Special Issue "Electrospinning of Nanofibres for Energy Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2016).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sara Cavaliere
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Institut Charles Gerhardt de Montpellier - UMR 5253 - CNRS/UM/ENSCM - Université de Montpellier, Place Eugène Bataillon CC 1502 - Montpellier, France
Tel. +33-4-67-14-90-98; Fax: +33-4-67-14-33-04
Interests: nanostructured electrocatalysts and supports, metal thin films, nanocomposite ionomer membranes, polymer and inorganic nanofibers, electrospinning energy conversion and storage, proton exchange membrane fuel cells and water electrolysis
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Dr. Deborah Jones
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Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier – Aggregates Interfaces and Materials for Energy, UMR 5253 CNRS/University of Montpellier, 2 Place Eugène Bataillon - CC 1502, 34095 Montpellier CEDEX 5, France
Tel. +33-4-67-14-33-30; Fax: +33-4-67-14-33-04
Interests: materials for medium and high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells and PEM water electrolyzers; proton conductors, ion exchangers; materials for proton ceramic fuel cells; catalysts for clean fuels and hydrogen generation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Electrospinning has emerged as a versatile technique to prepare nanofibers with controlled structures and multifunctional assemblies. A large variety of 1D materials with tunable properties can be prepared, also providing the possibility of scaling-up and mass production. Due to their great variety in composition, geometries and architectures, electrospun materials have found a wide range of applications. In recent years, in the context of escalating energy requirements and increasing world population, efficient energy conversion and storage devices are required, and electrospinning is a promising tool to help meet this challenge.

We would like to invite you to contribute to a Special Issue of Nanomaterials on the application of electrospun nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage. Corresponding subjects include, but are not limited to, fuel cells, hydrogen production/storage, batteries, solar cells, and supercapacitors.

This issue will include full papers, communications, reviews, and mini-reviews.

Dr. Sara Cavaliere
Dr. Deborah Jones
Guest Editors

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Enhanced Deposition Uniformity via an Auxiliary Electrode in Massive Electrospinning
Nanomaterials 2016, 6(7), 135; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano6070135 - 22 Jul 2016
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Uniform deposition of nanofibers in the massive electrospinning process is critical in the industrial applications of nanofibers. Tip-Induced Electrospinning (TIE) is a cost-effective large-scale nanofiber-manufacturing method, but it has poor deposition uniformity. An auxiliary conductive electrode connected to the emitting electrode was introduced [...] Read more.
Uniform deposition of nanofibers in the massive electrospinning process is critical in the industrial applications of nanofibers. Tip-Induced Electrospinning (TIE) is a cost-effective large-scale nanofiber-manufacturing method, but it has poor deposition uniformity. An auxiliary conductive electrode connected to the emitting electrode was introduced to improve the deposition uniformity of the nanofibers. The effects of the auxiliary electrode shape, the tilted angles and the position of the boat-like electrode on the electric field distribution, the diameter of the nanofibers, the jet control and the deposition uniformity were explored by using finite element analysis of the electric field and experiments. Experiments showed that the boat-like electrode at 20 mm above the reservoir bottom with a 5° tilted angle helped to decrease the relative deposition error of nanofibers in the greatest extent to about 5.66%, indicating such an auxiliary electrode is a good candidate method to greatly improve the deposition uniformity of nanofibers in massive electrospinning. Full article
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Electrospinning of Nanofibers for Energy Applications
Nanomaterials 2016, 6(7), 129; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano6070129 - 02 Jul 2016
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With global concerns about the shortage of fossil fuels and environmental issues, the development of efficient and clean energy storage devices has been drastically accelerated. Nanofibers are used widely for energy storage devices due to their high surface areas and porosities. Electrospinning is [...] Read more.
With global concerns about the shortage of fossil fuels and environmental issues, the development of efficient and clean energy storage devices has been drastically accelerated. Nanofibers are used widely for energy storage devices due to their high surface areas and porosities. Electrospinning is a versatile and efficient fabrication method for nanofibers. In this review, we mainly focus on the application of electrospun nanofibers on energy storage, such as lithium batteries, fuel cells, dye-sensitized solar cells and supercapacitors. The structure and properties of nanofibers are also summarized systematically. The special morphology of nanofibers prepared by electrospinning is significant to the functional materials for energy storage. Full article
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