Materials Innovation through Interfacial Chemistry

PCCP is delighted to announce an exciting themed issue which will be Guest Edited by Editorial Board member Professor Katsuhiko Arigasubmit a paper to the Materials Innovation through Interfacial Physics and Chemistry issue.

Deadline for Submission: 04 October 2010

Nanofabrication (top-down) and self-assembly (bottom-up) are now providing innovative materials with well-designed internal nanostructures. These processes are always accompanied by specific interfacial phenomena. Molecules align to a particular direction, atoms have higher energies, forces and fields bear anisotropies, and these anomalies often happen at the interface. Therefore, innovative and high functional materials have to be designed and synthesized with deep understanding of interfacial physics and chemistry.

Interfaces are not limited to the typical bulk visible interface such as gas-solid and liquid-liquid interfaces. Invisible interfaces including surfaces of molecular assemblies and molecular/molecular interfaces can also play important roles in materials preparation. Through specific interactions, various materials such as mesoporous solids, layered assemblies, and shape-defined nanomaterials can be created. Recent studies in these areas have certainly proven importance of interfacial physics and chemistry on materials innovation. This issue is expected to be of wide general interest to physicists and chemists in nano-related and materials-related fields.

Submissions, either communications or full papers, should be high-quality manuscripts of original, unpublished research, containing important new physical insight. All submissions will be subject to rigorous peer review to meet the usual high standards of PCCP.

Read more about our upcoming ‘Themed Issues’.

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