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Chemical Functionalization, Self-Assembly, and Applications of Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites
Nanomaterials and nanocomposites have attracted considerable interest for application in various areas due to their unique properties. The functionalization and bottom-up assemblies of nanomaterials and subsequent applications of well-defined micro/nanostructures have multiple important impacts upon nanoscience and nanotechnology. The sophisticated nanostructures with multiple components have deepened the insight of nanomaterials and enriched the content of supramolecular chemistry. It can be predicted that, due to the growth of understanding of the rules in the nanoscale, our dream to manipulate molecules to achieve the precisely tailored organic/inorganic nanostructures could be realized in future.
This special issue addresses the research studies on chemical functionalization, self-assembly, and applications of nanomaterials and nanocomposites. It contains twenty-four articles including two reviews and twenty-two research articles. It is used to create new functional nanomaterials and nanocomposites with a variety of sizes and morphologies such as Zn/Al layered double hydroxide, tin oxide nanowires, FeOOH-modified anion resin, Au nanoclusters silica composite nanospheres, Ti-doped ZnO sol-composite films, TiO2/ZnO composite, graphene oxide nanocomposites, LiFePO4/C nanocomposites, and chitosan nanoparticles. These nanomaterials and nanocomposites have widespread applications in tissue engineering, antitumor, sensors, photoluminescence, electrochemical, and catalytic properties. In addition, this themed issue includes some research articles about self-assembly systems covering organogels and Langmuir films. Furthermore, B. Blasiak et al. performed a literature survey on the recent advances in production, functionalization, toxicity reduction, and application of nanoparticles in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and treatment monitoring. P. Colson et al. performed a literature survey on the recent advances in nanosphere lithography due to its compatibility with wafer-scale processes as well as its potential to manufacture a wide variety of homogeneous one-, two-, or three-dimensional nanostructures.
The guest editors would like to express sincere appreciation to all the authors for their contribution. Moreover, thanks are extended to all reviewers for their time and for enhancing the quality of these papers.
Andrey L. Stepanov
Michael Z. Hu
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