Special Issue "Functional Oxide Based Thin-Film Materials"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystal Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dong-Sing Wuu

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, 145 Xingda Road, Taichung 40227, Taiwan
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Interests: oxide semiconductors; III-nitride; epitaxy; optoelectronic devices; sensors; displays

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Functional oxide based thin-film materials are extraordinary multifunctional crystals with a huge range of emerging application domains such as sensors, displays, light emitters, photovoltaics, nanotechnology, spintronics, piezoelectric motors, biotechnology, capacitors, transparent electronics, and next-generation memories.

The functional oxide crystal has several favorable properties, including good transparency, high conductivity, wide bandgap, and strong luminescence. Thin-film oxide materials have been grown on various substrates by sputtering, hydrothermal, sol-gel, Plasma CVD, MOCVD, PLD, HVPE, MBE etc. A number of breakthroughs over the past few years have driven an exponential energy in research activity of this field.

We invite investigators to submit papers which discuss the development of functional oxide -based thin-film materials, including thin film, nanostructured, and multilayered forms. Mixing oxide-based alloys with other materials could allow for the possible fabrication of advanced devices. Furthermore, the diluted magnetic crystals and combination with two-dimensional materials are welcomed.

The potential topics include, but again are not limited to:

  • Crystal growth of functional oxide based thin-film materials, including the modelling of crystal growth
  • Property characterization (optic, electric, piezoelectric, ferromagnetic properties, etc.) and their relationships to external conditions, such as electric field, photo pumping, current injection, stress, temperature, etc.
  • Advances in device development of finctional oxide based thin-film materials
  • Microstructure analysis and micromacro correlation of the observed properties and their modelling
  • Characterization or modeling of micro-, nano-domain behavior in functional oxide based crystals
  • Novel applications of diluted magnetic oxide crystals and combination with two-dimensional materials
  • Reliability and stability of the crystal properties, including aging and fatigue, etc.

The first round submission deadline: 30 April 2018

Prof. Dr. Dong-Sing Wuu
Guest Editor

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  • Functional oxide-based compounds
  • Thin film growth
  • Material characterization
  • Device fabrication and applications

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Open AccessArticle Epitaxial Crystallization of Precisely Methyl-Substituted Polyethylene Induced by Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene
Crystals 2018, 8(4), 168; doi:10.3390/cryst8040168
Received: 9 March 2018 / Revised: 11 April 2018 / Accepted: 11 April 2018 / Published: 16 April 2018
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How large of a substituent/branch a polyethylene possesses that can still be induced by nanofillers to form ordered chain structures is interesting, but uncertain. To solve this problem, precisely methyl-substituted polyethylene (PE21M) was chosen as a model to prepare its one-dimensional and two-dimensional
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How large of a substituent/branch a polyethylene possesses that can still be induced by nanofillers to form ordered chain structures is interesting, but uncertain. To solve this problem, precisely methyl-substituted polyethylene (PE21M) was chosen as a model to prepare its one-dimensional and two-dimensional nanocomposites with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene via solution crystallization. It is shown that kebab-like and rod-like nanofiller-induced crystals were separately observed on the surfaces of CNTs and graphene and the density of rod-like crystals is significantly less than kebab-like ones. The results of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveal that CNTs and graphene cannot induce polymers with the substituent volume greater than, or equal to, 2 Å (methyl) to form ordered lattice structure, but CNTs exhibit the better nucleation effect, providing us with guidance to manipulate the physical performance of polymer composites on the basis of the size of the substituent and the type of nanofiller. Full article
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