Special Issue "Electrocatalysts for Sustainable Energy and Chemical Synthesis Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.
Interests: Sustainable processes; electrochemical processes; electrocatalyst; multiphysics modelling
Interests: PGM-free catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction; electrocatalysis; polymer electrolyte fuel cells; electrochemistry for energy applications
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The increase of global warming issues caused by greenhouse gases emissions related to low efficient conversion processes and chemical industry processes is becoming everyday more impactful on our lives and on the environment. To reduce these emissions, the use of renewable energy sources must become prominent in the near future. Over the past years, the cost of electricity generated from wind and solar has fallen 67% and 86%, respectively, and is now competitive to fossil fuel-based electricity generation technologies. This electric cost reduction opens a huge opportunity for the electrification of the chemical industry. In order to efficiently convert and store the energy from renewables, electrochemical processes are essentials. At the same time, the energy from renewables can be conveniently utilized to produce complex organic chemicals from biomass, CO2 and other simple molecules.
In this view, electrocatalysts plays a crucial role, since they enable the lowering of the overpotentials needed for the operation of electrochemical devices.
At the same time, it is necessary to stay away, as much as possible, from the massive use of noble metals for the manufacturing of catalysts, due to their high cost and low earth-abundance, which could cause exaggerate cost rising and raw materials supply issues.
This Special Issue on “Electrocatalysts for Sustainable Energy and Chemical Synthesis Applications” welcomes the submission of manuscripts in the form of original research articles, short communications, and reviews. The topics include noble metal-free catalysts for all types of electrochemical reactions involved in energy conversion and storage devices (batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, etc.) and catalysts for electrochemical synthesis processes. Examples are electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction, oxygen evolution, hydrogen evolution, organic molecules oxidation, electrochemical hydrogenation, ammonia electrosynthesis and CO2 electroreduction reactions.
Insights on innovative catalysts synthesis strategies and materials characterization, as well as correlation between materials properties and electrocatalytic activity and catalysts durability are particularly welcome. Furthermore, the use of innovative techniques for electrode production able to control nanostructured properties are also kindly invited.
Dr. Alessandro Monteverde Videla
Dr. Luigi Osmieri
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- Fuel cells
- CO2 reduction
- Electrochemical hydrogenation
- Nanostructured electrocatalysts
- 3D electrodes
- Renewable energy