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Special Issue "Electrocatalysis for Energy Conversion and Environmental Remediation"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. José Heráclito Zagal

Faculty of Chemistry and Biology, University of Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile
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Interests: electrochemistry; electrocatalysis; inorganic chemistry; fuel cells; sensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Electrochemistry plays and will play a very important role in a cleaner planet. Electrochemical energy conversion is clean, except in batteries and fuel cells or when fossil fuels are used to recharge them or to generate the fuel. Batteries were invented almost two centuries ago and electric cars were developed in the late 1800s; this is an example of how green energy could have been used in the past using electrochemistry. However, the low cost of fossil fuels almost eliminated electric transportation for many years, and internal combustion engines have since increased the release of gases that cause global warming. Today, the production of green energy from renewable resources (wind, solar, etc.) is becoming more and more important as the global warming problem is becoming more accepted worldwide. Batteries and fuel cells will play a key role in electric mobility. The storage of electricity from renewable sources is also an important issue. Pollution and the elimination of pollutants is also a big issue and electrochemistry plays an important role here.

Most electrochemical reactions involved in energy conversion and remediation involve the transfer of several electrons, exhibit slow kinetics and require the use of electrode materials that contain catalysts. In many cases, these catalysts involve high cost noble metals. Current research in several areas is focused on the development of low cost catalytic materials that can promote the electrochemical reactions at low overpotentials. This is true for the electroreduction of O2 and for the oxidation of fuels. Contributions to this Special Issue will cover several aspects of the development of new catalysts for the reduction of O2 and for the oxidation of fuels and also electrode materials that can catalyze the mineralization of pollutants at high potentials.

Prof. Dr. José Heráclito Zagal
Guest Editor

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  • Electrocatalysis
  • Non-precious metal catalysts
  • Oxygen reduction
  • Electroremediation
  • Mineralization
  • Energy conversion
  • Fuel cell methanol oxidation

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