cover a wide range of sensors, including nanomechanical, opto-mechanical, photonic, plasmonic, and optical biosensors that measure absorbance, reflectance, scattering, and/or fluorescence in the ultraviolet, visible, or near-infrared spectral region. Dr. Mar Alvarez Dr. Xavier Muñoz-Berbel Guest Editors https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Nanomechanical_Optical_Biosensors
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials Combination with Radiation Therapy
Submission Date: 2021-07-15

Dear Colleagues, The use of nanomaterials to support and enhance the effectiveness of radiation therapy represents a growing and active area for fundamental and medical research. In the last decade, a tremendous number of studies have focused on the integration of nanomaterials, i.e., different types of nanoparticles or nanorods, in standard and advanced radiation therapy techniques, with several approaches reaching the level of first clinical trials. These include improved imaging techniques and the possibility to enhance the effect of radiotherapies by preferentially sensitizing target-tissues. Different types of radiation have been explored in this combination, including proton and heavy ion beams. In addition to important in vivo and in vitro surveys, extensive efforts have been dedicated to mechanistic understanding of the processes, in their multiple scales. However, several open questions are still pending. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_radiation_therapy We invite authors to contribute original research articles or comprehensive review articles covering the most recent progress and new developments in the design and utilization of nanomaterials for highly efficient, novel tumor treatment and radiotherapy applications. This Special Issue aims to cover a broad range of subjects including the physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms, as well as developing nanoparticles for targeted delivery, and controlled delivery and release of radiosensitizing agents. The format of welcomed articles includes full papers, communications, reviews, and perspective views. Dr. Emanuele Scifoni Dr. Daria Boscolo Guest Editors Keywords Nanoparticles for radiosensitization and imaging Physical, chemical, and biological effects of nanoparticles and radiation New design of nanoparticles: high Z nanoparticles, bimetallic nanoparticles, ceramic nanoparticles Mechanistic modeling of NP driven radiosensitization on multiple scales Nanoparticles combination with proton and heavy ion beams Particle type and LET dependence of radiosensitization Hyperthermia mediated radiosensitization Developing nanoparticles for targeted delivery, and controlled delivery and release of radiosensitizing agents (small molecules, biologicals, and nanoparticles themselves). Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Silica Nanoparticles as Safety Nanocarriers
Submission Date: 2021-07-15

Dear Colleagues, This Special Issue of the journals Nanomaterials entitled “Silica Nanoparticles as Safety Nanocarriers" will cover a selection of recent research and review articles in the field of silica nanomaterials as safety nanocarriers for several applications. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/silica_nano Nanomaterials offer great opportunities to develop silica nanoparticles or devices for safety nanocarriers in different applications, such as health, medicine, food, agriculture and crop production, energy and environment applications (in air, water and/or soil) and industry, among others. Various silica nanomaterials have been extensively explored in developing safety nanocarriers with high sensitivity, selectivity and simplicity. The use of materials at the nanodimension scale provides several improvements in terms of analytical features, including sensitivity, rapidity of response, selectivity, and robustness, demonstrating the huge advantage of using the nanomaterials over the nanomaterials in the development of smart and high-performant analytical tools. The research on the design and development of new silica nanoparticles as safety nanocarriers and the applications bring together stakeholders from different disciplines. The readers of this Special Issue will gain an appreciation of the real role of silica nanoparticles as safety nanocarriers. Keywords: Nanoparticles; Silica; Controlled release; Safety; Nanocarriers. Dr. Andrea Bernardos Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Functional Applications of Nanomaterials in the Fields of Energy and Photonics(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-07-15

Dear Colleagues, Since their first appearance on the scientific scene, nanomaterials have held great promise to perform novel functions or to increase the performances of devices in several technological key sectors, and particularly those related to light–matter interaction. At present, after several years of research and development in nanotechnology and characterization methods, some of the conceived functionalities have been definitely assessed and have eventually found their way into real-world applications. At the same time, novel concerns and sensibilities have sprouted, such as those related to nanomaterials’ safety, as well as the importance of replacing toxic or rare materials with ecofriendly and sustainable ones. The aim of this Special Issue is to contribute to the assessment of nanomaterials’ functionalities in the fields of energy harvesting and conversion and in the adjoining field of photonics, as well as to display the most recent advancements in these fields, from both experimental and theoretical points of view. Given the strong interconnection and interplay between components in modern energy plants, energy storage will also be addressed. Contributions from both the academic and industrial worlds are welcome to emphasize the necessity of a common approach in such socially relevant themes. Dr. Mauro Falconieri Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine Applications in Cancer and Other Complex Diseases
Submission Date: 2021-07-18

Dear Colleagues, The concepts of precision medicine and personalized medicine imply the need to specifically reach the target site, avoiding side effects, and to personalize the monitoring of patients and their treatment. These new approaches are the direct consequence of a growing knowledge of the molecular-biological dynamics that underlie the pathogenesis of complex diseases, such as cancer. In parallel, the scientific panorama also highlights improvements in the field of nanotechnologies aimed at the realization of more effective drug delivery systems and the miniaturization of entire analytical processes. Nanomedicine can play an essential role in the precision medicine field. Indeed, by exploiting the classical EPR effect or using targeted strategies, nanoparticles can significantly increase drug accumulation within the tumor tissues compared to free drugs, thus avoiding or minimizing systemic side effects. Moreover, the possibility of labeling nanocarriers with dyes or contrast agents for routinely used clinical imaging techniques gave rise to theranostics, a combination of therapy and diagnostics. As such, nanoparticles could also be used to follow up the treatment, besides the disease itself. All these efforts require a therapeutic approach better tailored to achieving real personalized medicine. In this context, the concept of liquid biopsy (LB) appears as the translational tool that responds to the conditions of non-invasiveness and repeatability that are fundamental to guarantee patient monitoring. At the same time, the availability of circulating biomarkers as harbingers of information coming directly from the tumour or pathological tissue of interest offers the opportunity to obtain important insights. These biomarkers can then be characterized via the most advanced mono or multiparametric nanotechnological platforms, Raman, surfaces made with biocompatible materials or functionalized with dedicated protocols, improving the sensibility of such analyses. In this Special Issue, we would like to collect reviews, original researcher, case reports, and proofs of concept, presenting the novel theranostics tools at our disposal and promoting our understanding of the functional complexity of circulating biomarkers using a multidisciplinary medical, biological, and, above all, nanotechnological approach. This Special Issue, entitled "Nanotechnology for precision medicine applications in cancers and other complex diseases", aims to be an opportunity for all researchers involved in this fascinating field of research, and we take the opportunity to thank all of them who want to give their unique contribution and dedication to improving knowledge in this field. Prof. Dr. Natalia Malara Dr. Maria Laura Coluccio Dr. Daniele Di Mascolo Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Nano_Precision_Medicine_Cancer
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Special Issue on Laser-Assisted Synthesis of Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-07-20

Dear Colleagues, The use of lasers for the synthesis of nanomaterials continues to represent an important area of academic and applied research. There are numerous approaches by which nanomaterials can be synthesized by laser techniques. These include, for example, laser ablation of solids in different environments, gases, and liquids and laser fragmentation of micro-powders. We invite authors to contribute to this Special Issue with original research articles and comprehensive review articles covering the most recent progress and new developments in the field of laser synthesis of nanomaterials. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_laser_assisted_synthesis This Special Issue aims to cover a broad range of subjects, from fundamental mechanisms and modeling of nanomaterial synthesis to the design and characterization of novel schemes of laser installations for the synthesis of nanoparticles and nanostructures. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: laser synthesis of nanocomposites; green laser synthesis of nanoparticles in liquids; laser design and the preparation of novel nanotextured/nanostructured surfaces for SERS and other applications; fundamental aspects of the laser synthesis of nanomaterials; laser synthesis of nanoparticles for medical and biological applications; and industrial-scale laser synthesis of nanoparticles. Prof. Dr. George A. Shafeev Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Bionanotechnology (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Bionanotechnology)
Submission Date: 2021-07-23

Dear Colleagues, We would like to invite you to submit your work to a Special Issue of Nanomaterials on "Bionanotechnology". The recent combination of the disciplines of nanotechnology and biology has led to some very important theoretical and practical advances in both biology and nanoengineered materials. Bionanotechnology is an inter-disciplinary area of research placed at the interface of chemistry, biology, materials science, engineering, and medicine, which finds application in many technological fields. Biological systems are essential in nanotechnology, and many new applications are being developed by mimicking the natural systems. The scope of this Special Issue on bionanotehcnology is to focus not only on biomedical applications that usually are the main subject of research in this field but also on new advanced applications in all sectors, including the biomedical, food, agriculture, energy, and environment areas. In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Emerging microscale technologies; Biosensors; Bionanotech-based water treatment; Tissue engineering and drug delivery; Bionanotechnology in medicine; Bionanotechnology applications in plants and agriculture; Smart medical materials and antimicrobial coatings; Coatings for protection and comfort; Biomimetic coatings ; Memory polymer coatings; Self-cleaning processes; Self-healing coatings ; Smart breathable coatings for textiles; Conductive polymer coatings ; Photonic materials; Biomimetic coatings Keywords Emerging microscale technologies Biosensors Bionanotech-based water treatment Tissue engineering and drug delivery Bionanotechnology in medicine Bionanotechnology applications in plants and agriculture Smart medical materials and antimicrobial coatings Coatings for protection and comfort Biomimetic coatings Memory polymer coatings Self-cleaning processes Self-healing coatings Smart breathable coatings for textiles Conductive polymer coatings Photonic materials Biomimetic coatings Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Bionanotechnology Dr. Andrea Zille Guest Editor Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin)
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Wearables Energy Conversion and Sensors
Submission Date: 2021-07-30

Dear Colleagues, Wearable technologies are considered as the next frontline for electronics and recent developments in advanced technologies have led to the appearance of wearable electronics by fabricating, miniaturizing and embedding flexible energy conversion nanomaterials into textiles. The combination of textiles and energy materials have led to the development of new capabilities in fabrics with the potential to change how athletes, patients, soldiers, first responders, and everyday consumers interact with their clothes and other textile products. The current generation of wearable electronics are typically standalone devices that are separately worn or in some cases attached to the garment. The advent of new nanomaterials and novel fabrication strategies is poised to create a significant opportunity for seamlessly embedding wearable electronics into the fabric. Therefore, the new wearable technologies are expected to have a transformative impact on opportunities related to electronic textile, energy storage, energy generation, sensing, and health monitoring applications. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_wearable This Special Issue is motived by the observed growing interests on the design, fabrication and application of wearable energy conversion nanomaterials in many fields. Textiles traditionally perform social and protective functions, but the addition of wearable electronics provides the means to produce a new generation of smart textiles. Over the years many features are explored toward functionality of smart textiles. Energy harvesting/storage, force/pressure measurement, porosity or color variation and sensors (movement, temperature, chemicals) are some of these functionalities. Considering your prominent contribution in this interesting field of research, I would like to cordially invite you to submit a paper to this Special Issue through the webpage of the Nanomaterials entitled “Nanomaterials for Wearables Energy Conversion and Sensors”. The manuscript should be submitted online before 30 July 2021. The submitted manuscripts will then be fast tracked for review. I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know of your interest in contributing to the paper at your earliest convenience. Research articles, review articles, perspectives, as well as communications and letters are also invited. Prof. Javad Foroughi Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Tuning the Physicochemical Properties of Nanostructured Materials through Advanced Preparation Methods
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Over the last few decades, nanotechnology has gained huge interest due to its extensive application in various fields including catalysis, electronics, optics, energy, and environment. The design and controlled synthesis of advanced nanomaterials with unique properties make them highly attractive in these fields. Nanomaterials can be classified into one-, two-, and three-dimensional materials. The main characteristic of nanostructured materials is their surface reactivity due to their active surface functional groups. The control of the size, shape, and nature of nanoparticles is strongly influenced by the synthetic route applied during the preparation step (i.e. hydrothermal, solvothermal, combustion, sol-gel). We kindly invite you to submit a high-quality contribution to this Special Issue of Nanomaterials, entitled, “Tuning the physicochemical properties of nanostructured materials through advanced preparation methods,” and to discuss the recent developments in nanomaterials with regard to the preparation method used. Review and original research articles are all welcome. Experimental as well as theoretical inquiries will be addressed. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/physicochemical. Dr. John Vakros Prof. George Avgouropoulos Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Characterization and Applications of Metal Ferrite Nanocomposites
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, In recent years, nanosized spinel-type ferrite has emerged as an important nanomaterial due to its high electrical resistivity, low eddy current loss, structural stability, large permeability at high frequency, high coercivity, high cubic magnetocrystalline anisotropy, good mechanical hardness, and chemical stability. Thus, research dedicated to the development and characterization of new promising materials, cost-effective, eco-friendly synthesis methods, and finding new applications for existing materials has received considerable attention. Metal ferrites MFe2O4 (M = Mn2+, Co2+, Ni2+, Mg2+, Zn2+) have been promoted as a novel group of versatile nanomaterials due to their tunable magnetic, electrical, and optical properties that make them appropriate for an extensive range of applications, such as magnetic recording and sensing, information storage, catalysts, permanent magnets, transformer cores, radiofrequency circuits, waveguide isolators, gas sensors, hybrid supercapacitors, ferrofluids, inductors, converters, antennas, antibacterial agents, biocompatible magnetic-fluids, controlled delivery systems, and medical imaging techniques. This Special Issue focuses on ferrite-based nanomaterial synthesis and characterization including (i) synthesis, (ii) advanced chemical and physical characterization of structure, properties, and behavior, (iii) magnetic behavior, (iv) computational and theoretical studies of reaction mechanisms, kinetics, and thermodynamics, (v) applications of nanomaterials in environmental, biological, catalytic, medical, cultural heritage, food, geochemical, polymer, and materials science. We invite authors to contribute original research and communication articles or comprehensive review articles covering the most recent progress and new developments in the field of metal-ferrite nanocomposites. Keywords: Ferrite nanocomposites Metal doping Mixed ferrites nanomaterials Synthesis methods Thermal behavior Magnetic properties Photocatalysis Nanomedicine Nanotubes Dr. Thomas Dippong Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Fabrication and Application of Novel Semiconductor Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, In the research and development of semiconductor materials and devices, nanotechnology is the current and future development trend. In addition to applications in semiconductors, optoelectronics, communications, biological and medical equipment, etc., there are continuing efforts to reduce devices and equipment to nanometer size to increase their applicability and function. The use of nanotechnology in semiconductor materials can solve some of the difficulties and problems currently encountered, such as biochips for rapid disease detection, making quantum wires without resistance, reducing the heat and energy consumption of high-density and high-capacity microelectronic devices. The research and analysis of the fabrication, growth mechanisms, and various characteristics of low-dimensional nanomaterials, such as nanocrystalline films, nanowires, nanorods, nanotubes, nanoparticles, and nanocomposite materials are very important for the development of advanced microelectronic devices. Doping specific impurities in semiconductor nanomaterials can improve the material's optical, ferroelectric, piezoelectric, dielectric, electrical transmission, and fatigue resistance properties, to enhance the applicability of nanocrystalline films and composite materials. This Special Issue focuses on novel nanomaterial growth technology, microstructure analysis, interface characteristics, device fabrication, and device-related characteristics such as electrical, optoelectronics, sensing, transmission mechanism, energy storage, device compatibility, lifetime, etc. Original and advanced research results concerning novel semiconductor nanomaterials and device characteristics are welcome in this Special Issue. Keywords: Low-dimensional nanomaterials Microstructure Heterojunction Microelectronic devices Advanced memories Transmission mechanism Fatigue-endurable Prof. Hone-Zern Chen Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Graphene and Related Nanocomposites for Energy Storage Application
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Graphene-related materials (GRMs) is an exciting material with exceptional properties, high specific surface area, high chemical stability and mechanical strength, and excellent electrical conductivity. Graphene and, more generally, 2D materials are the basis of one of the most promising and versatile enabling nanotechnologies addressing the objective of secure, clean, and efficient energy. They have the potential to bring disruptive solutions to the current industrial challenges related to structures and both energy generation and storage, first in nano-enhanced products, then in radically new nano-enabled products that integrate different functionalities. Although the fundamental properties of graphene are well understood and its potential in composite materials is foreseen, detailed studies are needed to allow its exploitation in real commercial applications. Hence, this Special Issue aims to produce new methodologies and techniques and advance their development in a unique direction to create, fabricate, process, and model advanced GRM-based materials for energy storage production for their use in numerous industries (e.g., aerospace, automotive, and energy). It will place emphasis on the design and development of novel multi-functional GRM-based nanocomposites in order to reduce weight, enhance performance and durability for components, and produce high performance, low-cost, and more efficient energy storage systems. This Special Issue will also cover innovation and integration of a range of carefully designed activities, including frontier research, technology development and integration, prototyping, testing, validation, and demonstration. Articles on extensive modelling and numerical simulation capabilities to better understand the behaviour and performance of the newly developed materials for energy storage systems within different applications will also be considered. Keywords: graphene-related materials nanocomposites syntheses and characterisations energy storage devices lithium-ion batteries all-solid-state lithium batteries electrode materials solid-state electrolytes cathode and anode design heterogeneous nanomaterial design and development hybrid materials electrochemistry chemical sciences physical chemistry nanotechnology https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/graphene_nano_energy Prof. Dr. Ahmed M. Elmarakbi Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Nano-Composite Membranes for Environmental Application
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, The membrane is the core element and also source technology that dictates the overall performance and economics of the various separation processes. To enhance the performance and efficiency of the membrane, various attempts have been made based on materials science and system engineering in and out of academia. The recent emergence of nano-composite and its applications to membrane engineering proved the potential of the nano-composite membrane to improve performance and enable sustainable industrial growth. The nano-composite membrane has also attracted great attention in addressing growing environmental applications such as water desalination and reuse, energy production, biomedical health fields and mining of valuable elements or materials. The topics of interest include below membrane applications but are not limited to: Synthesis and fabrication of nano-composite membrane Novel membrane fabrication process Membranes for desalination and water reuse Membranes for the removal of heavy metals and toxic contaminants Membranes for separation of oil-water Biomedical health applications Brine mining Zero Liquid Discharge Salinity gradient power Membrane distillation, pervaporation Prof. In S. Kim Guest Editor Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/mem_envir Please contact eimy.zhao@mdpi (Ms. Eimy Zhao), if you are willing to contribute.
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Special Issue on Pulsed Laser Deposited Nanostructures
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, We are planning a Special Issue of the journal Nanomaterials that may be of interest to you. As Guest Editor, I cordially invite you to submit a manuscript for consideration and possible publication in this Special Issue, entitled “Pulsed Laser Deposited Nanostructures”. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_PLD In this Special Issue, the aim is to cover all relevant aspects of laser processing in thin film deposition, nanostructures, nanomaterials, and nanocomposites. Accordingly, this Special Issue welcomes original research and review manuscripts on the challenges and trends covering fundamental and experimental research—from the development of new experimental concepts to the transfer, chemical transformation, high-resolution patterning of advanced nanomaterials to the design and fabrication of devices, applications in catalysis, ecology, and environmental protection. Dr. Cǎtǎlin Constantinescu Guest Editor Keywords laser processing nanostructures nanomaterials thin films multilayers nanocomposites Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Sustainable Green Nanotechnologies for Innovative Purifications of Water
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Protecting aquatic ecosystems from pollution and hydromorphological changes and preserving the sustainability of water is crucial for current and future generations, as well as for maintaining political stability at any level. In general, a comprehensive water policy aims at ensuring that a sufficient quantity of good-quality water is available for both human needs and the environment, through regulating the main sources of pollution (e.g., from agriculture, industry, urban wastewaters), water usages (surface, groundwater, and drinking water), and integrated water management. The current priority is to find innovative solutions for the development of cost-effective, economically feasible, and sustainable environmentally friendly technologies for purifications of water. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_water_purifications This Special Issue focuses on advances in semiconductor materials (powders, ceramics, glass ceramics, thin films) processing, characterization, and their multidisciplinary applications. Especially welcomed are papers with a focus on sustainable green nanotechnology, synthesis of semiconductor materials from plant extracts, various precursors, and doping agents (based on non-metals, transition metals) for the removal of (emerging) organic pollutants (e.g., pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes from ultrapure, drinking, surface, ground, and wastewaters). This includes the application of “reagent-free, waste-free” advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). Topics regarding individual, as well as additive and synergistic effects obtained by operating hybrid AOPs (including photocatalysis, subcritical water treatments, ultrasound, plasma-based AOP, (photo)-Fenton, catalytic ozonation) are also welcomed. Articles presented in this Special Issue will cover various topics, ranging from the synthesis and characterization of semiconductors (metal oxides, metal chalcogenides, metal–organic frameworks) to their specific applications of which foremost is the progress in photocatalysis, subcritical water treatments, and advanced oxidation processes in general. Additionally, of particular interest are applications of optical sensor systems as broad indicators of water quality during different treatments. Prof. Dr. Daniela Šojić Merkulov Dr. Predrag Putnik Guest Editors Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Silicon Nanocrystals: From Fundamentals to Applications
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Research in silicon nanocrystals (Si NCs) has over thirty years of history; nevertheless, it still attracts significant attention today. Initially, a great effort was devoted to extending the use of silicon in optoelectronics for the realization of Si-based light-emitting devices, especially lasers. Following many years of studies, an understanding of the fundamentals of Si NC science and the tuning of light emission from Si NCs by engineering their size, surface, alloying, and doping was achieved. This opened up a new door for the development of Si-based optoelectronic devices such as all-inorganic silicon white-light LEDs, photodetectors to take advantage of strong light absorption in the ultraviolet region, and devices elaborately incorporated into solar cells. However, many challenges still remain, such as the precise control of the optical properties of Si NCs by tuning of the quantum confinement, surface, and doping effects, and their integration within devices. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanocrystal_silicon Therefore, unceasing efforts are being devoted to advancing the research field of Si NCs. The continuous Si NC research and new device design development is assured to significantly improve existing products and to enable devices with novel functionalities. This Special Issue on “Silicon Nanocrystals: From Fundamentals to Applications” aims to cover a broad range of subjects, from Si NC synthesis, to surface engineering, and to the design and characterization of devices. In particular, we invite authors to contribute original research articles, letters, as well as comprehensive review articles covering the most recent progress and perspective views on fundamental issues and properties of Si NCs as well as the potential and challenges in the incorporation of Si NCs into various efficient optoelectronic devices, such as light-emitting diodes, sensors, photodetectors, solar cells, etc. Keywords Synthesis and characterizations of Si NCs Fundamental physics and chemistry of Si NCs Surface engineering of Si NCs Alloying of Si NCs Solar cells Optoelectronic devices Light-emitting diodes Photonics Energy conversion Transport phenomena Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Advanced Materials for Aerospace: Polymer Nanocomposites
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Over the last three decades, the availability of a different typology of nanoparticles has increased enormously, giving a concrete chance to develop tunable materials for specific structural and functional applications. Adding nanoparticles to a polymer matrix can enhance its performance, at the same time tailoring specific properties. This approach is particularly effective in applications for which specific functionalities are needed, such as conductive polymer, enhanced thermal conductive matrix, high performance composites, functional coating, nanocomposite foams or “smart” materials for sensing. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_aerospace This Special Issue, titled: “Advanced Materials for Aerospace: Polymer Nanocomposites”, within the Nanomaterials Journal of MDPI, aims to publish original research, which will add knowledge to the current understanding on polymer nanocomposites, including fundamental structure/property relationships, property characterization, and numerical modeling and manufacturing techniques. At the same, review work reporting the current state of the art for a specific feature of polymer nanocomposites with main interests for aeronautical and space applications is welcome. Dr. Mauro Zarrelli Dr. Anna Borriello Guest Editors Keywords Polymer nanocomposites Hierarchical composites Nanofillers Processing nanocomposites Sensing nanocomposite Smart nanocomposites Synthesis of nanofiller Multifunctional of nanocomposites Structural property Simulation and modeling Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on State-of-the-Art of Nanocomposite Materials in Spain
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear colleagues, The synergy between recent achievements in nanotechnology and material science is bringing to light amazing scientific innovations that only a few years ago might have been considered completely unfeasible. The development of novel techniques to design, synthetize, and characterize tailored hybrid nanocomposites today is playing a crucial role in many practical applications, guided by a deeper understanding of chemistry and physics within this distance scale. The horizon of possibilities ranges from biomedical and biotechnology applications to nanoelectronics, energy production and conversion, optics, etc. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanocomposites_Spain Since the emergence of nanotechnology as a scientific domain, Spain has developed a wide network of research institutions and companies that has produced truly relevant scientific and technological contributions in this field. The objective of this Special Issue, entitled “State-of-the-Art of Nanocomposite Materials in Spain”, is to provide an updated general perspective of the research that is currently being carried out. Contributions are welcome in any of the related nanocomposite materials applications, including collaborations of Spanish research groups with international collaborators. Prof. Dr. Manuel M. Piñeiro Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Multifunctional Hybrid Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Therapy and Diagnosis
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has evolved over the last century and has become a widely used medical tool having gained regulatory approval for the treatment of various diseases, such as cancer and macular degeneration. PDT is based on the activation of photosensitizers (PSs), which results in energy transfer cascades that ultimately yield cytotoxic reactive oxygen species that can render cell death. Although conventional organic PSs are still widely used in PDT, their disadvantages such as hydrophobicity, poor stability, and low cell/tissue specificity largely limit their clinical applications. Therefore, nanoparticles have emerged as an attractive alternative to overcome these drawbacks of traditional PSs. Hybrid nanoparticles designed with both inorganic and organic components have attracted significant attention in recent decades because they not only retain the beneficial features of both components but also gain additional synergistic performance. Hybrid nanomaterials containing gold, silver, silica, quantum dots, silicon, upconversion, or carbon-based nanoparticles as the core component can be modified in a modular fashion to render specific properties for the resultant nanoparticles such as target specificity or biodegradability that improve the outcome of PDT. This Special Issue will gather recent developments in the synthesis, characterization, and application of hybrid nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy and diagnosis. Dr. Juan L. Vivero-Escoto Guest Editor Keywords Hybrid nanoparticles Nanotechnology Nanomedicine Drug delivery Photodynamic therapy Diagnosis Photomedicine Cancer treatment Antimicrobial photoinactivation Combination therapy Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Plasma Processing of Inorganic Nanomaterials: From Fabrication to Functional Applications
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, In recent decades, the fast advancements in the preparation of multifunctional nanomaterials have prompted the exploitation of new synthetic approaches to face the hard tasks related to the obtainment of high pure systems endowed with specific structural and morphological features. In this context, plasma technologies provide an exceptional option not only for the growth of a broad variety of materials, ranging from powders to thin films, nanocomposites and 1D and 2D nanoarchitectures, but also for their special flexibility in tailoring the system properties and functional behavior. This peculiar synthetic approach is an appealing and versatile tool for the preparation/activation of nanosystems characterized by unique chemicophysical features which can be finely tailored by a proper tuning of process parameters. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/plasma_proc_inorg_nanomat Prof. Dr. Chiara Maccato Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Nanotechnology-Enabled Approaches For Detecting and Combating COVID-19
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Despite the recent success of Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines, we are still long way from fully restraining the virus on a global scale. To realize this, we will need faster and more accurate testing kits, proper decontaminants capable of abrogating the virus, as well as efficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line health workers. Luckily, nanotechnology is around to corner to help us fulfill these tasks. Being a highly multi-disciplinary and translationally focused field, nanotechnology is able to quickly pivot and refocus unique engineering approaches on much-needed solutions for many of the problems this pandemic poses. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_combating Consequently, in this Special Issue, we will cover topics around application of nanotechnology and nanomaterials for institution of practical products to either detect or combat COVID-19. This includes nano-enabled sensors, nanomaterial-based anti-viral and decontaminants, and nanomaterial incorporated PPE. The studies could implement specific properties of nanomaterials to establish an effective therapeutic/diagnostic platform for COVID-19. In this case, proper characterization and analysis methods must be used to proof the functionality of such products. The Special Issue will also publish perspectives and comprehensive review articles, which will highlight current research achievements in the field. We welcome all type of submissions from different research fields, such as material science, chemistry, physics, electronics, biology, medicine, and engineering related to nanotechnology-enabled approaches for detecting and combating COVID-19. Keywords: Nanotechnology; Nanomaterials; Sensors; Antivirals; COVID-19. Dr. Sepehr Talebian Prof. João Conde Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Nanoscale Phenomena in 2D Material Heterostructures(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Since Geim and Novoselov discovered graphene, a new generation of materials have dramatically entered the world of nanoscience, generally known as two-dimensional materials (2DM). They are characterized by unique physical properties with respect to the bulk in nature: diverse electrical behavior, from metals and semiconductors to insulators; peculiar nanomechanics and tribology; and, finally, extreme thermal conductivities. In the past few years, structures made of a single sheet or a few layers of 2DMs have been intensively investigated. Many physical properties have been successfully explored, although further investigations are paramount to advance in this new area. Subsequently, scientists have started to build systems resulting from the combination of two or more 2DMs. Typically, such heterostructures consist in vertical stacks obtained via successive superposition of single layers, often varying the orientation of the adjacent layers or even integrating other molecules, with the intent of tuning their physical and chemical properties. However, the realization of these stacks is not trivial, and to investigate new phenomena and create new devices, it is equally important to realize such systems and characterize them on the nanoscale. In this issue, we intend to publish the latest achievements in terms of design, characterization, and application of 2DM heterostructures. Dr. Franco Dinelli Prof. Dr. Oleg Kolosov Dr. Pasqualantonio Pingue Guest Editors
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Special Issue on 2D Materials and Heterostructures with Application in Optoelectronics
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Optoelectronic applications of 2D materials have been the focus of much of the research efforts performed on these systems, since the isolation of graphene. The unique structural and physical properties of these atomically-thick layers, and their strong interaction with light, make them indisputable candidates for their integration in devices designed to generate, detect, interact with, or control light. High mobility, fast response, and high photo-responsivity are among the targeted goals, and recently reported, for devices based on graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, or black phosphorus. In addition, the dependence of the electronic properties on the number of layers (i.e., bandgap) or the possibility to externally tune them (i.e., by doping or by external field), further increases the potential application of 2D materials in optoelectronic devices. The possibility of stacking together different 2D materials with accurate control over the number of layers and their relative position and orientation, makes heterojunctions even more interesting than 2D materials themselves for optoelectronic applications. Within this framework, many researchers are investigating the carrier transfer behavior and quantum coupling effect in these heterojunctions, which can also present novel physical properties. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/heterostructures_optoelectronics This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will cover recent advances in 2D materials and heterojunctions with applications in optoelectronics, including LEDs, lasers, photovoltaics, and photodetectors devices. Dr. Carmen Munuera Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: kristine.zhang@mdpi.com (Ms. Kristine Zhang)
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Special Issue on Silica and Silicon Based Nanostructures (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/silica_silicon)
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, 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 Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/silica_silicon Dr. Céline Ternon Guest Editor Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin)
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Special Issue on Growth and Characterization in Nanowires (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/growth_nanowires)
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Nanowires, as an innovative one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure, have recently attracted great interest in a wide range of technological applications from photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, electronics, and optics to electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices due to their peculiar physical, morphological, mechanical. and structural properties. At present, a great variety of nanowire-based materials, such as polymers, oxides, nitrides, metals or semiconductors, among others, were achieved by means of numerous experimental procedures. In this direction, a large spectrum of synthesis techniques and theoretical models has allowed us to understand and unveil the enormous potential of nanowires in terms of their performances. However, in spite of the tremendous efforts conducted in the last decade in this domain, important technical challenges regarding the synthesis of novel materials and the comprehension of their performances are critical to accomplish the new perspectives of nanowires in the near future. The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together the latest developments on experimental synthesis techniques and theoretical models in the area of nanowires, as well as their evaluation in important emergent research fields ranging from energy storage to optoelectronics. Consequently, all researchers are invited to contribute original research results in form of scientific papers, short communications or review-style articles concerning experimental, theoretical, and technological aspects and applications of nanowires. Keywords Electrochemical techniques Modelling In operando techniques Microscopy Spectroscopy Electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices Template-free synthesis Semiconductor nanowires Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/growth_nanowires Dr. David Aradilla Guest Editor Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin)
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Special Issue on Concrete under Nanoscope
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, Concrete, the most ubiquitous material, is a nano-structured, multiphase, composite material that ages over time. It is composed of an amorphous phase, nanometer to micrometer size crystals, bound water, and a wide range of porosity. The properties of concrete exist in, and the degradation mechanisms occur across multiple length scales (nano to micro to macro) where the properties of each scale derive from those of the next smaller scale. The amorphous phase, calcium–silicate–hydrate (C–S–H), is the “glue” that holds concrete together and is itself a nanomaterial. Viewed from the bottom up, at the nanoscale, concrete is a composite of molecular assemblages, surfaces (aggregates, fibers), and chemical bonds that interact through local chemical reactions, intermolecular forces, and intraphase diffusion. There is strong evidence that the processes occurring at the nanoscale ultimately affect the engineering properties and performance of the bulk material. Nanotechnology has changed our vision, expectations, and abilities to control the material world. These developments will greatly affect modern construction and the field of cement-based materials. In spite of these developments, nanotechnology is still in its pre-exploration stage, only just emerging from fundamental research onto the industrial floor; thus, full-scale applications in concrete are still limited. Nonetheless, the tremendous potential of nanotechnology to improve the performance of concrete remains promising. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_concrete Highlights: Recognize opportunities with new nano-engineered concrete; Identify appropriate production methods and suitable applications for concrete with nanoparticles/nanofibers; Compare the performance of nanoparticles/nanofibers in concrete; Analyze the assumptions and common misconceptions related to the nanotechnology of concrete; Recognize the environmental issues related to the application of nanomaterials in concrete. Prof. Dr. Konstantin Sobolev Prof. Dr. Florence Sanchez Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: kristine.zhang@mdpi.com (Ms. Kristine Zhang)
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Special Issue on Nanozymes: Mechanistic Insights into Applications from Sensing, Imaging to Antibacterial and Beyond
Submission Date: 2021-07-31

