Special Issue "Nanocarbon-Based Hybrid Materials for Energy Storage Devices"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Hirofumi Yoshikawa
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School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan
Interests: battery; ionics; nanomaterials; electrochemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To address the grand challenges relating to energy and the environment, there is a strong incentive to develop renewable energy conversion and storage devices with sustainable materials. Nanocarbons, such as carbon nanotubes, nanoporous carbons, carbon nanofibers, carbon nanoparticles and graphene based hybrid materials have attracted tremendous interests as energy materials owing to their high specific surface area, excellent electrical and mechanical properties. This Special Issue will focus on recent research and developments of all kinds of carbon hybrid materials for energy storage. These development include hybrid materials for Li-ion batteries, Li-S Batteries, Na-ion batteries, and supercapacitors.

It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Manuscripts in the form of full research papers, communications or reviews are all welcome.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Hirofumi Yoshikawa
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • graphene
  • carbon nanotube
  • nanoporous carbon
  • Li-ion batteries
  • Li-S batteries
  • supercapacitor

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Preparation and Carbon-Dependent Supercapacitive Behaviour of Nanohybrid Materials between Polyoxometalate and Porous Carbon Derived from Zeolitic Templates
Materials 2020, 13(1), 81; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13010081 - 22 Dec 2019
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An electrochemical cell combining the energy storage characteristics of the chemical redox reaction and a physical capacitor effect presents advantages including high energy and power densities, and long durability. In this study, we prepared nanohybrid materials between polyoxometalate (POM) and porous carbon, which [...] Read more.
An electrochemical cell combining the energy storage characteristics of the chemical redox reaction and a physical capacitor effect presents advantages including high energy and power densities, and long durability. In this study, we prepared nanohybrid materials between polyoxometalate (POM) and porous carbon, which have different porous structures and pore sizes, using different zeolitic templates. The POM molecules were loaded inside the porous carbon, and these POM/carbon nanohybrid materials were used as cathode active materials for lithium–ion batteries (LIBs). The performance of these molecular cluster batteries (MCBs) was significantly dependent on the porous carbon. Operando X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and 7Li solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements of the POM/carbon-MCBs revealed that three-dimensional porous carbon with high surface areas can improve the performance. The results highlight the remarkable performance of porous carbon with a three-dimensionally-linked pore network structure as an additive for supercapacitors to realise high-performance energy storage devices. Full article
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A Unique Strategy for Polyethylene Glycol/Hybrid Carbon Foam Phase Change Materials: Morphologies, Thermal Properties, and Energy Storage Behavior
Materials 2018, 11(10), 2011; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11102011 - 17 Oct 2018
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Polyethylene glycol (PEG)/hybrid carbon foam (CF) phase change materials (PCMs) were prepared by integrating PEG into CF via dynamic-vacuum impregnation. The hybrid CF was first synthesized by mixtures of graphene oxide (GO) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with different volume ratios. The morphologies, chemical [...] Read more.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG)/hybrid carbon foam (CF) phase change materials (PCMs) were prepared by integrating PEG into CF via dynamic-vacuum impregnation. The hybrid CF was first synthesized by mixtures of graphene oxide (GO) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with different volume ratios. The morphologies, chemical structures, thermal conductivities, shape-stabilization levels, and photo-thermal energy conversion levels of these composite PCMs were characterized systematically. The prepared composite PCMs exhibited good shape-stabilization levels and showed their original shapes without any PEG leakage. It was found that the polyethylene glycol/carbon foam with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PEG/MCF) composite PCMs had a better shape-stable performance below the temperature of 250 °C, and the thermal conductivity of the PEG/MCF composite PCMs reached as high as 1.535 W/(mK), which was obviously higher than that of polyethylene glycol/carbon foam with single-walled carbon nanotubes (PEG/SCF, 1.159 W/(mK)). The results of the photo-thermal simulation tests showed that the composite PCMs had the ability to absorb light energy and then convert it to thermal energy, and the maximum thermal energy storage efficiency of the PEG/MCF composite PCMs and the PEG/SCF composite PCMs was 92.1% and 90.6%, respectively. It was considered that a valuable technique to produce high-performance composite PCMs was developed. Full article
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Electrochemical Measurements of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes under Different Plasma Treatments
Materials 2018, 11(10), 1902; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11101902 - 07 Oct 2018
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In the present work, we described the post-treatment effects of applying different plasma atmosphere conditions on the electrochemical performances of the multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). For the study, a composite of MWCNTs/Co/Ti was successfully grown on the silicon substrate and then pre-treated with [...] Read more.
In the present work, we described the post-treatment effects of applying different plasma atmosphere conditions on the electrochemical performances of the multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). For the study, a composite of MWCNTs/Co/Ti was successfully grown on the silicon substrate and then pre-treated with ammonia, oxygen and hydrogen plasma. The composite was characterized by making use of field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) for the surface morphology and Raman spectroscopy for the functionalization. Further, the electrochemical measurements were performed with the use of the cyclic voltammetry (CV) applied in the 0.01 M potassium ferricyanide in 0.1 M KCl solution. On testing, the results indicated that the NH3-treated MWCNTs have the highest efficiency as compared to the other pretreatments and control. This increased performance of NH3 treated sample can be linked to the enhanced surface area of the composite, thereby improved adsorption and associated interaction with that of the analyte molecules at the electrodes. Further comparison of the electrode with that of commercial Dropsens electrodes provided the confirmation for the efficiency of the NH3/MWCNTs, thereby suggesting for the potentiality of applying the NH3 modified electrode towards electrochemical applications. Full article
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