Functional Nanomaterials for Emerging Environmental Applications

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Тезисы до: 23.09.2016

Даты: 23.09.16 — 23.09.16

Е-мейл Оргкомитета: jnm@hindawi.com

Организаторы: Journal of Nanomaterials

 

Constantly depleting fossil fuel reserves and exponentially increasing energy needs have brought an immediate need to find renewable and sustainable energy resources. Strenuous research has been going in developing new sustainable functional materials for environmentally benign energy conversion and storage to replace conventional fossil fuel. Though functional materials such as metal oxide semiconductors, carbon nanostructures, and quantum dots have found extensive application such as solar energy harvesting and storage, sensing, and catalysis, most of these materials in pristine form have many flaws particularly chemical and thermal instability. Therefore, additional efforts are to be put on structural manipulation and functionalization of materials before integrating them into devices. Combining metal oxide semiconductors with carbon nanostructures, quantum dots or noble metals can underpin applications by controlling effectively the desired properties of each component, thus resulting in synergetic effects. Careful optimization and control of materials on the nanoscale are required to extract the maximum benefit of hybridization. Using such hybrid materials in devices (i.e., solar cells, super capacitors, and batteries) helps their performance to significant extent. Emphasizing on implications, tunable properties of functional materials inspire appreciable solutions to existing environmental concerns. Thus, directing the future research towards designing and development of combination of two or more functional materials will reap the benefit of producing and storing cheap and efficient fuel from water and sunlight.

The purpose of this special issue is to publish high quality research papers as well as reviews that will focus on the development of advanced functional materials, especially narrow bandgap semiconductors, carbon based nanomaterials including graphene and carbon nanotubes, and quantum dots, or hybrids of these materials, to meet the challenges in environmental sustainability. Research works which are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals are invited.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

    New functional nanohybrid materials for fuel cells
    Recent developments in solar energy conversion using semiconductor hybrid materials
    Narrow band gap semiconductors and their hybrids for water splitting and environmental remediation
    Carbon based nanohybrids/nanomaterials for supercapacitors and lithium ion batteries

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