Special Issue "Boron-Based Advanced Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Properties"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials for Energy Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 97

Special Issue Editors

College of Sciences, Koç University, Rumelifeneri Yolu, Sarıyer, İstanbul 34450, Turkey
Interests: boron-based advanced materials and applications; boron-based nanocatalysts; functional nanoparticles; composite materials; synthesis of inorganic materials; powder metallurgy
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabancı University, Orhanlı Tuzla, İstanbul 34956, Turkey
Interests: supercapacitors; spectroscopy; semiconductors; piezoelectrics; energy materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Boron and its related compounds are one of the interesting topics that are getting more and more attention all over the world. Boron is lightweight and one of the most chemically versatile elements, and its compounds can perform unusual chemical, physical and mechanical properties. Boron-based advanced materials have attracted much attention in pioneering applications due to their high strength, high chemical stability, high thermal and electrical conductivity, and interesting magnetic property. Especially, nanomaterials, composite structures, and catalysts of boron compounds has been the hot topic of recent years. Furthermore, due to the multifunctional properties such as superconductivity, neutron absorbance properties, and high hardness, metal borides are being investigated in various applications from metallurgy/material science to energy. On the other hand, high-tech boron-based materials (e.g. boron nitride, boron carbide, boride-carbide composites, borohydrides) have high potential to be used in various applications such as biomedical, electronic and aerospace. Several factors should be considered for the synthesis of these materials, including degree of purity, microstructural and morphological control, and cost of the process. In addition to application-oriented studies, fundamental research on boron compounds is essential to understand the relationship between the structure and final properties.  

This Special Issue is dedicated to boron-based advanced materials and emphasizes recent advances on their synthesis, characterization, and properties, as well as their applications. The goal is to highlight boron-containing materials in all applications, with special emphasis on improved chemical, thermal, electrical, electrochemical, magnetic, catalytic, and mechanical properties. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • New synthesis strategies and advanced characterization of boron compounds
  • Boron-based materials in energy applications
  • Fundamentals and applications of nanostructured boron-based materials
  • Design of advanced composite materials (and alloys) containing boron compounds

It is our pleasure to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue with original works in the form of research articles or comprehensive reviews.

Dr. Özge Balcı-Çağıran
Dr. Emre Erdem
Guest Editors

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  • boron and its related compounds
  • boron and energy
  • applications of boron-based materials
  • boron-based nanomaterials
  • composites
  • catalysts
  • new synthesis strategies
  • microstructural characterization
  • chemical and physical properties
  • mechanical properties

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