Special Issue "Bio-Inspired Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Samira Gharehkhani
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada
Interests: bio-based materials (nanocrystal cellulose and lignin); energy; emulsions; novel carbon nanomaterials; lightweight hydrogels; 3D-printed components; rheology of soft materials
Dr. Farid Seyed Shirazi
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Confederation College, Thunder Bay Campus, Department of Manufacturing and Aerospace Engineering
Interests: bioprinting; additive manufacturing; materials science; energy; nanomaterials
Prof. Dr. Anthony Anyia
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Director, Research & Development, Aquatic & Crop Resource Development National Research Council of Canada - Government of Canada
Interests: Crop science, water use efficiency, bioconversion, biocatalysis, fermentation, value added bioproducts, pyrolysis, biochar

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Engineering of advanced materials that mimic natural matter structures and features stands among the most impressive themes in research. In this context, inspired by nature, various unique materials with hierarchically ordered structure, self-assembly characteristics, lightweight structures, and biocompatible, responsive, and conductive features have emerged as a promising class of functional materials, bio-inspired materials, for assorted applications. Of particular interest are energy and environmental applications where progress in implementation of bio-inspired materials has provided exciting developments in scientific research and depicted a roadmap to practical engineering.   

This Special Issue aims to cover recent trends in bio-inspired materials towards energy and environmental applications. This includes studies with emphasis on the synthesis, processing, and characterization of bio-inspired materials and their applications in energy conversion and storage systems (photovoltaic devices, fuel cells, solar cells, supercapacitors, and batteries), sensors and actuators, green fuel production, heat transfer, and adsorption and detection of pollutants, e.g., in water treatment processes.  

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. Full papers, short communications, and reviews will be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Samira Gharehkhani
Dr. Farid Seyed Shirazi
Prof. Dr. Anthony Anyia
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Bio-inspired materials
  • Bio-inspired processes
  • Biomass
  • Conductive materials
  • Wearable energy devices
  • Energy conversion
  • Energy storage
  • Supercapacitors and batteries
  • Heat transfer
  • Pollutant adsorption
  • Water treatment
  • Bio-based nanofluids
  • Bio-based soft materials
  • Green chemicals and fuels

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DEAP Actuator Composed of a Soft Pneumatic Spring Bias with Pressure Signal Sensing
Energies 2021, 14(4), 1189; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14041189 - 23 Feb 2021
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Dielectric electroactive actuators are novel and significant smart actuators. The crucial aspect of construction of these devices is the bias mechanism. The current literature presents three main types of biases used in the construction of the DEAP actuators. In these solutions, the bias [...] Read more.
Dielectric electroactive actuators are novel and significant smart actuators. The crucial aspect of construction of these devices is the bias mechanism. The current literature presents three main types of biases used in the construction of the DEAP actuators. In these solutions, the bias is caused by the action of a spring, a force of a permanent magnet or an applied mass. The purpose of this article is to present a novel type of DEAP bias mechanism using soft pneumatic spring. In contrast to the solutions presented so far, the soft pneumatic spring has been equipped with a sensor that measures the variable pressure of its inner chamber. We performed the modeling process of a soft pneumatic spring with the finite element method to predict its mechanical behavior. Furthermore, a prototype of the soft spring was molded and used to construct a dielectric electroactive polymer actuator. The principle of operation has been confirmed by the experiments with measurement of static and dynamics characteristics. The presented device can be used to control systems with an additional pressure-sensing feedback. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bio-Inspired Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications)
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