Special Issue "Entropy and Energy Extraction"


A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Thermodynamics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Fabio La Mantia
CES - Zentrum für Elektrochemie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstr. 150, NC 4/73, D-44780 Bochum, Germany
Interests: semiconductor and energy conversion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal “Entropy” is planning to publish a special issue on “entropy and Energy extraction”, and we would like to invite you to contribute to this volume with your articles. 
The importance of entropy in the field of energy conversion and extraction is connected with the second principle of Thermodynamics: it is stated that the entropy of an isolated system is always increasing; it can also be interpreted as the fact that the extractable energy from a system is lower than the total internal energy of the system, because of the impossibility to extract energy from the configurational changes. In particular, the internal entropy production, correlated with the gradients of concentration, pressure and temperature generated inside the system, is of fundamental importance in the energy conversion and extraction. Several effects become important in this frame, between which the entropy of phase transitions in solid phases, the internal entropy production due to transport and diffusion, and the entropy production due to hysteretic phenomena. Moreover, entropy itself can be a source of energy, in the form of osmotic pressure: the gradient in salinity concentration can be used to extract mechanical or electric energy, or, vice versa, electric or mechanical energy can be used to produce gradient of concentration.
In this special issue of “Entropy” we seek contributions that shine light on the entropy production during energy conversion and extraction and how it contributes to the efficiency of energy extraction, and also on the extraction of energy through concentration gradients. Papers focused on the correlation between the entropy production and the physical variables (like Onsager reciprocal relations) are especially welcome.

Dr. Fabio La Mantia
Guest Editor


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  • internal entropy production
  • energy extraction
  • energy conversions
  • solar cells
  • batteries
  • fuel cells
  • super-capacitors
  • desalination
  • energy extraction from salinity gradient
  • thermodynamics of phase transitions
  • transport in solution
  • transport in solid phase
  • thermodynamics of hysteresis

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p. 2162-2180
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Entropy 2013, 15(6), 2162-2180; doi:10.3390/e15062162
Received: 1 April 2013 / Revised: 25 May 2013 / Accepted: 28 May 2013 / Published: 31 May 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(4), 1388-1407; doi:10.3390/e15041388
Received: 18 March 2013 / Revised: 2 April 2013 / Accepted: 14 April 2013 / Published: 17 April 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(4), 1186-1201; doi:10.3390/e15041186
Received: 14 January 2013 / Revised: 21 March 2013 / Accepted: 25 March 2013 / Published: 28 March 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(2), 650-677; doi:10.3390/e15020650
Received: 20 November 2012 / Revised: 16 January 2013 / Accepted: 5 February 2013 / Published: 11 February 2013
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