Multi-Field-Assisted Catalysis in Nanostructured Materials

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanostructured Catalysts".

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School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China
Interests: ferro-/piezo-/pyro-/thermoelectric nanomaterials for catalytic applications

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School of Science, Xi’an University of Posts and Telecommunications, Xi'an 710121, China
Interests: ferroelectric materials; piezoelectric effect; pyroelectric effect; photocatalysis; photovoltaic; magnetoelectrics; multiferroic; dielectrics; piezocatalysis; pyrocatalysis; humidity sensors
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Dear Colleagues,

Nanostructured catalysts have recently experienced tremendous advancement in energy-based technologies and a rise in demand for the manufacture and use of sustainable fuels. Researchers and scientists have worked incredibly hard to create novel catalysts with intriguing properties for cutting-edge catalytic applications. It is interesting to note that several stages of catalytic reaction pathways, such as adsorption, desorption, diffusion, separation, charge transfer, and so on, are affected by external fields including light, thermal, electric, magnetic, and mechanical fields, etc. Moreover, emerging synergetic field effects in multi-field assisted catalysis processes have been proven to be beneficial in various reactions.

Applications involving nanostructured materials in catalysis with the assistance of multi-fields will be one of the topics discussed in this Special Issue. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to:

The development of nanostructured materials for catalysis applications; multi-field-assisted catalysis processes (e.g., light, thermal, electric, magnetic, and mechanical fields); photocatalysts; electrocatalysts, thermalcatalysts, piezocatalysts, pyrocatalysts, and other novel nanostructured catalytic materials; nanostructured materials for environmental remediation; water purification; renewable energy sources, etc.; and future perspectives for the theoretical design of nanomaterials and innovative procedures/techniques for creating external-field-assisted nanostructured catalytic materials.

Prof. Dr. Shun Li
Prof. Dr. Yanmin Jia
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Keywords

  • nanostructured catalyst
  • photocatalyst
  • piezocatalysts
  • electrocatalysts
  • thermalcatalysts

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Harvesting Thermal Energy through Pyroelectric and Thermoelectric Nanomaterials for Catalytic Applications
by Shun Li, Xinbo Liu, Xinyue Zhang, Youling Wang, Shanliang Chen, Yong Liu and Yuqiao Zhang
Catalysts 2024, 14(3), 159; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal14030159 - 21 Feb 2024
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The current scenario sees over 60% of primary energy being dissipated as waste heat directly into the environment, contributing significantly to energy loss and global warming. Therefore, low-grade waste heat harvesting has been long considered a critical issue. Pyroelectric (PE) materials utilize temperature [...] Read more.
The current scenario sees over 60% of primary energy being dissipated as waste heat directly into the environment, contributing significantly to energy loss and global warming. Therefore, low-grade waste heat harvesting has been long considered a critical issue. Pyroelectric (PE) materials utilize temperature oscillation to generate electricity, while thermoelectric (TE) materials convert temperature differences into electrical energy. Nanostructured PE and TE materials have recently gained prominence as promising catalysts for converting thermal energy directly into chemical energy in a green manner. This short review provides a summary and comparison of catalytic processes initiated by PE and TE effects driven by waste thermal energy. The discussion covers fundamental principles and reaction mechanisms, followed by the introduction of representative examples of PE and TE nanomaterials in various catalytic fields, including water splitting, organic synthesis, air purification, and biomedical applications. Finally, the review addresses challenges and outlines future prospects in this emerging field. Full article
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