Special Issue "Advances in Renewable Energy Conversion Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2016)
Dr. Deepak Pant
Separation and Conversion Technology, VITO – Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Boeretang 200, Mol 2400, Belgium
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Interests: microbial electrosynthesis; enzymatic electrosynthesis; carbon dioxide conversion to chemicals; bioelectrochemistry; microbial fuel cell (MFC); industrial wastewater treatment; bioenergy from biomass; biowaste valorization
In recent years renewable energy has been gaining a lot of traction due to the uncertainty regarding the availability of fossil-based reserves, as well as increasing pollution problems associated with their use. Renewable and clean energy technologies are playing a central role in any sustainable development approach. Therefore, research and development of new materials for renewable energy conversion and storage is becoming increasingly important in materials science and engineering research. In order to realize the full potential of these emergent renewable technologies, it is necessary to create materials that will support these technologies. These materials include electrodes (based on activated carbons, metals, graphene, hybrid materials), nanomaterials, membranes (based on metals, ceramics, polymers, and mixed matrix), and separators (for rapid ion transport, as well as specificity towards separation) to be used in renewable energy devices, such as fuel cells. The research involves studying the synthesis, structure, and physical properties, coupled with the application aspect of such materials. It is important to evaluate the relationships between structure, properties, and behavior, before, during, and after practical applications in order to define and minimize the potential failure of these novel materials. New opportunities for specific applications of these materials are related with the introduction of newer technologies, such as artificial photosynthesis and microbial electrosynthesis. Hence, the discovery and optimization of new materials systems is of prime importance, engaging materials scientists with great challenges and, at the same time, providing opportunities for exciting materials research.
In this Special Issue, the aim is to present a contemporary overview of recent developments in the field of novel materials that are being developed for various renewable energy conversion approaches. Reviews, full-length research manuscripts, and short communications, covering the aspects of the current trends in development and usage of such novel materials are welcome.
Dr. Deepak Pant
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- novel electrodes
- batteries and cells
- microbial fuel cells
- artificial photosynthesis & electrosynthesis
- waste to energy
- waste valorization
- electrochemical energy conversion and storage
- solar-driven conversions