Dear Colleagues, New generation artificial enzymes based on enzyme-mimicking nanoparticles have gained recognition as surrogates of natural enzymes due to their capability to address the limitations of natural enzymes, such as low stability and high production cost. These functional important nanomaterials are collectively referred to as ‘NanoZymes’ which was coined by Pasquato, Scrimin, and their coworkers in 2004. Nanozymes have already found applications in sensing, diagnostics and therapy, pollutant removal, and imaging, which are just a few of the emerging research areas. This Special Issue will highlight the importance of nanozymes across several disciplines and provide the research community a platform to showcase their work in the area. We invite authors to contribute either research articles or reviews to this Special Issue dedicated to the emerging area of nanozymes. Looking forward to this collection on nanozymes. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button "Submit to Special Issue" in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanozymes_enzyme. Dr. Rajesh Ramanathan Dr. Rona Chandrawati Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Special Issue on Novel Nanomaterials—Synthesis and Application in Biological Systems
Submission Date: 2021-08-01

Dear Colleagues, Nanomaterial research has risen to prominence essentially because of the way in which novel nanomaterials are being applied in human life and the environment. As nanomaterials are characterized by an extraordinarily high surface area to volume ratio and display unique properties that can be modulated, such as optical emissions, electrical behavior, and magnetic behaviour, nanoscience is currently developing tools that may have a great impact on, among other things, biology, biotechnology, and medicine. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/novel_nanomaterials_biological_system Since biological systems embody the principles of nanotechnology, the application of nanotechnology in biomedical fields is attracting interest from the scientific community. Nanomaterials and biological materials share a similar size scale, which favors their interaction and allows for the distinctive physical characteristics of nanomaterials to be exploited in a wide spectrum of biological and medical applications ranging from drug delivery to biosensors. This Special Issue aims to look into the nature, types, and synthesis of, and future prospects for, novel nanomaterials with application in biological systems. Dr. Alberto Falco Dr. Camino de Juan Romero Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Special Issue on Advanced Spectroscopic Methods—Applications in Nanomaterials Characterizations
Submission Date: 2021-08-01

Dear Colleagues, Nanomaterials in the form of nanoparticles, sols, large-scaled nanostructured substrates, nanocomposites, and/or multifunctional hybrid nanomaterials are frequently used in many fields of nanotechnology, electronics, photonics, sensorics, biomedicine, etc. These nanomaterials contain an ample variety of chemical species, including metals, semiconductors, small organic molecules, biomolecules and polymers, and they can be rationally combined to achieve the designed functionality. The developed nanomaterials have to be properly characterized. Hence, the development of advanced spectroscopic tools is crucial. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/advanced_spectroscopic_methods_nanomaterials_characterizations This Special Issue is focused mainly on the development of: Novel advanced spectroscopic techniques and instrumentation for the analysis of nanomaterials; Advanced tools for spectroscopic data evaluation and their modeling improving the reliability of spectroscopic information about nanomaterials; Theoretical concepts for new types of spectroscopic techniques for characterization of nanomaterials; New combinations of several spectroscopic techniques for characterization of nanomaterials; In situ spectroscopic techniques to provide the detailed/kinetic knowledge about the formation, modification, and application of nanomaterials focused on the clarification of physicochemical processes at the interfaces; Novel nanomaterials for amplification of spectral signals including photonic devices; Advanced nanospectroscopic techniques based on near-field effects and their combination with further signal enhancement. The format of welcomed articles includes full papers, communications, and reviews. Prof. Dr. Pavel Matejka Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Rheological, Thermal and Transport Properties of Polymeric Nanocomposites
Submission Date: 2021-08-01

Dear Colleagues, In materials research, the development of polymer nanocomposites (PN) is rapidly emerging as a multidisciplinary research field with results that could broaden the applications of polymers in many different industries. PN are polymer matrices (thermoplastics, thermosets, or elastomers) that have been reinforced with small quantities of nanosized particles, preferably characterized by high aspect ratios, such as layered silicates and carbon nanotubes. Thermal analysis (TA), rheology, and transport property measurements are useful tools to investigate a wide variety of properties of polymers that can be also applied to PN in order to gain further insights into their structure. This Special Issue will focus attention on the versatile applications of TA methods, rheology, and transport properties in the emerging field of polymer nanomaterial research. It wishes to present examples of some of the applications of these different techniques in the characterization of nanocomposite materials, focusing on the relationship between processing, structure, and properties. Prof. Dr. Carola Esposito Corcione Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/rheological_thermal_transport_polymeric_nanocomposites
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Special Issue on Graphene and Related 2D Materials
Submission Date: 2021-08-01

Dear Colleagues, Graphene and related 2D materials are actively studied in many fields of nanomaterials, including next-generation electronics, filters, catalysts, sensors, biomedical applications, and more. Due to their unique properties, graphene and related 2D materials are promising candidates to overcome the limitations of conventional three-dimensional bulk materials. The scope of this issue ranges from synthesis and modification of 2D materials to properties, and practical applications. This Special Issue focuses on both scientific and engineering aspects of graphene and related 2D materials with fundamental properties, defects, and phase transitions that enable observation of unprecedented physical phenomena and achievement of state-of-the-art electronic devices. Prof. Dr. Gwan-Hyoung Lee Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/graphene_related_2D_materials
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Photothermal Therapy and Antibacterial Applications
Submission Date: 2021-08-10

Dear Colleagues, Cancer and bacterial infectious disease have attracted considerable public attention due to their great threat to human health. In recent years, photothermal therapy (PTT) has been the object of growing interest, has undergone technological advances, and has been recognized as a non-invasive method to kill cancer cells and pathogenic bacteria. PTT requires the use of nanomaterials (e.g., gold nanoparticles, carbon nanomaterials, iron oxide nanoparticles, etc.) that exhibit high absorption in the near-infrared (NIR) region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The benefits of using nanomaterials is that the NIR light can be absorbed and rapidly converted into heat, thus increasing the surrounding temperature of the irradiated organisms. We are launching a Special Issue of Nanomaterials entitled “Nanomaterials for Photothermal Therapy and Antibacterial Applications”. This Special Issue aims to cover different strategies against cancer and bacteria, improving the effect of phototherapy. We are particularly interested in the design of nanomaterials, and in the effects of their physico-chemical properties on their photothermal therapeutic efficiency in treating cancers and bacterial infections. We invite investigators to contribute review and original research papers reporting recent efforts in the field of nanomaterial-based photothermal therapies and antibacterial applications. Keywords: Nanomaterials Photothermal therapy Antibacterial Anticancer Nanotherapeutics Dr. Chia-Hua Lin Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials as Contrast Agent for Bioimaging
Submission Date: 2021-08-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanomaterials such as nanoparticles, nanorods, core-shell nanoparticles, and hydrid nanoparticles have been extensively studied for various biomedical applications. Among them, their applications as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and x-ray computed tomography (CT) are of special interest because of their imaging properties superior to conventional molecular contrast agents. Until now there have been countless reports regarding contrast agents made of nanomaterials (i.e., metal oxide nanomaterials, metal nanomaterials, and nonmetal nanomaterials), demonstrating their unique and advanced properties which will be extremely useful for the diagnosis of diseases. The aim of this special issue is to report a variety of contrast agents made of nanomaterials which have been reported so far. These include the synthesis of nanomaterials using various techniques, surface-modifications, characterizations, in vitro and in vivo applications as contrast agents. Particle size and shape affect imaging properties and thus, their control is very important for successful application of nanomaterials as contrast agents. Surface-modification with hydrophilic ligands is essential for their biomedical applications as contrast agents. Further functionalization of the surface-modified nanomaterials with functional molecules such as drugs and cancer-targeting ligands will make them to be used as cancer-targeting theragnostic agents. This special issue will cover a variety of nanomaterials which can be applied to MRI and CT as contrast agents. Keywords: nanomaterial; nanoparticle; nanorod; core-shell nanomaterial; contrast agent; magnetic resonance imaging; x-ray computed tomography (CT); theragnostic agent Dr. Gangho Lee Guest Editor Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_Bioimaging Please contact eimy.zhao@mdpi (Ms. Eimy Zhao), if you are willing to contribute.
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Special Issue on Nanoscale Energy Storage Materials for Electrochemical Research(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-08-30

