Special Issue "Electrocatalytic Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Zhien Zhang
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William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Interests: Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS); gas separation; membrane; polymer; absorption; process modeling; mass transfer; heat transfer; fossil fuel; renewable energy; hydrate; wastewater treatment
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Dr. Hao Li
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Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby 2800, Denmark
Interests: machine learning; neural networks; catalysis; density functional theory; chemoinformatics
Dr. Zhao Ding
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Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Interests: hydrogen storage materials; nano-engineering; surface modification; silicon nanowires; silicon refining
Dr. Giorgio Besagni
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Ricerca Sul Sistema Energetico, Power System Development Department, Milan, Italy
Interests: innovative renewable energy-based technologies; CFD; lumped energy system components; refrigeration systems; multiphase flows; energy poverty
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Electrocatalysis has been in dramatic development in recent decades. The unique properties of many nanostructures of electrocatalytic materials and their surfaces have led to many exciting topics in the field of catalysis. As an important branch of catalysis, electrocatalysis is a type of important catalytic reaction that is able to convert and store energy through reactions involving electron transfer. However, the study of electrocatalysis is a huge challenge due to the highly complicated reaction network, the variety of reaction selectivity, and the puzzling reaction mechanisms.

The aim of this Special Issue is to cover the state-of-the-art studies and discussions in electrocatalytic nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage. The topics of prospective publications will include, but are not limited to:

  • High-performance electrocatalysts for industrially-important reactions;
  • Electrocatalysis for fuel cell applications;
  • Water-splitting reactions;
  • CO2 capture and electrocatalytic reduction;
  • Design and understanding of effective electrocatalysts;
  • Electrocatalysis with membranes;
  • New insights into the electrocatalytic reactions at the surface of nanomaterials;
  • Theoretical and computational study on the catalysts design and mechanistic understanding;
  • Energy storage in nanomaterials;
  • Machine-learning-assisted studies on electrocatalytic materials.

Dr. Zhien Zhang
Dr. Hao Li
Dr. Zhao Ding
Dr. Giorgio Besagni
Guest Editors

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One-Pot Synthesis and High Electrochemical Performance of CuS/Cu1.8S Nanocomposites as Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Materials 2020, 13(17), 3797; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13173797 - 28 Aug 2020
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CuS and Cu1.8S have been investigated respectively as anodes of lithium-ion batteries because of their abundant resources, no environment pollution, good electrical conductivity, and a stable discharge voltage plateau. In this work, CuS/Cu1.8S nanocomposites were firstly prepared simultaneously by [...] Read more.
CuS and Cu1.8S have been investigated respectively as anodes of lithium-ion batteries because of their abundant resources, no environment pollution, good electrical conductivity, and a stable discharge voltage plateau. In this work, CuS/Cu1.8S nanocomposites were firstly prepared simultaneously by the one-pot synthesis method at a relatively higher reaction temperature 200 °C. The CuS/Cu1.8S nanocomposites anodes exhibited a high initial discharge capacity, an excellent reversible rate capability, and remarkable cycle stability at a high current density, which could be due to the nano-size of the CuS/Cu1.8S nanocomposites and the assistance of Cu1.8S. The high electrochemical performance of the CuS/Cu1.8S nanocomposites indicated that the CuxS nanomaterials will be a potential lithium-ion battery anode. Full article
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A Nanosensor for Naked-Eye Identification and Adsorption of Cadmium Ion Based on Core–Shell Magnetic Nanospheres
Materials 2020, 13(17), 3678; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13173678 - 20 Aug 2020
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Fe3O4@SiO2 nanospheres with a core–shell structure were synthesized and functionalized with bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amine (BPMA). The photoresponses of the as-obtained Fe3O4@SiO2-BPMA for Cr3+, Cd2+, Hg2+ and Pb2+ ions [...] Read more.
Fe3O4@SiO2 nanospheres with a core–shell structure were synthesized and functionalized with bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amine (BPMA). The photoresponses of the as-obtained Fe3O4@SiO2-BPMA for Cr3+, Cd2+, Hg2+ and Pb2+ ions were evaluated through irradiation with a 352 nm ultraviolet lamp, and Fe3O4@SiO2-BPMA exhibited remarkable fluorescence enhancement toward the Cd2+ ion. The adsorption experiments revealed that Fe3O4@SiO2-BPMA had rapid and effective adsorption toward the Cd2+ ion. The adsorption reaction was mostly complete within 30 min, the adsorption efficiency reached 99.3%, and the saturated adsorption amount was 342.5 mg/g based on Langmuir linear fitting. Moreover, Fe3O4@SiO2-BPMA displayed superparamagnetic properties with the saturated magnetization of 20.1 emu/g, and its strong magnetic sensitivity made separation simple and feasible. Our efforts in this work provide a potential magnetic functionalized nanosensor for naked-eye identification and adsorption toward the Cd2+ ion. Full article
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