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Special Issue "Carbon-Based Adsorbents: Working Mechanisms, Applications and New Devices"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 115

Special Issue Editors

Department of Pharmacy, University of Salerno, 84084 Salerno, Italy
Interests: supramolecular chemistry; molecular recognition; separation science; graphitic sorbents
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Institute of Biological Systems, Italian National Research Council, 00015 Rome, Italy
Interests: physical chemistry of graphitic carbons; enrichment and separation methods for organic pollutants in air; removal of organic contaminants from indoor environments and industrial processes
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Carbon-based adsorbents are a broad class of materials including graphitic and amorphous carbons, and are widely used in different fields such as filtration, electrochemistry, purification and catalysis. However, the complexity of their structure and the variety of interactions occurring during the adsorption process generate a number of unexpected noteworthy chemical–physical phenomena. The deep understanding of these phenomena often results in remarkable unique applications. The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a detailed description of the performance, characteristics, and unclear aspects of the most promising families of carbon-based materials.

The papers for this Special Issue should be focused mainly on advanced practical applications of carbon-based adsorbents such as graphitic carbons, graphene, carbon nanotubes, activated carbon fibers, and fullerene-based materials, excluding those obtained with active charcoals, on which a large body of literature is already available.  Emphasis should be given to investigations on those aspects, such as adsorption (either in gas or liquid phases), catalysis, and functionalization processes, that can lead to original and challenging applications of carbon-based materials in fields such as advanced materials technologies, environmental applications, and separation and biological sciences, including more recent applications in space technologies. In this respect, papers reporting and discussing the performance of original devices  made with these materials are  welcome together with those discussing their physical–chemical characterization  with different techniques. Papers dealing with modifications of carbon-based adsorbents (including electrochemical modulation) will also be included, as long as evidence is provided of their ease of use and economic benefit.

Prof. Dr. Carlo Crescenzi
Dr. Paolo Ciccioli
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  • carbon-based adsorbents
  • graphitic carbon materials
  • adsorption and catalysis mechanism
  • solid-phase extraction
  • separation techniques
  • spectroscopic characterization

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