Dear Colleagues, As nanomaterials offer unique properties compared to their bulk counterparts, nanomaterials have been actively explored in a number of disciplines to improve the performance of devices and to invent the new kind of devices. The development of electrochemical devices has been largely attributed to nanoscale science and engineering, and the potential benefits of nanotechnology are being expected to be huge. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials provides a forum for discussing recent developments in (i) nanoscale materials for energy storage applications, (ii) characterizations, and (iii) theoretical computations probing nanomaterials at working conditions in order to understand the role of nanomaterials in advancing electrochemical properties. The knowledge gained may be used to support the development of new nanomaterials with desired properties and to provide novel guidance in nanoscale energy storage materials for electrochemical research. Dr. Sooyeon Hwang Guest Editor
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Special Issue on The Genetic Changes Induced by Engineered Manufactured Nanomaterials (EMNs)
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, The possibility that engineered manufactured nanomaterials (ENMs) can be harmful to the genetic materials of living individuals has been raised by several experiments, but it is, however, still controversial. In fact, there is also evidence that nanoparticles are not genotoxic and do not interfere with the genetic materials of organisms. It is of extreme importance to establish which nanomaterials have the potential to exert harmful effects on DNA in any type of living organisms, from simple prokaryotes to complex eukaryotes, starting from model organisms. The aims and scopes of this Special Issue are to (1) highlight the research applications that find out which ENMs are genotoxic and which are the more susceptible organisms or cell lines, and (2) to pinpoint reliable methods to establish the genotoxicity of ENMs. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/genetic_engineeredNano Dr. Marta Marmiroli Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Nanophotonics and Integrated Optics Devices
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, Since the visionary article of Miller in 1969 introduced the notion of Integrated Optics to the scientific community, this field has experienced an astonishing development. Today, integrated photonic devices are indeed widely employed not only in telecommunications, but also for sensing, increasing the accuracy of scientific instruments as well as their reliability and compacity. More recently, quantum communications and artificial intelligence have emerged as exciting new applications that are drawing huge research interest in our community. One of the most interesting aspects of photonic integrated circuits is that they do not rely on one single technological platform, since several approaches for realising efficient devices have been qualified throughout the years. Nonetheless, what LiNbO3, Silicon, III-V, polymer, and glass photonic devices have in common is their extensive use of nanotechnologies either for their manufacturing or functionalization. In the present Special Issue, we aim to cover these two aspects: on one hand, the nanostructuration of waveguides and its impact on propagation (dispersion management, roughness management and its impact on propagation losses, photonic crystals and materials, plasmonics, etc.); on the other hand, the development and integration of nanomaterials in integrated photonic devices like 2D materials (Graphene and its derivatives), nanocrystals, nanotubes or nanorods. The emphasis will be placed on their optical properties and the way they are managed and integrated on a photonic chip to implement new functions. Both original research and reviews will be considered for publication. Prof. Dr. Jean-Emmanuel Broquin Prof. Dr. Sonia M. Garcia-Blanco Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Nanophotonics and Integrated Optics Devices
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, Since the visionary article of Miller in 1969 introduced the notion of Integrated Optics to the scientific community, this field has experienced an astonishing development. Today, integrated photonic devices are indeed widely employed not only in telecommunications, but also for sensing, increasing the accuracy of scientific instruments as well as their reliability and compacity. More recently, quantum communications and artificial intelligence have emerged as exciting new applications that are drawing huge research interest in our community. One of the most interesting aspects of photonic integrated circuits is that they do not rely on one single technological platform, since several approaches for realising efficient devices have been qualified throughout the years. Nonetheless, what LiNbO3, Silicon, III-V, polymer, and glass photonic devices have in common is their extensive use of nanotechnologies either for their manufacturing or functionalization. In the present Special Issue, we aim to cover these two aspects: on one hand, the nanostructuration of waveguides and its impact on propagation (dispersion management, roughness management and its impact on propagation losses, photonic crystals and materials, plasmonics, etc.); on the other hand, the development and integration of nanomaterials in integrated photonic devices like 2D materials (Graphene and its derivatives), nanocrystals, nanotubes or nanorods. The emphasis will be placed on their optical properties and the way they are managed and integrated on a photonic chip to implement new functions. Both original research and reviews will be considered for publication. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_integrated_photonics Prof. Dr. Jean-Emmanuel Broquin Prof. Dr. Sonia M. Garcia-Blanco Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Biomedical Applications and Toxicity of Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, Over the last decade, progress in nanotechnology and medical research has led to an explosive development of novel nanostructured materials for biomedical applications, which include bioimaging, biomolecular sensing, drug delivery, vaccines, regenerative medicine, and disease therapy. Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) have also emerged as promising tools against multi-drug resistant bacteria, pathogenic fungi, and viruses. Despite enormous research activities in the design and synthesis of ENMs, only a small number of those materials have made their way to clinical use. This wide gap is mainly due to the still limited understanding of the complex interactions of ENMs with the biological environment. In particular, ENMs in biological media are quickly covered by a layer of biomolecules forming the ‘biomolecular (protein) corona’, which confers a new biological identity to ENMs and can alter the performance of ENMs in vivo. Furthermore, there is still little understanding of the unique toxicological properties of ENMs and their long-term impact on human health. A detailed assessment of the factors that influence the biocompatibility and toxicity of ENMs is crucial for the safe and sustainable development of novel nanostructured materials for biomedical applications. This Special Issue will bring together the latest advances in the field of nanomedicine and nanotoxicology. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: New approaches to use ENMs for biomedical applications; Eco-friendly strategies for the development of biodegradable/biocompatible ENMs; Exposure, toxicology, and impact of ENMs on human health; Investigation of bio-nano interactions; Methods for improving the performance and reducing the toxicity of ENMs; Development of predictive models for nanotoxicity. Keywords: Biomedical applications Drug Discovery Nanotoxicology Nanodevices Green synthesis of nanomaterials Bio–nano interactions Protein corona Biocompatibility Nanosafety https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_biomed_toxic Prof. Roberta Ruotolo Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Biomedical Applications and Toxicity of Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, Over the last decade, progress in nanotechnology and medical research has led to an explosive development of novel nanostructured materials for biomedical applications, which include bioimaging, biomolecular sensing, drug delivery, vaccines, regenerative medicine, and disease therapy. Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) have also emerged as promising tools against multi-drug resistant bacteria, pathogenic fungi, and viruses. Despite enormous research activities in the design and synthesis of ENMs, only a small number of those materials have made their way to clinical use. This wide gap is mainly due to the still limited understanding of the complex interactions of ENMs with the biological environment. In particular, ENMs in biological media are quickly covered by a layer of biomolecules forming the ‘biomolecular (protein) corona’, which confers a new biological identity to ENMs and can alter the performance of ENMs in vivo. Furthermore, there is still little understanding of the unique toxicological properties of ENMs and their long-term impact on human health. A detailed assessment of the factors that influence the biocompatibility and toxicity of ENMs is crucial for the safe and sustainable development of novel nanostructured materials for biomedical applications. This Special Issue will bring together the latest advances in the field of nanomedicine and nanotoxicology. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: New approaches to use ENMs for biomedical applications; Eco-friendly strategies for the development of biodegradable/biocompatible ENMs; Exposure, toxicology, and impact of ENMs on human health; Investigation of bio-nano interactions; Methods for improving the performance and reducing the toxicity of ENMs; Development of predictive models for nanotoxicity. Keywords: Biomedical applications Drug Discovery Nanotoxicology Nanodevices Green synthesis of nanomaterials Bio–nano interactions Protein corona Biocompatibility Nanosafety https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_biomed_toxic Prof. Roberta Ruotolo Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Measurement Uncertainty
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear colleagues, Metrology is the scientific study of measurements. In our everyday life, we are constantly surrounded by measurements: From reading the time to weighing apples, we continuously measure something. However, measurements are also below objects, since, for example, the apple we buy has already been measured, before arriving to our greengrocer, to determine its caliber. In these measurements, uncertainty plays a very important rule. Metrologists know that no measurement makes sense without an associated uncertainty value. Without it, no decision can be taken; no comparisons can be made; no conformity can be assessed. It is hence pivotal to know the meaning of measurement uncertainty, to understand the contributions to measurement uncertainty, to know how these contributions affect the final measurement uncertainty, to have a mathematical tool to represent measurement uncertainty and propagate it through the measurement procedure. Many important contributions have been published in the literature in recent years, which provide different solutions to the problem of representing and processing measurement uncertainty. While some of them consider, as a mathematical framework, probability theory, others consider different, more recent mathematical theories, such as Shafer’s theory. These contributions would fit well under the umbrella of Metrology’s Special Issue “Measurement Uncertainty”. This Special Issue shall include these contributions and open a discussion between different authors. Keywords Uncertainty contributions Systematic contributions Random contributions Probability theory Possibility theory Imprecise probabilities Prof. Dr. Simona Salicone Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Recent Research on Nanostructured Biomedicine: Clinical Potential and Safety
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, In the last decade, nanotechnology has been described as a revolutionary approach for many applications, including Biomedicine. In this field, it is today more and more mandatory to develop engineered nanomaterials able to face specific medical needs and that can represent ideal candidates for clinical translation due to the combination of efficacy and safety. The present Special Issue aims to collect original studies reporting the development and the biological efficacy of nanoparticles of different origin and structure for the treatment and/or diagnosis of different pathologies. The proposed nanosystems can be inorganic, organic or composite materials, properly engineered for the optimization of diagnosis, drug delivery, photothermal/photodynamic therapy, gene and cell therapy, tissue engineering, etc. In vitro or in vivo assays, or alternative approaches on developing organisms will be taken into account as suitable tools for the biological validation of the nanosystems, such as for the evaluation of their toxicological impact. A multidisciplinary approach, using standard and innovative experimental approaches will be encouraged to determine the efficiency and the safety of the proposed nanodevices. Dr. Luisa Fiandra Guest Editor Keywords: Nanomedicine; Theranostics; Nanodrugs; in vitro/in vivo Assays; Alternative Animal Models; Nanotoxicology Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Biomedicine_nano Please contact eimy.zhao@mdpi if you are willing to contribute.
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Optical Bio/Chemical Sensing
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, The recent surge in the development of functional nanomaterials has significantly increased the effectiveness of optical biosensors. Nanoscale materials offer high throughput, high sensitivity, rapid response time and compact features. Therefore, engineered nanomaterials can be employed to magnify the optical readout of low concentration bio/chemical molecules and biomarkers in the liquid of gaseous environments. Indeed, customised nanomaterials are one of the key tools to realise the next generation of ultra-sensitive sensors for medical diagnosis in the early stages of diseases development. They can also pave the pathways to improve food quality control, and environmental monitoring systems. This Special Issue aims to highlight the recent progress in the field of optical nanomaterials-based bio/chemical sensors, categorised by materials such as plasmonics, dielectrics and semiconductors, metamaterials, metasurfaces, 2D materials, hybrid nanoparticles, quantum dots, and nanopores. We invite the submission of papers, relevant to optical micro and nano bio/chemical sensing, based on various materials and techniques, including but not limited to: Plasmonics, Mie-resonant dielectric and semiconductor nanostructures, metasurfaces, Terahertz sensing, Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS), fluorescence emission, absorbance/reflection/scattering spectroscopy, label-free biosensing, and single-molecule biosensing. We also invite the submission of works devoted to the engineering of nanomaterials for optical biosensing applications, such as the designing, modelling, synthesis, fabrication and characterisation of nanomaterials. Other contributions dedicated to addressing bio-sample preparation issues, such as surface functionalisation, fluorescence labelling, biomarker preparation and immobilisation, will also be welcome. Assoc. Prof. Mohsen Rahmani Dr. Cuifeng Ying Dr. Lei Xu Guest Editors Keywords: Nanomaterials; Metamaterials and metasurfaces; Dielectrics and semiconductors; Plasmonics; Optical resonances; Near-field enhancement; Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS); Spectroscopy; Biosensing; Fluorescence labelling; Single-molecule sensing Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_Optic_Bio Please contact eimy.zhao@mdpi (Ms. Eimy Zhao), if you are willing to contribute.
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Special Issue on Responsive Polymer Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, This Special Issue is focused on the most recent advances in the synthesis, characterization, and applications of polymer-based responsive nanomaterials and nanocomposites, whose properties and functions can be controlled, even remotely, by external stimuli. The trigger signal can be induced by physical (temperature, mechanical forces, and electromagnetic radiation), chemical (pH, ionic strength, and solvent), or biological (enzymes and receptors) changes in the external environment. Progress in this field is rapidly expanding, and nanostructured systems based on responsive materials hold great promise for a breakthrough in materials science, for environmental, health, and biomedical applications. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_responsive_polymer A large number of smart polymer-based nanomaterials elicit a transition in solubility or conformation when they are in a liquid environment, resulting in the formation or disruption of nanosized supramolecular assemblies. Among them, smart nanocarriers developed to deliver drugs to specific cell types or tissues, with improved therapeutic activity and reduced side effects, have a key role. However, responsivity in solvent media can be also exploited for water purification, adaptive catalysis, sensing, and advanced coating applications. Nonetheless, in this Thematic Issue, we also invite contributions dealing with responsive polymer-based nanostructured materials designed for advanced structural applications, including self-healing and shape memory materials. We are grateful to the authors who will participate in this issue of Nanomaterials, and we hope that all articles herein will contribute to the development of this fascinating research and innovation field. Dr. Pierfrancesco Cerruti Dr. Anna Calarco Prof. Dr. Veronica Ambrogi Guest Editor Keywords nanostructured materials nanoparticles and nanocomposites smart materials stimuli-responsive polymers self-healing materials shape memory polymers smart coatings sensors and actuators drug delivery tissue engineering Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Nanocomposites for Oxygen Reduction Reaction and Supercapacitor Applications
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, The development of sustainable and efficient energy system based on nanomaterials and nanocomposites is one of the most crucial challenges to meet renewable energy demand and climate change response. During the past few decades, numerous research on energy conversion and storage technologies including supercapacitors, future batteries, fuel cells, and water splitting system has been reported based on mechanism of photo- or electrochemical reactions especially such as oxygen reduction/evolution and hydrogen evolution reactions. This special issue covers the significance of advanced nanomaterials and nanocomposites for sustainable energy conversion and storage technologies related with oxygen reduction reaction and supercapacitor, including, but not limited to: energy storage and conversion nanomaterials synthesis and characterizations nanocomposites fabrication for energy devices photochemistry and electrochemisty water splitting oxygen reduction reaction and oxygen evolution reaction supercapacitor and battery hydrogen production and fuel cell technologies CO2 capture and reduction for further utilization carbon and nanohybrid materials for renewable energy and sustainability nanocatalyst and catalysis for climate change-response technology Dr. Daehwan Park Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Advances in Computational Materials Science on Functional Interfaces and Surfaces
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, In the future, research on high-value-added products with new functions using materials created by the fusion of science and technology will be widely and actively conducted. Related industrial fields are expected to be reorganized in accordance with the appearance of new industries. Although nanomaterials have been researched and their activated surface shows more unique attributes than the existing materials, there are constraints to applying them to the industry due to difficulty in materializing other complex functions with them and their small volumes. Hybridization of heterogeneous materials or heterogeneous scales is a new materials technology that has been assessed as new technology to create various functional materials. Computational materials science enables the functional interface and surface to design, invent, and forecast nanomaterials properties using computer simulation techniques such as density functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamics (MD), Monte Carlo (MC) method, finite element methods (FEM), and machine learning (ML) approaches. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_computational_surfaces All topics potentially falling into the category of computational materials science will be considered, including inorganic materials (metals, ceramics, composites, semiconductors, nanostructures, 2D materials, metamaterials, etc.), organic materials (polymers, liquid crystals, surfactants, emulsions, etc.) and hybrid materials of inorganic and organic components. Both original research articles, in the form of full papers or communications, and reviews are welcome. Prof. Dr. Seung Geol Lee Guest Editor Keywords functional materials functional interfaces and surfaces computational materials science first principle calculations density functional theory (DFT) molecular dynamics (MD) Monte Carlo (MC) method mesoscale simulations finite element methods (FEM) multiscale simulations machine learning (ML) Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Nanostructured Surfaces and Thin Films for Advanced Wetting Applications
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, Bioinspired surfaces are being developed in laboratory settings to translate to industrial large-area advanced wetting applications in liquid transport, microfluidics, sensors, self-cleaning, anti-fouling, antifogging or icephobic surfaces. Nanostructured surfaces and lubricant thin films have demonstrated a promising potential for the fabrication of smart devices taking advantage of the special wetting behavior. Fundamental properties such as chemical composition, topography, nanostructure, surface energy and zeta potential are critical for the understanding and control of the phase-surface interaction at the nanoscale material interface, being as phase polar liquids, non-polar liquids, organic compounds or ice. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/surface_thin_film_wetting_application Relevant factors governing the wetting behavior of a surface range from a dual scale of roughness and porosity to the surface heterogeneity and the slippery liquid-infusion have been tried to correlate with superhydrophobicity, omniphobicity, antifouling, antibacterial and anti-icing or de-icing properties. Moreover, the control of them by external stimuli such as UV irradiation, electrical and magnetic fields or mechanical actuation among others together with the combination of other features like optical and electrical response, make these special surfaces useful as photonic components and energy harvesting parts. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials, “ Nanostructured Surfaces and Thin Films for Advanced Wetting Applications”, aims to include a broad range of topics: from coatings and nanostructures fabrication to the functionality demonstration going through the advanced wetting characterization under new protocols hardly implemented at the laboratory level controlling the environment. Dr. Carmen López-Santos Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Smart Materials, Sensors, and Coatings Technology
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear colleagues, This Special Issue in the Nanomaterials journal aimed at exploring the creation and utilization of novel forms of materials and coatings from a multidisciplinary point of view. It seeks to be a leading issue in the area of smart materials, sensing, and coating technologies, publishing the most important results from different regions of the world. The results may be as disparate as the development of new materials and/or composite coatings, derived using theoretical predictions to complex structural systems, which generate new capabilities by incorporating enabling new smart material transducers. These systems are examined from the nanoscale to macroscopic levels. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_smart_senor_coatings Nanomaterials for sensing applications Nanomaterials for space applications Optical fiber sensing application Smartmaterials and structures (applications of smart materials in structural engineering) The science of smartmaterials Graphene- and carbon-nanotube-based smartmaterials Switchable materialsfor smart windows (electrochromic materials, photochromic, IR filters, etc.) Nanomaterials in anticorrosion coatings technology Nanomaterials in self-healing materials and structural health monitoring Concepts for smartnanocomposite materials Prof. Dr. Brahim Aïssa Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Electrogravimetric and Electrochemical Studies on New Nanostructured Materials
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, Advanced characterization tools have undoubtedly contributed to recent developments in nanostructured materials, presenting great application potential for next-generation electrochemical devices (rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors, electrochemical (bio)sensors, in electrochromic and capacitive deionization processes, etc.). The design of novel electrodes with suitable properties relies on the understanding of their fundamental properties at the nanoscale, including the comprehension of ions’ insertion/electroadsorption at the electrode/electrolyte interfaces and their interactions with the active material. To elucidate these phenomena, coupled analytical methods that combine electrochemical analysis with simultaneous mass variation measurements (electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance, EQCM) have been actively employed in the study of nanostructured electrode materials. The new generation of EQCM with dissipation monitoring (EQCM-D) has offered the possibility to account for the morphological and mechanical property changes of the electrode materials during operation, and the results are very valuable to improve the performance of existing systems and to design new electroactive materials (e.g., for energy storage applications). Thus, this Special Issue of Nanomaterials will attempt to cover the most recent advances in the EQCM-based studies of a wide range of nanostructured electrode materials (metal oxides, carbons, conducting polymers, and their composites) that are promising for a vast range of electrochemical applications. Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the contributions in the field of energy storage and conversion, environment (e.g., water treatment with capacitive desalination), as well as electrochemical (bio)sensors, focusing on the nanostructured electrodes investigated by EQCM and EQCM-D based methods. Dr. Ozlem Sel Guest Editor Keywords Electrogravimetric studies of nanostructures Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) EQCM with dissipation monitoring (EQCM-D) Nanostructured electrodes (metal oxides, carbons, conducting polymers, composites) Electrode/electrolyte interface Ion insertion/electroadsorption phenomena Energy storage and conversion (batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells) Electrochromic devices capacitive desalination process Electrochemical (bio)sensors Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Smart Cementitious Materials for Sustainable Building Engineering
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, Concrete is the most used construction material worldwide, and its annual consumption is estimated at more than 25 billion tons. Due to this huge production, the cement industry is characterized by a very strong environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions. It has been estimated that 5 to 7 % of global CO2 emissions is due to cement production. Cracking is known to be the most challenging problem for the life-cycle performance of cementitious materials, which are inherently weak in tensile strength. Thus, the development of improved durability concretes and alternative binders to Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) are research subjects of pivotal relevance in the field of sustainable building. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/cementitious_building Promising strategies to improve the sustainability of concrete are: - New smart cementitious nanocomposites for health-monitoring of structures, thus increasing both the structural safety and service life of structures; - Graphene-based cementitious nanocomposites capable of refining the pore structure and reducing flaws and cracks in the cement based matrix; - The use of alternative binders to OPC, such as geopolymers, with the potential to reduce CO2 emissions from the cement industry; - Self-healing cementitious materials. Dr. Francesca Romana Lamastra Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Applications of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology in Energy Storage Device
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, Over the past few decades, there have been increasing demands globally for high-efficiency energy storage devices to power various electronics including cellular phones, laptop computers, and digital cameras. The demands are recently rapidly growing due to emerging applications of energy storage in the new generation of electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, smart grids, and electrical energy storage from wind and solar power. Nanomaterials and nanotechnology have been extensively studied for realizing high-efficiency and next-generation energy storage devices. The high surface-to-volume ratio and short diffusion pathways of nano-sized materials can achieve large power density as well as energy density. Their various synthesis and functionalization methods enable mass production of energy storage devices. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/energy_device_nano In this Special Issue of Nanomaterials, we present the recent advancements in nanomaterials and nanotechnology for energy storage devices including, but not limited to, batteries, Li-ion batteries, Li-sulfur batteries, electric double-layer capacitors, hybrid capacitors, and fuel cells. Prof. Dr. Joonho Bae Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: kristine.zhang@mdpi.com (Ms. Kristine Zhang)
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Special Issue on Functional Assembly and Property Exploration of Semiconductor Nanostructures
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, Modern nanoscale semiconductor systems with low dimensions open up new paths for the study and development of optoelectronic devices with distinguished characteristics. Low-dimensional nanoheterostructures, including nanowires and quantum dots, present unambiguous and fascinating properties which allow bandgap engineering and open up new light manipulation strategies. Semiconductor nanostructures can act as building blocks for the hierarchical assembly of functional nanoscale devices for the desired applications, including optomechanics, single-photon, and single-electron devices. To fabricate functional devices, semiconductor nanostructures should be organized into ordered structures or patterns on nanoscale. Functional structures can be assembled via various approaches, such as bottom–up (self-organization), top–down (patterning and pattern transfer), and nanomanipulation, as well as unconventional approaches. Despite considerable progress in advanced fabrication techniques, including various physical and chemical nanostructure synthesis approaches, there are a number of unresolved problems that prevent us from applying these techniques in a way that ensures a low cost, a large area coverage, and high feedthrough production. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_semi-conductor This Special Issue provides a venue for researchers to discuss recent progress in nanofabrication, new assembly strategies, and characterization of new functional semiconductor nanomaterials that enable us to develop new emerging optoelectronics applications. The topics include but are not limited to nanoheterostructures based on III–V, II–VI, wide bandgap, organic semiconductors, and mixed halide perovskites. Dr. Ivan Mukhin Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: kristine.zhang@mdpi.com (Ms. Kristine Zhang)
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Special Issue on Electronics, Electromagnetism and Applications of Nanomaterials (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Electronics)
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear colleagues, As far as we know, the applications of nanomaterials are limitless and offer the possibility to generate significant advances in fields such as computing, electronics, food, medicine, etc. The variety of nanomaterials is huge, and their combination allows to tailor the properties of functional materials to develop novel devices and applications. In particular, electronics in nanomaterials is one of the scientific disciplines at the forefront of the fast-emerging fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Nanoelectronics holds answers for how the capabilities of electronic devices can be increased while reducing their weight and consumption. Additionally, the possibility of eternally shrinking integrated circuits, wearing flexible gadgets, spreading internet-of-things everywhere, etc. is becoming a reality thanks to nanotechnology. Similarly, very interesting magnetic behaviors can be produced in materials thanks to the nanometric dimensions of the systems or of the crystallites forming them. Potential applications in nonreciprocal systems, magnetic recording, high-performance soft materials and magnets, microsensors and microactuators, functionalized magnetic particles, etc. are being revolutionized by developoments in nanomagnetism. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials aims to explore the applications of nanomaterials, including the fields of electronics, magnetism, spintronics, etc. Keywords avalanche photodetectors electronic devices electronic materials metal–oxide semiconductors nanotechnology printed electronics Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Electronics Prof. Dr. Anna Vila Guest Editor Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail address: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin)
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Special Issue on Characterization and Preparation of Electrocatalytic Nanomaterials (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/electrocatalytic_nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, The preparation of electrocatalytic nanomaterials and their characterization represent an important area of academic and industrial research. Noble-metal nanoparticles have been of fundamental interest and technological importance in the past years because of their applications as catalysts for heterogeneous electrocatalysts. The design and development of advanced electrocatalysts have been the subject of continuous extensive study, and recently hybrid materials have been largely employed for this purpose. With the discovery of graphene and carbon nanotubes, two-or three-dimensional (2D, 3D) carbon-based nanomaterials have also emerged as some of the most promising candidates for electrocatalysis due to their unique physical, chemical, and electronic properties. The ultimate challenge in the field of electrocatalysis is investigating the relationship between the microscopic view of reaction-intermediate adsorbed states and the macroscopic reaction kinetics. We invite authors to contribute original research articles or comprehensive review articles covering the most recent progress and new developments in the design, synthesis and characterization of electrocatalytic nanomaterials. All possible applications of electrocatalysis must be explored. The format of the articles includes full papers, communications, and reviews. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Nanomaterials development, synthesis, and fabrication for electrocatalytic applications; Low-dimensional nanomaterials or nanocomposites for electrocatalysis; Design and preparation of novel nanotextured/nanostructured electrocatalytic surfaces; Electrocatalytic nanomaterial-based technologies for sustainability and environmental issues; Other studies of nanoscience and nanotechnology associated with electrocatalytic applications and sustainability; Characterization techniques for electrocatalytic nanomaterials; Hydrogen-evolution catalysis. Keywords electrocatalysis nanotechnology for sustainability ORR nanomaterials for electrocatalysis electrochemical biosensors electrochemical sensors characterization composite materials energetic applications Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/electrocatalytic_nanomaterials Prof. Dr. Barbara Ballarin Guest Editor Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail address: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin)
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Special Issue on Nanostructures for Photonics and Optoelectronics (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/photonics_optoelectronics)
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, As technology approaches the limit of what can be achieved in terms of the speed of electronics and the integration level, there is an increasing interest in moving from electronics to photonics, where electrons and electrical currents are replaced by photons and light beams, which will result in higher processing speeds and lower power consumption. In the meantime, advanced optoelectronic devices fill the gap between these two technologies. While optoelectronics deals with the integration of optics into electronics, photonics considers fully optical devices. In this new technology, nanostructures play a key role. In contrast to nanomaterials, whose properties are inherent, nanostructures can be engineered to present unique optical and photonic properties by taking advance of phenomena such as quantum confinement effects, localized plasmons, interference or effective media. Bottom-up nanostructures (epytaxial layers, quantum dots and wires, bidimensional materials) and up-bottom materials (meso- and nanoporous semiconductors, self-assembled structures) can be tailored to show the desired optical behavior for a given application. This Special Issue will address all topics related to the design, fabrication and characterization (mainly optical) of any kind of nanostructures, and their potential and practical use in photonic or optoelectronic applications. Both original research and review papers are welcome for possible publication. Keywords nanostructures optical properties photonic applications Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/photonics_optoelectronics Dr. Vicente Torres-Costa Guest Editor Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail address: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin)
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Special Issue on Fractal Simplexity in Organic and Inorganic Nanoparticle Science
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, It is well known that Nature shows structural iterations (memories) and self-similarities on many scales, albeit largely underestimated in educational and research plan programs. Establishment of the closely related chaos theory and underlying fractal geometry has brought about great advances in many scientific domains but, so far, not quite a new roadmap for tailoring organic and mineral nanoparticle formation processes. Accordingly, the aim of this Special Issue is to address emerging research activities devoted to complex nanocolloidal media. Therefore, of particular interest are combined mechanistic nucleation–growth studies that are one of the central pillars of current structural nanobioparticle sciences. The existing results show that tackling arising challenges related to fractal structure/property relationships will assure further progress in the fundamental understanding as well as advanced design and patterning of future nanoparticulate materials. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/organic_inorganic_fractalSimplexity. Prof. Dr. Lubomir Spanhel Guest Editor
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Special Issue on New Horizons in Nano-Structured Photocatalysts: Synthesis and Applications
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

