In this book we explore new approaches to understanding the physical and chemical properties of emergent complex functional materials, revealing a close relationship between their structures and properties at the molecular level.
The primary focus of this book is on the ability to synthesize materials with a controlled chemical composition, a crystallographic structure, and a well-defined morphology. Special attention is also given to the interplay of theory, simulation and experimental results, in order to interconnect theoretical knowledge and experimental approaches, which can reveal new scientific and technological directions in several fields, expanding the versatility to yield a variety of new complex materials with desirable applications and functions.
Some of the challenges and opportunities in this field are also discussed, targeting the development of new emergent complex functional materials with tailored properties to solve problems related to renewable energy, health, and environmental sustainability.
A more fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical properties of new emergent complex functional materials is essential to achieving more substantial progress in a number of technological fields. With this goal in mind, the editors invited acknowledged specialists to contribute chapters covering a broad range of disciplines.
Part I - Advances in the processing of complex functional materials
1. Multifunctional complex oxides processing
2. Carbothermal Reduction Synthesis: An alternative approach to obtain single-crystalline metal oxide nanostructures
3. Synthesis of thin films using pressure-assisted heat treatment method
4. Recent advances in the Microwave-assisted synthesis of complex functional materials
5. Preparation of polymeric mats through electrospinning for technological uses
Part II - Probing the functionality and applications of novel complex functional materials
6. Morphology and optical properties of SrWO4 crystals synthesized by the co-precipitation and polymeric precursor methods
7. Influence of reaction medium on the structural, morphological and optical properties of perovskite oxide materials
8. Optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals into the glass and colloidal system
9. X-ray excited optical luminescence
10. Piezoelectric composites: Fabrication, characterization and application as sensor
11. Piezoresponse microscopy of complex functional materials
12. Functional nanomaterials for applications in energy conversion and storage
13. Electric Control of Magnetization in LaFeO3/BiFeO3 heterostructures
14. Free lead ferroelectric systems based on strontium potassium niobate modified with copper oxide
15. Magnetic ordering in oxides: Doping, Defects and oxygen vacancies
16. Electrochemistry: a powerful tool for preparing semiconductor materials useful in decontamination of organic and inorganic pollutants, disinfection and CO2 reduction
17. Tailoring of Functional Materials for Electrochemical Applications
18. Filled Carbon Nanotubes
19. Characterization of nanocarbons: graphene and graphene nanoribbons
20. Design and applications of metal-organic framework< 21. Nanostructured functional materials: Silver nanoparticles in polymer for the generation of antimicrobial characteristics
22. Nanoheaters: Beyond the biological applications
Part III - Computational perspectives in complex functional materials
23. Bridging Structure, Reactivity and Real-Space Topology: Understanding Electron Flow, Molecular Mechanism and Material Behavior
24. Advances in computational studies of point defects in ionic solids: electronic and thermodynamic point of view
25. Fuel cells and simulation models
26. Magnetic iron oxides as catalysts for heterogeneous Fenton-like: A case study for Maghemite