Special Issue "Nanomaterials and Thin Films for Energy Application"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Thin Films".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. M. Shaheer Akhtar
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Guest Editor
New & Renewable Energy Materials Development Center (NewREC), School of Chemical Engineering, Jeonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 54896, Korea
Interests: thin films; metal oxide nanomaterials; electrochemical system; photocatalytic reaction; energy storage
Dr. Alok Kumar Rai
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi (North Campus), Delhi 110007, India
Interests: nanomaterials synthesis and characterization; energy materials; lithium-ion and post-lithium-ion batteries; supercapacitor; impedance spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue “Nanomaterials and thin films for Energy Applications” of Coatings will provide a communication platform for researchers, scientists, and engineers to demonstrate and exchange their latest research in the field of nanomaterials including thin films and their applications in energy conversion, harvesting, and storage. In this Special Issue, we call for the submission of manuscripts (full papers, communications, and reviews) based on the nanomaterials, nanocomposites, thin films, nano alloy, polymers for energy applications, especially, solar cells, energy storage (e.g., batteries and supercapacitors), and energy harvesting (e.g., piezoelectric and thermoelectric applications). Since energy applications strongly depend on the design and synthesis of electrode materials, as well as thickness, quality, defects, and purity of thin films, it can be controlled by optimizing the numerous parameters during the fabrication of materials and thin film growth variables. Moreover, recent advances and research on nanomaterials and thin films involving cost-effectiveness, growth techniques, ease of processing, and high accessibility are of particular interest for this Special Issue. Materials including thin films and their following area applications will also be covered in this Special Issue:

  • Energy storage (batteries, supercapacitor/ultracapacitors)
  • Energy conversion
  • Stretchable energy storage
  • Electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Solar cells
  • Photoelectrochemical/electrolytic hydrogen generation
  • Fuel cells and so on.

Prof. Dr. M. Shaheer Akhtar
Dr. Alok Kumar Rai
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • thin-film
  • optoelectronics
  • energy conversion
  • energy storage
  • solar cell
  • batteries
  • supercapacitors

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α-MnO2 Nanowires as Potential Scaffolds for a High-Performance Formaldehyde Gas Sensor Device
Coatings 2021, 11(7), 860; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings11070860 - 17 Jul 2021
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Herein, we report a chemi-resistive sensing method for the detection of formaldehyde (HCHO) gas. For this, α-MnO2 nanowires were synthesized hydrothermally and examined for ascertaining their chemical composition, crystal phase, morphology, purity, and vibrational properties. The XRD pattern confirmed the high crystallinity [...] Read more.
Herein, we report a chemi-resistive sensing method for the detection of formaldehyde (HCHO) gas. For this, α-MnO2 nanowires were synthesized hydrothermally and examined for ascertaining their chemical composition, crystal phase, morphology, purity, and vibrational properties. The XRD pattern confirmed the high crystallinity and purity of the α-MnO2 nanowires. FESEM images confirmed a random orientation and smooth-surfaced wire-shaped morphologies for as-synthesized α-MnO2 nanowires. Further, the synthesized nanowires with rounded tips had a uniform diameter throughout the length of the nanowires. The average diameter of the α-MnO2 nanowires was found to be 62.18 nm and the average length was ~2.0 μm. Further, at an optimized temperature of 300 °C, the fabricated HCHO sensor based on α-MnO2 nanowires demonstrated gas response, response, and recovery times of 19.37, 18, and 30 s, respectively. Full article
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