Special Issue "Functional Carbon Nanocomposites for Energy Storage and Conversion"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Nicolas Brun
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Universite de Montpellier, ENSCM, UMR CNRS 5253, Inst Charles Gerhardt, Pl Eugene Bataillon, F-34095 Montpellier 05, France
Interests: porous carbons; functional carbon nanocomposites; biosourced materials; valorization of agrowastes; surface modification; environmental remediation; CO2 capture and conversion; adsorption; energy storage; electrocatalysis; heterogeneous biocatalysis; enzymatic and microbial electrosynthesis
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Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, a large variety of nanostructured allotropes of carbon—i.e., nanocarbons—with singular physicochemical properties have been discovered and widely studied. Amongst some of the remarkable properties of nanocarbons, we can cite the low density of carbon aerogels and nanofoams, the outstanding electron mobility within graphene sheets, the extremely high tensile strength of carbon nanotubes, and the π-plasmon absorption of carbon quantum dots. Nanocarbons have been seen as valuable building blocks for the design of functional nanocomposites, especially in the field of energy (e.g., rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors, (bio)fuel cells, solar energy harvesting systems). This Special Issue aims to collect original articles (full papers, communications, and reviews) addressing the prosperous topic of Functional Carbon Nanocomposites for Energy Storage and Conversion.

Dr. Nicolas Brun
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Keywords

  • carbon nanocomposite
  • nanoporous carbon
  • nanostructured carbon
  • carbon nanotube
  • graphene
  • graphene oxide
  • fullerene
  • carbon dot
  • nanodiamond
  • interface
  • surface modification
  • energy storage
  • fuel cell
  • electrocatalysis
  • electrosynthesis
  • photocatalysis
  • artificial photosynthesis
  • solar photovoltaics
  • clean fuel production

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Facile Preparation of Ni-Co Bimetallic Oxide/Activated Carbon Composites Using the Plasma in Liquid Process for Supercapacitor Electrode Applications
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(1), 61; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10010061 - 26 Dec 2019
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In this study, a plasma in a liquid process (PiLP) was used to facilely precipitate bimetallic nanoparticles composed of Ni and Co elements on the surface of activated carbon. The physicochemical and electrochemical properties of the fabricated composites were evaluated to examine the [...] Read more.
In this study, a plasma in a liquid process (PiLP) was used to facilely precipitate bimetallic nanoparticles composed of Ni and Co elements on the surface of activated carbon. The physicochemical and electrochemical properties of the fabricated composites were evaluated to examine the potential of supercapacitors as electrode materials. Nickel and cobalt ions in the aqueous reactant solution were uniformly precipitated on the AC surface as spherical nanoparticles with a size of about 100 nm by PiLP reaction. The composition of nanoparticles was determined by the molar ratio of nickel and cobalt precursors and precipitated in the form of bimetallic oxide. The electrical conductivity and specific capacitance were increased by Ni-Co bimetallic oxide nanoparticles precipitated on the AC surface. In addition, the electrochemical performance was improved by stable cycling stability and resistance reduction and showed the best performance when the molar ratios of Ni and Co precursors were the same. Full article
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Activated Carbon-Decorated Spherical Silicon Nanocrystal Composites Synchronously-Derived from Rice Husks for Anodic Source of Lithium-Ion Battery
Nanomaterials 2019, 9(7), 1055; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9071055 - 23 Jul 2019
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The nanocomposites of activated-carbon-decorated silicon nanocrystals (AC<nc-Si>AC) were synchronously derived in a single step from biomass rice husks, through the simple route of the calcination method together with the magnesiothermic reduction process. The final product, AC<nc-Si>AC, exhibited an aggregated structure of activated-carbon-encapsulated nanocrystalline [...] Read more.
The nanocomposites of activated-carbon-decorated silicon nanocrystals (AC<nc-Si>AC) were synchronously derived in a single step from biomass rice husks, through the simple route of the calcination method together with the magnesiothermic reduction process. The final product, AC<nc-Si>AC, exhibited an aggregated structure of activated-carbon-encapsulated nanocrystalline silicon spheres, and reveals a high specific surface area (498.5 m2/g). Owing to the mutualization of advantages from both silicon nanocrystals (i.e., low discharge potential and high specific capacity) and activated carbon (i.e., high porosity and good electrical conductivity), the AC<nc-Si>AC nanocomposites are able to play a substantial role as an anodic source material for the lithium-ion battery (LIB). Namely, a high coulombic efficiency (97.5%), a high discharge capacity (716 mAh/g), and a high reversible specific capacity (429 mAh/g after 100 cycles) were accomplished when using AC<nc-Si>AC as an LIB anode. The results advocate that the simultaneous synthesis of biomass-derived AC<nc-Si>AC is beneficial for green energy-storage device applications. Full article
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