Special Issue "Electrocatalysis in Energy and Green Chemistry"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrocatalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rosa Arrigo
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School of Science, Engineering and Environment, University of Salford, Manchester M5 4WT, United Kingdom
Interests: Catalysis; Electrocatalysis; Catalysts synthesis; In situ and operando spectroscopy; Nanocarbons for catalytic application; Structural characterization; Energy research
Dr. Sara Pérez Rodríguez
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Instituto de Carboquímica-CSIC, Calle Miguel Luesma Castán, 4, 50018, Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: PEM fuel cells; CO2 electroreduction; Electrochemistry Materials; Nanomaterials; Nanostructured carbon materials; Heterogeneous catalysts; Catalyst Characterization; Catalyst Synthesis; Porous Materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Electro-catalysis lies at the core of energy storage and conversion devices and electrode design is a key-enabler of these technologies. An electrode is a multi-components system where specific physicochemical properties such as redox and acid/base properties, hydrophobic/hydrophilic characteristics, surface area and electrical conductivity operate concertedly to enable a reaction to occur efficiently. Not only the nature, nuclearity and morphology of the active phase, but also other factors significantly modify the performances of the electrode. Amongst others, support effects, promoters and more recently ligands effects in single metal atom/organic hybrid systems have been investigated for fine-tuning of the activity and selectivity. Additionally, the “electrode prehistory”, in terms of the synthetic methods and the materials used for the electrode preparation, has also a significant influence on performances.

This Special Issue aims to cover recent trends and progresses in the development of electrocatalysts for electro-catalytic applications including, but not limited to, the carbon dioxide reduction, hydrogen evolution reaction, oxygen reduction and evolution reactions and ammonia synthesis. The goal of this issue is to provide the readership with a collection of articles in which emphasis is placed not only on the discovery of new active materials and/or electrode preparation but also on the understanding of the nanostructural and chemical characteristic of the electrodes responsible for improved performance.

Dr. Rosa Arrigo
Dr. Sara Pérez Rodríguez
Guest Editors

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  • Single-atom electro-catalysis
  • Metal-Carbon based electro-catalysis
  • Heteroatom functionalized carbon
  • Non-precious electrocatalysts
  • Carbides and nitrides electrocatalysts

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Potential Cycling Effects on Activities of Nickel-Mediated Benzyl Alcohol and Glycine Electrooxidation in Alkaline Solutions
Catalysts 2020, 10(1), 119; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10010119 - 15 Jan 2020
Nickel electrodes under continuous potential cycling were applied for the electrooxidation of benzyl alcohol and glycine in KOH solutions, and their activities were measured and compared by cyclic voltammetry. It is shown that intrinsic activities of both reactions decrease with the increasing catalyst [...] Read more.
Nickel electrodes under continuous potential cycling were applied for the electrooxidation of benzyl alcohol and glycine in KOH solutions, and their activities were measured and compared by cyclic voltammetry. It is shown that intrinsic activities of both reactions decrease with the increasing catalyst loadings, and a more significant decreasing trend was observed in glycine electrooxidation when compared to benzyl alcohol electrooxidation. These phenomena may be explained by an increasing of mass loading induced a decrease of the catalyst surface conductivity, structure changes of Ni(OH)2 from α-phase to β-phase, and the intercalation of glycine molecules into nickel hydroxide interlayers. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Plasma Deposited Ru-based Thin Films for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

Author: Jacek Tyczkowski 

Abstract: Plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (PEMOCVD) was employed to produce a ruthenium-based thin films. The surface chemical composition was examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). To determine the electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of the films, the linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) at pH = 13.6 was applied. XPS results indicated that Ru in the as-deposited films was mainly in metalic state (Ru0) whereas after the electrochemical treatment, the higher oxidation states were formed (mainly Ru4+). This RuOX catalyst exhibits high photoelectroactivity in the oxidation of water – the onset potential is approx. 1.37 V (vs. RHE) and the photocurrent density of 9.0 mA/cm2 is reached at 1.63 V (vs. RHE). The plasma deposited RuOX catalyst seems to be an interesting candidate for the photoanode material for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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