Dear Colleagues, Since solar energy is infinite, abundant and widely distributed, it is one of the most attractive renewable replacement for fossil fuels. Photocatalysis facilitates the direct transformation of solar energy into chemical energy. In the last few decades, significant progress has been made in the development of different kinds of nanostructured photocatalysts for several applications. Significant knowledge has been reported on the structure–performance relationship in photocatalysts. However, the development of effective nanostructured photocatalysts and their applications remains challenging. Therefore, this Special Issue of Nanomaterials will cover the most recent advancements in nanostructured photocatalysts. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following: 1. Synthesis and characterization of different kinds of nanostructured photocatalysts; 2. Rational design and understanding of nanostructured photocatalysts; 3. Fundamental investigation of photocatalytic mechanism, and kinetics; 4. New insights into the photocatalytic reactions; 5. Nanostructures photocatalysts for water treatment; 6. Theoretical and computational studies on catalyst design and mechanistic understanding; 7. Other emerging photocatalytic applications toward the production of renewable energy, environmental remediation, and beyond; 8. Machine-learning-assisted studies on photocatalytic nanomaterials. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button "Submit to Special Issue" in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/photocatalysts_nanostructures. Prof. Dr. Vijay Kumar Thakur Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Special Issue on Structure, Properties and Applications of Nanocrystalline Thin Films
Submission Date: 2021-09-01

Dear Colleagues, The controlled synthesis and assembly of nanocrystals has enabled the development of nanocrystalline thin film with a unique morphology, where the crystals of nanometric dimensions coexist with high surface area (controlled porosity) and crystallographic texture. This advance favored the development of new sensor devices, as well as electrodes for application in electronic, photovoltaic, and photoelectrochemical devices, directly impacting the performance of alternative energy devices. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanocystaline_thin_films Despite the progress achieved so far, many challenges still exist. For example, the controlled assembly of nanocrystals over large areas is a challenge. The use of heat treatment aiming to modify the morphology, structure, and property of nanostructure films is poorly explored. Controlled deposition of 2D materials from colloidal processes is still in its infancy. These few examples clearly show that we have a long way to go to explore the maximum processability and performance of nanocrystalline thin films. Therefore, we invite all researchers involved with colloidal nanocrystal deposition, nanocrystal assembly, 2D materials assembly, and application of nanocrystalline films for sensors and energy devices to contribute to the upcoming Special Issue related with this theme. Prof. Dr. Edson Roberto Leite Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Synthesis and Application of Optical Materials
Submission Date: 2021-09-01

Dear Colleagues, As optical materials have shown outstanding characteristics in the bio, medical, electronics, energy and related industries, the potential benefits of using these materials have been widely recognized. Thus, research on many applications has been conducted using many optical materials of various shapes and compositions. This Special Issue aims to provide a range of original contributions detailing the synthesis and application of optical materials. Our Special Issue will include optical materials that exhibit a variety of unique characteristics, including plasmonic nanomaterials, quantum dots, carbon materials (e.g., carbon dot and graphene oxide) and upconversion nanomaterials. It will also include the applications that use optical properties, such as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), metal-enhanced fluorescence (MEF), plasmon resonance energy transfer (PRET), direct energy transfer (DET), Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), fluorescence quenching and photo therapy (e.g., photothermal therapy and photodynamic therapy). Prof. Dr. Bong-Hyun Jun Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_optical_materials
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials for H2 Generation, Storage, and Utilization
Submission Date: 2021-09-15

Dear Colleagues, Hydrogen is considered a clean energy carrier to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the future. Many challenges are still facing the incorporation of hydrogen into existing energy systems. Hydrogen generation, storage, and utilization are important areas of academic and commercial research. Hydrogen can be produced from diverse, domestic resources including fossil fuels, biomass, and water electrolysis with electricity. The primary challenge for hydrogen production is reducing the cost of production technologies to make the resulting hydrogen cost-competitive with conventional transportation fuels. Catalytic materials contribute to the efficiency and durability of hydrogen generation associated with cost. Hydrogen storage is a key enabling technology for the utilization of hydrogen in fuel cell technologies for stationary power, portable power, and transportation. Hydrogen has the highest energy density per mass of any fuel. However, the low energy density per unit volume of hydrogen requires the development of advanced storage materials or physical methods with higher energy density. While materials play a key role in efficiency and durability, nanomaterials have a great potential to improve their performance to meet the needs for hydrogen generation, storage, and utilization. This Special Issue aims to cover a broad range of subjects, from nanomaterial synthesis to the design and characterization of energy devices and technologies with nanomaterial integration. We invite authors to contribute original research articles or comprehensive review articles covering the most recent progress and new developments in the design, synthesis, fabrication, and utilization of nanomaterials for highly efficient, novel devices relevant to applications in hydrogen generation, storage, and utilization. The format of articles includes full papers, communications, and reviews. Dr. Shiqiang (Rob) Hui Dr. Alexander Bauer Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Advanced Carbon Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties and Applications(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-09-15

Dear Colleagues, Carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, graphene, graphene nanoribbons, 2D heterostructures, fullerenes, nanodiamonds, and related carbon nanostructures) are a wide class of materials that reflect the chemical versatility of carbon. They provide unique systems where beautifully simple concepts of low-dimensional physics and chemistry can be explored in experimental materials science. The inherent appeal of simple physics and chemistry is, however, intimately coupled to a plethora of exceptional material properties. These give rise to the fascinating physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of carbon nanomaterials. The unusual properties have triggered right from the beginning an ever-growing and unstoppable avalanche of fundamental and applied research. Today, fundamental research on carbon nanomaterials has matured, and the ongoing research is expanding toward applications. Functional carbon nanostructures have strong application potential in such fields as electronics, energy storage devices, catalysis, sensors, spintronics, photovoltaics, light emission, construction materials, and nanomedicine. This Special issue will focus on the synthesis, purification, sorting, functionalization, characterization, chemical and physical properties, application, theory, and modeling of carbon nanotubes, graphene, graphene nanoribbons, 2D heterostructures, fullerenes, nanodiamonds, and other novel carbon nanostructures. The issue is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the recent and forthcoming progress in the field. It will help researchers to quickly find and identify related and relevant publications for their own work on carbon nanostructures. We invite interested authors to submit their original experimental and theoretical papers as well as review articles themed within the subject for inclusion in this Special issue, which will boost the visibility of their work. Dr. Marianna V. Kharlamova Dr. Christian Kramberger Dr. Alexander Chernov Guest Editors
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Special Issue on ZnO Nanowires: Growth, Properties, and Energy Applications
Submission Date: 2021-09-15

Dear Colleagues, As an abundant and biocompatible compound semiconductor with a high aspect ratio at nanoscale dimensions, ZnO, in the form of nanowires, has emerged as a potential building block in a wide variety of devices. However, there is still a significant need for the exploration of the growth of ZnO nanowires, elucidating and monitoring their fundamental properties, and improving their integration into nanoscale devices, specifically in the field of energy conversion and storage. This Special Issue will address the following topics: i) growth and nucleation mechanisms of ZnO nanowires using chemical and physical deposition techniques, ii) fundamental properties of ZnO nanowires, including doping, polarity, surfaces, and interfaces, iii) energy applications including photovoltaic cells (i.e., ETA solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells, quantum dot solar cells, etc.), piezoelectric devices (i.e., nano-generators and pressure/strain sensors), self-powered devices, and batteries. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/ZnO_nanowires. Dr. Vincent Consonni Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Density Functional Theory Study of Nanostructured Catalysts
Submission Date: 2021-09-20

Dear Colleagues, In order to face, head on, the numerous challenges involved in providing an improved quality of life for an expanding global population in a sustainable manner, the development of a new generation of superior nanocatalysts is of upmost importance. Density functional theory (DFT) offers a powerful toolkit for meeting these challenges through the direct design of novel heterogeneous catalytic materials via a first principles approach. As society moves toward a more circular economy, closing the gap between our best-case catalysts and their Sabatier’s maximum performance is an absolute imperative. Nanomaterials, with their very high surfaces area and reactivities, will be key to this quest, with an exponential growth of new breakthroughs in this field now an expected occurrence. This Special Issue focuses on how state-of-the-art DFT methods are now able to drive new experimental discoveries and predict novel classes of next generation nanocatalytic materials. The issue will highlight how a synergy between modelling and experiment is crucial to meet the aims of future catalytic science. The issue will include papers addressing structural and electronic properties of nanocatalysts, as well as their reactivity. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/density_nano_catalysts Keywords Density functional theory Catalysis by design Nanomaterials Catalysis Prof. Dr. Richard Catlow Dr. Matthew G. Quesne Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Magnetic Nanomaterials and Nanostructures
Submission Date: 2021-09-21

Dear Colleagues, The continuous advances in nanofabrication and nanosynthesis techniques have given a boost to the study of magnetic nanomaterials and artificially patterned magnetic nanostructures for novel applications in bio-magnetism, sensors, magneto-logic devices and high-density magnetic storage. In this framework, improved processing methods for nanofabrication and material engineering, high-precision dimensional and magnetic characterization techniques, as well as advanced computational modelling at the nanoscale level, are fundamental tools for the design steps. In particular, the synergy between experimental and simulation phases can shed light on the involved magnetization processes and provide a key for the discovery of new phenomena and the development of cutting-edge technologies. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/magnetism_nanostructures This Special Issue of Nanomaterials, “Magnetic Nanomaterials and Nanostructures”, aims at collecting a compilation of articles that present novel applications of nanomagnetism in the fields of biomedicine, nanostructured magnetic field sensors, spintronics and magnonics. Particular attention is devoted to the recent advances in nanofabrication, experimental characterization and modelling methodologies that have unlocked such applications. Keywords: Bionanomagnetism; Magnetic field nanosensors; Magneto-logic nanodevices; Magnonics; Spintronics; 2D magnetic materials; Magnetometry. Dr. Dongchen Qi Dr. Alessandra Manzin Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Nanoarchitectonics of Biomass-Derived Nanoporous Carbon Materials for Supercapacitor Applications
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Of the available environmentally friendly energy storage devices, supercapacitors are the most promising because of their high energy density, ultra-fast charge and discharge rates, outstanding cycling stability, cost-effectiveness, and safety. Various nanocarbon materials such as fullerene, graphene, carbon nanotubes, and mesoporous carbons have been extensively explored as electrode materials in supercapacitors. These nanoscale carbon materials have their limitations including inherent low conductivities of fullerene-based materials, reduced specific surface areas for graphene-based materials caused by π–π stacking, and they are costly when scaled-up for use in energy storage applications. Hierarchically porous carbon materials derived from agricultural wastes or biomass comprising both micro- and meso-pore architectures have received considerable attention recently for the sustainable development of low-cost electrode materials for supercapacitors. Scaled-up production of biomass carbons by the cost-effective fabrication processes offers high specific surface area, developed pore structure with large porosity, interconnected pore architectures, and hetero-atom doping that are advantageous in energy storage applications. It is anticipated that biomass-derived hierarchically porous carbon materials with excellent surface textural properties will be the leading sustainable electrode materials for the next generation of advanced supercapacitors. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials, “Nanoarchitectonics of Biomass-Derived Nanoporous Carbon Materials for Supercapacitor Applications”, aims to collect original research articles, reviews, and communications focusing on the advancements of state-of-the-art biomass-derived nanoporous functional carbon materials in supercapacitors applications. Special Issue Website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Nanoarchitectonics_Nanoporous-Carbon_Supercapacitor Dr. Lok Kumar Shrestha Dr. Rekha Goswami Shrestha Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Functionalized Magnetic Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Magnetic nanomaterials engineered with a large variety of functional coatings have gained much interest because of their possible applications with dual-mode manipulation controlled by a magnetic field and through the appropriate design of surface properties. Among the magnetic nanomaterials, magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and their nanocomposites are very promising for innovative applications in nanomedicine and biotechnology, such as nanotherapeutics, multimodal imaging, targeted drug delivery, hyperthermia, analyte monitoring, and enzyme, protein, and nucleic acid separations, due to their large surface area, excellent magnetic properties, and low toxicity. The nature of magnetic nanoparticles’ surface coating is essential for their behavior in biorelevant media. Well separated or in clusters, with proper surface functionalization, usually dispersed in liquid carriers (bioferrofluids) or embedded/encapsulated in polymeric networks, magnetic nanoparticles are the basic building blocks of a large variety of multifunctional vehicles. The surface modification of magnetic nanomaterials, including the attachment of functional groups necessary for applications based on interactions ranging from nonspecific (e.g., ionic, hydrophobic/hydrophilic, and hydrogen bond) through group-specific to specific-affinity interactions, is an important issue for the future progress of medical and industrial applications. The design and preparation of functionalized magnetic nanomaterials could have a strong applicative impact in many fields, such as diagnosis and treatment, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, magnetic bioseparation, protein immobilization, biocatalysis, biosensors, or water purification, to mention only a few. In this context, the aim of this Special Issue is to publish original research papers and comprehensive reviews dealing with the most important issues concerning the synthesis, advance properties investigations, and potential applications of functionalized magnetic nanomaterials. Keywords: magnetic nanomaterials surface functionalization functionalized magnetic nanoparticles physical–chemical characterization applications https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/funct_magnetic_nano Dr. Rodica Paula Turcu Prof. Dr. Ladislau Vekas Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Frontiers of Light Science: Novel Concepts, Nanomaterials, Nanostructures, and Applications
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Confinement of electromagnetic waves by subwavelength dielectric and metallic structures enables intriguing applications, including, among others, enhanced light–matter interaction for lasing and spectroscopy, novel imaging techniques, new concept antennas for radiation/polarization patterning and structured light generation, highly versatile and ultrasensitive sensing, ultrafast modulation, unprecedented waveguiding possibilities, and groundbreaking light manipulation with spin-optics and topological photonics. The substantial frontier expansion witnessed today is pushed, on one side, by new insight into the fundamental physics of light, and on the other by cutting-edge technologies for nanomaterial engineering and targeted interdisciplinary applications. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_light_science In this Special Issue, we invite researchers to contribute Articles or topic Reviews that will stimulate the continuing efforts on the understanding and exploring light science from novel concepts in photonics and nano-optics to nanomaterials and nanostructures and their applications. Potential topics include but are not limited to: Topics: Novel designs for metamaterials/metasurfaces/nanomaterials; Metamaterials/metasurfaces/nanomaterials for imaging, spectroscopy and nano-optics; Two-dimensional materials and devices; Active and tunable metamaterials/metasurfaces/nanomaterials; Nonlinear nanophotonics; Topological photonics; Lasing, filtering and sensing; Inverse design in photonics: algorithms and applications; Photonic devices and systems for machine learning. Dr. Gianluigi Zito Dr. Silvia Romano Guest Editors Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Bionanotechnology and Nanobiotechnology: Biomimetics or Engineering Nature?
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, In the past few years, the fields of bionanotechnology (i.e., the use of biological species in the field of nanotechnology) and nanobiotechnology (i.e., the use of nanotechnology in aiding, controlling, and promoting desired biological functions) have emerged and separated from synthetic biology and bioengineering and are now starting to be established as independent fields. The huge interest can be exemplified by various recent Nobel Prizes in Chemistry. For bionanotechnology, a Nobel Prize for design and synthesis of molecular machines (2016) was awarded, while for nanobiotechnology, there was an award for the directed evolution of enzymes (2018). Even a characterization tool that could give high resolution information to allow us to understand the underlying mechanisms of proteins and cells was recently awarded with a Nobel Prize in cryogenic electron microscopy (2017). It is self-evident that these fields will become dominant in the next few years. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_biotechnology This Special Issue will bring together the latest advances in the fields of bionanotechnology and nanobiotechnology. The issue aims to highlight the challenges and obstacles underpinning these newly established fields. By understanding and identifying the hurdles and bottlenecks, it will deepen our fundamental understanding regarding physical, chemical, and biological phenomena that set the foundations of the aforementioned complex processes. Examples are cell interaction with surfaces, nanopatterns and nanoparticles, electrical and optical effects (i.e., electrical stimulation, energy storage, absorption, luminescence, and fluorescence), DNA computing, organ and tissue engineering, and biological additive manufacturing, to name a few. The ultimate goal of this Special Issue is to provide a state-of-the-art handbook as well as a guidance and serve as reference for researchers who are interested in the fields of nanobiotechnology and bionanotechnology. This will clarify and underpin these two fields and additionally steer future research directions as well as aid the further development of these fields. The interconnected applications are endless and extend from energy storage to targeted drug delivery, and artificial organ development to agriculture. We invite investigators to contribute articles of original research, as well as review articles. An indicative but not exclusive list of topics is as follows: Nanobiotechnology and bionanotechnology; Nanobioengineering, nanobioprinting; Nanofabricated scaffolds; Nanobiomaterials and bionanomaterials; Biomimetics; Nanomedicine and nanotherapeutics; Proteins as molecular machines and nanorobots; Microbe and cell factories; DNA origami; Nanotechnology for agriculture, forestry and food; Nanoelectromechanical and nanofluidic systems for biology; Characterisation tools and techniques for nanobiotechnology and bionanotechnology (e.g., cryoEM, AFM, super resolution microscopy). Dr. Dimitrios Kontziampasis Dr. Maria Kitsara Guest Editors Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Carbon Nanotubes for Bone Tissue Engineering
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have excellent electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and mechanical strength. Great progress has been made in the research and application of CNTs, including their industrial and commercial potential for the energy and aerospace industries. Due to their excellent physicochemical properties, CNTs have also been explored for their promising use as biomaterials, and much research has been conducted on their safety, biocompatibility, and toxicity. A growing body of literature have published results that describe CNTs as a nanomaterial with high biocompatibility for bone tissues. Therefore, CNTs are being studied for their use as a scaffold material or drug delivery system (DDS), either alone or as a composite in bone tissue engineering. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/cnt_bone_tissue_engineering In this special issue, we are seeking in vitro and in vivo studies on CNT and CNT composites for bone tissues, in addition to research on the role of CNTs in new biomaterials for bone regeneration and orthopedic medicine. Also included in this special issue are studies on materials research of CNTs, such as biomaterials production for bone tissue engineering and the evaluation of physicochemical properties. Dr. Kaoru Aoki Guest Editor Keywords carbon nanotubes bone tissue engineering bone regeneration scaffold composite materials drug delivery system biocompatibility nanotoxicology Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Self-Assembled Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Potential Applications
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Self-assembly of nanoparticles (NPs) has become a very effective and promising approach to synthesize a wide range of novel nanoscale functional materials. NPs can arrange themselves in two or three dimensions, resulting in ordered and well-organized superstructures, which can exhibit interesting collective and/or synergistic properties that are different from those of individual colloidal NPs. However, the controlled synthesis of highly ordered assemblies of NPs remains a challenging task. The driving force for self-assembly is the interaction energies between the NPs, which are mainly dictated by combination of ligand–surface and ligand–ligand interactions. Therefore, by playing with those interactions as well as with the synthetic strategy, one can engineer stable nanoassemblies with the desired structure and properties. Taking advantage of the novel properties of these NPs’ assemblies, emerging applications in the areas of biomedicine, catalysis, electronics, and photonics are being explored. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/self_assembled_nanoparticles This Special Issue is open to contributions on NPs’ assemblies regarding: (i) synthetic strategies and post-synthetic functionalization methods; (ii) fundamental studies for understanding the self-assembly process and the unique interplay of molecular and nanoscale effects; (iii) characterization of collective mechanical, electrical, thermal, optical, and/or chemical properties, as well as the possible synergistic effects; and (iv) development of potential applications for the new or improved assembled nanomaterials. Colloidal nanoparticles; Self-assembly; Nanoassemblies; Driving force; Ligand-surface and ligand-ligand interactions; Collective and/or synergistic properties Dr. Carolina Carrillo-Carrión Guest Editor
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Special Issue on In Vivo Effects of Inhaled Nanosized Particles on the Central Nervous System
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Accumulating evidence demonstrates the sensitivity of the brain to air pollution and engineered nanoparticles; in both cases, nanosized particles have become a prime focus for their causal association with adverse effects in the central nervous system (CNS). Ambient ultrafine or engineered nanoparticles (<100 nm) are considered most reactive compared to larger particles, due to greater surface area per mass for adherence of metal and organic contaminants. Such particles, although entering the blood stream after desposition in the respiratory tract, are unlikely to enter the CNS via the very tight blood–brain barrier; however, they can directly access the brain through olfactory and trigeminal or neural pathways, bypassing the blood–brain barrier. Placental passage also occurs, indicating exposures to nanoparticles and associated contaminants during pregnancy. The goal of this series of papers is to assess current understanding of the in vivo impact of inhaled exposures to nanosized particles on brain morphology and behavioral function, as well as exploring the underlying mechanisms of particle–target brain cell interactions and molecular events by which they occur at a subcellular level. As an emerging area of research, these papers also seek to define the most significant research directions for the future. Such findings will be critical to understanding the mechanisms of brain development and neurodegeneration and the extent to which airborne nanosized particles are a risk factor for neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Such studies are also requisite to defining potential intervention approaches. In addition, this information will be of critical importance to public and occupational health protection via regulation of environmental and industrial sources emitting nanosized particles. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/inhaled_nanoparticles Prof. Dr. Deborah Cory-Slechta Prof. Dr. Günter Oberdörster Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Photoacoustic and Photothermal Phenomena in Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Light-induced temperature and pressure perturbations can be used to examine matter in its different states (e.g., liquids, solids, and gases). The use of continuous, modulated, or pulsed light sources allows for a high degree of experimental flexibility when carrying out various non-contact measurements. In particular, photoacoustic (PA) and photothermal (PT) phenomena are essential when studying various kinds of nanomaterials under different surrounding conditions and can be used for multidisciplinary applications. As the most remarkable example, one can mention the application of PT and PA phenomena in cancer theranostics, i.e., the simultaneous diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Over the past decade, several contrast agents based on metallic, inorganic, and organic nanomaterials have been developed to perform PA/PT bioimaging and therapy. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_photoacoustic This Special Issue will be devoted to the PA and PT phenomena in nanomaterials. We welcome the submission of original research papers and review articles on any aspect of the application of PT and PA phenomena in the life sciences, material research, energy, etc. or that describe the physical mechanisms and features of the informative response formed at the nanoscale. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): - photoacoustic effects in nano-biomaterials; - light-induced hyperthermia; - applications of photothermal phenomena in phononics; - photoacoustic and photothermal phenomena for nanomaterial diagnostics; and - physical principles of photoacoustic and photothermal transformation at the nanoscale. Dr. Mykola Isaiev Dr. Vladimir Lysenko Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Cancer Treatment via Nanotherapy
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanomedicine holds great potential in anti-cancer drugs/nucleotides/proteins’ delivery, specific targeting, assessment of treatment responses, and cancer immunotherapy. A wide range of nanomaterials based on organic, inorganic, lipid, glycan compounds, synthetic polymers, and molecularly imprinted polymers have been used for the development of new cancer therapeutics. Considerable nanoparticle platforms have been developed towards clinical applications. Nanomedicine has become one of the main driving forces in the field to change the cancer research landscapes, advance the cancer treatment, and potentially improve patient outcomes. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Cancer_nanotherapy This Special Issue welcomes contributions devoted to the design, characterization, and application of novel nanomedicine in anti-cancer drugs/nucleotides/proteins’ delivery, specific targeting, evaluation of therapeutic responses, and cancer immunotherapy. Keywords nanomedicine cancer markers drug delivery cancer therapy immunotherapy Dr. Lisheng Wang Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Advances in Carbon-Based Nanomaterials for (Bio)Sensor Development (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/carbon_sensor)
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Carbon-based nanomaterials have been key building blocks of sensors and biosensors regardless of the type of the designed devices: electrochemical, chemical, optical, mechanical, biological, thermal. As a consequence of constant improvements in synthesis, characterization techniques, and in controlling physicochemical properties, novel advanced functional and tailored carbon-based nanomaterials are being created, tested, and used in the sensors and biosensors field. Therefore, they are becoming the driving force for cutting-edge signal transduction schemes and (bio)analytical platforms. Potential and real applications are countless and include extremely sensitive real-time in loco and in vivo assays. Therefore, the goal of this Special Issue is to gather and disseminate contributions of original research results, review articles, communications, and short notes that address novel (experimental or theoretical) advances, challenges, trends, and future perspectives in the development and application of carbon-based nanomaterials within the field of sensors and biosensors. Keywords Biosensors Nanoprobes, electronic noses, and sensors Nanohybrids and nanocomposites Graphene Carbon nanotubes Carbon quantum dots Fullerene Nanodiamonds Catalysis Coatings and thin films Synthesis Characterization Functionalization Applications Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/carbon_sensor Prof. Dr. Simone Morais Guest Editor Please send the title or abstract of your paper to the following e-mail address: tracy.jin@mdpi.com (Ms. Tracy Jin)
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Special Issue on Nanobiosystems for Complex Diseases
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear colleagues, Complex diseases are pathological processes triggered by a combination of different factors (related to environment, genetics, lifestyle, or unidentified factors) and are considered the most challenging diseases to treat. Therefore, complex diseases or pathological processes (cancer, neuropathies, multidrug resistance, or antibiotic resistance) require special efforts when it comes to developing efficient therapies. Nonetheless, recent developments in nanotechnology provide encouraging opportunities to design smart strategies for the visualization, diagnosis, or treatment of complex diseases. This Special Issue will focus on the development of drug delivery systems designed to overcome biological barriers, increase drug efficiency, reduce side effects, improve combined therapy, or enable multitargeting strategies. Therefore, authors working on new therapeutic formulations to treat complex diseases are welcome to submit their contributions to this Special Issue entitled “Nanobiosystems for Complex Diseases”. We are especially interested in drug delivery systems that mimic structural and functional aspects of naturally occurring biological assemblies (cell membrane-based drug delivery systems, exosomes, lipid nanoparticles, liposomes, or micelles) and wish to showcase the most recent papers related to this innovative field. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/drug_diseases. Dr. Lide Arana Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Cutting‐Edge Nanomaterials for Electronics in Asia: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Recent nanomaterials innovation in electronics has been based on the synthesis/fabrication of new nanomaterials, properties with the size and shape, and nano-scale characterization. The enormous variety of nanomaterials for electronic device systems have progressed immensely, and their range of properties and applications appears to be almost endless. Recent printing technologies offer direct deposition of conductive nanomaterials on flexible substrates for cost-effective/large scale fabrication. The printed electronics provide widespread flexible electronics and, more recently, stretchable/soft electronics such as sensors, electronic displays, solar cells, thin-film transistors, and supercapacitors. The studies of nanomaterials in electronics are at the forefront of scientific and industrial applications. This Special issue is going to be focused on “Cutting‐Edge Nanomaterials for Electronics in Asia: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications”. Advanced nanomaterials for electronics are especially welcome, including 0D nanomaterials (nanoparticles, nanodots, quantum dots), 1D nanomaterials (nanotube, nanofibers, nanowires), 2D nanomaterials (graphene, other 2D layered nanomaterials), organic conducting polymers, liquid metals, and these composite nanomaterials. Rapidly growing applications are also welcome, such as printed/flexible/stretchable electronics, energy storage, optoelectronics, power electronics, bioelectronics, and sensors for medical and healthcare. For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano-electronics. Prof. HIdeya Kawasaki Prof. Dr. Huanjun Chen Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Electronic Nanodevices
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

