Hybrid Nanostructured Composites for Environmental and Bio-Sensing Application

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanocomposite Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2024 | Viewed by 67

Special Issue Editor

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory-INL, Braga, Portugal
Interests: plasmonic nanomaterials; organic–inorganic hybrid composites; surface-enhanced vibrational spectroscopies; surface science; sensing and remediation applications
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to submit an original research manuscript to this Special Issue of Nanomaterials entitled “Hybrid Nanostructured Materials for Environmental and Bio-Sensing Application”.

This Special Issue aims to highlight the highly interdisciplinary character of the selective sensing of (bio)molecules (e.g., pollutants and biomarkers), heavy metals, and ions as well as inorganic nanoparticles and micro/nanoplastics in environmental and biological matrices using multifunctional hybrid nanostructured composites. These hybrid composites (e.g., hybrid magnetic, organic-metal composites, etc.) enable the combination and enhance the specific properties of each component for sensing applications. This major research area involves chemistry, biology, engineering, and material science.

This Special Issue is focused on hybrid composites in which one of the components is a noble metal nanoparticle, especially gold and silver, which exhibit unique and tunable plasmonic properties as a function of their size, shape, and dielectric layer. This allows for their utilization as sensors based on colorimetric assays, surface-enhanced vibrational spectroscopies (e.g., SEF, SERS, SERRS), and Rayleigh scattering spectroscopies (e.g., dark-field), among others. Finally, the Special Issue is also focused on the combination of different nanostructures that provide specific properties (e.g., magnetic, electric, plasmonic, and mechanical), which opens up the possibility of the enhancement of flexible handling and efficient analytical capabilities of these hybrid nanomaterials.

Dr. Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo
Guest Editor

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  • plasmonic nanoparticles
  • metal oxides
  • hybrid composites
  • colorimetric assays
  • SERS
  • heavy metals
  • biomarkers
  • pollutants

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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