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Advanced photonic nanomaterials possess novel and promising properties for various optoelectronic applications such as; light-emitting diodes, solar energy conversion, and photodetectors, amongst others. The optoelectronic performance and reliability of these materials is primarily determined by induced nanostructures which form during fabrication or post-treatment. The structure-activity relation (SAR) exhibited by the materials is intrinsically linked to the material properties and, in turn, the resultant device performance. For instance, both the specific stacking configuration and positional disorder dramatically affects the electronic properties exhibited by quantum dot (QD) solid thin films. Moreover, in perovskite thin-film applications, the lattice phase distribution modulates the charge carrier transport behavior, and the resultant lattice segregation ultimately leads to thin-film device degradation. Furthermore, in several novel 2D photonic materials such as MXenes, the stacking architectures exhibited by the 2D nanosheets alongside the interlayer chemistry, dominates the device performance. It is, therefore, critically important to understand the SAR mechanism, through which the optoelectronic performance and reliability of devices fabricated from novel photonic materials can be optimized.

This Research Topic aims to explore and emphasize the SAR mechanisms which influence the various properties exhibited by photonic materials, novel structures, and high-performance devices. We kindly invite contributions from researchers working in SAR studies of photonic materials across multiple disciplines including materials science, condensed matter physics, electronics and photonics, chemistry, and environmental science, etc. The following research areas are welcomed but are not limited to; material architectures, applications exhibiting remarkable device efficiencies, and SAR mechanisms characterized via state-of-the-art characterization methods. The goal of this Research Topic is to establish a platform for the discussion of cutting-edge SAR developments through the collection of high-quality correlated research papers, which will provide the varying concepts developed across the numerous SAR communities and inspired by differing research strategies.

The scope of this Research Topic is primarily focused around, but not limited to, the SARs exhibited by novel photonic materials. Full articles, communications, and mini-reviews concerning photonic devices which exhibit SAR, as well as material mechanism studies evaluated using state-of-the-art tools are particularly welcomed. Several specific examples are listed below:

- Novel photonic materials and their fabrication
- Optoelectronic devices such as LEDs, solar cells, and photodetectors
- Solution-processed semiconductor thin-films
- Charge carrier dynamics evaluated via ultrafast spectroscopies
- Thin-film structure formation process
- Advanced nanomaterials and novel structures for efficient photocatalysis
- Light enhanced electrocatalysis
- Thin-film electromagnetic shielding and absorbing
- Photothermal conversions
- Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Keywords: Advanced Nanomaterials, Energy Conversion, Optoelectronic, Nanostructures, Spectral-Optics, Structure-Activity Relation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Advanced photonic nanomaterials possess novel and promising properties for various optoelectronic applications such as; light-emitting diodes, solar energy conversion, and photodetectors, amongst others. The optoelectronic performance and reliability of these materials is primarily determined by induced nanostructures which form during fabrication or post-treatment. The structure-activity relation (SAR) exhibited by the materials is intrinsically linked to the material properties and, in turn, the resultant device performance. For instance, both the specific stacking configuration and positional disorder dramatically affects the electronic properties exhibited by quantum dot (QD) solid thin films. Moreover, in perovskite thin-film applications, the lattice phase distribution modulates the charge carrier transport behavior, and the resultant lattice segregation ultimately leads to thin-film device degradation. Furthermore, in several novel 2D photonic materials such as MXenes, the stacking architectures exhibited by the 2D nanosheets alongside the interlayer chemistry, dominates the device performance. It is, therefore, critically important to understand the SAR mechanism, through which the optoelectronic performance and reliability of devices fabricated from novel photonic materials can be optimized.

This Research Topic aims to explore and emphasize the SAR mechanisms which influence the various properties exhibited by photonic materials, novel structures, and high-performance devices. We kindly invite contributions from researchers working in SAR studies of photonic materials across multiple disciplines including materials science, condensed matter physics, electronics and photonics, chemistry, and environmental science, etc. The following research areas are welcomed but are not limited to; material architectures, applications exhibiting remarkable device efficiencies, and SAR mechanisms characterized via state-of-the-art characterization methods. The goal of this Research Topic is to establish a platform for the discussion of cutting-edge SAR developments through the collection of high-quality correlated research papers, which will provide the varying concepts developed across the numerous SAR communities and inspired by differing research strategies.

The scope of this Research Topic is primarily focused around, but not limited to, the SARs exhibited by novel photonic materials. Full articles, communications, and mini-reviews concerning photonic devices which exhibit SAR, as well as material mechanism studies evaluated using state-of-the-art tools are particularly welcomed. Several specific examples are listed below:

- Novel photonic materials and their fabrication
- Optoelectronic devices such as LEDs, solar cells, and photodetectors
- Solution-processed semiconductor thin-films
- Charge carrier dynamics evaluated via ultrafast spectroscopies
- Thin-film structure formation process
- Advanced nanomaterials and novel structures for efficient photocatalysis
- Light enhanced electrocatalysis
- Thin-film electromagnetic shielding and absorbing
- Photothermal conversions
- Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Keywords: Advanced Nanomaterials, Energy Conversion, Optoelectronic, Nanostructures, Spectral-Optics, Structure-Activity Relation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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