Synthesis and Application of Photocatalysts and Electrocatalysts: Latest Advances and Prospects

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemistry: Symmetry/Asymmetry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2024) | Viewed by 251

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Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Jais Amethi, India
Interests: electrocatalysis; photocatalysis; electrolyzer; reactor design; reaction engineering; carbon capture and utilization

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Department of Sciences & Humanities, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Jais, Uttar Pradesh 229304, India
Interests: water electrolysis; soft electronics; dynamic polymers
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Dear Colleagues,

The design and synthesis of electrocatalysts and photocatalysts for the affordable and sustainable splitting of sea water and the fabrication of energy-efficient devices to handle the electrolysis/photolysis process is desirable to promote the commercialization of H2 as a future green energy. Furthermore, noble metal- and transition metal-based nanocatalysts have garnered applications in the splitting of H2S & NH3 and utilization of CO2. Various nonmetallic dopants have strongly improved general catalytic behavior and selectivity. Design strategies have been adopted to alter the electrocatalytic/photocatalytic efficiency, durability and environmental robustness. Heterostructures of multiple catalytic systems have emerged as another avenue to promote catalytic efficiency through control of the interface structure and the extent of doping. Considering the environmental concerns associated with carbon emissions from hydrocarbon fuels and the efforts undertaken to achieve zero carbon emissions in the near future, the research and development activities in the domain have strongly reinforced current efforts to reduce. Therefore, the synthesis and characterization of 2D/3D nanostructures and heterostructures with the potential for the above applications offers strong opportunities for applications. Multiple aspects of the research, ranging from the development of the nanocatalysts to design of processes, are associated with the concept of the symmetry and therefore are suitable for publication in the Symmetry journal. The symmetry of the precursor molecules, the structural symmetry of the nanocatalysts and the symmetry of interaction between the catalyst and probe molecules play an important role in controlling overall activity levels. Similarly, the symmetry aspect of process units such as electrolyzers and reactors are also important in determinining the efficiency of the system and its potential further commercial viability.   

The collection aims to highlight selective high-quality computational and experimental research outputs in all aspects of the research on development of nanocatalysts for water splitting, hydrogen sulfide decomposition, ammonia splitting and CO2 utilization processes. We invite the submission of all research articles, rapid communications, prospectives, and comprehensive reviews for consideration.

Prof. Dr. Akhoury Sudhir Kumar Sinha
Dr. Umaprasana Ojha
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  • electrocatalysis
  • photocatalysis
  • nanocatalysts
  • water splitting

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