This Special Issue focuses on the design, fabrication, modeling, and demonstration of nanodevices for electronic, optoelectronic, and sensing applications. Specific topics include the structure, materials, characterization techniques, underlying physical phenomena, and theoretical understanding of transistors, diodes, and memory devices used as building blocks of electronic and optoelectronic systems or sensors. We encourage the submission of research and review articles as well as of numerical simulations, especially if supported by experimental evidence. For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano-electronic_devices. Prof. Dr. Antonio Di Bartolomeo Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Nanotechnologies for Diagnostic, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage
Submission Date: 2021-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies in the last few decades have generated an increased interest in the cultural heritage community due to their unique characteristics and advantages. The synergy of a multidisciplinary approach from different areas of knowledge and the dialogue with conservators and restorers is a key factor for achieving reliable and durable results in the protection of our historical past, with the development and use of advanced diagnostic techniques to assess criticalities and cutting-edge materials for solving these issues. Today, there is a widespread use of such nanomaterials and the application of nanotechnologies or characterization techniques at the nanoscale to study, maintain, and consolidate artifacts, works of art, objects, monuments and intangible attributes that convey artistic, historical, or anthropological values. The objective of this Special Issue is to collect contributions on the latest advances in research to increase and safeguard cultural heritage. The Special Issue is dedicated to the publication of original work from scientists and academic and professional conservators and restorers who are involved in the conservation, restoration, and consolidation of cultural heritage, highlighting the use of nanomaterials and nanotechnology in case studies and applying lab-scale available techniques, advanced methods from neutron sources and X-ray spectroscopy; using, among others, in-situ techniques, environmental sustainable solutions and contributions from case histories. We hereby invite and encourage all experts in these multidisciplinary fields to submit their contributions. To acknowledge your important contribution in these fields, we would like to warmly invite you to submit a manuscript for consideration in the “Nanotechnologies for Diagnostic, Conservation, and Restoration of Cultural Heritage” Special Issue. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button "Submit to Special Issue" in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Cultural-Heritage. Dr. Giuseppina Padeletti Prof. Dr. João Pedro Veiga Guest Editors
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Special Issue on State-of-the-Art Optical Properties and Applications of Metallic Nanostructures in Asia
Submission Date: 2021-10-11

Dear Colleagues, With the progress of nanofabrication technology, optical properties and applications of metallic nanostructures have attracted more research interest in recent years. Top down or bottom up nanotechnologies have been employed to fabricate metallic nanostructures with specific optical properties. Optical excitation of surface plasmons existing in these metallic nanostructures has given rise to brand new phenomena such as Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS), metal-enhanced fluorescence (MEF), Fano resonance, plasmonic photocatalysis and metamaterials. Fundamental research and practical applications of the above optical phenomena have been widely spread in the research fields of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_optical Therefore, the main focus of this Special Issue is to cover the recent advances in newly developed state-of-the-art metallic nanostructures with special optical properties and applications mentioned above in nanophotonics, nanobiophotonics, biophysics, and nanoengineering. Prof. Hai-Pang Chiang Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Nanomechanics of Carbon Nanomaterials(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-10-20

