Special Issue "Complex Nanoscale Geometry and Dynamics at the Frontier between Biology and Material Science"
A special issue of Condensed Matter (ISSN 2410-3896).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019) | Viewed by 24195
Interests: synchrotron radiation techniques; heterogeneity and complexity in condensed matter; structural fluctuations and dynamics; quantum materials; biophysics
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Outstanding structure–function relationships of new complex materials are often due their dynamic heterogeneous structures and compositions. Examples of complex materials include biomaterials, colloids, complex liquids, and strongly correlated materials. These materials are characterized by weak interactions between structural units, giving rise to different supramolecular configurations at nanoscale and mesoscale. While supramolecular assembly occurs widely in nature, it is poorly understood since it takes place at multiple scales. Today it is of high relevance for health care, biological systems, material engineering and photosynthetic processes. It is of high relevance also for polymers and systems at frustrated nanoscale phase separation, where crystalline and amorphous nanoscale regions coexist. The fluctuations between different supramolecular configurations play a central role in the understanding of both the basic principles of condensed matter and the material functionality for new technological applications. The visualization of the arising nano/mesoscale geometry and dynamics with the understanding of correlated phenomena require experimental techniques suitable to provide appropriate spatial and temporal resolution, jointly, to advanced modelling and statistical tools for data analysis. The purpose of this Special Issue is to collect significant works investigating connections between new geometries developing at nano/mesoscale and the emerging macroscopic properties in complex and heterogeneous materials in different fields ranging from material science to biology.
Dr. Gaetano Campi
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- Complex and heterogeneous materials
- Supramolecular assembly
- Patterning at nanoscale and mesoscale
- Correlated disorder
- Quantum materials