Smart Nanocomposites and Their Applications

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2024) | Viewed by 98

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Georgios C. Psarras
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Smart Materials and Nanodielectrics Laboratory, Department of Materials Science, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
Interests: smart materials; polymer nanocomposites; polymers; nanodielectrics; dielectric behavior; conductivity; storing/retrieving energy; stimuli-responsive materials; active dielectrics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

It is globally accepted that nanocomposites constitute an important novel class of engineering materials in the field of high-tech applications, but recently they have begun to be applied in aspects of everyday life as well. Matrices could vary between different types of polymers, ceramics, and metals. Possible reinforcing phases could vary between inorganic or organic nanofibers, nanotubes, nanoparticles, 2D nanoinclusions, etc. By employing a suitable preparation procedure and adequate constituents, the nanocomposites’ properties and stimuli response can be tailored and adjusted according to the requirements of the application.   

Functional materials constitute a class of materials with the ability to execute certain functions (operations) under the influence of an external (environmental) stimulus or sign control. Until recently, the choice of engineering materials for a specific application was solely based on the values of their mechanical and physical properties, such as Young’s modulus, tensile strength, refractive index, electrical conductivity, etc. All these values compose the material’s behavior at service. Nowadays, the requirements/expectations of engineering materials are enhanced; they should be able to respond in real time to a rapidly varying environment or control signals. For this reason, besides the nominal values of various materials’ properties, their functionality and their controllable behavior under different conditions and stimuli is of great importance and constitutes the main goal of novel materials. By far, monolithic materials fail to fulfill these requirements.

Smart or multifunctional performance can be achieved by combining various desirable properties in a materials’ system, exhibiting all necessary responses under different loading conditions at service. Mechanical sustainability, suitable thermal response, tunable electric conductivity, variable electric polarization and dielectric permittivity, magnetic properties, and thermally induced phase changes are the parts which make up the overall smart/multi-functional behavior.

This Special Issue on “Smart Nanocomposites and Their Applications” welcomes original research and review papers on experimental or theoretical/computational studies of all kinds of smart/multifunctional nanocomposites. Design and fabrication, thermo-mechanical performance, fire retardants, biological/biomimetic systems, biomedical applications, electrical engineering devices, nanocomposites for energy applications, nanodielectrics, magnetic nanocomposites, stimuli-responsive materials, piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics, pyroelectrics, electro/magneto-rheological systems, shape memory materials, structure properties relationships, polymer matrix nanocomposites and hybrids, and all kind of current and forthcoming applications, comprise a short—and definitely not exhaustive—list of the possible subjects for inclusion within this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Georgios C. Psarras
Guest Editor

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  • nanocomposites
  • multifunctional materials
  • stimuli-responsive materials
  • hybrid
  • nanodielectrics
  • energy materials
  • thermo-mechanical response
  • relaxations
  • interfacial effects
  • energy storage/harvesting
  • polarization
  • conductivity mechanisms
  • magnetic properties

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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