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Advanced Nanoporous Materials: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications

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One of the most attractive nanomaterials consists of porous morphologies, where the nanometric pores can be utilized in a wide range of practical applications in all areas of human activity. Both natural and synthetic nanoporous materials consist of pores of diameter less than 100 nm and are classified based on the pore size, such as microporous (≤ 2 nm), mesoporous (2–50 nm), and macroporous (> 50 nm) materials. The properties and applications of porous solids depend on their porosity and surface area. Typical examples of nanoporous solids are zeolites, activated carbon, metal–organic frameworks, ceramics, silicates, aerogels, pillared materials, various polymers, and inorganic porous hybrid materials. Directed design at the atomic and molecular levels allows their applications in energy storage and conversion, such as fuel cells, solar cells, Li–ion batteries, hydrogen storage and supercapacitors, catalysis, sorption applications, gas purification, separation technologies, drug delivery, and cell imaging. The utilization of the pores in impregnation of nanoparticles/proteins/ions or to transport the latter across the pores of membranes is also of practical and scientific interest. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Organic nanoporous materials: Metal–organic framework (MOF) and covalent organic framework (COF)
  • Mesoporous nonsiliceous materials
  • Zeolite
  • Template–based or template–free synthesis of amorphous/crystalline porous materials, including colloidal (photonic) crystals
  • Structural, microscopic, and spectroscopic characterization
  • Theoretical modeling of the fundamental aspects related to adsorption and host–guest interactions
  • Influence of the morphology and chemical nature of the pores in diffusion, confinement, and transport of biological and organic molecules and inorganic nanoparticles
  • Applications in catalysis, cell biology, environmental remediation, water desalination, purification, separation, sensors, and optical, electronic, and magnetic devices
  • Sorption mechanism or host–guest chemistry of energy storage and gas separation
  • Electrochemistry of porous materials
  • Investigation of the properties of porous metals/semiconductors/magnetic materials as compared to the bulk or other nanostructured morphologies

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 28 February 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 23 May 2014
Publication DateFriday, 18 July 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Sayan Bhattacharyya, Department of Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Education, and Research, Kolkata, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal 741 252, India

Guest Editors

  • Yitzhak Mastai, Department of Chemistry and the Institute of Nanotechnology, Bar–Ilan University, 52900 Ramat–Gan, Israel
  • Rabi Narayan Panda, Department of Chemistry, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus, NH 17 B, Zuarinagar, Goa 403 726, India
  • Sun–Hwa Yeon, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Energy Storage Group, 152 Gajeong–ro, Yuseong–gu, Daejeon 305-343, South Korea
  • Michael Z. Hu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA