Special Issue "Advanced Porous Materials"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Solid-State Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019.

Special Issue Editor

PD Dr. Claudia Weidenthaler
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Department of Heterogeneous Catalysis, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, D-45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; crystallography; in situ diffraction and spectroscopy; energy related inorganic materials; hydrogen carriers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The class of porous materials covers a broad range of organic and inorganic compounds among which polymer foams, ceramics, mesoporous metal oxides, alumosilicates, metal organic frameworks, or porous carbon materials are only some prominent examples. Porosity in this context describes the presence of channels or cavities either in the crystal structure or in hierarchically structured materials ranging from micropores (<2 nm) to mesopores (2–50 nm) and/or macropores (>50 nm). The varieties of chemical compositions, pore architectures, and pore sizes offer the possibility for a large number of applications. Porous materials are used for example as carriers in drug release, as catalysts, in electronic or optical devices, or for separation and fixation of environmentally hazardous compounds. This Special Issue aims to bring together the actual status of research on advanced porous materials including various aspects such as new concepts for synthesis, the use of porous materials in technical processes, or the introduction of advanced characterization techniques.

PD Dr. Claudia Weidenthaler
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • porous solids
  • synthesis and application
  • advanced characterization techniques
  • physical and chemical properties

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Mesoporous Nanocast Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction and Oxygen Evolution Reactions
Inorganics 2019, 7(8), 98; https://doi.org/10.3390/inorganics7080098 - 11 Aug 2019
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Catalyzed oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction reactions (OER and ORR, respectively) are of particular significance in many energy conversion and storage processes. During the last decade, they emerged as potential routes to sustain the ever-growing needs of the future clean energy market. Unfortunately, [...] Read more.
Catalyzed oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction reactions (OER and ORR, respectively) are of particular significance in many energy conversion and storage processes. During the last decade, they emerged as potential routes to sustain the ever-growing needs of the future clean energy market. Unfortunately, the state-of-the-art OER and ORR electrocatalysts, which are based on noble metals, are noticeably limited by a generally high activity towards one type of reaction only, high costs and relatively low abundance. Therefore, the development of (bi)functional low-cost non-noble metal or metal-free electrocatalysts is expected to increase the practical energy density and drastically reduce the production costs. Owing to their pore properties and high surface areas, mesoporous materials show high activity towards electrochemical reactions. Among all synthesis methods available for the synthesis of non-noble mesoporous metal oxides, the hard-templating (or nanocasting) approach is one of the most attractive in terms of achieving variable morphology and porosity of the materials. In this review, we thus focus on the recent advances in the design, synthesis, characterization and efficiency of non-noble metal OER and ORR electrocatalysts obtained via the nanocasting route. Critical aspects of these materials and perspectives for future developments are also discussed. Full article
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