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Advanced in Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Nanoscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (27 March 2024) | Viewed by 2956

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Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials, ISMN–CNR, Palermo, c/o Department ChiBioFarAm, University of Messina, 98166 Messina, Italy
Interests: materials chemistry; green chemistry; nanotechnology; environmental remediation; advanced materials; functional coating; colloidal nanoparticles; smart and hi-tech textiles; (waste)water treatment; multifunctional hybrid materials and nanocomposites; sensing technologies; bio-based blended polymers; circular economy
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Dear Colleagues,

New nanotechnologies and nanomaterials are currently being used in a wide variety of applications due to their unique properties such as large surface area (surface/volume ratio), reactivity, size effects, and catalytic features, placing them as suitable candidates to address different challenges. In this context, they can be easily chemically modified, functionalized, and embedded in various polymeric and bio-polymeric blends to generate innovative hybrid materials or nanocomposites with enhanced chemical, physical, and mechanical characteristics, but also functional properties. The objective of this Special Issue is to present modern innovative approaches to rational designs, concerning the development of advanced nanostructured, novel, stimuli-responsive and also eco-friendly materials that can be used as surface coatings or in various forms, exploiting different (multi)functional properties, i.e., anti-fouling, antibacterial, hydrophobic/hydrophilic, flame retardant, drug release, biological and chemical molecule sensing, up to the absorption and degradation of environmental pollutants. Therefore, leading to a contribution with to a multitude of application sectors including blue-growth, building, cultural heritages, smart and technical textiles, biomedicine, and environmental sensing and remediation.

Dr. Maria Rosaria Plutino
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Keywords

  • nano-hybrids
  • innovative advanced materials
  • rational design
  • sustainable materials
  • eco-friendly approaches
  • stimuli-responsive materials
  • sol-gel technology
  • functional coatings
  • sustainable nanotechnology

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Sustainable Secondary-Raw Materials, Natural Substances and Eco-Friendly Nanomaterial-Based Approaches for Improved Surface Performances: An Overview of What They Are and How They Work
by Silvia Sfameni, Giulia Rando and Maria Rosaria Plutino
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2023, 24(6), 5472; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms24065472 - 13 Mar 2023
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To meet modern society’s requirements for sustainability and environmental protection, innovative and smart surface coatings are continually being developed to improve or impart surface functional qualities and protective features. These needs regard numerous different sectors, such as cultural heritage, building, naval, automotive, environmental [...] Read more.
To meet modern society’s requirements for sustainability and environmental protection, innovative and smart surface coatings are continually being developed to improve or impart surface functional qualities and protective features. These needs regard numerous different sectors, such as cultural heritage, building, naval, automotive, environmental remediation and textiles. In this regard, researchers and nanotechnology are therefore mostly devoted to the development of new and smart nanostructured finishings and coatings featuring different implemented properties, such as anti-vegetative or antibacterial, hydrophobic, anti-stain, fire retardant, controlled release of drugs, detection of molecules and mechanical resistance. A variety of chemical synthesis techniques are usually employed to obtain novel nanostructured materials based on the use of an appropriate polymeric matrix in combination with either functional doping molecules or blended polymers, as well as multicomponent functional precursors and nanofillers. Further efforts are being made, as described in this review, to carry out green and eco-friendly synthetic protocols, such as sol–gel synthesis, starting from bio-based, natural or waste substances, in order to produce more sustainable (multi)functional hybrid or nanocomposite coatings, with a focus on their life cycle in accordance with the circular economy principles. Full article
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