Special Issue "Dynamic Structure, Surface Properties and Reactivity of Heterogeneous Catalysis Systems for Energy Conversion and Storage"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Ioannis Zegkinoglou Website E-Mail
Institute for Experimental Physics IV, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstrasse 150, 44801 Bochum, Germany
Interests: energy science; surface and interface science; X-ray spectroscopy; nanocatalysis; condensed matter physics; synchrotron research; in situ and operando characterization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development through rational design of highly active, selective and stable catalysts for affordable and sustainable energy conversion and storage requires being able to correlate the macroscopic catalytic performance of a given material to physicochemical properties of the material at the molecular and atomic level under reaction conditions. Optimizing the surface morphology, structure, elemental composition, chemical state and electronic properties of a catalytic system at its interface with the surrounding gas- or liquid-phase environment (that involves reactants, organic solvents, electrolytes etc.) can facilitate the tuning of the catalytic reaction mechanism and kinetics, increase the abundance of catalytically active sites, lower the energy requirements of the reaction (with respect to temperature, pressure or electrochemical potential) and slow down the deactivation or structural deterioration of the catalyst.

This Special Issue aims at covering recent advances in the field of catalyst characterization and optimization under reaction-relevant environmental conditions, particularly for applications in the energy science field, including but not limited to carbon dioxide conversion, photocatalytic water splitting, hydrogen evolution reaction, fuel cell and battery research etc. Spectroscopic, microscopic and scattering-based characterization methods that allow in situ and operando probing of the dynamic nature of the catalysts’ properties during the reaction, such as ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy, in situ optical spectroscopy, environmental X-ray diffraction, high pressure and liquid phase scanning probe and electron microscopy, along with computational approaches that complement such studies, are particularly in focus.

Dr. Ioannis Zegkinoglou
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • in situ spectroscopy
  • in situ microscopy
  • operando characterization
  • energy conversion
  • energy storage
  • surface and interface science
  • nanoscience

Published Papers

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