Dear Colleagues, Miniaturization of structural components such as electronic/optic devices and MEMS/NEMS is a recent trend, the pace of which has accelerated over the past decade. The size of their components is now approaching nano/atomic scales, and it has been recognized that unusual fracture behaviors that are not observed in macroscopic materials occur in materials with nano/atomic dimensions. The dissemination of knowledge around fracture nanomechanics and mechanical characterization of such nanomaterials and possibilities of global use, hence, carry immense significance. Topics included in this Special Issue on “Nanomechanics of Carbon Nanomaterials” cover a wide range of research in the field of nanomechanics of carbon nanomaterials and their nanocomposites. The main aim is to get a scientific understanding of the broad range of nanomechanics and mechanical properties of such carbon nanomaterials through the introduction of the state-of-the-art experimental and simulation techniques. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue which provides an excellent opportunity to publish your latest advances in the relevant research fields. Submissions of communications, full papers, and reviews are all welcomed. We look forward to your contributions and fruitful discussions. Prof. Dr. Go Yamamoto Prof. Dr. Ji Won Suk Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials and Microorganisms
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, The key roles of microorganisms in the environment, agriculture, and human health are increasingly recognized. Accordingly, research regarding interactions between microbial communities and their surrounding environments, including xenobiotic exposures, is growing exponentially. Since nanomaterials represent a major group of novel materials designed for antimicrobial applications, use in agriculture, environmental remediation, food industry as well as medicine, it is crucial to understand the underlying mechanisms of nanomaterial interactions with microorganisms in these applications. Thus, this Special Issue invites publications in the broad area of nanomaterial–microorganism interactions. The topics of interest include but are not limited to: Beneficial or harmful effects of engineered nanomaterials to microorganisms; Antibacterial applications of nanomaterials; Impacts of nanomaterials, including nanomedicines, to commensal microorganisms (microbiota); Nanomaterial effects on microbial communities in the natural and man-made environments; Nanoagrochemicals and their interactions with soil microorganisms, plant or animal microbiota; Biofilm interactions with nanomaterials; Microbial bioassays. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Microorganisms_nano Dr. Monika Mortimer Dr. Anne Kahru Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Plasma Based Nanomaterials and Their Applications
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, Processing materials at nanoscale requires tiny entities as atoms, molecules, electrons, ions, and photons, and plasma is a way to produce and control them. Accordingly, a large number of plasma-based procedures, techniques, and instruments have been developed, where plasma imparts reactivity, directionality, charging to species performing the processing. Plasma processing, traditionally performed in vacuum and gas phase, was extended successfully in recent decades to atmospheric pressure and liquid phase. The goal of this issue is to explore the interrelation between plasma and materials across the atomic scale (plasma species, atoms, and molecules), nanoscale (individual nano-objects like nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires, nanosheets, nanocrystals, etc.), microscale (assembled nanostructures in thin films, layers, composites, hybrid nanomaterials), and macroscale (nanomaterial-based devices such as sensors, micro-actuators, electronic chips, micro-supercapacitors, membranes, etc.). A few examples of the envisaged topics are: - Plasma processes, systems and methods for nanomaterial fabrication and processing; - Carbon nanostructure fabrication (graphene, carbon nanowalls, nanotubes, fullerene, diamond nanocrystals, nanoparticles, etc.) by plasma and its applications; - Gas phase preparation of nanoparticles by plasma (PECVD and PVD methods, including laser ablation); - Magnetron sputtering gas aggregation (MSGA) processes for cluster and particle fabrication; - Hybrid nanomaterials and nanocomposites by plasma and laser processing and their applications; - Surface nanostructuration by plasma; - Preparation and processing of nanomaterials by plasma in liquid; - Fabrication and processing of nanomaterials and nanostructured materials by atmospheric pressure cold and thermal plasmas; - Devices and applications of plasma fabricated nanomaterials in engineering, energy, catalysis and photocatalysis, sensing, biology, medicine, and the environment. For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/plasma_applications We await your contribution in the topics above or other relevant topics with great interest. Prof. Dr. Gheorghe Dinescu Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Bio-Nanocomposites for the Removal of Emerging Pollutants from Wastewater
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, Biomass-based composite materials have recently attracted great attention in a variety of applications due to their abundant availability and inherent properties. Further, biomass-based composite materials have a low environmental impact. Different kinds of biomass have been investigated for the development of bio-composites. Further, the incorporation of nanomaterials with biomass-derived materials enhances the efficiency of bio-based composites. Bio-nanocomposites can be utilized as catalysts, adsorbents, and electrode/membrane material for the removal of emerging pollutants. However, there are many challenges associated with the selective removal of emerging pollutants and the environmental sustainability of bio-nanocomposites. Hence, there is a need for the development of efficient bio-based nanocomposites for the abatement of emerging pollutants. This Special Issue is focused on the synthesis of bio-based nanocomposites and their application for the treatment of emerging pollutants in wastewater. This Special Issue will gather original research papers and review papers related to bio-nanocomposite synthesis and the treatment of emerging pollutants using bio-nanocomposites. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button "Submit to Special Issue" in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/removal_pollutants_wastewater_bionano. Dr. Varsha Srivastava Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Advance Nanomaterials for Tissue Engineering Applications
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, The term “tissue engineering” was first mentioned in the 80s and since then researchers have tried to mimic nature to engineer tissues to replace organs or isolated biological structures. Most of these studies rely on a biomaterial as a scaffold, specific cells, and growth-stimulating signals. In the last few decades, various publications on the great achievement concerning different tissues have been published. Nevertheless, most of these publications are in vitro and have not yet been adopted in the clinical scenario. One major challenge in bringing the in vitro results into clinical dimensions is the lack of vascularization of tissue-engineered constructs. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials focuses on the following topics: Biomaterials for bone/muscle/skin/vessel tissue engineering Angiogenesis of tissue-engineered constructs Interaction of cells and biomaterials Biomaterials for organ tissue engineering Biomaterials with incorporated growth-stimulating signals In vivo tissue engineering models for bridging bench to bedside Please submit your article with the latest achievements in these fields to the journal. Keywords: Tissue engineering Biomaterials Bone Muscle Skin Vessel Growth-stimulating signal Angiogenesis Cells https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_tissue_engineer Prof. Dr. Andreas Arkudas Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Advance Nanomaterials for Tissue Engineering Applications
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, The term “tissue engineering” was first mentioned in the 80s and since then researchers have tried to mimic nature to engineer tissues to replace organs or isolated biological structures. Most of these studies rely on a biomaterial as a scaffold, specific cells, and growth-stimulating signals. In the last few decades, various publications on the great achievement concerning different tissues have been published. Nevertheless, most of these publications are in vitro and have not yet been adopted in the clinical scenario. One major challenge in bringing the in vitro results into clinical dimensions is the lack of vascularization of tissue-engineered constructs. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials focusses on the following topics: Biomaterials for bone/muscle/skin/vessel tissue engineering Angiogenesis of tissue-engineered constructs Interaction of cells and biomaterials Biomaterials for organ tissue engineering Biomaterials with incorporated growth-stimulating signals In vivo tissue engineering models for bridging bench to bedside Please submit your article with the latest achievements in these fields to the journal. Keywords: Tissue engineering Biomaterials Bone Muscle Skin Vessel Growth-stimulating signals Angiogenesis Cells https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_tissue_engineer Prof. Dr. Andreas Arkudas Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Nanosensors Based on Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy has been through a radical evolution in the last two decades. This trend is potentiated by the rapid development of novel advanced functionalized nanomaterials with interesting plasmonic features, which allows us to play the role of high-performance nanosensors. Interesting applications of nanosensors based on SERS were proposed and demonstrated, including the detection of a single molecule, the detection of small molecules in complex clinical samples or the detection of whole cells in various environmental samples. This Special Issue proposes an outline of modern strategies related to nanosensors based on SERS. I, thus, encourage researchers from various scientific fields to submit their research manuscripts to this Special Issue, especially researchers working in the following fields: Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Development of advanced plasmonic nanomaterials applicable as SERS-based nanosensors. Functionalized nanomaterials with plasmonic properties applicable in SERS. Keywords: surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy nanosensor nanomaterial surface plasmon sensing https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_sens_SERS Dr. Václav Ranc Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Recent Advances of Upconversion Nanoparticles
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) can convert multiple low-energy near infrared (NIR) photons into high-energy visible and ultraviolet (UV) light. Due to NIR light (650–950 nm and 1000–1350 nm) being able to efficiently pass through thick tissue, known as the “biological transparent window”, UCNPs are highly attractive as nanoprobes for biomolecular detection and imaging and as NIR photon transducers to deliver localized visible and UV emissions in live cells. The use of the intermediate-state energy levels of lanthanide ions as ladders to sequentially absorb multiple photons dramatically enhances photon upconversion efficiency compared to traditional upconversion methods. Many attributes, including large anti-Stokes shifts, narrow emission bandwidths, non-photobleaching and high biocompatibility, make UCNPs well suited for biological applications spanning ultra-sensitive bioassays, multimodal biomedical imaging, targeted delivery and photodynamic controlled release of genes and drugs, as well as having potential for photovoltaics, photocatalysis, security inks and displays. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/upconversion_nanoparticles This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of the recent developments in upconversion nanosystems, including but not limited to: Synthesis and morphology control of upconversion nanoparticles; Optical properties of upconversion nanoparticles; Single particle characterization of upconversion nanoparticles; Hybrid upconversion nanoparticles; Surface function of upconversion nanoparticles; Application of upconversion nanoparticles. Keywords: upconversion; nanoparticles; nanoprobes; bioimaging; nanophotonics; biophotonics; biosensing Dr. Shihui Wen Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: girbaciu@mdpi.com (Ms. Beatrice Girbaciu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Targeted Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Therapy
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, Photodynamic therapy is the use of a light-activated, oxygen-dependent photosensitizer to generate a localized area of tissue damage for the treatment of various conditions. Clinically, this has primarily been used for skin disorders and some cancers, and a wide variety of photosensitizers are approved for clinical use. In a preclinical setting, the combination of nanomaterials with photosensitizers has shown extraordinary promise for the enhancement of photodynamic therapy. Nanomaterials are typically less than 100 nm in size and are composed of any combination of ceramics, metals, carbon, polymers, or biomolecules. Their size provides them with unique properties and defines their interactions with biological systems in vivo. Nanomaterials have been used as carriers for photosensitizers to enhance delivery, as local sources for the activation of the molecule, and as adjuvant therapies that colocalize at the site of disease. Photodynamic therapy is a highly targeted therapy in that it requires the external application of intense light to activate the molecules during systemic delivery or topical application. A significant aspect, and arguably one of the greatest drawbacks, of PDT is the need for patients who have been administered photosensitizers to stay out of direct sunlight or other bright light for days or even weeks during therapy due to the ease of inducing skin reactions. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/targeted_nano_PDT This Special Issue is open to contributions regarding the nanomaterial enhancement of photodynamic therapy. These contributions may include (a) nanomaterial-based methods for increasing the activation of photosensitizers at the target site, (b) methods for increasing the accumulation of the photosensitizer at the target site, (c) novel nanoparticle-based photosensitizers, (d) studies related to the sequencing of the material and light dosing, and (e) studies related to the enhancement of the light dose provided to the targeted tissue either by enhanced depth penetration or the sparing of non-diseased tissue at the margin. Keywords: Nanomaterials; Photodynamic therapy; Targeted therapy; Photoactivation; Sequencing; Combination therapy Dr. Samir V. Jenkins Dr. Robert J. Griffin Guest Editors Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: girbaciu@mdpi.com (Ms. Beatrice Girbaciu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Nanostructured Materials for Adsorption
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Special Issue "Nanostructured Materials for Adsorption" Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021 Dear Colleagues, Nanostructured materials have progressively drawn the attention of a large part of the scientific community, in particular for their interfacial and sorption properties. The main characteristics of nanostructured materials are their ability to demonstrate enhanced adsorption efficiency because of their surface reactivity or their structured porosity. We invite investigators to submit papers that discuss the recent developments and results about materials exhibiting nanostructuration (nanoparticles, micro and/or mesoporous materials, lamellar materials, hierarchical adsorbents, hybrids materials, etc.) with regard to the modification of their adsorption properties (capacity, transport and diffusion, affinity and energy of interaction, confinement, etc.). Experimental as well as theoretical inquiries will be addressed, with new techniques, including local and dynamic developments, and the various types of progress in simulation (GCMC, DFT, and multiscale approaches). This includes adsorption in the gas phase or in the liquid phase, for applications in the fields of depollution, separation, purification, drug delivery, energy storage, CO2 capture, etc. Dr. Benedicte Prelot Dr. Fabrice Salles Guest Editors For more information: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_adsorpt You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: mirabelle.wang@mdpi.com (Ms. Mirabelle Wang)
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Special Issue on Graphene-Based Materials for Cancer Therapy
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, Graphene-based nanomaterials such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes graphene oxide, and graphene quantum dots have shown great potential in revolutionizing the future of nanomedicine and biotechnology. Their outstanding physical and chemical properties and the presence of more reactive groups on the graphene surface, which allow the multimodal conjugation with different functional groups and biologically active molecules, make them ideal candidates for cancer diagnosis and treatment. These nanomaterials have been conjugated with drugs and also labeled with tumor-targeting ligands, which are able to specifically recognize cancer receptors exposed on cancer cells, thus allowing a more efficient targeted delivery of anticancer agents while minimizing their distribution in healthy tissues. Graphene-based materials have been also investigated for the development of new imaging agents for the in vitro and in vivo diagnosis of several types of cancer as well as for the development of biosensors for the identification of specific cancer bio-markers. “Graphene-based materials for cancer therapy” aims at collecting full papers communications and reviews that prominently demonstrate the continuous efforts in developing advanced, graphene-based nanomaterials for cancer treatment and diagnosis. This Special Issue aims to cover a broad range of subjects, from nanomaterials synthesis to the design and development of nanostructures to be used as drug delivery systems, biosensors, and imaging agents for cancer treatment. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/graphene_cancer Keywords graphene-based materials anticancer therapy drug delivery systems imaging agents biosensors Prof. Daniela Iannazzo Prof. Alessandro Pistone Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Multicore Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, Magnetic nanoparticles, including metallic (iron, cobalt), alloy (iron–platinum, iron–cobalt) or iron oxide (magnetite, maghemite or ferrite phase) exhibit a singular property called superparamagnetism. The nanoscale size of these nanoparticles makes their superparamagnetic properties both size- and shape-dependent. In addition to these two parameters, the presence of magnetic interactions between nanoparticles induce a new magnetic state. This is especially true for multicore magnetic nanoassemblies. Multicore nanoassemblies include magnetic nanoparticles embedded or decorating organic, polymer or biological matrices. In these structures, the number of interacting nanoparticles and the distances between them can lead to two new magnetic orders: superspin glass and super(ferro/ferri)-magnetic state. In the first case, the nanoparticles are in dipolar interactions, which induces a strong spin-frustation. The second case is characterized by nanoparticles in exchange coupling, causing a collective magnetic order. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials, “Multicore Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications”, aims to highlight how interparticle interactions affect the properties of multicore nanoassemblies labeled for biomedical application. The topic covers a wide range of biomedical applications, including but not limited to magnetic fluid hyperthermia, magnetic resonance imaging, on-demand drug delivery or magnetic particle imaging. The format of the expected contributions includes communications, articles or reviews. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/multicore_magnetic_bio Keywords Magnetic multicore nanoparticles Superferri–superferromagnetic nanoparticles Interparticle magnetic Interaction Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH) Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) On-demand drug delivery systems Dr. Lenaic Lartigue Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Advances in Nanomaterials for Photovoltaic Applications
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, In the last decade, the development of novel nanomaterials and low-dimensional systems became a subject of intensive research, due to high market needs for innovative applications in virtually all aspects of life. In particular, the field of photovoltaics encountered great scientific progress in the last few years, mainly because solar energy has great potential to cover society needs in the context of the energy crisis the world is facing today. In this case, increasing immensely photo-absorption area or providing rapid and more efficient charge collection pathways are unique effects unveiled at the nanoscale that could be competitively exploited to design solar cell architectures with improved performance and extended functionality, while potentially maintaining small device dimensions and inherently low manufacturing costs. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials is open to contributions focusing on theoretical and experimental studies that report on the innovative processing and characterization of nanostructured materials engineered for photovoltaic applications. Papers reporting progress in the development of solar cells relying on nanostructured building blocks are also highly fostered. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_photovoltaics The scope of this Special Issue concerns, but is not limited to, contributions on the following: - Solar cells based on organic and inorganic thin films, bulk heterojunctions (including Non-Fullerene-Acceptor based), dye sensitizers and hybrid multi-layered nanostructures; - Innovative processing technologies of organic and inorganic nanomaterials, in addition to other new multi-compound and multi-phase nanocomposites; - Examination of structural, morphological, optical, electrical and other properties of nanomaterials important for photovoltaic applications; - Correlation of nanomaterials’ functional properties with their aspect and morphology, chemical composition, micro- and nanostructure, as well as preparation methods; - Theoretical and computational studies aiming to predict various properties of nanomaterials used as functional constitutive elements within photovoltaic devices. Keywords: 3rd and 4th generation solar cells and photovoltaic devices; organic and inorganic nanostructures and nanocomposites; innovative manufacturing and processing nanotechnologies; structural, morphological, optical and photo-electrical properties; investigation of surface effects and interface interactions; theoretical modeling of novel nanomaterials for photovoltaics. Prof. Vlad Andrei Antohe Guest Editor Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: girbaciu@mdpi.com (Ms. Beatrice Girbaciu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Colloidal Semiconductor Nanostructures for Light-Harvesting(Nanomaterials)
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, Colloidal semiconductor nanostructures are outstanding materials with optical and electronic properties which are tunable via size and dimensionality due to quantum confinement effects. Further, heterostructures combining domains of different semiconductor materials within one particle offer additional adjustability with respect to spatial confinement or delocalization and separation of charge carriers. These properties can be exploited to tailor structures for optimal harvesting of light in a large part of the visible spectrum and for support of efficient separation of charges, which is the fundament for the application of these materials for light harvesting. The scope of this Special Issue is to cover the recent progress and advances in the research on designing colloidal semiconductor nanostructures and their application for light harvesting, e.g., in assemblies for light-driven catalysis or in photovoltaic devices. Reports on synthesis, characterization, device integration, and application will be collected in this issue. Further, insight from spectroscopic investigations on charge-carrier dynamics and computational studies are highly welcome. Potential topics include but are not limited to: Synthesis of colloidal nanostructures and functionalization with cocatalysts; Generation of nanoparticle/polymer hybrid materials; Self-assembly and deposition of layered structures; Theoretical studies and modeling; Spectroscopic characterization; Electrochemical characterization; Charge-carrier dynamics; Multiple exciton generation; Plasmonic effects; Device integration. It is my pleasure to invite you to submit communications, full papers or reviews to this Special Issue. Dr. Maria​ Wächtler Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Drug Delivery and Cancer Therapy
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, In the last decades, interest in nanomaterials as a way to fight cancer has grown rapidly. Nanoformulations are able to overcome the drawbacks related to conventional drugs, improving their pharmacokinetic profiles and treatment efficiency, and allowing multi-drug resistance reversal. Different kinds of nanomaterials are currently available, including polymer, metal, silica, carbon and hybrid nanoparticles, which are often functionalized to improve their performance in tailored applications. The multi-disciplinary topics of interest for this Special Issue include but are not limited to the development of tailored functionalization routes, the development of instrumental and functional characterization techniques, and the translational applications of nanomaterials to pre-clinical and clinical trials. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanomaterials_drug_therapy This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will attempt to cover the recent advances in the use of nanoparticle systems for cancer therapy. We welcome both research and review articles. Prof. Dr. Fiore P. Nicoletta Prof. Dr. Francesca Iemma Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: kristine.zhang@mdpi.com (Ms. Kristine Zhang)
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Special Issue on Applications of Fractional Nanofluids in Chemical Processes
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, Due to low thermal conductivity, conventional fluids like water, ethylene glycol, and oil have a restricted cooling performance. This restricted cooling performance can be determined by the addition of a small amount of nanosolid particles with high heat transfer performance to the traditional fluid to form so-called nanofluids. Typically, particles in such nanofluids have dimensions ranging from 1 to 100 nm and take the form of metals, oxides, carbides, nitrides, or nonmetals. There are several engineering and physical applications of heat transfer in nanofluid are such as engine cooling, refrigerators, chillers, microelectronics, fuel cells, etc. The recent research shows that nanofluids synthesized by chemical solution methods have both higher conductivity enhancement and better stability than those produced by the other methods. With the development of nanofluids, there is increasing interest in using nanofluids in environmental sectors, especially in chemical treatment. Nanofluids are not strong oxidants and are not expected to produce harmful disinfection byproducts. Nanofluids exhibit good disinfection properties against a wide range of bacteria, including Gram-negative, Gram-positive, and spore-forming bacteria. Several patents disclose the typically used types of nanofluids and their possible disinfection/decontamination mechanisms. Recently, mathematical modeling of nanofluids, representing a novel class of chemical processes that play a vital role in industries and environment, has been widely considered by researchers with attractive and useful applications. Usually, these models are represented in terms of traditional integer-order partial differential equations (PDEs). Note that the traditional PDEs cannot decode the complex behavior of physical chemical processes and memory effects. To address these defects, researchers have focused on fractional dynamic systems of fractional nonfluids in water-cleaning processes. Topics: Fractional nanofluids in chemical processes with singular/nonsingular kernels Water process in hybrid nanofluids with (singular/nonsingular and local/nonlocal) kernels Innovative fractional applications in nanotechnology, wastewater, filtration, photocatalysis, sensor, and antimicrobial nanomaterials Wastewater treatment, nanoengineered material, membrane technology, nanosorbents, adsorption, and metal oxides with new fractional derivatives Application of reverse osmosis, water softening, water treatment, membranes, and fouling in fractional hybrid nanofluids Numerical and analytical solutions in chemical processes of fractional problems for different geometries Mathematical models of fractional hybrid nanofluids in materials and bioscience Role of fractional hybrid nanofluids in adsorption, activated carbon, wastewater, and central composite design Dr. Ali Ahmadian Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Ferrara Prof. Dr. Abdon Atangana Prof. Soheil Salahshour Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Fractional_Nanofluids_Chemical
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Special Issue on The Research Related to Nanomaterial Cold Cathode
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, Nanomaterial cold cathodes have potential applications in various vacuum microelectronic devices, including microwave tubes, X-ray sources, detectors, and energy-conversion devices. This Special Issue aims to encourage researchers to submit reviews or original articles related to the research studies related to field emission from 1-D or 2-D nanomaterials and its applications as cold cathode in devices. The scope of the Special Issue includes: 1) Preparation of 1-D and 2-D nanomaterials for field emission cold cathode application; 2) Field electron emission properties of nanomaterials; 3) Application of nanomaterials as cold cathode in vacuum nanoelectronic or optoelectronic devices. Prof. Dr. Jun Chen Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Nano_Cold_Cathode
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Special Issue on Nanotechnologies for Biomedical Applications in Biosensors and Devices
Submission Date: 2021-10-31

Dear Colleagues, The evolution of healthcare technologies in the last decade has shown a strong increase in contribution from the diagnosis segment, with applications ranging from the detection of diseases to the design of therapy. This includes biosensors that are used in a range of contexts, including point of care testing, wearable devices, implantable devices and those used in centralized laboratories and hospitals. The evolving demands of biosensing in these contexts have placed increasing demands on sensitivity, measurement throughput, reliability and information content, with the nature of such information increasingly sought at the molecular level, and specifically to individual patients. Nanotechnology has a huge and compelling role to play in meeting these demands, through highly sensitive transducers, miniaturized sensor footprints, improved analyte mass transport to surface, reducing reagent consumption, and improved opportunities for multiplexed detection. The need for biosensors for biomedical applications goes beyond the needs for patient sample analysis, into domains such as monitoring the response of in vitro, organ or organoid models for toxicity testing, the discovery of biomarkers and drugs, and enabling the rational development of novel vaccines. The scope of this Special Issue covers different facets of the development of nanoscale technologies for biomedical sensing devices, that push the boundaries of the state of the art, in the format of full papers, communications and reviews, in any of the following directions: Nanofabrication technologies in application to biosensors (either demonstrated or with potential benefits for enhanced analytical performance) Fundamental investigation of nanostructure properties that have potential to impact biosensing performance in electrochemical, optical, mechanical or other transduction schemes Modelling and simulations enabling the rational design of biosensors Investigation of the impact of engineered nanostructures on the outcome of biomolecular interactions, or biosensing performance Novel approaches to multi-analyte sensing Surface functionalization approaches that enable better bio-sensing performance Approaches that address challenges in the integration of nanostructures within biosensing devices Accepted papers are published in the joint Special Issue in Nanomaterials (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/biomedical_biosensors_device) or Nanomanufacturing (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomanufacturing/special_issues/biomedical_biosensors_device_nano). Dr. Sivashankar Krishnamoorthy Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Luminescent Nanomaterials for Super-Resolution Microscopy
Submission Date: 2021-11-15

