[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP: Special Issue "Actuators based on Carbon Nanotube, Graphene and Beyond Graphene Materials"

Xihong Yue xihong.yue at mdpi.com
Tue Jun 9 03:09:55 PDT 2015

Actuators — Open Access Journal

Special Issue on "Actuators based on Carbon Nanotube, Graphene and Beyond
Graphene Materials"
Website: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/actuators/special_issues/ACNG
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Richard Feynman, in his famous talk at the APS in Caltech in 1959, discussed
the possibilities of building small machines that could be swallowed and
used as a mechanical surgeon to remove a faulty heart valve or assist an
inadequately performing organ. It is not hard to imagine that the backbone
of such mechanical surgeons would one day consist of micro- and
nano-actuator technologies that can convert heat/light/charge/chemicals
within the body into mechanical work. Feynman’s wild ideas eventually gave
way to several innovative technologies namely scanning probe microscopies,
micro-electro-mechanical systems and nanotechnology. Nanomaterials such as
1D carbon nanotubes and 2D graphene are excellent actuators owing to their
high strength and elastic modulus due to the strong sp2 carbon bonds that
make up their structure. Since the pioneering work by R.H. Baughman on
carbon nanotube actuators in 1999 in Science, this field has seen a
tremendous growth with more than thousand publications on various types of
nanotube/graphene-based actuators. Some interesting innovations in these
areas include the case of the smallest man made nanomotor based on a single
nanotube rotating a metallic paddle by Zettl in 2003. Arrays of small
nanomotors with molecular mechanisms could eventually be the building blocks
of a mechanical factory that could be useful in detecting atoms and
molecules, deflecting/filtering electromagnetic radiation, and splicing
proteins/damaged cells with a rotating knife patterned onto the paddle
inside an artery/vein, not far from the wild dream that Feynman imagined.
Recent advances in 2-D nanomaterials such as molybdenum sulphide has shown
the coupling between piezoelectric behaviour and semiconducting properties
(Piezotronics) depending on the number of layers and is sure to impact the
field of energy conversion and actuation in intriguing ways. Therefore this
Special Issue targets high quality publications spanning the following

    1D and 2D actuators based on carbon nanotubes, graphene and other 2-D
materials and their composites including soft actuators.
    Mechanisms, such as electro-mechanical, pneumatic, piezoelectric,
photo-mechanical, photo-thermal, shape memory, and others incorporating
nanomaterials and their composites.
    Actuator devices, processing technologies and underlying principles
governing the working of such devices at all length scales
    Theoretical modeling.
    Scalable manufacturing of 1D and 2D nanomaterials for actuation and
energy conversion technologies
    Actuation, Robotics and other energy conversion applications

Dr. Balaji Panchapakesan
Guest Editor

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and
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submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers
will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed
together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as
well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short
abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for
announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be
under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings
papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide
for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is
available on the Instructions for Authors page. Actuators is an
international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.


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