Ceramic Nanocomposites: Design Concepts towards Tailor-Made (Multi)Functionality and Prospective Energy-Related Applications
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2015) | Viewed by 79648
Interests: inorganic polymers; polymer-derived glasses and glass ceramics; polymer-based nanocomposites; polymer-derived ceramic nanocomposites; polymers processing
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Nanocomposite materials can be defined as consisting of at least two Gibbsian phases, one of them being nanoscaled. The term nanocomposite can be traced back to Roy and Komarneni, who have used sol-gel-based processes in order to generate heterogeneous powders. This class of materials has received increased attention in the 1980s, due to the work of Gleiter on nanocrystalline materials, showing that by reducing the size of the components within the composite materials towards the nanoscale, an enormous improvement in their properties (e.g., mechanical, electrical, optical, etc.) can be achieved. As the work of Gleiter and later on of Niihara indicate, the concepts used for the synthesis of nanocomposite materials allow for the production of materials with exceptional properties which can exhibit intrinsic multifunctionality.
The present issue will focus on design concepts related to preparative approaches for ceramic nanocomposites with tailor-made structural and (multi)functional properties. Furthermore, aspects related to characterization techniques of ceramic nanocomposites, their properties and microstructures as well as their prospective use in energy-related applications (e.g., energy conversion, energy storage, energy transfer, etc.) will also be addressed.
Dr. Emanuel Ionescu
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- structural ceramic nanocomposites
- multifunctional ceramic nanocomposites
- preparative techniques
- solid-state synthesis
- sol-gel techniques
- single-source-precursor synthesis
- processing methods