Dear Colleagues, Luminescent nanomaterials have held promise to introduce new biological, material, and chemical applications in imaging. With the advent of Super-Resolution microscopy, luminescent nanomaterials have found additional applications, offering optical and physical properties that cannot be met with organic or protein-based fluorophores. Luminescent nanoparticles have the potential for tunable surface chemistry, multi-color detection, and novel particle-tissue/cell interactions. In this Special Issue, we aim to collect the latest research on material development and the characterization of luminescent nanoparticles for super-resolution imaging across the spectrum. Of particular interest are the application of nanoparticles as labels in biochemical and biomedical imaging, and novel material science applications. Dr. Dimitri Pappas Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Luminescent_nano_Super_Resolution_Microscopy
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Special Issue on Progress in Quantum-Computer Calculations
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear colleagues, Electronic structure calculations have become an indispensable theoretical tool in physics, chemistry, and materials science. After four decades of rapid development, these calculations now allow us to study systems consisting of up to a few thousands of atoms. Further upscaling to yet bigger systems, such as those encountered in nanoparticles and other nanosystems, is all too often hindered by limited computer power of classical (super-)computers. Fortunately, there is a newly emerging class of quantum computers that should soon provide an exponentially higher computer power. Albeit promising, quantum computers are still in their infancy, and basic algorithms need to be developed. This Special Issue welcomes submissions focused primarily (but not solely) on recent developments in the broad field of quantum computers and their applications, especially software tools allowing for electronic structure calculations on quantum computers in physics, chemistry or materials science, as well as calculations on (i) either classical computer simulators of quantum processors or (ii) actual quantum computers. Keywords: quantum computers quantum algorithms variational quantum eigensolvers nanosystems electronic structure quantum technologies https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/quantum_calculations Dr. Martin Friák Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on Progress in Quantum-Computer Calculations
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear colleagues, Electronic structure calculations have become an indispensable theoretical tool in physics, chemistry, and materials science. After four decades of rapid development, these calculations now allow us to study systems consisting of up to a few thousands of atoms. Further upscaling to yet bigger systems, such as those encountered in nanoparticles and other nanosystems, is all too often hindered by limited computer power of classical (super-)computers. Fortunately, there is a newly emerging class of quantum computers that should soon provide an exponentially higher computer power. Albeit promising, quantum computers are still in their infancy, and basic algorithms need to be developed. This Special Issue welcomes submissions focused primarily (but not solely) on recent developments in the broad field of quantum computers and their applications, especially software tools allowing for electronic structure calculations on quantum computers in physics, chemistry or materials science, as well as calculations on (i) either classical computer simulators of quantum processors or (ii) actual quantum computers. Keywords: quantum computers quantum algorithms variational quantum eigensolvers nanosystems electronic structure quantum technologies https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/quantum_calculations Dr. Martin Friák Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: keyco.li@mdpi.com (Ms. Keyco Li)
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Special Issue on State-of-the-Art of Nanocomposite Materials in China
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, Over the past few decades, nanocomposites have been rapidly developed in China. Due to the presence of nanoscale phases in the composites, nanocomposites have exhibited unprecedented flexibility and improvement in their physical properties. Nanocomposites have a wide application in the fields of energy conversion and storage, sensing, electronic devices, and biomedical tissue engineering. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_composites_China Aiming at highlighting recent advances in nanocomposites in China, this Special Issue will focus on the design, synthesis, performance, and application of various nanocomposites and provide a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art nanocomposites in China. Because of your expertise in nanocomposites, we cordially invite you to contribute a paper to this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2021. Prof. Dr. Xiaoyan Li Prof. Dr. Kai Liu Prof. Dr. Yinghui Sun Guest Editors Keywords Synthesis and application of nanocomposites Design and architecture of nanocomposites Mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of nanocomposites Metal–matrix composites reinforced with nanomaterials Ceramic–matrix nanocomposites with nanoscale materials Polymer–matrix nanocomposites Mechanics of nanocomposites Computational modeling for nanocomposites Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Design of Nanostructured Optic and Optoelectronic Devices
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanostructured materials and top–down fabricated nanostructures have been extensively investigated and developed in the last decades, as their optoelectronic properties have allowed the study, design, and experimental testing of devices with interesting and sometimes unique features in terms of bandwidth, operation speed, efficiency, and energy consumption. The small size also leads to the integration of complex multifunctional systems in different technological platforms, potentially exploitable for large-scale production. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_optoelectronic This Special Issue focuses on nano-optic and nano-optoelectronic passive/active devices and their applications in various fields, e.g., telecommunications, space, sensing, and medical, with a particular emphasis on aspects related to their modeling, design, and manufacturing. Prof. Caterina Ciminelli Guest Editor Keywords Nanostructures Nanomaterials Light–matter interaction Nano-optics Nano-optoelectronics Quantum optoelectronics Nanofabrication Nanomanipulation Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Health, Environment and Nanosafety
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, In recent years, the development of nanotechnology and the use of nanomaterials have experienced exponential growth, and it is estimated that by 2022 the market of these nanomaterials may reach revenue of 9.1 billion USD in Europe only. In 2018 there were more than 11,000 new applications for patents related to nanotechnology in the United States and more than 1,700 in the European Office of Patents. The history has shown us that different types of particulate matter and their byproducts are related to seriously deleterious effects such as lung fibrosis, vascular effects, and cancer. Although our understanding of toxicity caused by nanoparticles has increased, there is still a large gap between the development of new nanomaterials and the ability to test for their safety for the environment, end-users and those involved in their production. In order to have a better understanding of the efforts related to evaluate how safe are already existing and new materials, and how to design new materials that are safe starting from the design, we are launching a special issue on Nanosafety, making special emphasis on health and environment. Keywords: nanosafety; toxic effects; safe by design; in vitro; in silico; in vivo; health; environment Dr. Ernesto Alfaro Guest Editor Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Enviro_Nanosafety Please contact eimy.zhao@mdpi (Ms. Eimy Zhao), if you are willing to contribute.
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Special Issue on The Role of Nanostructured Materials in Energy Related Systems
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, In the field of electrochemical energy storage (batteries) the components, that is, anode, cathode and even the electrolytes (solid-state), the rational design of nanostructures and nanomaterials is required to achieve optimal battery performance. Nanostructurization of these materials improves the conduction paths of the ions involved in the charge/discharge process (e.g. Li+, Na+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Al3+), increasing the electrochemical surface area while improving the electronic conductivity, critical variables in the development of high energy density batteries related to the operational requirements for applications such as hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). In this sense, in an attempt to fulfill a demand for other clean forms of sustainable and renewable energies, the hydrogen storage and hydrogen production technologies have undergone a rapid growth, like for instance the study of photocatalytic reactions to produce hydrogen, need it in the alternative and promising energy-generation systems known as PEM fuel cells. Although, issues still overwhelm the synthetized catalytic materials employed in these systems, namely durability and performance/cost, usually ascribed to their nanostructure, composition and surface morphology; characteristics that have to endure the harsh conditions occurring in a regular workload during the electrochemical cycling. Different kind of architectures, including nanoparticles, nanorods, nanoneedles, nanowires, nanotubes, 2D nanomaterials or single atoms, either in their pure form or in composites (interconnecting the active material and the carbon source or by confining small molecules in those nanostructures) had been studied vastly. These nanomaterials not only are built with purposes to meet the specifications mentioned earlier but also to give the material a greater chemical/electrochemical and thermal stability for longer life span in batteries, fuel cells or catalytic converters. It is our pleasure to host this special issue which aims to reunite a collection of works concerning recent advances in nanomaterials for applications in energy storage, conversion and generation where the relationship between nanostructure and their physical and chemical properties is highlighted. In other words, research describing the influence of the structure and the materials behavior at the nano level in electro-catalysis, photo-electro catalytic energy conversion, solid state ionics, electrochemical energy storage and other energy-related systems is welcome. This includes reports on novel synthesis, related advanced characterizations, theoretical calculations or simulations of nano engineered materials and nanostructured systems with better functionality for energy-related applications. Keywords: Nanostructure; Batteries; Fuel cells; Hydrogen generation and storage; Electro-catalysis; Photo-catalysis Dr. Francisco Ruiz-Zepeda Prof. Dr. Daniel Bahena Assist. Prof. Dr. John Fredy Vélez Santa Guest Editors Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_energy-systems Please contact eimy.zhao@mdpi (Ms. Eimy Zhao), if you are willing to contribute.
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Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Cancer Detection and Therapy
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanomaterials have received intense interests for cancer detection and therapy for decades due to the unique structural and functional properties of nanomaterials that are not available to bulk materials or molecular molecules. A variety of novel functional materials including plasmonic, magnetic, and fluorescence nanomaterials have emerged and showed great potential for cancer detection and therapy. They have led to the production of powerful and promising tools to address the challenges in conventional diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in terms of sensitivity, specificity, efficacy, and safety. Recent advances in nanofabrication technologies and cancer biology research have opened new opportunities that can further transform the way of cancer detection and therapy in the clinic. The aim of this Special Issue is to report recent advancements in nanomaterials for cancer detection and therapy. It is envisaged that this will cover a wide range of topics, including different types of nanomaterials such as noble metal nanoparticles, quantum dots, magnetic nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, different imaging and spectroscopic detection approaches, and different therapeutic approaches such as chemotherapy, photothermal therapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy. Research scope ranges from in vitro cellular studies to in vivo animal and clinical tests. Keywords: Nanomaterials; Cancer; Imaging; Spectroscopy; Detection; Therapy Prof. Xiaohua Huang Guest Editor Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_cancer-detection Please contact eimy.zhao@mdpi (Ms. Eimy Zhao), if you are willing to contribute.
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Special Issue on Ceramics and Nanostructures for Energy Harvesting and Storage
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, During the last few years, worldwide research has been focused on clean and sustainable energy conversion and storage that can respond to the rising energy demands of mankind. To enable the transformation from a fossil fuels to a low-carbon socio-economical epoch, the development of new materials with refined characteristics is necessary. These characteristics include, for example, enhancement of harvesting and conversion efficiencies and improvement of energy storage properties, as well as advanced processes for faster or simpler novel device manufacturing. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/ceramics_energy_harvesting_storage This Special Issue aims to collect state-of-the-art contributions in a broad range of subjects related to preparation approaches and characterization techniques of (multi)functional ceramics and nanostructures in the field of energy harvesting and storage. Examples include, but are not limited to, oxide-based materials for capacitors, supercapacitors, thermoelectric generators, and piezoelectric energy harvesters. Keywords Dielectrics Piezoelectrics Thermoelectrics Magnetoelectrics Multifunctional materials Oxides Composites Advanced synthesis Processing methods Microstructure engineering Sustainable technologies. Dr. Oleksandr Tkach Dr. Olena Okhay Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Novel Porous Materials Deriving from Graphene
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, Ever since the Nobel Prize was awarded in 2010 to Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”, the number of research contributions including graphene in one way or another has grown exponentially, taking many different directions in search of new promising applications of these fascinating two-dimensional (2D) materials. Although there are now an increasing number of 2D layers that are not produced from graphene or graphite, there is still a rather wide group of materials that can be related to graphene because of the presence of polyaromatic units or because of the reaction of the original substance with several functional groups that eventually lead to the modification of the structure in different scales. In the first case, among others, the family of graphynes is now very popular, and also holey graphenes, in which holes or pores of different dimensions and geometries can be tailored by removing a large amount of atoms or “rings” from the 2D plane. The presence of the pores together with the possible presence of different functional groups makes these porous derivatives very attractive for several applications, ranging from electronic and energy storage to their use as filters at the molecular level or as an interesting tool for molecular recognition. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/porous_graphene If we include multilayered compounds, graphene flakes, and carbon nanotubes, the research possibilities offered by what we can consider in one way or another nanoporous derivatives of graphene is very large, and we welcome articles, communications, and reviews that can be included under all these types of exciting nanoporous materials, together with their description, fabrication or applications in any field. Keywords Nanoporous graphene Molecular transport Molecular sieving Storage in nanomaterials energy materials Nanomaterials in bioapplications Synthesis and characterization nanoporous graphenes Molecular recognition and analysis. Dr. José Campos-Martínez Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Nanographene-Graphitic Films: Preparation, Properties and Applications
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, Defects creation in nanomaterials and their control open a vast range of new functional properties, gaining an ever-increasing interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Breaking a graphene sheet into nanosized fragments (obtaining nanographene) modifies its properties thanks to the presence of edge defects which confer unique chemical reactivity and electronic properties, among others, depending on the size and aromaticity of the fragments and the edge structure. There is a remarkable potential of nanographene films for a wide range of advanced applications, such as in electronics, optoelectronics, spintronics, transparent conductive films, tribology, catalysis, light detectors, solar energy conversion, chemical, gas and strain sensing and biosensing. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanographene_graphitic_films This special issue of Nanomaterials aims at collecting cutting edge research results on nanographene films, nanographite films and the development of related advanced nanocomposites and nanohybrids. The topics intend to cover the relationship between the film growth and functionalization parameters and the final film properties: structural, chemical, optical, electrical, magnetic, mechanical and bioactive properties, to cite few of the expected outputs of the research carried out on this class of films, as well as their characterization and performance control for innovative applications. Keywords nanographene films nanographite films nanohybrids defects low temperature growth growth mechanism functionalization characterization device fabrication. Dr. Nadhira Bensaada Laidani Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Innovation of Electrodes in Next-Generation Solar Cells
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, Next-generation solar cells such as dye-sensitized solar cells, quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells, etc. have become the most promising photovoltaic technologies to supply renewable green energy. Counter electrodes for next-generation solar cells have an important role in improving the energy-conversion efficiency of photovoltaic devices. There are various types of counter electrode catalysts for next-generation solar cells, including metal, metal compounds, carbon materials, nanohybrid materials, polymers, composites, etc. This Special Issue aims to provide a discussion of the design and synthesis of the catalysts, the characterization and stability of the devices, as well as calculations of catalytic activity, electrical conductivity of counter electrodes. We welcome submissions in the form of full papers, communications, and reviews. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Design, preparation, theoretical calculation, and stability evaluation of counter-electrode catalysts. Low-cost counter-electrode catalysts of next-generation solar cells. Commercial applications of next-generation solar cells. Green technologies in next-generation solar cells. Other applications of electrode catalysts in energy storage, sustainability, fuel cells, hydrogen production, solar-driven steam generation and photocatalysis. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/electrodes_next_generation_solar_cells Keywords Dye-sensitized solar cell Quantum-dot-sensitized solar cell Perovskite solar cell Counter electrode Carbon materials Nanohybrid materials Green technology Electrode catalysts. Prof. Dr. Van-Duong Dao Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Nanobioconjugates for Energy Storage and Catalysis Applications
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear colleagues, Nowadays, the world is facing critical issues related to the increasing world population and to the rising development of industry, which have accelerated the global energy demand. Such factors have led to increased consumption of traditional fuels in recent years, causing serious effects on the environment. In this regard, the optimization of industrial processes through the use of effective catalytic systems as well as the design of novel energy storage devices could pave the way towards a more sustainable future. Therefore, the development of innovative materials, such as bioconjugates, has attracted the attention of the scientific community in recent years. Inspired by their high efficiency observed in nature, active groups and functionalities of biomolecules could give rise to more environmentally-friendly systems with highly selective processes using moderate operating conditions. Such features, combined with the chemical and electronical properties of different suppports such as metal oxide nanoparticles or carbon-based supports as well as their easy recovery and reusability could open new horizons for the design of upgraded materials with applications in catalysis and energy storage. The current Special Issue aims to present a collection of the latest research on the synthesis, characterization, and potential applications of nanobioconjugates . In particular, the attention will be focused on the design of advanced nanobiomaterials with potential applications in catalysis and energy storage. The volume will include different surface functionalization strategies and their influences on the applicability of the resulting nanobioconjugates. This collection will serve as an inspirational guide for the development of new generations of nanobiomaterials for catalysis and energy storage. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_energy_storage_catalysis Keywords nanobioconjugates catalysis electrochemical energy storage functionalization strategies batteries supercapacitors biomolecules nature-inspired materials Dr. Daily Rodriguez Padrón Dr. Rafael Luque Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Application of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology in Water Treatment
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, Clean water has become an increasingly precious resource. Most manufacturing and living activities consume large volumes of water and generate large volumes of polluted wastewater. Providing sufficiently safe and clean water is critical for peoples’ daily life and society’s development. Therefore, various technologies have been developed for water treatment aiming at sustainable development. The use of nanomaterials and nanotechnology holds the promise of producing potable water and treating polluted wastewater. The large surface areas and tunable surface chemistry allow the used nanomaterials to increase and control the solid–water interface, directly removing or destroying the undesired species such as salts and contaminants. Additionally, nanomaterials provide ideal tools for the development of novel water treatment processes and devices. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/water_treat This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will attempt to cover a wide range of water treatment where nanomaterials and nanotechnology play critical roles. The topics include, but are not limited to, nanomaterials, their composites, nanofabrication, process and device design, in the forms of communications, reviews, and regular research papers. Prof. Dr. Zheng Ling Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: kristine.zhang@mdpi.com (Ms. Kristine Zhang)
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Special Issue on Recent Functionalization Approaches to Enhance the Applicability of Carbon Nanostructures
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Dear Colleagues, Carbon nanomaterials (nanotubes, graphene, fullerenes, nanodots, nanodiamonds, and their derivates) have attracted significant interest from science and industry. Their excellent properties make them promising materials in many application fields. Modification of their surfaces with functional groups offers the opportunity to enhance their chemical and physical properties. For instance, chemical functionalization can improve their solubility in most solvents and prevent their aggregation. More importantly, surface modification decreases their toxicity and improves biocompatibility, showing potential for biomedical applications. Often, these transformations require tedious and harsh treatments that can alter the carbon nanostructure’s lattice and therefore modify their properties. This Special Issue aims to compile new functionalization approaches that expand the applications of these nanomaterials, including mild and environmental conditions, and non-conventional methods such as microwave irradiation, mechano-chemistry, or laser technologies. Alternative reaction media, such as ionic liquids, fluorinated solvents, or supercritical fluids, will also be included. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/functionalization_applicability_carbon. Dr. Sonia Merino Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Special Issue on Frontiers in Nanostructured Liquid Crystals: From Supramolecular Order to Applications
Submission Date: 2021-12-01

Dear Colleagues, Liquid crystals are fascinating soft materials characterized by the ability to self-assemble into a variety of supramolecular structures featuring a degree of ordering intermediate between that of crystalline solids and liquids. It is this complex structural organization, and its sensitivity to external stimuli, that determines the peculiar macroscopic properties of liquid crystals and makes them play a pivotal role in the most diverse fields, from electro-optics to nanomedicine, from functional materials to polymer technology. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanostructured_liquid_crystals Open to original research papers and reviews, this issue aims to highlight recent developments and novel trends in the nano-structural investigation of liquid crystals, focusing on both fundamental aspects and their technological potential. Suitable topics include, but are not limited to: the structural characterization of nanoscale liquid crystal order; its computational simulation and theoretical modelling; mesophases with unconventional supramolecular morphologies; surface properties, thin films and confined liquid crystals; hybrid, colloidal and nano-composite liquid crystalline materials; liquid crystalline nanostructures; biological and biomimetic liquid crystals. Prof. Dr. Paola Astolfi Prof. Dr. Michela Pisani Prof. Dr. Francesco Vita Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Special Issue on Advances in Nanomaterials for Sodium and Lithium-Ion Batteries: Trends, Perspective, and Future
Submission Date: 2021-12-01

Dear Colleagues, Green energy conversion and storage play an irreplaceable role in realizing carbon neutral in the mid-twenty-first century. Lithium-ion batteries are firstly developed for mobile electronics since 1991, and wildly applied in electric vehicles, gigafactory and large-scale grid storage for carbon emission reduction in recent years. As looking forward many sustainable and low-cost electrochemical energy storage systems, sodium-ion batteries are placed great expectations. Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing are wildly developed for effectively improving the electrochemical performance of active materials, including improving the ion/electron diffusion kinetics, breaking the thermodynamic properties, strengthening mechanical stability. These features make nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing achieving both high-energy and high-power energy storage systems in the near further. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Sodium_Lithium-Ion_Batteries We invite authors to contribute original research articles (full paper and short communications) or comprehensive review articles covering the new findings, recent research progresses and perspectives in the design, synthesis, manufacture, and route map of nanomaterials for advanced lithium-ion batteries and sodium-ion batteries. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Nanomaterials for lithium and sodium ion storage In-situ characterizations Interface chemistry between electrode and electrolyte Nanoscale phenomena in lithium and sodium ion storage Fast charging nanomaterials Design and fabrication of electrode and full cell Low-dimensional nanomaterials and nanocomposites Porous materials Prof. Dr. Qiulong Wei Guest Editors Prof. Dr. Qingshui Xie Co-Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Physiological and Molecular Responses of Plants to Engineered Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-12-15

Dear Colleagues, Nanomaterials are at the forefront of scientific research in many fields. Scientists involved in plant physiology and molecular biology are working hard to understand the effects of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) from mechanistic and applicative points of view. It has been established that the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is the predominant way in which ENMs exert their negative impacts on plant cells and plants as whole organisms. It has also been established that chloroplasts and mitochondria are among the first targets of the ENMs once they enter inside the cell, therefore, compromising photosynthesis and respiration. However, not all the ENMs have detrimental effects on plants, some of them have been found to stimulate growth and to limit parasite infections. Hence there is a flip side to the possible utilization of ENMs in the field of plant biology. It is possible to use some of them in agriculture to substitute the standard methods of fertilization to limit the waste of macro- and micro-nutrients utilized as fertilizers so far. Plant physiology and molecular biology are called on to clarify all these different interactions of plants with the different types of ENMs in comparison to their respective salts and bulk materials to discover new mechanisms of interaction between plants and ENMs and to clarify those already known. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/plants_engineered_nanomaterials Keywords: Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs); Reactive oxygen species (ROS); Cell membranes; Chloroplast; Mitochondrion; Use in agriculture; Plant physiology; Plant molecular biology; Plant chemistry. Prof. Marta Marmiroli Prof. Elena Maestri Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Advances in Electrofunctional Nanomaterials for Actuation, Sensing, Smart Textiles and Energy Conversion
Submission Date: 2021-12-30

Dear Colleague, The demands for new configurations of electrofunctional nanomaterials continue to grow, and novel approaches are being enabled by the advent of new electromaterials and novel fabrication strategies. The combination of electrofunctional materials and textiles has led to the development of new capabilities in fabrics with the potential to change how athletes, patients, soldiers, first responders, and everyday consumers interact with their clothes and other garment products. The current generation of wearable electronics is typically standalone devices that are separately worn or in some cases attached to the garment. The advent of new nanomaterials strategies is poised to create a significant opportunity for seamlessly embedding wearable electronics into the fabric. Therefore, new wearable technologies are expected to have a transformative impact on opportunities related to electronic textile, energy storage, energy generation, sensing, actuation, and health monitoring applications. The motivation behind this Special Issue is the observed growing interest in the design, fabrication, and application of electrofunctional nanomaterials for actuation, sensing, smart textiles and energy conversion in many fields. Energy harvesting/storage, actuators, force/pressure measurement, porosity or color variation, and sensors (movement, temperature, and chemicals) are some of these functionalities. Considering your prominent contribution in this interesting research field, I would like to cordially invite you to submit a paper to this Special Issue through the webpage of the journal (“Advances in Electrofunctional Nanomaterials for Actuation, Sensing, Smart Textiles, and Energy Conversion”). The manuscript should be submitted online before 30 December 2021. The submitted manuscripts will then be fast track reviewed. I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know of your interest in the paper contribution at your earliest convenience. Research articles, review articles, perspectives, as well as communications and letters are also invited. Prof. Dr. Javad Foroughi Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/electrofunctional_nano
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Special Issue on Nanoencapsulation and Nanocoating of Bioactives of Application Interest in Food, Nutraceuticals and Pharma
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, Nanoencapsulation and Nanocoating are emerging technologies, and this Issue focuses on their application to the protection, processing, masking, controlled release, phase morphology control, increased solubility and enhanced bioavailability of bioactive ingredients of application interest in food, nutraceuticals and pharma sectors. This Special Issue aims to present the latest research activities carried out in these developing fields that span from the nanostructuring of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to the protection and controlled release of antioxidants, probiotics, minerals, peptides and oils. Processing technologies that allow nanoencapsulation and nanocoating for these purposes, make use of (among others) electrospraying, deep eutectic solvents, electrospinning, solution blow spinning, coacervation, supercritical fluid encapsulation, inclusion complexes and nanoliposomes. As a result, this Issue welcomes recent research that deals with innovative aspects in micro, submicro and nanoencapsulation and nanocoating with these and other techniques, for which relevant aspects include the advantages brought forward by the controlled size reduction of bioactives, encapsulates or protective layers applied. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021. Submission Channel: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanoencapsulation-nanocoating-food-nutraceuticals-pharma Prof. Dr. Jose M. Lagaron Dr. Cristina Prieto Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Conducting Polymer Nanocomposites Based on Carbon Nanomaterials (CNMs)
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, Carbon nanomaterials (CNMs), such as single- and multiwalled carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers, graphene, and graphene oxide, have found a great interest in the fields of nanocomposite materials because of their unique properties. In particular, they are characterized by a large surface area, good environmental stability, and excellent electrical, thermal, chemical, and mechanical properties. Clearly, the incorporation of CNMs in polymer matrices is a very attractive approach to merge the mechanical and processability features of the polymer with the conductive properties of the nanofiller. These nanocomposites open up new opportunities in various fields ranging from sensors, electrochemical capacitors, solar cells, transistors, to molecular electronic devices. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials aims at collecting works focusing on the correlation of the nanocomposite preparation approach with the material final features, particularly in terms of CNM dispersion and nanofiller/polymer interaction, analyzing in detail the effect of nanofiller functionalization. In particular, it considers the role of CNMs on the nanocomposite properties, especially in terms of thermal and electrical conductivity. The topics cover a wide range of research fields, including nanomaterials and nanofabrication, in the forms of reviews, communications, and academic articles. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/conducting_CNMs Dr. Orietta Monticelli Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Recent Advances in the Assessment of Engineered Nanomaterials: Ecotoxicity, Cytotoxicity and Genotoxicity 
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, The last 20 years have proven that nanotechnology provides tremendous benefits and numerous applications to society. Outstanding developments in this field have led to a continuous increase in the production and use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) for everyday life applications, ranging from food and cosmetics, to biomedicine, electronics, energy production and storage, agriculture and environment. According to Nanodatabase (http://nanodb.dk/) currently there are more than 4712 products (October 2020) containing nanomaterials. Unfortunately, extended manufacturing and use generally causes significant amounts of ENMs to be released into the environment (air, water, soil) and the full toxicological picture in this regard is still to be elucidated. Concerns also arise due to their potential harmful effects on animals and humans. ENMs can reach the human body directly from the air, water, ingested or skin-applied products, or via trophic transfer. In this context, a growing interest has emerged to study the potentially toxic side effects of ENMs. The aim of this Special Issue is to publish research on recent advances in nanoscience related to cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, and ecotoxicity of the novel or currently existing nanomaterials, and their impact on the environment, living organisms and human health. Dr. Dumitriţa Rugină Dr. Cristina Coman Guest Editors Keywords: Nanomaterials; Nanobiointeractions; Environmental impact; Cytotoxicity; Genotoxicity; Phytotoxicity; Nanoecotoxicology; Size-related toxicity Limk: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Ecotoxicity_nano Please contact eimy.zhao@mdpi if you are willing to contribute.
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Special Issue on Combination of Cold Atmospheric Plasma and Nanomaterials in Cancer Treatment
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and clinical surgery, although used today to eradicate cancer cells, are highly nonselective and commonly result in unexpected sides effects, leading frequently to the death of normal cells. Therefore, advanced research is underway to develop new anticancer methods and techniques, which are no longer limited to new chemotherapeutic agents. One of the newest and most promising tools in the treatment of cancer which has been extensively investigated is cold atmospheric pressure plasma (CAPP)-based protocols, often associated with the simultaneous action of the chemotherapeutic drugs, nanoparticles or nanomaterials that carry these chemotherapeutics. CAPP generates reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, UV radiation as well as various charged and uncharged reactive particles and species that tend to change biological cells’ surfaces by inducing oxidative stress. As a result, this interference with the cell microenvironment is responsible for certain desired changes in gene activity and markers of expression of cancer cells, leading to the efficient inhibition of their growth and a selective reduction in their number by apoptosis or other death mechanisms. A synergistic effect of CAPP treatment on cancer cells can be achieved by including nanomaterials. In this case, CAPP helps in increasing the cell membrane’s permeability, which allows the more efficient invasion of nanoparticles or nanomaterial-based drug delivery carriers towards selected sites affected by the cancer and lesions. Moreover, the simultaneous action of CAPP and nanomaterials can help in tissue regeneration by stimulating normal cell proliferation as well as inactivating a broad spectrum of pathogenic microorganisms, including, particularly, those which are multidrug-resistant. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_cold_plasma The current Special Issue seeks contributions from scientists and researchers dealing with new applications of CAPP and the development of appropriate plasma devices to treat cancer and alleviate its effects in the body. In particular, it is focused on the effects of CAPP on the microenvironment of cancer cells, the induction of their programmed death, as well as the positive effect on normal cells. Scientific works devoted to the synergistic antitumor activity of CAPP and nanomaterials are particularly welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Liquid-mediated and surface-mediated effects of CAPP on cancer and normal cells, including cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration and permeability; In vitro and in vivo studies of selective CAPP treatment of various tumors; Combination of CAPP and nanomaterials for noninvasive cancer treatment; Application of CAPP and nanomaterials in tumor therapy and tissue regeneration. Prof. Dr. Pawel Pohl Dr. Piotr Jamroz Dr. Anna Dzimitrowicz Dr. Aleksandra Bielawska-Pohl Guest Editors Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Photoelectrochemical Properties of Nanomaterials and Applications in Energy Conversion and Environmental Remediation
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, Since Fujishima’s research on Electrochemical Photolysis of Water Using Nanomaterial-Based Photoelectrodes in 1972, the photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of semiconducting nanomaterials have been attracting great attention based on expectations of clean, renewable, and sustainable technologies in energy and environmental fields. The novel PEC properties of semiconducting nanomaterials shed significant insights into emerging solar-driven research areas, including solar-to-fuel conversion by water splitting for H2 and PEC reduction of CO2, solar-to-energy conversion by solar cells and solar fuel cells, and environmental remediation by advanced oxidation process (AOP) along with their hybrid systems. In particular, the design of novel semiconducting nanomaterials and in-depth investigation of PEC mechanisms in the applied devices will be key drivers in achieving innovative solar-driven energy and environmental applications. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_photoelectrochemistry Thus, it is expected that this Special Issue of Nanomaterials will offer in-depth knowledge and new research findings on PEC characteristics of nanomaterials, contributing to advancing solar-driven energy conversion and environmental applications utilizing PEC mechanisms. Keywords Photoelectrochemistry and photocatalysis Photocharge transport dynamics mechanism in semiconducting nanomaterials system Photoactive nanomaterials Nanostructured photoelectrodes Photoelectrochemical water splitting for H2 generation Photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction Solar cells using nanostructured photoelectrodes Electronic device applications using photoelectrochemical characteristics of nanomaterials Photoelectrochemical advanced oxidation process for environmental remediation Photoelectrochemical hybrid system integrating H2 generation and environmental remediation Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
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Special Issue on Identification and Quantification of Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, The identification and quantification of nanomaterials is currently a very active field of research. In view of the numerous ongoing regulatory activities addressing nanomaterials (e.g. amendments of nanospecific provisions in the REACH, Novel Food, Cosmetics and Medical Devices Regulations in Europe, rules and decisions on nanomaterials by US EPA and US FDA) manufacturers and regulators are in urgent need of scientific and technical progress to meet new regulatory requirements for nanomaterials. Identification and quantification of nanomaterials is a key requirement in this context and useful for innovators already in the material development phase to predict classification as nanomaterial (or the contrary) and to anticipate regulatory requirements for the final product. Enforcement laboratories need to be able to assess not only raw materials at the product ingredient level, but they must be able to analyse the final products on the market to identify and quantify the presence of a nanomaterial. Currently, there is an emerging issue with nanoplastics, which poses particular analytical and conceptual challenges. There has been some progress in recent years regarding the identification and quantification of nanomaterials as raw material, but for final products and materials which are difficult to analyse, such as nanoplastics, this is still extremely challenging. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/quantification_nanomaterials Keywords: nanomaterial identification; nanomaterial quantification; particle measurement methods (quantitative and qualitative); proxy methods; reference materials and standardisation; nanomaterials in products, formulations, and in the environment; safety of nanomaterials; nanoforms; nanoplastics; advanced nanomaterials. Dr. Hubert Rauscher Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
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Special Issue on Quantum Dots for Fluorescence Imaging
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, Quantum Dots (QDs), which were originally identified as tiny semiconductor nanoparticles (with a size of several nanometers), from the moment of their appearance in the literature in the mid-1980s, immediately occupied a very important place in nanoscience and nanotechnology. A special property that determined the success that QDs have enjoyed is the tunable fluorescence (or photoluminescence). The tunable fluorescence of QDs makes them uniquely suited to various applications. In particular, QDs turned out to be indispensable in bioscience and biotechnology, where they are used for fluorescent imaging of various bio-objects (from cells to micro RNA). Of course, fluorescent imaging is not the only application of QDs. They are widely used in CERS, the development of new lasers and ultrasensitive sensors, and many other fields. However, the concept of a QD as a semiconductor particle has recently undergone a significant change after it turned out that the smallest particles of not only semiconductors but also some metals (such as Ag and Si) have the property of tunable fluorescence. A significant change in the study of QDs occurred with the discovery of carbon QDs, which, in contrast to semiconductor QDs, show low toxicity, have more stable fluorescence, and are significantly cheaper to produce. More recently, research has started to shift towards another new very promising object: graphene QDs. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/quantum_dots_fluoresc This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will attempt to cover the most recent findings in QD science and applications. Studies that describe new synthesis methods, fabrication techniques and approaches, characterization techniques, materials as possible candidates for QDs, and properties of different QDs will be considered. Of course, applications of QDs in different fields of science and technology will be welcome. Keywords quantum dot (QD) fluorescence photoluminescence carbon QDs graphene QDs bioscience biotechnology fluorescent imaging sensor bio application. Prof. Dr. Alexander Pyatenko Guest Editor
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Special Issue on Transport and Noise Behavior of Nanoelectronic Devices
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, With the drive to fabricate smaller and more powerful circuits, the size of electronic devices has been progressively scaled down, following Moore's law. Modern nanoelectronic devices have a size in the order of tens of nanometers and present very peculiar characteristics: transport has become close to ballistic and quantum mechanical effects play a significant role. Since characteristic device sizes are approaching the atomic scale, the physical properties of materials differ from those of the bulk, and they must be properly taken into account. Moreover, the reduction of the volume of the active region enhances the effects of impurities and material defects. Noise is the main source of signal degradation and it is often closely related to the material properties, which makes the choice of material a key issue. A very large design and technological effort has been devoted to pushing to the limits of the present device concepts (More Moore approach), with the introduction of new materials for the active region of the devices (e.g., silicon on insulator) and of geometries such as the gate-all-around and the finfet transistors. From a different perspective, radically new materials and principles of operation have also been proposed (More than Moore approach), in order to overcome the limitations in further scaling. Alternative ways to store, elaborate and transmit information, such as spintronics and valleytronics, and new principles of operation, such as adiabatic computing and quantum computing, are being actively explored. This Special Issue aims to collect significant research articles reporting on theoretical and/or experimental advancements in the transport and/or noise behavior of nanoelectronic devices and in the related material, technological, synthesis and characterization issues. Prof. Dr. Paolo Marconcini Guest Editor You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: To: alisa.si@mdpi.com (Ms. Alisa Si); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/Transport_Noise_Nanoelectronic
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Special Issue on Nanowires and Quantum Dots
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, Nanostructured materials such as quantum dots (zero-dimensional objects) and nanowires (exhibiting in extreme cases one-dimensional quantum behavior) attract great attention due to their intrinsic properties. A combination of one-dimensional and zero-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures may open new horizons in solid state physics and in various applications. In the frame of this Special Issue, different topics will be highlighted. For quantum dots, papers on the Stranski–Krastanow growth mechanism as well as droplet epitaxy fabrication methods are welcomed. Nanowires of different semiconductor materials grown by both top–down and bottom–up approaches will form a significant part of the issue. New types of the hybrid structures such as “quantum dot-in-a-nanowire” or “quantum well-in-a-nanowire” will also be covered. Finally, we will consider the recent progress in fabrication and properties of the so-called “crystal phase quantum dots”, where the charge confinement is defined by a crystal phase change in chemically homogeneous nanowire. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button "Submit to Special Issue" in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanowires_QuantumDots. Prof. Dr. George Cirlin Prof. Dr. Vladimir Dubrovskii Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Nanowires and Quantum Dots
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, Nanostructured materials such as quantum dots (zero-dimensional objects) and nanowires (exhibiting in extreme cases one-dimensional quantum behavior) attract great attention due to their intrinsic properties. A combination of one-dimensional and zero-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures may open new horizons in solid state physics and in various applications. In the frame of this Special Issue, different topics will be highlighted. For quantum dots, papers on the Stranski–Krastanow growth mechanism as well as droplet epitaxy fabrication methods are welcomed. Nanowires of different semiconductor materials grown by both top–down and bottom–up approaches will form a significant part of the issue. New types of the hybrid structures such as “quantum dot-in-a-nanowire” or “quantum well-in-a-nanowire” will also be covered. Finally, we will consider the recent progress in fabrication and properties of the so-called “crystal phase quantum dots”, where the charge confinement is defined by a crystal phase change in chemically homogeneous nanowire. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanowires_QuantumDots. Prof. Dr. George Cirlin Prof. Dr. Vladimir Dubrovskii Guest Editors
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Special Issue on Functional Nanostructured Materials and Selected Papers from the 3rd International Workshop on Functional Nanostructured Materials (FuNaM-3)
Submission Date: 2021-12-31

