Special Issue "Advanced Materials for Electrocatalysis of Oxygen"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vincenzo Baglio
Guest Editor
CNR-ITAE Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “N. Giordano”, Via Salita S. Lucia sopra Contesse 5, 98126 Messina, Italy
Interests: polymer electrolyte fuel cells; direct alcohol fuel cells; water electrolysis; metal–air batteries; dye-sensitized solar cells; photo-electrolysis; carbon dioxide electro-reduction
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Dr. Carmelo Lo Vecchio
Guest Editor
CNR-ITAE Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “N. Giordano”, Via Salita S. Lucia sopra Contesse 5, 98126 Messina, Italy
Interests: materials characterization; catalyst preparation; nanomaterials; electrodes; membranes; metal oxide semiconductors; membrane electrodes assembly; direct alcohol fuel cells; metal–air batteries; photo-electrolysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are among the most important reactions in renewable energy conversion and storage devices. The full deployment of these devices (fuel cells, electrolyzers, metal–air batteries, etc.) depends on the development of highly active, stable, and low-cost catalysts. Furthermore, bifunctional materials that are able to catalyze both reactions are still a challenge for the progress of rechargeable metal–air batteries or unitized regenerative fuel cells. Actually, noble metals, belonging to Pt-group metals (PGMs), are mainly used to catalyze these reactions; however, the high cost and the limited resource of PGMs greatly hinder the widespread commercialization of these energy conversion and storage devices. Therefore, the development of low-cost, highly active, and stable non-PGM catalysts for ORR and OER are highly desired.

This Special Issue aims to cover the most recent advances and developments regarding advanced materials for oxygen electrodes.

Dr. Vincenzo Baglio
Dr. Carmelo Lo Vecchio
Guest Editors

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  • oxygen reduction reaction
  • oxygen evolution reaction
  • polymer electrolyte fuel cell
  • water electrolyzer
  • unitized regenerative fuel cell
  • metal–air battery
  • direct alcohol fuel cell
  • anion exchange membrane fuel cell and electrolyzer
  • non-PGM catalyst
  • low-loading PGM catalyst
  • alkaline or acid electrolyte

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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