Special Issue "Polymer Nanocomposites in Energy Storage and Conversion Devices"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Władysław G. Wieczorek
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Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Solid State Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology, Noakowskiego 3, 00-664 Warszawa, Poland
Interests: Solid State Chemistry; Ionic Conductors; Battery materials; Polymer electrolytes; Composites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This volume will deal with the application of nanocomposites and nanomaterials, preferably containing polymers, as one of the components in energy storage and conversion devices. Papers describing the modeling, synthetic route, and characterization of new hybrid (composite) nanomaterials are particularly welcome. We will also consider papers related to the description of the performance of energy storage and conversion devices based on nanocomposites. Review papers dealing with the presented scope will also be considered. Special attention will be paid to the application of nanocomposites in electrochemical energy storage devices; batteries, supercars, and fuel cells; and in photovoltaics.

Prof. Władysław G. Wieczorek
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • nanomaterials
  • nanocomposites
  • polymers
  • material synthesis
  • molecular modeling
  • electrochemical energy storage
  • photovoltaic

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Multi-Substrate Biofuel Cell Utilizing Glucose, Fructose and Sucrose as the Anode Fuels
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(8), 1534; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10081534 - 05 Aug 2020
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A significant problem still exists with the low power output and durability of the bioelectrochemical fuel cells. We constructed a fuel cell with an enzymatic cascade at the anode for efficient energy conversion. The construction involved fabrication of the flow-through cell by three-dimensional [...] Read more.
A significant problem still exists with the low power output and durability of the bioelectrochemical fuel cells. We constructed a fuel cell with an enzymatic cascade at the anode for efficient energy conversion. The construction involved fabrication of the flow-through cell by three-dimensional printing. Gold nanoparticles with covalently bound naphthoquinone moieties deposited on cellulose/polypyrrole (CPPy) paper allowed us to significantly improve the catalysis rate, both at the anode and cathode of the fuel cell. The enzymatic cascade on the anode consisted of invertase, mutarotase, Flavine Adenine Dinucleotide (FAD)-dependent glucose dehydrogenase and fructose dehydrogenase. The multi-substrate anode utilized glucose, fructose, sucrose, or a combination of them, as the anode fuel and molecular oxygen were the oxidant at the laccase-based cathode. Laccase was adsorbed on the same type of naphthoquinone modified gold nanoparticles. Interestingly, the naphthoquinone modified gold nanoparticles acted as the enzyme orienting units and not as mediators since the catalyzed oxygen reduction occurred at the potential where direct electron transfer takes place. Thanks to the good catalytic and capacitive properties of the modified electrodes, the power density of the sucrose/oxygen enzymatic fuel cells (EFC) reached 0.81 mW cm−2, which is beneficial for a cell composed of a single cathode and anode. Full article
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