About this Research Topic
Molecules ranging from simple fluids, such as methane and water, to large ones including polymers, exhibit deviations from their bulk behaviors upon confinement into different nanoporous matrices, which could be engineered proxies and/or natural systems of nanopores of the rocks. There have been both fundamental, theoretical and experimental contributions on confined molecules with the combined goals of better understanding why confined molecules show deviations from their bulk attitude, to what extent the deviations happen, and how to apply the know-how on confined molecules for different purposes in, for example, enhanced oil and gas recovery and improvement of polymer composite materials.
The number of studies on confined molecules and fluids is increasing rapidly due to demand for improved applications of polymer nanocomposites and the necessity for increasing fuel production. The aim of the current Research Topic is to cover recent, novel, and promising research developments in the area of confined molecules and fluids, to summarize the latest advances in the area.
We welcome Original Research, Review, Mini Review and Perspective articles on themes including, but not limited to the following themes:
• Characterization of confined fluids in natural systems
• Methodological advances of instrumental techniques, such as NMR spectroscopy, for the study of confined molecules.
• Theoretical and computational studies of confined polymers and fluids
• Studies on the understanding of the major driving forces of deviations of confined molecules from the bulk behaviours
• Applications of polymers at solid interphases in confined state
• Design and development of novel synthetic nanoporous matrix systems for molecule confinement
Siddharth Gautam serves as an honorary adviser to "Positron Foundation for Science and Innovation" registered in India. The foundation aims to foster dialogue between Academia, Industry and student community. No financial benefits are entailed with this position. The other editors declare no competing interests.
Keywords: confinement, fluids, polymers, applications of confined molecules, common ground of confinement
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