Nanodiamond particles have gained considerable attention in the last few years as it has been considered to be one of the most promising nanocarbon materials for a variety of applications. Although its discovery dates back to the sixties of the 20th century the raise of research activity begun only much later. This is obviously also due to a number of highly complex questions regarding its structure, colloidal behaviour and reactivity. These include e.g. the nature of the surface groups, their influence on electronic properties, the formation and behaviour of lattice defects, the agglomeration of nanodiamond in different media from organic solvents to biofluids as well as the influence of surface orientation, termination and particle size for the reactivity towards organic and inorganic reaction partners.

This special issue is dedicated to these open questions regarding nanodiamond particles and highlights forefront research in the field of nanodiamond chemistry and physics. In particular, articles on novel surface chemistry, optical, electronic and magnetic, biomedical and physical properties and their control as well as applications of functional nanodiamond materials are invited. Furthermore, studies on the use of spectroscopic and other analytical tools for the in-depth analysis of nanodiamond’s properties are highly welcome.

This concise collection of papers on nanodiamond particles will gain high visibility and therefore highlight the research of the contributing groups.

Guest Editor:

Prof. Dr. Anke Krueger Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg Am Hubland

Important Dates

Final Submission deadline: 31-Oct-2017

Acceptance deadline: 31-Jan-2018

Publication: The article would be published in the next available issue once it is accepted, and grouped in the Virtue Special Issue(VSI) page

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier Editorial System (EVISE). The authors must select as “SI:Nanodiamond Surfaces” when they reach the “issue” selection step in the submission process. The EVISE website is located at:

All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journal or conference. Papers must not exceed 30 pages (one-column, at least 11pt fonts) including figures, tables, and references. A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at:

All papers will be peer-reviewed by three independent reviewers. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors.