Special Issue "Solid State Chemistry Enabling Clean Technologies"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Radostina Stoyanova
Guest Editor
Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
Interests: solid state chemistry; intercalation materials for energy storage; electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The advancement of clean technologies can only be achieved if there is a radical change in the type of materials that are presently used. The discovery of new materials depends critically on our ability to obtain insights into complex relations between the method of synthesis, local- and long-range structures, and materials’ properties. The exploration of these relationships underlies solid state chemistry—a branch of chemistry that has made a breakthrough in energy storage. Through a smart combination of the structure, intercalation, and electrochemical properties of oxides and carbonaceous materials, lithium-ion batteries have been constructed as the most enlightening and powerful energy devices (the Nobel Prize of Chemistry, 2019). Today, the progress in solid state chemistry affects various areas of our everyday life: from improved wireless communications and powering transport to environmental protection and smart products via changes in the health industry.

This Special Issue is focused on solid state chemistry and its role as an enabler of new clean technologies. The main topics are:

A. Materials for clean energy storage and conversion: (i) design and modeling of electrode and electrolyte materials for post-lithium-ion batteries; (ii) oxide/hydroxide composites for supercapacitors; (iii) nanocomposite materials for H2 storage; (iv) new thermoelectric materials.

B. Materials and thin films for environmental protection: (i) new adsorbents for CO2 capture and gas fuel purification; (ii) new approaches to the catalytic neutralization of waste gases; (iii) new oxide thin films and nanopowders for photocatalysis.

C. Ceramics/bioceramics and glasses for a better life: (i) smart optical systems based on glasses and ceramics; (ii) modeling of systems with optical properties; (iii) nanocomposite phosphate-based materials for medical applications.

Current concepts, trends, limitations, and emerging new technologies in solid state chemistry will also be presented.

Prof. Radostina Stoyanova
Guest Editor

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  • materials for energy storage and conversion
  • catalysts/sorbents
  • optics
  • phosphate-based materials

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