Special Issue "Advanced Functional Polymers for Energy Applications"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francesco Lufrano
Guest Editor
CNR-ITAE Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “N. Giordano” Via Salita S. Lucia sopra Contesse 5, Messina 98126, Italy
Interests: polymers; polymer nanocomposites; polymeric membranes; nano carbon materials; metal oxides and hybrid materials; polymer electrolytes; batteries; fuel cells; supercapacitors
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Dr. Antonino S. Aricò
Guest Editor
CNR-ITAE Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “N. Giordano” Via Salita S. Lucia sopra Contesse 5, Messina 98126, Italy
Interests: polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells; polymer electolyte membrane electrolysis; anion exchange membranes; photoelectrolysis; batteries
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Dr. Vincenzo Baglio
Guest Editor
CNR-ITAE Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “N. Giordano”, Via Salita S. Lucia sopra Contesse 5, Messina 98126, Italy
Interests: polymer electrolyte fuel cells; direct alcohol fuel cells; water electrolysis; metal–air batteries; dye-sensitized solar cells; photo-electrolysis; carbon dioxide electro-reduction
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, the development of advanced functional polymers and polymer electrolytes has received great consideration because of their potential application in several electrochemical power generation, storage, and energy conversion systems. Polymer electrolytes, functional polymers, poly(ionic liquid)s, and gel electrolytes are ion conductive polymeric materials that are widely investigated and employed in all solid-state batteries, Li-ion/Na-ion/ K-ion batteries, polymer electrolyte fuel cells, electrolyzers, and in other power applications, such as supercapacitors, solar cells, photo-electrochemical, and electrochromic devices. Generally, polymer electrolytes are membranes composed of ion-conducting salt incorporated in a polymer matrix with high molecular weight. Additionally, polymeric electrolytes and advanced functional polymers can be based on ion-containing polymers or ionomers composed from negatively charged functional groups (e.g., –SO3H, –PO3H2, –COOH) or positively charged anion-exchange membranes containing different anionic functional groups. These ionomers possess multiphase structures containing both hydrophobic and hydrophilic regions, in which ion carriers move through the polymeric film to compensate the fixed functional sites in the polymer and to allow the ionic conduction of the membrane. Further, the development of self-healing materials possessing unique functionalities to be used in various types of batteries (e.g., Li-ion Batteries, Na-ion Bs, Li-S batteries) and supercapacitors is of very great scientific interest in energy storage applications.

This Special Issue will focus on the collection of the latest developments in functional polymers for energy-related electrochemical devices, as well as on the development of various polymer electrolytes including all recent approaches used to enhance their performance characteristics and technological applications.

Dr. Francesco Lufrano
Dr. Antonino Aricò
Dr. Vincenzo Baglio
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Polymer electrolyte membranes
  • Poly(ionic liquid)s (PIL)s
  • Proton conducting polymer membranes
  • Anionic exchange membranes
  • Cationic exchange membranes
  • Self-healing polymer electrolytes
  • Inorganic solid electrolytes
  • Polymer gel-based membranes
  • Electrolyzers
  • Lithium-ion/sodium-ion/potassium-ion batteries
  • Fuel cells
  • Metal–air batteries
  • Redox-flow batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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