Special Issue "Recent Advances and Challenges in Developing Direct Carbon Fuel Cells"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Renata Włodarczyk
Guest Editor
Czestochowa University of Technology, Czestochowa, Poland
Interests: materials in energy; corrosion and degradation of materials; production of protective coatings; hydrogen technologies; nanomaterials in energy and environmental engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC) is a generator that converts the chemical energy of carbon directly to electricity through electrochemical oxidation of the fuel. The carbonaceous fuel (e.g., hard coals, biomass-derived biochars, active carbons, carbon black, graphite, coke) is an anode which oxidizes used oxygen from air. There are four basic types of DCFC based on the type of electrolyte: molten carbonates, solid oxygen ion conducting ceramics, aqueous and molten hydroxides. Further, composite electrolytes (so-called hybrid electrolytes) are widely used in DCFC prototypes. The purpose of this Special Issue is to present the idea of using new power generators, including direct carbon fuel cells. The work will cover all aspects that affect the efficiency, lifetime, and economy of electricity production using carbon-based fuels: types of DCFC dedicated fuels and methods of their preparation, sources (carbon black, graphite, biomass), design solutions of DCFC models and characteristics, types of electrolytes and methods of their cleaning, fuel oxidation mechanisms in DCFC, and corrosion and degradation processes of metal elements used to build the DCFC.

I invite you to exchange scientific experience and gather current data on DCFC also in aspects not mentioned above.

As scientists, we owe our planet the search for and development of new energy solutions for future generations.

Dr. Renata Włodarczyk
Guest Editor

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  • direct carbon fuel cell
  • efficiency
  • carbon-based fuel
  • electrolytes
  • corrosion processes
  • biomass-derived biochar
  • design model of DCFC

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