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Special Issue "Novel Electrochemical Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2017)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Carlos Ponce de León Albarrán

Energy Technology Group within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
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Interests: aluminium air batteries; borohydride fuel cells; electrochemical energy storage, iron-air batteries; metal-air batteries, redox flow cells; water treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The current worldwide electricity consumption exceeds 20 × 103 TW·h per year and it is predicted to double within the next 50 years. In addition, there is an urgent need to minimise the consumption of fuels that produce the greenhouse effects and/or to attach CO2 capture and sequestration technologies to fossil fuel power generation plants. Green power technologies, including hydrogen generation, fuel cells, and energy from renewable sources like photovoltaics and wind turbines, have been increasingly supported by governments, companies, and research organisations. Not surprisingly, an increasing interest in the materials used for these technologies has risen. Engineering materials, had played and will continue to play a fundamental role in electrochemical energy storage and a great deal of effort has been dedicated to new materials research, focus on the development, optimisation and performance, long working lifetime and recycling. For this reason, the aim of this Special Issue is to cover from traditional and fundamental concepts to cutting edge technologies used to manufacture, test and employ different materials for energy storage and conversion. Interested areas include, but are not limited to:

  • noble metal nanomaterials electrodes,
  • metal oxide composites for electrochemical capacitors,
  • carbon (ordered mesoporous materials) and carbon fibres,
  • graphitic nanomaterials,
  • aqueous and non-aqueous electrolytes,
  • ion exchange membranes and microporous separators,
  • turbulence promoters,
  • current collectors,
  • redox active materials,
  • active electrodes such as carbon nanotubes, metals oxides, conductive polymers and nanocomposites,
  • electrode materials for microbial fuel cells.

The focus is also on current progress in energy storage including: Battery development, energy storage from renewable sources, new energy sources for transport and specific fields of portable devices, redox flow cells and electrochemical engineering. The study of novel catalysts and construction materials that improve the activity and the performance of different energy storage and conversion devices, is of particular interest.

Dr. Carlos Ponce de León Albarrán
Guest Editor

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  • advanced battery system (redox-flow, lithium/air, sulphur systems)
  • advanced in-situ and ex-situ characterization
  • batteries for smart grid applications
  • batteries for transportation
  • electrode materials for rechargeable batteries
  • high power batteries systems
  • intercalation materials (electrodes)
  • lithium ion batteries
  • materials for rechargeable batteries
  • novel (advanced) batteries
  • polymeric materials (electrolytes)
  • polymeric materials for rechargeable batteries
  • redox flow batteries for energy storage

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Open AccessArticle Multifunctional Carbon Aerogels Derived by Sol–Gel Process of Natural Polysaccharides of Different Botanical Origin
Materials 2017, 10(11), 1336; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma10111336
Received: 18 October 2017 / Revised: 3 November 2017 / Accepted: 17 November 2017 / Published: 21 November 2017
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In this manuscript, we describe the results of our recent studies on carbon aerogels derived from natural starches. A facile method for the fabrication of carbon aerogels is presented. Moreover, the complete analysis of the carbonization process of different starch aerogels (potato, maize,
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In this manuscript, we describe the results of our recent studies on carbon aerogels derived from natural starches. A facile method for the fabrication of carbon aerogels is presented. Moreover, the complete analysis of the carbonization process of different starch aerogels (potato, maize, and rice) was performed using thermogravimetric studies combined with a detailed analysis of evolved decomposition products. The prepared carbon aerogels were studied in terms of their morphology and electrical properties to relate the origin of starch precursor with final properties of carbon materials. The obtained results confirmed the differences in carbon aerogels’ morphology, especially in materials’ specific surface areas, depending on the botanical origin of precursors. The electrical conductivity measurements suggest that carbon aerogels with the best electrical properties can be obtained from potato starch. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Electrochemical Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion)

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