Dear Colleagues, We would like to invite all researchers in the field of Functional Nanostructured Materials especially the participants of the 3rd International Workshop on Functional Nanostructured Materials (FuNaM-3) to submit their original research papers for this Special Issue on functional nanostructured materials, to be published in Nanomaterials. The conference topics and the scope of this Special Issue cover all aspects of synthesis, characterization, and applications of functional nanostructured materials and will be divided into three main sections: Nanostructured biomaterials; Nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage; Synthesis and applications of nanomaterials. The nanostructured biomaterials session will be devoted to the various nanomaterials (e.g., polymers, ceramics, and metals) that may be used as biomaterials, the requirements they must meet, and the problems that may be encountered with their use. Approaches from different fields of science (e.g., chemistry, engineering, and medicine) for the design, characterization, modification, and use of nanoscaled biomaterials will be considered. The nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage section will be devoted to the recent progress in the synthesis, modification, and characterization of nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage. It includes but is not limited to fundamental and applied studies on novel functional materials that can be used in photoelectrochemical and electrochemical energy conversion, fuel cells, and energy storage systems like batteries and supercapacitors. The synthesis and applications of nanomaterials section will be dedicated to the recent progress on all aspects related to functional nanomaterials, including methods of their synthesis and characterization and their possible applications. A special subsection will be devoted to all electrochemical aspects connected to nanomaterials, including electrochemical methods used for nanofabrication, electrochemical techniques employed for characterization of nanostructured materials, and applications of nanomaterials in electrochemistry. This Special Issue will contain full papers, short communications, reviews, and mini-reviews. We kindly encourage you to submit a manuscript regarding one of the above topics to this Special Issue. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button "Submit to Special Issue" in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/FuNaM-3. Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Sulka Dr. Agnieszka Brzózka Dr. Magdalena Jarosz Dr. Karolina Syrek Guest Editors
Last updated by Erika Zhao in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Advances in Green Nanosensors and Biosensors
Submission Date: 2022-01-31

Dear Colleagues, The application of nanotechnologies for nano-sized biosensing devices provides innovative tools able to foster analytical devices in the sectors of health, medicine, food, environment, and agriculture. These results lead to equipment that is less invasive and with improved features in terms of sensitivity, selectivity and stability over time. In particular, nanomaterials have proved to be extremely useful concerning their capability to enhance the performance of sensing means, as well as representing innovative and competitive biosynthetic recognition elements for specific analytical targets. In the last few decades, some concerns have arisen about nanomaterials, especially regarding issues related to human health and environmental protection. For these reasons, the urgency to develop a more sustainable line of research has been strong. Currently, green nanotechnology works on two fronts: the synthesis of nanomaterials from biological routes, as well as the improvement of traditional production protocols to provide new possibilities with minimal requirement of hazardous substances and strongly reduced energy needs. Furthermore, the growing interest in circular economy procedures has resulted in emerging scientific interest regarding the recovery of waste materials and its transformation into valuable resources and final products. This new point of view supported the development of intriguing new protocols to produce both traditional and innovative nanomaterials, starting from other syntheses and/or industrial processes using residual materials. The aim of this Special Issue of Nanomaterials is to provide a platform of manuscripts comprising original research results, reviews, and short communications in the field of innovative green nanomaterials, their use in sensor and biosensor development and application to real-life systems. More information can be found on the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/green_nanosensors Dr. Maria Teresa Giardi Dr. Daniele Zappi Dr. Amina Antonacci The title and abstract of your paper can be sent to the following e-mail addresses: girbaciu@mdpi.com (Ms. Beatrice Girbaciu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (Nanomaterials Editorial Office). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
Last updated by Beatrice Girbaciu in 2021-04-07
Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Electron Devices
Submission Date: 2022-01-31

Dear Colleagues, Electron devices are widely used in our daily lives in mobile phones, personal computers, cars, etc. Electron devices are also the enabling technology for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and autonomous drives. Nanomaterials are the essential technologies for electron devices and integrated circuits (ICs), which have been implemented in metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs), dynamic random-access memory (DRAM), and three-dimensional (3D) NAND flash memory. Nanomaterials will be even more important as electron devices downscale to sub-10 nm nodes and are used for gate-all-around (GAA) nanosheet transistors, ferroelectric DRAM, resistive RAM (RRAM), and emerging nonvolatile memories. Even after reaching the downscaled quantum-mechanical and technology limits, nanomaterials will still be crucial for monolithic 3D IC and brain-mimicking IC hardware. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_electrondevices In this Special Issue titled “Nanomaterials for Electron Devices” in the journal Nanomaterials, we invite potential authors to submit manuscripts on nanomaterials used for MOSFET, DRAM, 3D NAND flash memory, and thin-film transistors, as well as frontier topics of GAA nanosheet transistors, emerging nonvolatile memories, and future monolithic 3D IC and brain-mimicking IC hardware architectures. Prof. Yung-Hsien Wu Prof. Albert Chin Guest Editors You could send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: puiu@mdpi.com (Ms. Andreea Puiu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials). We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with you on this project.
Last updated by Andreea Mirela Puiu in 2021-03-04
Special Issue on Graphene-Enriched Nanobiomaterials
Submission Date: 2022-01-31

Dear Colleagues, This Special Issue of Nanomaterials entitled “Graphene-Enriched Nanobiomaterials” focuses on new developments of biomaterials enriched/functionalized with or based on graphene or graphene derivatives for applications in the biomedical field. The concept of graphene can be extended to the entire family of graphene and, therefore, carbon-based structures, such as carbon nanotubes, carbon nano-onions, or graphene quantum dots, to name but a few, are equally included. Graphene and its derivatives have emerged in the last fifteen years as impressive nanostructures. Their exceptional properties, such as extraordinary strength, high flexibility, high aspect ratio, high thermal, and electrical conductivity, have been favorably exploited to improve the features of materials. Furthermore, functionalized or properly treated graphene, for example, graphene oxide, owing to properties such as easy high-quality production, realistically simple scaling-up, solubility and biocompatibility tuning depending on the chosen functionalization has recently emerged as a preferential additive for surface modification or a building block for the preparation of novel nano-biomaterials. This Special Issue will highlight recent ideas and future perspectives concerning graphene-enriched nano-biomaterials, ranging from their physicochemical structure investigation up to their use in advanced biomedical applications. Specifically, original research or review articles should investigate and discuss aspects such as novel functionalization, biomedical design, biomaterial engineering, nanofabrication, and novel applications of graphene-enriched or graphene-based nano-biomaterials. To submit to the Special Issue, please click the button “Submit to Special Issue” in the upper left corner: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/graphene_nanobiomaterials. Prof. Dr. Antonella Fontana Guest Editor
Last updated by Erika Zhao in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Toxicity of Nanoparticles in the Lung: Environmental and Medical Aspects
Submission Date: 2022-03-25

Dear Colleagues, With the broad use of nanoparticles in many products, accumulation in the environment and increased exposure of humans may occur. Adverse effects of non-intentionally inhaled nanoparticles in humans may be caused by environmental exposure, at the workplace, and by exposure to medical products. The biocompatibility of nanoparticles has been intensely studied in vitro and in vivo over the last decade, and the role of the respiratory system as the most permeable and vulnerable portal of entry was confirmed. Nevertheless, action on the immune system, effects on repeated exposure, organ-specificity, etc., are not well known. Translation of experimental data to estimation of human risk is complicated by a lack of representative models and exposure conditions, inter-individual differences in exposure levels and in predisposing biological factors. In addition to unintended toxicity, nanoparticles can be used to increase the efficacy of cytostatic drugs, mainly for the treatment of lung cancer. Better encapsulation of poorly-soluble drugs, delivery of small molecules, and enhanced permeability and retention effect increase anticancer action. Similar nanoparticle properties, such as cellular accumulation, decreased clearance, and modulation of immune effects, are linked to undesired effects in the lung; however, the same effects that cause the undesired effects of environmental nanoparticles in the lung are exploited to increase efficacy of nanoparticles in medical treatments. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/tox_nano_lung This Topical Collection will be dedicated to reactions of nanoparticles in the respiratory system. Toxic reactions to air-borne particles and medical particles as well as differences in reactions of the respiratory system compared to other organs are of interest. We welcome the submission of comprehensive/mini reviews, original research articles, and communications. Keywords Environmental nanoparticles Engineered nanoparticles In-vitro models Chronic effects In silico modeling Nano-based formulations Mechanisms of nanotoxicity Lung cancer treatment Inhalation treatment Prof. Dr. Eleonore Fröhlich Guest Editor
Last updated by Melia Wang in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Applications of Magnetic Nanomaterials
Submission Date: 2022-03-25

Dear Colleagues, Magnetic nanomaterials represent one of the most important and emerging classes of materials in nanotechnology due to a range of potential applications. These nanomaterials are used in magnetic data storage, catalysis, magnetic separation, sensing, waste water treatment, and in various biomedical applications. For example, magnetic nanoparticles have been utilized as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). When exposed to an alternating magnetic field, magnetic nanoparticles can serve as powerful heat sources, destroying tumor cells, which enabled to use these nanomaterials in cancer hyperthermia therapy. Magnetic nanomaterials have also been used as drug delivery agents, which can be localized in the body at a site of interest using an external magnetic field. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/app_magnetic_nano This collection will be focused on prospective applications of magnetic nanomaterials in materials science, chemistry, physics, biology and medicine. Keywords magnetic nanoparticles magnetic data storage magnetic separation sensing catalysis nanomedicine MRI magnetic hyperthermia Prof. Yurii K. Gun'ko Guest Editor
Last updated by Melia Wang in 2021-02-26
Special Issue on Nanomaterials for Photonics: Advances and Applications
Submission Date: 2022-03-31

Dear Colleagues, Photonics—the science of creating, manipulating, transmitting, and detecting light—has demonstrated the potential to bring significant progress and even to revolutionize a large range of domains, including healthcare, environment monitoring, energy generation and conservation, high-speed telecommunications, quantum computing, IoT, manufacturing technologies, transportation, and agriculture. To improve the performance of photonic devices and circuits and add new functionalities, advances in optical materials and nanofabrication techniques are required. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will focus on recent advances and trends in developing advanced materials with new optical, photonic, and electrical properties for applications in photonics. We invite interested authors to submit papers that cover synthesis, investigations, and fundamental understanding of new of structures and physical/chemical/optical properties, and characterization and application of new materials for photonics. Papers should demonstrate the applicability of the new materials in photonics and the added value in terms of performance, cost, and/or functionalities. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nanomaterials_for_photonics Papers presenting advanced device concepts and integration of the new materials with electronics will be highly appreciated. Keywords: Nanoparticles, nanowires, 2D materials, 3D nanostructured materials; Hybrid nanocomposites; Hybrid metal oxide materials (0D, 1D, 2D, 3D); Materials for nonlinear optics; Metamaterials, metasurfaces, plasmonics; Advanced nanomaterials for photodetectors and light-emitting devices; Materials for integrated quantum photonics; New materials for optical fiber and waveguides; Emerging solar cell absorbers; Novel and innovative approaches that allow monolithic and heterogeneous integration of the photonic devices based on new materials on silicon technology. Dr. Dana Cristea Dr. Mihaela Kusko Guest Editors Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: girbaciu@mdpi.com (Ms. Beatrice Girbaciu); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
Last updated by Beatrice Girbaciu in 2021-03-11
Special Issue on Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials: Selected Papers from CCMR
Submission Date: 2022-09-30

Dear Colleagues, Nanomaterials research, the science and technologies for the generation, processing, and fabrication of materials, is where disciplines merge and where they diverge into a remarkable range of applications, from electronics to health care, which touch, or will soon touch, the lives of millions. The collaborative conference on materials research (CCMR) series aims to enable technological developments in the various fields of materials and to further the goal of unifying nanomaterials research in engineering, physics, biology, materials science, as well as chemistry and neuroscience. This Special Issue, “Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials: Selected Papers from CCMR”, will contain the accepted papers presented during the CCMR series, related to ‘nanotechnologies and nanomaterials’. The selected papers will include nanomaterials preparation, modification, characterization, properties, and the applications of any compositions and morphologies, including carbon nanotubes, graphene, metal, oxide materials, polymer, molecules, nanoparticles, nanowires, quantum dots, etc. Prof. Dr. Jihoon Lee Dr. Ming-Yu Li Guest Editors Please send the title and abstract of your paper to the following e-mail addresses: sandra.ma@mdpi.com (Ms. Sandra Ma); nanomaterials@mdpi.com (MDPI - Nanomaterials)
Last updated by Sandra Ma in 2021-03-04
Special Issue on Immune Responses to Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications 2.0
Submission Date: 2022-10-25

Dear Colleagues, We decided with pleasure to Guest Editing the second issue on the subject "Immune Responses to Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications" for several reasons. The number of novel nanodevices and nanomaterials with successful application is astonishingly growing. Their importance has been emphasized by the use of mRNA-new generation vaccine-nanocarriers for ceasing SARS-CoV-2 infection that led to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many nanomaterials are still on the research bench or at pre-clinical stage. More information on their interaction with the immune system is needed to drive future applications safely. We thought that a huge part of these nanotools require deep investigation to define an Adverse Outcome Pathway in Immunotoxicity (AOP) of nanomaterials to create safe-by-design nanotools for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Even synthetic or natural molecules which are biocompatible as a single-molecule compound could show completely different behavior once organized in nanostructures. Early nanoparticle-induced immune responses, such as complement opsonization, phagocytosis or hypersensitivity reactions using in vitro or in vivo models are the core of this comprehensive issue. Nevertheless, direct or indirect involvement of nanoparticle mediated effects on adaptive response will complete the topic. Especially, humoral responses to polymer nanoparticles or T cell mediated processing of protein viral-like particles. The present Special Issue is intended to provide information on the several interactions that the immune system has with nanomaterials developed to biomedical applications. Novel results on immune cell, tissue, or diverse animal models to unravel their inflammatory responses to nanomaterials will be welcomed, as well as critical review articles challenging the present knowledge and offering an expert platform to discussion. Dr. Giuseppe Bardi Dr. Monica Neagu Guest Editors
Last updated by Alisa Zhai in 2021-03-04
Special Issue on Metallic and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles and Their Applications
Submission Date: 2121-12-31

Dear Colleagues, The impressive progress of nanobiotechnology enables the development of genuine and effective platforms for modern and specific applications. Metallic and metal oxide nanoparticles possess genuine size- and morphology-related tunable features, including physicochemical versatility, particular reactivity and surface chemistry, unique intrinsic functionality (mechanical behavior, thermal and magnetic features, optical and electric properties, catalytic activity), and specific biological effects (biocompatibility and non-immunogenicity, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, antimicrobial and antitumor efficiency, restorative and regenerative potential). Such characteristics are beneficial for using metallic and metal oxide nanoparticles in environmental applications, the electronics and energy industry, the textile and the food industry, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, anti-infective and anti-cancer therapy wound healing, and tissue engineering. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/nano_metallic We warmly invite you to contribute to this Special Issue on “Metallic and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles and Their Applications” with your most recent findings on nanosized and nanostructured systems based on noble metals, transition metals and metallic oxides, and quantum dots. Environmental sensing, pollution control, renewable energy sources, energy storage, optoelectronics and nanoelectronics, food preservation and packaging, and biomaterials and biomedical devices represent relevant topics of interest to this Special Issue. Keywords environmental protection and safety renewable and sustainable energy nanoelectronics and optoelectronics detection and (bio)sensing platforms protective and bioactive nanomaterials therapeutic nanomaterials
Last updated by Sandra Ma in 2021-03-04
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