Feature Paper on Magnetic Nanospecies—Educational Aspects

A special issue of Magnetochemistry (ISSN 2312-7481). This special issue belongs to the section "Magnetic Nanospecies".

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Dear Colleagues,

The recent progress in nanotechnology, particularly with the use of magnetic materials, has resulted in a huge number of publications on the preparation, characterization, and application of magnetic nanospecies. The vast majority of the published papers address very specific, narrow studies. There are many review articles summarizing the most recent advances in the area. The present issue will be organized in a novel way and is addressed to young researchers and students. We accept methodological papers, educational reviews, and short summaries introducing the readers to the topic. We plan to have a collection of papers that will be useful for undergraduate and graduate courses, as well. Notably, there is a high demand for textbooks and teaching materials that are useful for students. The present Special Issue plans to address this demand and to fill the “hole” in the available reading/studying materials. Therefore, the invited papers should NOT be concentrated on narrow and very specific research results; rather, they should describe broad fundamental issues written in a way that is easy for students to read. Some of the papers may address the historic aspects of the developments in the area of magneto-chemistry and magneto-nanotechnology. Since this is a novel way of organizing Special Issues, we expect great success for and attention given to the issue. Finally, we are planning to format the Special Issue as an electronic book which is freely available to classes related to nanotechnology, biotechnology, etc., with the use of magnetic nanospecies. All your educational contributions are very welcome to this Special Issue. Overall, the present educational Special Issue will be very unique, rather unusual, and highly interesting. Your enthusiastic support will be highly important for the success of our idea.

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  • magnetic nanoparticles
  • magnetic nanowires
  • magnetic nanomaterials
  • magnetic biosensors
  • educational aspects

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Optimal Selection for Redox Couples and Enhanced Performance through Magnetic Nanofluid Electrolyte in Solar Flow Batteries
by Zixing Gu, Ping Lu, Zihan Zhang, Qiang Ma, Huaneng Su and Qian Xu
Magnetochemistry 2024, 10(2), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/magnetochemistry10020011 - 6 Feb 2024
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The limited photoelectric conversion efficiency poses one of the critical constraints on commercializing solar flow batteries (SFBs). This study compares the chemical and photoelectrochemical properties of three commonly used redox couples. Additionally, magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles, for the first time, are [...] Read more.
The limited photoelectric conversion efficiency poses one of the critical constraints on commercializing solar flow batteries (SFBs). This study compares the chemical and photoelectrochemical properties of three commonly used redox couples. Additionally, magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles, for the first time, are introduced to optimize the electrolyte, and they are compared with the original electrolyte. Across different redox couples, the variations in semiconductor flat-band potentials and carrier concentrations result in changes in photoelectric current density. Notably, FeCl2/FeCl3 redox coupled with TiO2 photoelectrodes exhibits the highest photoelectric current density, reaching 75.7 µA cm−2. However, the trade-off of this electrolyte, i.e., providing high photocurrent while being unable to supply sufficient open-circuit voltage, imposes limitations on the practical application of SFBs. Alternatively, for TEMPO and 4-OH-TEMPO electrolytes, which can provide a higher open-circuit voltage, the electrochemical activity is enhanced, and the solution ohmic resistance is reduced by introducing magnetic nanoparticles to form a magnetic nanofluid. As a result, the photoanode’s photocurrent density increases by 36.6% and 17.0%, respectively, in the two electrolytes. The work reported here effectively addresses the current issue of low photocurrent density in SFBs and presents new optimization strategies for SFBs. Full article
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