Special Issue "Novel Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Emiliano Cortés
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Guest Editor
LMU Munich, Germany
Interests: Hyrbid colloids; nano-optics; nano-catalysis
Prof. Dr. Min Liu
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Co-Guest Editor
Central South University in Changsha, China
Interests: Electro/photo-catalysis and solar cells
Dr. Paloma Arroyo Huidobro
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Co-Guest Editor
Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: Theoretical aspects of 2D materials; topological materials; metamaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanoscale lengths are critical for electron transport, light confinement or heat management, among others. As such, nanomaterials have revolutionized our understanding and opportunities for efficient energy conversion. By carefully selecting, merging, synthesizing or patterning materials at the nanoscale, many fundamental energy transfer pathways can be manipulated and exploited.

This Special Issue of Nanomaterials aims at highlighting articles reporting novel properties and phenomena in energy conversion by employing nanostructured materials. It focuses on the fabrication, properties, and prospective applications of nanostructures and nanomaterials in the forms of reviews, communications, and academic articles. The topics cover a wide range of research fields, either from an experimental or theoretical viewpoint, including nanofabrication, synthesis, 2D materials, hybrid nanomaterials, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, perovskites, solar cells, plasmonics and nanophotonics, nonlinear optical phenomena, topological materials, metasurfaces, nanoscale heating, and thermal phenomena, among others.

Prof. Dr. Emiliano Cortés
Dr. Paloma Arroyo Huidobro
Prof. Dr. Min Liu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • nanoparticles
  • nanomaterials
  • nano-catalysis
  • nano-optics
  • solar cells
  • metasurfaces

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Hot Electrons, Hot Holes, or Both? Tandem Synthesis of Imines Driven by the Plasmonic Excitation in Au/CeO2 Nanorods
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(8), 1530; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10081530 - 04 Aug 2020
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Solar-to-chemical conversion via photocatalysis is of paramount importance for a sustainable future. Thus, investigating the synergistic effects promoted by light in photocatalytic reactions is crucial. The tandem oxidative coupling of alcohols and amines is an attractive route to synthesize imines. Here, we unravel [...] Read more.
Solar-to-chemical conversion via photocatalysis is of paramount importance for a sustainable future. Thus, investigating the synergistic effects promoted by light in photocatalytic reactions is crucial. The tandem oxidative coupling of alcohols and amines is an attractive route to synthesize imines. Here, we unravel the performance and underlying reaction pathway in the visible-light-driven tandem oxidative coupling of benzyl alcohol and aniline employing Au/CeO2 nanorods as catalysts. We propose an alternative reaction pathway for this transformation that leads to improved efficiencies relative to individual CeO2 nanorods, in which the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) excitation in Au nanoparticles (NPs) plays an important role. Our data suggests a synergism between the hot electrons and holes generated from the LSPR excitation in Au NPs. While the oxygen vacancies in CeO2 nanorods trap the hot electrons and facilitate their transfer to adsorbed O2 at surface vacancy sites, the hot holes in the Au NPs facilitate the α-H abstraction from the adsorbed benzyl alcohol, evolving into benzaldehyde, which then couples with aniline in the next step to yield the corresponding imine. Finally, cerium-coordinated superoxide species abstract hydrogen from the Au surface, regenerating the catalyst surface. Full article
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