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Solid Thin Films for Energy Application
Dr. Faiyaz Shakeel,
King Saud University, KSA
Dr. Faiyaz Shakeel is working as associate professor King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has around 12 years of research experience in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His main area of research includes Nanomedicine, Advanced Drug Delivery Systems, Self-nanoemulsifying Drug Delivery system, Colloidal Drug Carriers, Solubility and Pharmaceutical Analysis etc. He has been honored with several awards like most cited research paper award, best scientific poster award and young scientist award etc.
About the Special Issue
To meet the growing energy demands (which is increasing exponentially), there is an urgent need to improve the overall efficiency of every section of the entire energy generation processes and to minimize the energy loss incurred during energy production. One of the ways to achieve this target was to employ high performance multi-scale advanced coatings on its surface which will result in improved electricity storing capacity in addition to amplified electrochemical performance coatings as well as its operation at higher temperatures. These types of tailored coatings (either thin or thick films) with their desired inherent characteristics can be used for different energy producing processes and systems. In the past decade, thin-film technology has been exploited commercially in batteries, supercapacitors, solar energy system, fuel cells, and electrochromic devices such as smart windows or displays. Certain electro-mechanical properties such as high ionic conductivity, very low electronic conductivity, sufficient chemical as well as mechanical stability of the materials is a must for any solid electrolytes to be used in thin film technology.
The reasons for the failure of many elements of installations operating in the power plant industry (both thermal as well as nuclear power plants) are the combined processes of erosion and corrosion occurring at high temperatures. A method used to protect the areas of intense wear is the application of protective coatings, which assure the required operation durability.
In this issue, advanced coating materials, its fabrication, significance and potential applications will be published for various forms of energy generation and storage about the application of thin films and thick coatings of conventional/nanomaterials in both renewable and non-renewable energy sectors.
Both research as well as review articles will be published in this issue. This special issue will contain high quality papers will be accepted for publication after strict peer review but not limited to, in the following topical subheadings:
- Synthesis and Characterization
- Surfaces, Interfaces, and Colloidal Behavior
- Metallurgical, Protective, and Hard Layers
- Mechanics and Nanomechanics of Thin Layers
- Electronics, Optics, and Opto-electronics
- Magnetics and Magneto-optics
- Langmuir—Blodgett, Biological, and Related Films
- Thin Film Devices, Sensors, and Actuators
- Condensed Matter Film Behavior
Last date for articles submission: 30-09-2017
Last date for peer review process: 30-11-2017
Expected date for final publication: 31-01-2018
Nanomedicine and Stem Cell Therapy
Dr. Fahima Dilnawaz,
Institute of Life Sciences, India
Dr Fahima Dilnawaz is working as women scientist in the nanomedicine laboratory at Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. She is actively working in the field of cancer drug delivery especially using magnetic nanoparticles, polymeric nanoparticles and mesoporous silica nanoparticles etc. The development of novel formulation of water dispersible magnetic nanoparticle has been granted patent in India, Australia, Europe and USA. She has published research articles in peer reviewed journals, contributed book chapters and has delivered invited talks in national and international conferences.
About the Special Issue
Tumours are heterogeneous in nature and they contain tiny populations of cells known as cancer stem cells (CSCs) that are highly tumorigenic and exhibits distinctive self renewal properties which plays crucial role in intrinsic drug resistant, recurrence and metastasis in multiple malignancies. CSCs often overexpress drug efflux transporters that mostly stay in non-dividing state; as a result it narrowly escapes from the conventional chemotherapies. Recent developments of nanomedicinal approach have made tremendous progress in increased circulation time, ability to carry heavy drugload, enhanced drug accumulation as an attractive treatment option. Apart from that attention has been given to design nanomedicine that would penetrate the CSC niche and would significantly increase the therapeutic drug accumulations which were earlier difficult to reach by overcoming pump-mediated multidrug resistance. In this regard we invite investigators to contribute research as well as review articles that will stimulate to understand and discuss the state-of-the- art of nanomedicine approach that are developed to kill CSCs such as:
- Multivarious nanomedicinal therapeutic approach that target the CSCs and prevent cancer relapse addressing the emerging drug resistance issue.
- Development of nanoformulations that targets the metabolism of CSC.
- Developments of inhibitors that blocks CSCs surface markers for enhanced specificity of nanomedicinal therapy.
- Development of nanoparticles mediated nucleic acid based therapeutic for CSCs.
Last date for articles submission: August 30, 2017
Last date for peer review process: October 30, 2017
Expected date for final publication: December 31, 2017