Special Issue "Advanced Bioorganic and Inorganic Functional Materials: Symmetry and Applications"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemistry: Symmetry/Asymmetry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 1759

Special Issue Editor

Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg, Russia
Interests: functional materials; self-assembly; peptide nanostructures; piezoelectrics; ferroelectrics; nanoscale materials characterization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce that the Special Issue of Symmetry entitled “Advanced Bioorganic and Inorganic Functional Materials: Symmetry and Applications” is now open for submissions.

Symmetry is probably the most fundamental property of matter, permeating through all hierarchical levels of matter organization, from very elementary particles and force fields to the whole Universe. Various concepts of symmetry are of special interest in current research in natural and life sciences, mathematics, humanities, art, etc.

The vast majority of advanced functional materials are based on different manifestations of symmetry. Chiral-induced spin selectivity effect appearing when electron spins transmit through chiral organic molecules, supramolecular structures, and monolayers have recently become a central concept of spintronics. Self-organization of small bioorganic molecules and inorganic building blocks results in highly ordered nano- and microstructures with outstanding optical, mechanical, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties. On the other hand, symmetry breaking also can be a useful approach for the fabrication of new functional materials. For instance, the nonpolar crystals of alpha-glycine gained pyroelectric properties after enantioselective doping by other amino acids due to the local breakdown of centrosymmetric crystal packing. Therefore, the role of symmetry in modern material science cannot be overestimated.

This Special Issue aims to summarize recent progress in the creation, characterization, and application of advanced bioorganic and inorganic functional materials where their fascinating properties are related to various chemical and physical aspects of symmetry. Experimental, theoretical, and computational papers are welcome. The topics welcome in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Chirality effects in functional materials;
  • Self-assembly and self-organization;
  • Symmetry in supramolecular assemblies;
  • Organic and inorganic nanoclusters;
  • Bioorganic nanomaterials;
  • Symmetry breaking effects;
  • Enantioselective interactions;
  • Symmetry related functional properties (e.g. piezo-, pyro, and ferroelectricity).

I cordially invite you to contribute to this Special Issue and make your research part of a unique collection.

Dr. Pavel Zelenovskiy
Guest Editor

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  • chirality
  • self-assembly
  • supramolecular structures
  • computer modeling
  • enantioselective interactions
  • symmetry breaking
  • biomaterials
  • piezoelectrics
  • ferroelectrics
  • multiferroics

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Photoelectronic Properties of Chiral Self-Assembled Diphenylalanine Nanotubes: A Computational Study
Symmetry 2023, 15(2), 504; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym15020504 - 14 Feb 2023
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Peptide nanotubes (PNT) of diphenylalanine (FF) have attracted considerable attention from researchers in the last decades. The chirality of FF monomers determines the kinetics of PNTs’ self-assembly and their morphology. The helical symmetry of PNTs causes significant intrinsic polarization and endows them with [...] Read more.
Peptide nanotubes (PNT) of diphenylalanine (FF) have attracted considerable attention from researchers in the last decades. The chirality of FF monomers determines the kinetics of PNTs’ self-assembly and their morphology. The helical symmetry of PNTs causes significant intrinsic polarization and endows them with a unique combination of mechanical, electronic, and optical properties, as well as a strong piezoelectric effect useful for various applications. In this work, we used a combination of computer modeling and quantum chemical calculations to study the photoelectronic properties of FF PNTs of different chiralities. Using semiempirical methods implemented in the HyperChem and MOPAC packages, we calculated HOMO and LUMO energy levels and a band gap and their variations under the action of external and internal electric fields. We demonstrated that the photoelectronic properties of l- and d-FF PNTs are slightly different and may be related to the intrinsic electric field arising due to the internal polarization. The band gap of FF PNTs is within the ultraviolet range (400–250 nm) and can be tuned by an external electric field. These results open a way to create FF PNT-based solar-blind ultraviolet photodetectors and other electro-optic and electronic devices. Full article
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