Special Issue "Carbon-Based Nanomaterials from Renewable Materials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications"

Submission Deadline: 30 July 2022
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Guest Editors
Chin Wei Lai, Professor, University of Malaya, Malaysia.
Dr. Lai Chin Wei is a senior lecturer in the Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre, University of Malaya. Lai’s main research interests are in the areas of chemically modified metal oxide photocatalysts and carbon graphene materials, especially apply in environmental pollution management and solar energy technology. Lai has contributed immensely to the development and enhancement in science & technology in Malaysia, particularly in developing, optimizing and simplifying the technology lies in the synthesis of nanoparticles, metal oxide nano-architecture and carbon/graphene materials which are of high significance for green renewable energy and environment applications. Lai’s works have been published in more than 190 refereed international top-tier journals with h-index of 25, 50 book chapters, and 135 international proceedings in materials science, physics, chemistry, and renewable energy researches. In all, Lai has reviewed more than 550 papers in the past few years, mainly for top international journals / conferences and now serving as associate editors, guest editors, topic editors and editorial board members for several prestigious international journals.


With the emerging technology in the 21st century, carbon based nanomaterials are used in numerous fields. The new nano-based entities are being strongly generated and incorporated into everyday personal care products, cosmetics, medicines, drug delivery, and clothing to impact industrial and manufacturing sectors, which means that nanomaterials commercialization and nano-assisted device will continuously grow. The focus of the special issue is the detailed literature data and discussion regarding the carbon based nanomaterials from renewable materials such as bamboo, by-products of crops, fruits, plants and cottons. Those renewable raw materials are (nearly) inexhaustible natural resources, the supply of which can be restored in a short period of time as well as contain many valuable components. Additionally, design and development of carbon based nanomaterials into different structure such as carbon nanotubes, biomass, cellulose, graphene oxide and graphene assemblies has gained significant scientific interest and becomes the most studied material as it exhibits promising functional properties. Innovative new approaches and synthesis of a high quality carbon-based nanomaterials from different renewable materials are critical and crucial for determining the potential of the material in various promising applications such as environmental pollution management, renewable energy system as well as energy storage system. This special issue describes the novel concept of different forms of carbon based nanomaterials which are of value to researchers in developing cost effective and user friendly products, devices, or systems. In order to fully exploit the potential of carbon-based nanomaterials, developing low cost, environment-friendly nanocomposite from renewable material resources is certainly a research direction that should be extensively investigated in the future.

carbon-based nanomaterials, renewable materials, carbon nanotubes, biomass, cellulose, graphene oxide and graphene assemblies