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Special Issue "Soft and Nanostructured Materials for Energy Conversion and Sensing: Volume II"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2022 | Viewed by 855

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue “Soft and Nanostructured Materials for Energy Conversion: Volume II” will address advances in both experimental and theoretical aspects of the synthesis, processing, fabrication, characterization, and properties of soft and nanostructured nanomaterials for possible application in energy conversion.

Soft materials are a particular category of flexible bulk matter that shows rich dynamics and self-assembly behavior. Many examples of soft materials can be found in polymers, liquid crystals, gels, self-assemblies, membranes, thin films, composites, biomaterials etc.

In the last several decades, several novel methods to synthesize nanostructured materials for energy application such as nanoparticles, quantum dots, nanotubes, nanofilm, and nanowires have been developed following the capability of nanostructuring to introduce in the matter novel functionalities due to the unique combination of the structure and the mode of bonding (i.e., superplasticity of carbon nanotubes, energy harvesting of nanowires). The connections between soft materials and nanostructuring result in amazing possibilities for scientific research and future applications of these materials.

Some examples can be found in carbon nanotubes and 2D soft nanomaterials, including graphene, 2D polymers, covalent organic frameworks, and 2D supramolecular organic nanostructures, with an easy structural control and flexibility that are particularly advantageous for energy storage and conversion. Another successful example can be found in polymer composites with nanowires or nanotube architectures and graphene for application in flexible electronics and batteries.

This Special Issue collects papers from research groups with diverse backgrounds in soft materials and nanomaterials to discuss all aspects of such research. Both original research and comprehensive review papers are solicited on all types of soft nanomaterials with possible or experimental applications in energy conversion.

Prof. Dr. Patrizia Bocchetta
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • nanomaterials
  • carbon nanotubes
  • graphene
  • batteries
  • electrocatalysis
  • soft materials
  • polymers
  • composites
  • soft energy conversion

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Binder-Free Porous 3D-ZnO Hexagonal-Cubes for Electrochemical Energy Storage Applications
Materials 2022, 15(6), 2250; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15062250 - 18 Mar 2022
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Considerable efforts are underway to rationally design and synthesize novel electrode materials for high-performance supercapacitors (SCs). However, the creation of suitable materials with high capacitance remains a big challenge for energy storage devices. Herein, unique three-dimensional (3D) ZnO hexagonal cubes on carbon cloth [...] Read more.
Considerable efforts are underway to rationally design and synthesize novel electrode materials for high-performance supercapacitors (SCs). However, the creation of suitable materials with high capacitance remains a big challenge for energy storage devices. Herein, unique three-dimensional (3D) ZnO hexagonal cubes on carbon cloth ([email protected]) were synthesized by invoking a facile and economical hydrothermal method. The mesoporous [email protected] electrode, by virtue of its high surface area, offers rich electroactive sites for the fast diffusion of electrolyte ions, resulting in the enhancement of the SC’s performance. The [email protected] electrode demonstrated a high specific capacitance of 352.5 and 250 F g−1 at 2 and 20 A g−1, respectively. The [email protected] electrode revealed a decent stability of 84% over 5000 cycles at 20 A g−1 and an outstanding rate-capability of 71% at a 10-fold high current density with respect to 2 A g−1. Thus, the [email protected] electrode demonstrated improved electrochemical performance, signifying that ZnO as is promising candidate for SCs applications. Full article
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