From molecules to nanoparticles to functional materials - Authors’ review

Nenad L. Ignjatović, Smilja Marković, Dragana Jugović, Vuk Uskoković, Dragan P. Uskoković


Functional nanomaterials have held a steady position at the frontier of materials science and engineering in the 21st century. “Molecular Designing of Nanoparticles with Controlled Morphological and Physicochemical Charac­teristics and Functional Materials Based on Them” was the title of the research project funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Dev­elopment of the Republic of Serbia and performed between 2011 and 2019 in the interdisciplinary area of nanoscience and nanotechnologies. Research act­ivities within this program were divided into five interrelated topics: 1) from molecules to nanoparticles; 2) advanced ceramics with improved functional properties; 3) electrode materials for lithium–ion batteries; 4) nano-calcium phosphate in preventive and regenerative medicine; 5) biodegradable micro- and nano-particles for the controlled delivery of medicaments. This report gives an insight into this bibliographically most impactful Serbian national pro­ject on nanotechnologies executed within the aforementioned nine-year cycle, 2011–2019, focusing here only on the results achieved in the past three years. The project provided an outstanding and internationally recognized contri­but­ion to synthesis, characterization and functional design of a number of mat­erials systems, including pure and lanthanide–doped hydroxyapatite, zinc oxides, sodium cobaltates, lithium iron pyrophosphates, lithium iron silicates and a number of polymeric systems.


Bio-nano; electrodes; lithium-ion batteries; nanomedicine; nano-technologies; reviewnologies; review


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