Special Issue "Advanced Hybrid and Composite Crystals for Solar Fuels"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Narges Yaghoobi Nia
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Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Interests: perovskite solar cell; conjugated polymer; solar fuel; crystal engineering; polymer science and technology
Prof. Aldo Di Carlo
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CNR-ISM, Istituto di Struttura della Materia, National Research Council, via del Fosso del Cavaliere, 100, 00133, Rome, Italy
Interests: solar cells; nanophotonics; organic electronics; quantum transport
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Prof. Adelio Mendes
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LEPABE - Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portuga
Interests: solar redox flow cells; photoelectrochemical water splitting; perovskite solar cells (PSC); dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC); photoelectrochemical devices; electrochemical devices; fuels
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Dr. Mahmoud Zendehdel
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1. Kimia Solar Company, Kashan, Iran
2. IRITALY Trading Company Srl, Rome, Italy
3. University of Rome Tor Vergata Rome, Italy
Interests: nanotechnology; crystallography; thin-film solar cells; CCUS; electrochemistry; solar fuel
Dr. Hong Zhang
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École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Interests: catalyst; photovoltaic
Prof. Gabriele Centi
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University of Messina (Dept. MIFT) and ERIC aisbl, Italy
Interests: catalysis; photoelectrochemical devices; nanostructured solar electrodes; electrocatalytic materials; cells
Dr. Francesco Aquilante
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École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Interests: computational materials science; condensed matter physics; quantum chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global warming, climate change, and air pollution are the most serious challenges facing modernization, technological and societal development, and life on earth. To save our planet, we have to quickly react to mitigate greenhouse emission and, at the same time, provide solutions against the depletion of our resources and supply secure sustainable energy for the global energy demand. Conversion of solar energy into clean and sustainable fuels, such as hydrogen and methanol, is an attractive prospect for the storage of renewable energy toward building a low-carbon and climate-resilient future. Various technologies based on photochemical, photobiological, thermochemical, photoelectrochemical, and photovoltaic-electrochemical integration have been utilized for solar fuel production. However, there are numerous scientific challenges to developing these technologies, including finding suitable materials and hybrid/composite structures to improve light absorption, developing more efficient and stable catalysts and thin films, enhancing selectivity, minimizing interfacial losses, and resisting degradation. Accordingly, the utilization of some advanced organic/inorganic hybrid and composite crystalline compounds and relative thin films such as 2D/3D structures, plasmonic core-shell, carbon-based nanostructures, porous nanostructures, molecular catalysts, metal-organic and zeolitic imidazolate frameworks, polyoxometalates, hybrid conjugated polymers, and hybrid biomimetics can markedly improve the performance of solar fuel technologies toward industrialization.

We invite researchers to contribute to this Special Issue on advanced hybrid and composite crystals for solar fuels and potential topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Novel decoration of hybrid/composite structures and interfacial engineering
  • Device structure and light management
  • Crystal engineering approaches for the realization of highly crystalline thin films
  • Phenomenology, thermodynamic, and kinetic investigations
  • Theoretical calculation and computational studies
  • Characterization of photophysical properties via advanced techniques
  • Scalable deposition approaches.
  • Physics and chemistry of catalytic surfaces 

Dr. Narges Yaghoobi Nia
Prof. Aldo Di Carlo
Prof. Adelio Mendez
Dr. Mahmoud Zendehdel
Dr. Hong Zhang
Prof. Gabriele Centi
Dr. Francesco Aquilante
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • 2D/3D hybrid
  • Artificial photosynthesize
  • Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR)
  • Band-gap alignment
  • Thin-film phenomena
  • Solar-to-fuel (STF) efficiency
  • Water splitting

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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