Advanced Research on Energy Storage Materials and Devices

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Surface Engineering for Energy Harvesting, Conversion, and Storage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2024 | Viewed by 5381

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Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350108, China
Interests: energy materials; electrochemistry of zinc ion/lithium ion/lithium sulfur batteries; materials calculations
Corrosion and Protection Engineering Technology Research Center of Shanxi Province, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China
Interests: energy materials; electrochemistry of zinc ion/magnesium ion/lithium ion/lithium sulfur batteries; electrolyte; corrosion and protection; surface protection; advanced coating design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy storage materials have been the cornerstone of global prosperity and economic growth since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Green industry, energy storage and conservation technologies, and clean energy storage devices have proven to be highly compatible, synergistic pioneering trends. Meanwhile, multifunctional composite energy materials and their emerging applications, such as batteries, liquid flow batteries, electrocatalysis and photocatalysis, photovoltaic materials, flexible electronics, and alloy materials, will play an important role in the future.

The topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Innovative materials and composites synthesis from energy storage, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis.
  • Innovative approaches to functional materials for electric materials, and other flexible electronics.
  • Simulation and computational materials (density functional theory, first-principles calculations, Monte Carlo simulation, and molecular dynamics, etc.)
  • Energy storage devices (ion batteries, air batteries, flow batteries, and fuel cells, etc.)

Dr. Chengkai Yang
Dr. Qian Wang
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • energy storage and conversion
  • lithium battery
  • zinc battery
  • electrocatalysis
  • hydrogen production

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Advanced Research on Energy Storage Materials and Devices
by Xinyu Zheng, Jing Luo, Zheyuan Liu, Qian Wang, Weidong Zhang, Chengkai Yang and Yan Yu
Coatings 2022, 12(7), 971; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings12070971 - 8 Jul 2022
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With the continuous consumption of global fossil energy and the prevalence of serious environmental problems, renewable and clean energy has attracted increasingly more attention [...] Full article
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Structural Transition in the Growth of Copper Terephthalate Metal–Organic Frameworks: Understanding the Effect of the Synthetic Protocol and Its Impact on Electrochemical Behavior
by Sara L. Rodríguez, Gabriela A. Ortega-Moreno, Manuel Sánchez-Sánchez, José L. Fernández and Juan M. Zamaro
Coatings 2023, 13(12), 2065; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings13122065 - 10 Dec 2023
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Some copper-based metal–organic frameworks show promise for use as electrocatalysts because they allow for an electrode configuration in which copper species with redox and electron-conducting properties are immobilized in a three-dimensional arrangement. This work shows that the synthesis of copper terephthalates (Cu-BDCs) can [...] Read more.
Some copper-based metal–organic frameworks show promise for use as electrocatalysts because they allow for an electrode configuration in which copper species with redox and electron-conducting properties are immobilized in a three-dimensional arrangement. This work shows that the synthesis of copper terephthalates (Cu-BDCs) can lead to rigid structures of the copper hydroxyterephthalate-type or flexible structures that are isoreticular to the MOF-2 type, depending solely on the synthesis route. Here, a detailed analysis of the syntheses of the crystals is carried out employing protocols with different solvents as well as conventional or microwave-assisted solvothermal methods. All solids were fully characterized by a combination of characterization techniques, such as FE-SEM, T-XRD, TGA, and FTIR, and their electrochemical redox responses were also evaluated by cyclic voltammetry. A correlation between the Cu-BDCs structures and their electrochemical behaviors was established and a new version of an electroactive copper hydroxyterephthalate was synthesized by a microwave method in 3 h with a dimethylformamide-free protocol. This Cu-BDC was obtained as dispersed nanoflakes with a high amount of copper sites and the capacity to be reversibly electroreduced-oxidized and showed catalytic activity in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Full article
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Construction of Flower-like FeCo2O4 Nanosheets on Ni Foam as Efficient Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Evolution Reaction
by Lijuan Zhang, Zhonggui Quan, Yan Wang, Hangyang Li and Xu Yang
Coatings 2023, 13(11), 1875; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings13111875 - 31 Oct 2023
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Developing efficient transition metal oxide electrodes is essential to energy conversion and storage. In this work, flower-Like FeCo2O4 nanosheets supported on Ni foam were synthesized by facile hydrothermal and calcination treatment. Various temperatures influence the morphologies and oxygen evolution reaction [...] Read more.
Developing efficient transition metal oxide electrodes is essential to energy conversion and storage. In this work, flower-Like FeCo2O4 nanosheets supported on Ni foam were synthesized by facile hydrothermal and calcination treatment. Various temperatures influence the morphologies and oxygen evolution reaction activities. Especially, FeCo2O4/NF-120 °C catalysts showed the best oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity due to the fact that 3D Ni foam provided good conductive substrate-forming FeCo2O4 nanosheets, which enhanced the electrochemical stability and facilitated the transport of electrolyte and release of oxygen. In addition, the synergistic effect between Fe and Co also enhanced active sites and promoted the OER catalytic performance. The flower-like FeCo2O4/Ni electrodes showed a low overpotential of 124 and 339 mV at the current density of 10 and 50 mA cm−2 for OER, respectively. Also, they displayed a low tafel slope of 43.78 mV dec−1 and good stability in alkaline electrolyte. This research could promote the design of low-cost electrocatalysts for OER. Full article
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Mesogenic Units Containing Polymer Electrolytes for Light and Safe Batteries
by Lei Zhang, Yuchao Li, Shi Wang and Qian Wang
Coatings 2023, 13(4), 788; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings13040788 - 18 Apr 2023
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As the core component of solid-state lithium-ion batteries (SSLIBs), the bottleneck of solid-state electrolyte is to achieve fast lithium-ion transport, high electrochemical stability, and mechanical flexibility. Polymer electrolytes offer the possibility of constructing solid-state electrolytes with the above features due to their excellent [...] Read more.
As the core component of solid-state lithium-ion batteries (SSLIBs), the bottleneck of solid-state electrolyte is to achieve fast lithium-ion transport, high electrochemical stability, and mechanical flexibility. Polymer electrolytes offer the possibility of constructing solid-state electrolytes with the above features due to their excellent molecular designability. This preview highlights novel mesogenic (or liquid crystal)-containing polymer electrolytes (MPEs) exhibiting a combination of high ionic conductivity, high electrochemical stability, and mechanical flexibility. Insights into such MPEs enabling light and safe SSLIBs are also discussed. Full article
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