Special Issue "Electrosynthesis of Nanoparticles"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Synthesis, Interfaces and Nanostructures".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Xochitl Dominguez-Benetton
Guest Editor
VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research), Belgium
Interests: Electrochemistry; nanoparticle synthesis; metal recovery and valorization; Gas-diffusion electrochemistry; Microbial electrochemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

At the border between physics and chemistry, electrosynthesis has significant advantages. It uses the purest and cleanest reagent—the electron, reducing or avoiding the use of noxious reagents, while the selectivity and synthesis rate can be tuned by manipulating the potential, nature of the electrode, and composition of the electrolyte. Even though electrosynthesis is used at a large industrial scale (chloralkali and aluminum production), electrosynthesis is still underexploited, e.g., the electrochemical fabrication of nanoparticles remains untapped.

Electrochemistry is rarely used to prepare “free” nanoparticles, mainly because the insoluble products of electron transfer reactions usually precipitate or adhere to electrode surfaces. Electrosynthesis of free nanoparticles has nevertheless been achieved through Faraday’s gold deflagration, sacrificial anode electrolysis, sonoelectrochemical synthesis, the Reetz–Mulheim method, and gas-phase electrosynthesis. New methods are also emerging, such as potential-controlled electrolysis, underpotential deposition, targeted electrowinning, gas-diffusion electrocrystallization (GDEx), and hybrid microbial–electrochemical approaches. The most recent advances in this field will be covered in this Special Issue of Nanomaterials.

In this Issue, all approaches resulting in the formation of template-free, unsupported nanoparticles in the form of powders and colloidal dispersions are welcome, from the top–down electrochemically-mediated disintegration of larger structures or bottom–up electrochemically-driven assembly processes. Although nanostructuring and classical electrodeposition approaches are used to prepare nanostructured materials, they are not included in this issue, as the nanoproducts dispersed onto the electrode surface are frequently hard to reclaim.

Articles featuring relationships among synthesis, properties, and the function of nanoparticles are encouraged. We invite submissions of original research articles or comprehensive reviews.

Dr. Xochitl Dominguez-Benetton
Guest Editor

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  • Nanoparticles
  • Electrosynthesis
  • Free nanostructures
  • Novel synthesis approaches and mechanisms
  • Synthesis, structure, property and function relationships
  • Applications of electrochemically synthesized nanoparticles
  • Thermodynamic and kinetic aspects
  • Engineering aspects

Published Papers

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