Special Issue "Recent Advances in Silica-Based Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Crystalline Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2022) | Viewed by 289

Special Issue Editor

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Pusan National University, 2 Busandaehak-ro 63beon-gil, Geumjung-gu, Busan 46241, Korea
Interests: physical chemistry; nanoscience; nanostructured material engineering; in situ imaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Silica and silica-based composite nanomaterials are an important class of functional materials that have been widely employed due to their unique and tailorable physicochemical characteristics, which include large surface areas and excellent chemical, thermal, and mechanical stabilities. Silica has a wide range of conventional uses in industrial and engineering materials to make consumer products to improve quality of life. Exploiting nature’s principles of silica biomimicry via advanced characterization techniques has led to unprecedented insights into the mechanisms and capabilities in the design and development of novel synthetic methods. Predictive capabilities provided by new approaches to modeling have, in turn, served as a guide for improving synthesis. Recent advances in synthetic techniques such as microemulsion, sol-gel, in situ casting, flame-based, and hydrothermal methods have made it possible to synthesize silica and silica-based composite materials with well-defined sizes, shapes, and morphologies. Their geometries and the precise control of immobilizing functional groups that provide the intra- and intermolecular interactions depend on the nanoscale architectures that dictate their functions. These insights afforded by the experimental and modeling efforts have led to the realization of these materials for energy storage and harvesting, optoelectronics, sensing, functional membrane, catalytic, biomedical, environmental, and biotechnological applications.

This Special Issue will address recent advances in this field and cover the wide range of research into silica and silica-based composite nanomaterials, from the fundamentals to potential applications. The topics addressed in this Special Issue (which is not limited to these) are listed in the keywords.

Prof. Dr. Sungwook Chung
Guest Editor

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  • silica
  • silica-based composites
  • nanostructured materials
  • novel syntheses and chemical functionalization techniques
  • advanced characterizations
  • theory and modeling of nanostructured material formation
  • energy storage devices
  • battery electrode materials
  • photonic and electronic devices
  • sensing devices
  • catalysis
  • membranes
  • drug delivery
  • environmental remediation
  • biomass
  • biorefinery

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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