Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series: Synthesis and Applications of Nanomaterials for Renewable Energies

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 1668

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Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel
Interests: nanoscience and nanotechnology; synthesis, structural and physical characterizations of II-VI and IV-VI quantum dot, rots, wires and platelets; core/shell derivatives, magnetically doped nanostructures, perovskites and single slabs of transition metal chalcogenides; optical, magneto-optical characterization of ensemble and single nanostructures; implementation as Q-switches, lasers, solar cells and biological devices
Department of Applied Physics I, University of Málaga, Málaga, Spain
Interests: energy; nanomaterials; electroceramics; solid oxide cells
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Dear Colleagues,

The development of advanced functional materials is one of the current challenges for the efficient production and storage of renewable energy. Solar energy could be used to produce electrical energy or fuels, such as hydrogen and hydrocarbon from water and carbon dioxide, respectively. Hydrogen is also the key to energy transition and achieving the decarbonization goals.

This Special Issue is open to original research articles, as well as review papers, which help researchers worldwide to understand the latest trends and progress in nanomaterials for different applications, such as solar cell, hydrogen production and fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors, photo-electrochemical water splitting, etc.

Prof. Dr. Efrat Lifshitz
Dr. David Marrero-López
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • solar cell
  • hydrogen production and storage
  • CO2 conversion
  • fuel cell and electrolyzer
  • Li/Na batteries
  • supercapacitors
  • water splitting

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13 pages, 6309 KiB  
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Improving Cycle Life of Zinc–Air Batteries with Calcium Ion Additive in Electrolyte or Separator
Nanomaterials 2023, 13(12), 1864; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano13121864 - 15 Jun 2023
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The electrolyte carbonation and the resulting air electrode plugging are the primary factors limiting the cycle life of aqueous alkaline zinc–air batteries (ZABs). In this work, calcium ion (Ca2+) additives were introduced into the electrolyte and the separator to resolve the [...] Read more.
The electrolyte carbonation and the resulting air electrode plugging are the primary factors limiting the cycle life of aqueous alkaline zinc–air batteries (ZABs). In this work, calcium ion (Ca2+) additives were introduced into the electrolyte and the separator to resolve the above issues. Galvanostatic charge–discharge cycle tests were carried out to verify the effect of Ca2+ on electrolyte carbonation. With the modified electrolyte and separator, the cycle life of ZABs was improved by 22.2% and 24.7%, respectively. Ca2+ was introduced into the ZAB system to preferentially react with CO32− rather than K+ and then precipitated granular CaCO3 prior to K2CO3, which was deposited on the surface of the Zn anode and air cathode to form a flower-like CaCO3 layer, thereby prolonging its cycle life. Full article
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