Special Issue "Novel Nanostructured Materials for Energy-Related Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jesse Ko
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Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, MD, USA
Interests: electrochemical energy storage; electrocatalysis; sustainable energy; X-ray synchrotron techniques; crystallography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Applications in energy storage and conversion relies heavily on the discovery of novel materials. By exploiting materials at the nanoscale, tremendous advancements have been made that have grown many industries (e.g. semiconductor, vehicle electrification, photonics, etc.).

Novel nanostructured materials are the centerpiece for emerging technologies. The synthesis and processing of nanostructured materials plays a key role in the adoption by such technologies as batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors. Moreover, the characterization of such materials becomes more critical, as our understanding of phenomena occurring at atomistic length scales relies heavily on novel characterization techniques equipped with a synchrotron source.

Research in novel nanostructured materials for energy-related applications requires the dissemination of new and exciting research, and we therefore welcome contributions from many different fields. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

Keywords

  • Synthesis
  • Batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Fuel Cells
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Water harvesting
  • Electrodeposition
  • New Materials
  • Processing

Dr. Jesse Ko
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Synthesis
  • Batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Fuel Cells
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Water harvesting
  • Electrodeposition
  • New Materials
  • Processing

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Electrodeposited Copper Nanocatalysts for CO2 Electroreduction: Effect of Electrodeposition Conditions on Catalysts’ Morphology and Selectivity
Energies 2021, 14(16), 5012; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14165012 - 15 Aug 2021
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Catalytic electroreduction of carbon dioxide represents a promising technology both to reduce CO2 emissions and to store electrical energy from discontinuous sources. In this work, electrochemical deposition of copper on to a gas-diffusion support was tested as a scalable and versatile nanosynthesis [...] Read more.
Catalytic electroreduction of carbon dioxide represents a promising technology both to reduce CO2 emissions and to store electrical energy from discontinuous sources. In this work, electrochemical deposition of copper on to a gas-diffusion support was tested as a scalable and versatile nanosynthesis technique for the production of catalytic electrodes for CO2 electroreduction. The effect of deposition current density and additives (DAT, DTAB, PEG) on the catalysts’ structure was evaluated. The selectivity of the synthesized catalysts towards the production of CO was evaluated by analyzing the gaseous products obtained using the catalysts as cathodes in electroreduction tests. Catalyst morphology was deeply influenced by the deposition additives. Copper nanospheres, hemispherical microaggregates of nanowires, and shapeless structures were electrodeposited in the presence of dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB), 3,5-diamino-1,2,4-triazole (DAT) and polyethylene glycol (PEG), respectively. The effect of the deposition current density on catalyst morphology was also observed and it was found to be additive-specific. DTAB nanostructured electrodes showed the highest selectivity towards CO production, probably attributable to a higher specific surface area. EDX and XPS analysis disclosed the presence of residual DAT and DTAB uniformly distributed onto the catalysts structure. No significant effects of electrodeposition current density and Cu(I)/Cu(II) ratio on the selectivity towards CO were found. In particular, DTAB and DAT electrodes yielded comparable selectivity, although they were characterized by the highest and lowest Cu(I)/Cu(II) ratio, respectively. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Nanostructured metallic electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction: effect ofelectrodeposition conditions on morphology and activity
Authors: Francesca Pagnanelli
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, Sapienza University of Rome, P.le Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy

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