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Carbon Nanotubes: Present and Future

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Carbon Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020) | Viewed by 2959

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INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, 00044 Frascati, Italy
Interests: carbon nanotubes; material sciences; nanotechnology; multifunctional materials; nano carbon; biomedical applications
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Interests: materials; nanomaterials; material characterization; nanomaterials synthesis; material characteristics; nanostructured materials; polymers; nanoparticle synthesis; molecular biology; thin films and nanotechnology

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Dear Colleagues,

Carbon nanotubes exhibit remarkable electrical conductivity. They also have exceptional tensile strength and thermal conductivity, because of their nanostructure and the strength of the bonds between carbon atoms. In addition, they can be chemically modified. These properties are expected to be valuable in many areas of technology, such as electronics, optics, composite materials (replacing or complementing carbon fibers), nanotechnology, and other applications of materials science.

At this stage, research on carbon nanotube applications spans a wide variety of sectors, ranging from composite materials, nanoelectronics, flat panel displays, sensors, and nanomedical devices to novel instrumentation. This Special Issue will provide a timely and comprehensive overview of the state of nanocarbon materials and their applications, with a particular focus on carbon nanotubes.

Prof. Stefano Bellucci
Dr. Federico Micciulla
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Keywords

  • nanocarbons—grapheme, graphite, carbon nanotubes, carbon fibers, fullerenes
  • CVD
  • growth mechanisms
  • Raman
  • optical absorption
  • photoluminescence
  • electronics
  • photonics
  • optoelectronics
  • energy
  • aerospace

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Mapping Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Photosynthetic Algae by Single-Cell Confocal Raman Microscopy
by Silvia Orlanducci, Gianluca Fulgenzi, Andrea Margonelli, Giuseppina Rea, Taras K. Antal and Maya D. Lambreva
Materials 2020, 13(22), 5121; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13225121 - 13 Nov 2020
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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are among the most exploited carbon allotropes in the emerging technologies of molecular sensing and bioengineering. However, the advancement of algal nanobiotechnology and nanobionics is hindered by the lack of methods for the straightforward visualization of the CNTs inside the [...] Read more.
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are among the most exploited carbon allotropes in the emerging technologies of molecular sensing and bioengineering. However, the advancement of algal nanobiotechnology and nanobionics is hindered by the lack of methods for the straightforward visualization of the CNTs inside the cell. Herein, we present a handy and label-free experimental strategy based on visible Raman microscopy to assess the internalization of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) using the model photosynthetic alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a recipient. The relationship between the properties of SWCNTs and their biological behavior was demonstrated, along with the occurrence of excitation energy transfer from the excited chlorophyll molecules to the SWCNTs. The non-radiative deactivation of the chlorophyll excitation promoted by the SWCNTs enables the recording of Raman signals originating from cellular compounds located near the nanotubes, such as carotenoids, polyphosphates, and starch. Furthermore, the outcome of this study unveils the possibility to exploit SWCNTs as spectroscopic probes in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic systems where the fluorescence background hinders the acquisition of Raman scattering signals. Full article
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