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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.

Table of Contents


Advances in the Processing of Complex Functional Materials


2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 1. Multifunctional Complex Oxide Processing

Maria A. Zaghete, Leinig A. Perazolli, Gisane Gasparotto, Glauco M. M. M. Lustosa, Glenda Biasotto, Guilhermina F. Teixeira, Natalia Jacomaci, Rafael A. C. Amoresi, Silvia L. Fernandes

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 2. Carbothermal Reduction Synthesis: An Alternative Approach to Obtain Single-Crystalline Metal Oxide Nanostructures

M. O. Orlandi, P. H. Suman, R. A. Silva, E. P. S. Arlindo

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 3. Modification of Complex Materials Using a Pressure-Assisted Heat Treatment

Thiago Sequinel, Samara Schmidt, Evaldo Toniolo Kubaski, José Arana Varela, Sergio Mazurek Tebcherani

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 4. Preparation of Polymeric Mats Through Electrospinning for Technological Uses

Elisangela Corradini, Priscila Schroeder Curti, Regiane Silva Gonzalez, Antonio Guilherme B. Pereira, Douglas Cardoso Dragunski, Alessandro Francisco Martins, Edvani Curti Muniz

Probing the Functionality and Applications of Novel Complex Functional Materials


2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 5. Morphology and Optical Properties of SrWO4 Powders Synthesized by the Coprecipitation and Polymeric Precursor Methods

Júlio César Sczancoski, Máximo Siu Li, Valmor Roberto Mastelaro, Elson Longo, Laécio Santos Cavalcante

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 6. Optical Properties of Semiconductor Nanocrystals into the Glass and Colloidal Environments for New Technological Applications

Sidney Alves Lourenço, Ricardo Souza Silva, Marco Aurélio Toledo Silva, Adriano César Rabelo, Gabriel Dornela Alves Rocha, Anielle Christine Almeida Silva, Noelio Oliveira Danta

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 7. X-Ray-Excited Optical Luminescence

M. A. Cebim, H. H. S. Oliveira, M. O. Krauser, M. R. Davolos

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 8. Piezoelectric Composites: Fabrication, Characterization, and Its Application as Sensor

Alex Otávio Sanches, José Antônio Malmonge, Walter Katsumi Sakamoto

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 9. Functional Nanomaterials for Applications in Energy Storage and Conversion

Mario Godinho Junior, Rosana Fátima Gonçalves, Kellen Cristina Mesquita Borges, Murillo Henrique Matos Rodrigues, Maurício Roberto Bomio Delmonte, Fabiana Villela Motta, Rubens Maribondo Nascimento

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 10. Electrochemistry: A Powerful Tool for Preparation of Semiconductor Materials for Decontamination of Organic and Inorganic Pollutants, Disinfection, and CO 2 Reduction

Juliano Carvalho Cardoso, Guilherme Garcia Bessegato, Juliana Ferreira Brito, Bárbara Camila A. Souza, Maria Valnice Boldrin Zanoni

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 11. Nanostructured Functional Materials: Silver Nanoparticles in Polymer for the Generation of Antimicrobial Characteristics

Luiz Fernando Gorup, Francisco N. Souza Neto, Andressa M. Kubo, José Antonio Santos Souza, Renan Aparecido Fernandes, Gabriela Lopes Fernandes, Douglas Roberto Monteiro, Debora Barros Barbosa, Emerson Rodrigues Camargo

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 12. Iron-Oxide-Filled Carbon Nanotubes

Carlos Eduardo Cava

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 13. Characterization of Nanocarbons: From Graphene to Graphene Nanoribbons (GNRs) and Quantum Dots (GQDs)

Gabriela Borin Barin, Paulo T. Araujo, Iara Fatima Gimenez, Antonio G. Souza Filho

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 14. The Amazing Chemistry of Metal-Organic Frameworks

Regina C. G. Frem, Guilherme Arroyos, Guilherme N. Lucena, Jader B. Silva Flor, Marcelo A. Fávaro, Mariana F. Coura, Renata C. Alves

Computational Perspectives in Complex Functional Materials


2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 15. Review on Simulation Models for Materials and Biomolecular Study and Design

Carlton Anthony Taft, Jose Gabriel Solano Canchaya

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 16. Iron Oxides Applied to Catalysis

Maíra dos Santos Pires, Lívia Clara Tavares Lacerda, Silviana Corrêa, Telles Cardoso Silva, Alexandre Alves Castro, Teodorico C. Ramalho

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Chapter 17. Bridging Structure and Real-Space Topology: Understanding Complex Molecules and Solid-State Materials

J. Andrés, V. S. Safont, L. Gracia, R. Llusar, E. Longo
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