About this Research Topic
Today, many industrial sectors are under transformation to face the new challenges that society and markets are placing ahead; among them, mobility is certainly one of those making large changes to decrease its impact on the environment. Unlike many other new technologies, nanotechnology spans across multiple scientific disciplines and therefore possesses a very broad potential of use in many areas of transportation. Addressing specifically the future mobility, the unrelenting transition to electrification of vehicles is opening new challenges and perspectives for using nanomaterials that promise to revolutionize the business by enriching with new properties and improving the functionalities of the currently used materials, devices, and improving the manufacturing.
By the adoption of nanotechnology, new products will be placed in commerce for reconceiving our transportation means. If yesterday the use of nanotechnology was limited to a few discrete elements of our vehicles, namely, components and devices intended to improve the fuel economy, the emissions control, safety, and the driver and passengers comfort, today, the electrification is the core of the mobility revolution. The suitable set up is to promote the adoption of autonomous driving, connectivity among vehicles, infrastructures, with the Internet (IoT), and finally with people. Research has already shown the potential of nanotechnology regarding these drivers, although, little attention has been paid to the fair analysis of the sustainability of the enabling choices and to the technological integration of solutions. To promote the end-use of nanotechnology achievements, the present topic welcomes contributions of nanotechnology research with a clear impact on future mobility, which besides addressing new functionalities, also discusses the pros and cons of their sustainability and integration with current technology.
The scope of the present Research Topic is to stimulate the investigation of modeling, characterization, designing, and prototyping of nanotechnology solutions from an end-using perspective, this not to limit the view angle and the potential of the application, rather, to get around the possible bottlenecks encountered when scaling up and integrating enabling nanotechnology with manufacturing. We welcome the submission of Original Research and Reviews related, but not restricted, to the following research areas:
• Improved property of materials by nanotechnology: energy, ICT, electronics, sensing, and photonics
• Synthesis, analysis, and characterization of nanomaterials for applications within transportation
• Size and morphology dependency of nano-objects
• Nanomanufacturing and in-line quality control
• Synthesis process scaling up and LCA
• Modelling and characterization shared standards
Keywords: nanotechnology, transportation, sustainability, nanomanufacturing, nanomaterials
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