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Nanoscale Research Letters regularly publishes thematic collections of articles focusing on a specific topic, guest edited by experts in the field. We welcome submissions to the following collections. Click on the links to learn more about them. 

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Applications of atomic layer deposition

Edited by Gaoshan Huang, Wen-Jun Liu and Xinwei Wang

The atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique has been widely used and explored in numerous fields such as microelectronics, photoelectronics, optical coating, functional nanomaterials, MEMS/NEMS, energy storage, biotechnology, catalysis technology and etc. This is attributed to some unique advantages of ALD, including precise control of nano-scale thickness, superior uniformity across a large area, excellent conformity, relatively low deposition temperature and stoichiometric composition. This collection is focused on recent progresses in ALD-related research. The scope includes both theoretical and experimental investigations related to basic principle and practical application of ALD. The future direction is also discussed. 

Metal halide perovskite materials and devices

Edited by Shibin Li and Wei Zhang

Metal halide perovskite materials have gained much attention in the past years because of their high efficiency, low cost and the ease with which these materials can be made solution processable. These properties strongly suggest a huge potential of this class of materials for optoelectronic applications. This thematic series aims to demonstrate the recent research findings in perovskite materials and devices, particularly those incorporated with nanomaterials or nanostructures.

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Metamaterials and metasurfaces

Edited by Jiang Wu, Peng Yu, Yongjun Huang and Zhiming Wang

Recent advances in metamaterials and metasurfaces offer new opportunities for tailored electromagnetic properties that are not exhibited by natural materials. Metamaterials are artificially engineered materials with interesting optical properties, including a negative refractive index, cloaking and Doppler effect. These materials can revolutionize conventional optical devices, such as antennas, absorbers, superlenses, cloaking devices, etc. Specifically, two-dimensional metamaterials, i.e., metasurfaces, have unique interface transmission and reflection properties resulting from surface impedance. However, there are many challenges yet to be addressed in order to fulfil their potential in practical applications.

Smart nanomaterials

Edited by Anna Baldycheva

Smart nanomaterials are the basis of diverse emerging applications, including wearable and printed Electronics, CMOS photonics, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, optogenetics, smart coatings and thin films. This collection focuses on the most recent scientific and technological advances, innovations and new practical applications of novel smart nanomaterials. It covers topics ranging from advances in the most critical aspects in chemistry and material fabrication of nanomaterials, to the engineering of prototype devices and systems.

Structured beams and nano-manipulations

Edited by Yuanjie Yang, Harald Schneider and Dave Phillips

In 1974, Nye and Berry described the topological structure of the wave front as a screw-type dislocation in the wave trains, analogous to crystal defects, for the first time. In 1992, Allen and co-workers recognized that each photon of a vortex beam carries orbital angular momentum (OAM), ℓℏ, where ℓ describes the topological charge of the beam. Thus far, singularities in wave fields have been studied from fluid dynamics and plasma physics to optics and photonics, and even to electrons and neutrons. Meanwhile, the size of structured beam has been extended from bulk to nanoscale. The key property of a vortex beam is the existence of a quantized topological charge, which has found numerous applications in optical manipulation and trapping, optical communications, imaging, sensing, quantum science and astronomy, etc. This collection aims to explore the state-of-the-art advances of structured beams, both fundamental and applications.

Submission instructions

Before submitting your manuscript to any of these collections, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Nanoscale Research Letters. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Nanoscale Research Letters submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct article collection please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the relevant article collection. 

All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

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  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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