Material Sciences & Engineering is an interdisciplinary field involving the properties of matter and its applications to various areas of science and engineering. It primarily focuses on elements of applied physics and chemistry, as well as chemical, mechanical, civil and electrical engineering.
About the Special Issue
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The COVID-19 outbreak poses global pressure on modern societies and particularly healthcare related infrastructure. Nanotechnology brings new prospects for developing affordable and scalable detection methods, safe personal protection equipment and new effective medical solutions.
Nanosensors are already a reality, showing great ability to detect bacteria and viruses at very low concentrations and thus warn clinicians even before symptoms have shown or on patients with very low viral loads.
A nano-filter has been recently developed that is claimed to maintain filtering efficiency, even after hand washing, through the use of nanofibers. This reusable nano-filtered face mask could help to relieve the challenges arising from the supply shortage of face masks.
Researchers have been investigating the potential of using nanoparticles to treat bacterial and viral infections for years now. Gold nanoparticles, for example, are made to attach to viruses such as Ebola or influenza and by heating the particles with certain infrared wavelengths, the nanoparticles can then destroy the structure of the virus. Nanoparticles can be used to deliver drugs as well.
We particularly welcome contributions that include, but are not limited to, the following topics and their application for addressing COVID-19 challenges:
***Due to the exceptional nature of the COVID-19 situation, Material Sciences & Engineering is providing 50% discount in article publishing charges for COVID-19 related research.***
Keywords: COVID-19, nanotechnology, nanosensors, nanoparticles, nanomaterial, nanomedicine
Timeline: Deadline for Submission of special issue article is 20 May 2020. For further information on special issue guidelines and submission process, please contact [email protected]