Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.533, 106-125, 2019
Designing hybrid materials with multifunctional interfaces for wound dressing, electrocatalysis, and chemical separation
An infinite number of possibilities can emerge from the combination of phases in hybrid systems. Interfacing phases is a strategy to obtain a set of properties in one system that are beyond the abilities of single phases. Herein, the progress in materials science exploring hybrid systems are discussed from the point of view of three important applications: wound dressing; electrocatalysis; and chemical separation. These three unrelated applications exemplify the broad impact of hybrid materials, which can be coherently designed to achieve outstanding performance. Many inspiring works have been published in the last few years, remodeling the edges of human knowledge on hybrid materials. However, the challenges in the coherent design seem to rely on the development of synthetic processes to achieve stronger integration among the phases in a hybrid material. (C) 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.