Special Issue "Innovative Materials for Photocatalytic Activities and Energy Storage"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Maria Cristina Paganini
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino, Italy
Interests: photocatalysis; synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials; surface chemistry; inorganic solids and materials; electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Innovative materials will play a fundamental role in the future energy challenges that our world will face. The energy demands of a growing global population and the economic needs of still-underdeveloped countries have to be taken into account while, at the same time, giving careful consideration to the limited resources still available on our planet. The continuous investigation of sustainable energy is and will be the big challenge for the researchers in the upcoming future. The average annual global energy consumption is of 470 EJ (470 billion of billions of joules), while every year, the earth receives 5,500,000 EJ (5.5 million of billions of billions of joule) from the sun: from these numbers, it becomes obvious that future energy production free of fossil fuels would have to be based on solar irradiation intercepted by our planet. These data have compelled the scientific community to pay increasing attention to the area of photocatalysis and energy storage. Photocatalytic processes aim to exploit light energy, possibly coming from the sun, to promote chemical transformations. The development and study of innovative materials that are easy to find and abundant on the earth’s crust, both for photocatalytic processes and for their use in energy storage, will be a stimulating challenge for many scientists in the coming years.

This Special Issue, therefore, is an attempt to contribute to this stimulating topic through enhancing scientific and multidisciplinary knowledge toward improving the performance and development of new materials, bringing some focus onto photocatalysis and energy storage. We therefore invite papers on innovative scientific developments, reviews, case studies, analytical, as well as assessments which are relevant to sustainable and renewable energy systems.

Prof. Dr. Maria Cristina Paganini
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • innovative abundant earth materials
  • light harvesting
  • photocatalysts
  • renewable energy
  • energy storage
  • exploitation of sunlight

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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