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Sustainability in Nanomaterials and Photonics Research

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 27 April 2024 | Viewed by 313

Special Issue Editors

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Interests: low-dimensional materials; optical spectroscopy; biosensors; machine learning
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Dr. Na Zhang
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Guest Editor
Department of Physics, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 16801, USA
Interests: controlled synthesis; spectroscopic characterization; applications of low-dimensional materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the fields of nanomaterials and photonics have witnessed remarkable progress, enabling breakthroughs in numerous scientific and technological domains, including advanced electronics, biomedical diagnostics, and environmental remediation. These advancements have sparked a growing interest in exploring sustainable approaches within these research areas. Sustainability has become a paramount concern, emphasizing the urgent need to develop environmentally friendly and energy-efficient solutions. The synergy between nanomaterials and photonics presents an extraordinary opportunity to address sustainability challenges.

This Special Issue aims to explore the intersection of sustainability and nanomaterials and photonics research. By focusing on key aspects such as the controllable synthesis of low-dimensional materials using green fabrication techniques, sustainable investigations into the fundamental properties of these materials, and their application in catalysis, energy storage and conversion, sensing, and water purification, this Special Issue will shed light on cutting-edge research efforts that align with the principles of sustainability.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include the following:

  1. The controllable synthesis of low dimensional materials, especially the green synthesis and fabrication techniques.
  2. Research on the fundamental properties of low dimensional materials with non-destructive and sustainable approaches, including the electronic response, light–matter interactions, and quantum behaviors.
  3. Applications of low dimensional materials and photonic structures based on nanomaterials for sustainability purposes, such as catalysis, energy storage and conversion, optoelectronics and electronics, sensing, as well as water purification.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Nanomaterials.

Dr. Kunyan Zhang
Dr. Na Zhang
Dr. Bartolomeu Cruz Viana
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • 2D materials
  • machine learning prediction
  • controlled synthesis
  • spectroscopic characterization
  • environment sustainability
  • wearable devices

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