Prospective authors are invited to send their manuscripts to the following journals in which Professor Yamauchi and his colleagues are editors for handling the manuscripts.
Different types of inorganic nanomaterials have been designed using various methods, including sol-gel, electrochemical/chemical reduction, calcination, hydrothermal reaction, etc. The dimensionality of these nanomaterials (x, y, z) can be classified as zero-dimensional (0D), one-dimensional (1D), two-dimensional (2D), or three-dimensional (3D), respectively. Accordingly, for 0D nanomaterials, dimensions are measured on the nanoscale (<100 nm for each dimension). 0D nanomaterials, for example, nanoparticles (or sometimes, nanocrystals), most commonly have isotropic morphologies where the usually thermodynamically stable planes of lower reactivity are exposed at the nanoparticles’ surfaces. For 1D nanomaterials, a single dimension is extended beyond the nanoscale. This class of nanomaterials includes nanotubes, nanorods, and nanowires. In contrast to 0D and 1D nanomaterials, 2D nanomaterials have recently attracted great interest for the next generation of promising applications. However, such 2D materials are often formed by stacking/assembled together, a process that reduces their active surface areas and devalues their potential in many important applications. Despite recent and significant advances in inorganic nanomaterials of different dimensionalities, we still remain active in making substantial efforts to develop new nanomaterials. We are fully aware of the serious limitations of the currently available materials’ designs. Exploring a new nanomaterials design paradigm is key for the next generation of nanomaterials research.
The innovative development of sustainable technologies, including energy harvesting, conversion and storage, has been increasingly exploited with the purpose to address the current ever-increasing energy and environment-related crisis. The exploration of promising solutions is largely associated with progress in the materials science field. Recently, low-dimensional nanoarchitectured materials, such as the emerging two-dimensional (2D) graphene, black phosphorus, metal dichalcogenides and oxides, have been expected for developing cutting-edge energy conversion and storage devices for supporting a sustainable future. Low-dimensional nanomaterials have been verified to exhibit attractive physical and chemical properties, which are initiated by strongly confined electrons, photons, and phonons within these nano-sized materials. Therefore, the current research on low-dimensional nanomaterials offers unprecedented opportunities for sustainable energy applications.
Recently, the remediation and sensing of toxic materials in environment is very important issue in environmental science. This special issue will cover the most recent and important researches for environmental remediation and sensing by novel nanomaterials based on design and synthesis. Nanoarchitectured materials are expected to show improved ability in adsorption, catalytic reactions, decomposition, conversion, etc. of toxic materials. Recently, nanoarchitectured materials have been demonstrated for sensor applications using electrochemical and optical methods for pollutants and toxic materials. This special issue will help researchers in various research fields to study current important progress in material science towards environmental applications. Our target is to publish high quality reviews or original research papers from world-leading researchers.