Recent Research and Application of Amorphous Materials

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 352

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1. Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
2. School of Materials Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China
Interests: amorphous materials; solid waste recycling; Li/Na-ion batteries
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Shandong Academy of Sciences, Qilu University of Technology, Jinan, China
Interests: glass; glass electrode; amorphous materials; phase change and relaxation mechanism

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Dear Colleagues,

Amorphous materials have a unique structural feature compared to traditional crystalline materials as they lack long-range order. This unique structure gives amorphous materials many special physical, chemical and biological properties, such as higher strength and hardness, superior corrosion resistance, unique electromagnetic properties and excellent biocompatibility. Because of these excellent properties, amorphous materials have shown wide application potential in many fields, including but not limited to energy storage and conversion, biomedicine, environmental protection, and information technology, etc.

With the advancement of science and technology, especially the rapid development of materials science, computational physics and nanotechnology, the research on amorphous materials is in an unprecedentedly active period. Novel synthesis methods, advanced characterization techniques and innovative applications are constantly emerging, providing new ways to solve challenges that cannot be solved with traditional materials. Hence, in-depth exploration of new theories, new technologies and new applications of amorphous materials is of great significance for promoting the development of materials science and achieving technological breakthroughs.

This Special Issue aims to bring together the state-of-the-art research, explore the future development trends of amorphous materials and jointly promote the application and development of inorganic materials in the fields of biology, environment and energy.

We encourage cooperation and research in interdisciplinary fields and particularly welcome experts and scholars in the fields of materials science, physics, chemistry, environmental engineering and biomedicine to submit their original research or review articles. In addition, submissions covering theoretical analysis, experimental research, design methods, and simulations, etc., are also welcome. Research areas include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Material synthesis and preparation;
  • Advanced characterization techniques;
  • Computational materials science;
  • Material structure and properties;
  • Optoelectronic devices;
  • Information storage;
  • Energy storage materials;
  • Environmental governance;
  • Finite element analysis;
  • Machine learning.

Dr. Pengwei Li
Dr. Yanfei Zhang
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • advanced synthesis and characterization
  • structural properties
  • surface engineering
  • molecular dynamics
  • multi-scale simulation
  • energy storage
  • computational materials
  • machine learning

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Discovering Novel Glass with Robust Crystallization Resistance via Amorphous Phase Separation Engineering
by Mou Deng, Mingzhong Wang, Yu Rao, Yinsheng Xu, Dong Wu, Shisheng Lin and Ping Lu
Inorganics 2024, 12(6), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/inorganics12060149 - 29 May 2024
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Amorphous phase separation (APS) is ubiquitously found in a large number of glass systems, because the glass can be regarded as solid with a heterogeneous structure at the nanoscale. However, little attention has been paid to the big challenges in utilizing APS in [...] Read more.
Amorphous phase separation (APS) is ubiquitously found in a large number of glass systems, because the glass can be regarded as solid with a heterogeneous structure at the nanoscale. However, little attention has been paid to the big challenges in utilizing APS in searching novel amorphous glass from above to below, which highlights the meticulous microstructure tunability of glass. Correspondingly, we develop a novel SiO2-Al2O3-P2O5-Li2O-ZrO2 glass with APS (SAPLZ APS) which has robust crystallization resistance via the APS engineering. A comparative study is conducted to reveal the APS–crystallization property relationship. It can be found that the introduced APS can substantially impede the precipitated crystal growth in the studied glass system. Considering detailed glassy structure and microstructure, a diffusion barrier around each Li-rich droplet is created by the presence of P5+ concentration surrounding the Li-rich region. Meanwhile, due to the increase in Q4 at the expense of Q3, the polymerization degree in the Si-rich amorphous area can be enhanced, further increasing its viscosity and raising the kinetic barrier of Si-related crystal growth. These findings provide a new manner to develop new glass with superior anti-crystallization performance. Full article
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