About this Research Topic
The development of novel materials and/or devices to realize previously unachievable functions is highly demanded in various applications. In this respect, hybrid materials consisting of organic and inorganic components are arguably one of the hottest topics in recent years due to their high processability as well as highly specific optical, electronic or magnetic properties.
Humans have used natural hybrid materials for thousands of years, but many of them are difficult to realize modern industrial production. Materials scientists, engineers and chemists are still learning how to prepare advanced hybrids, how to tune and even endow them new functions, and how to quantify their unique and diverse properties in various practical applications. In particular, energy, sensors and environment are the most concerned issues in the world, which are related to the survival and sustainable development of mankind.
With the development of hybrid materials, the application of hybrid materials has undergone revolutionary changes. Increasing researchers from different research fields are beginning to develop hybrid materials and manufacture corresponding devices to achieve desired performance in various applications, especially in the fields of energy, sensor and environmental.
However, synthesis, manufacturing, and application of hybrid materials are still in the early stages of development. Existing challenges include: 1) Limited types of hybrid materials - currently available hybrid materials are difficult to meet the rapid development of the industry; 2) Complex synthesis or preparation methods - advanced hybrid materials are still difficult to synthesize and manufacture on a large scale, restricting their practical applications; 3) Poor compatibility between organic and inorganic components – poor dispersion or distribution of inorganic materials in organic matrix leads to low reproductivity and reduced properties.
This topic aims to collect the recent advances in hybrid materials and provide comprehensive insights into the structure-property relationship of hybrid materials, especially those close to the fields of energy, sensor and environment.
This Research Topic welcomes the submission of original research papers, reviews, and perspectives that focus on promising and novel research outcomes in the synthesis, functionalization, characterization and application of advanced hybrid materials for energy, sensor and environmental applications. Submissions may cover the themes including, but not limited to:
· Novel synthetic protocols of advanced hybrid materials and exploration of their structure property relationship;
· Advanced hybrid materials for applications in the fields of energy, sensor and environmental;
· Elaborate modification of inorganic/organic components to improve their interfacial compatibility;
· Theoretical modelling of advanced hybrid materials
Keywords: Hybrid materials, Energy, Sensor and environment, Interfacial compatibility, Modelling, Materials synthesis
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