About this Research Topic
In recent years, the rational design and engineering of functionalized inorganic semiconductor nanomaterials, such as TiO2, ZnO, PbSe, etc, have attracted incessant research attention due to their intrinsic, fascinating, and novel properties for various practical applications. To date, synthesis of functionalized inorganic semiconductor nanomaterials with controlled size, morphology, and crystal phase is of the utmost importance to fine-tune the physico-chemical properties for widespread applications in the arena of material science and nanotechnology. This includes selective chemical transformation, dye-sensitized solar cells, supercapacitors, lithium batteries, catalysis, sensors, environmental decontamination, energy storage and harvesting, generation of bioactive materials and others. However, the development of functionalized semiconductor nanomaterials with well-defined morphology and structure using a facile, scalable, low-cost, and environmental-friendly approach continues to be a great challenge.
This Research Topic will highlight significant contributions made by leading researchers in the emerging field of inorganic semiconductor nanomaterials. We invite original research articles and review articles focusing on the design, synthesis, modification, characterizations, and modeling of functionalized inorganic semiconductor nanomaterials as well as their versatile applications for sustainable development. Specific areas of interest include the following:
• Functionalization and characterizations of inorganic semiconductor nanocomposites with intrinsic properties
• Functionalized inorganic semiconductor materials for the application of photothermal therapy
• Engineering size-, phase- and morphology-dependent properties of nanosphericals, nanotubes, nanowires, nanosheets and quantum dots
• Tailoring of polymeric nanomaterials and organic-inorganic nanostructures
• New methods and techniques for synthesis of functionalized inorganic semiconductor nanomaterials
• Functionalized inorganic semiconductor materials with novel properties for practical applications
• The solubility, dispersion, defunctionalization, and optical properties of the functionalized semiconductors
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