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Advances in Materials for Electrochemical Energy Applications

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "D1: Advanced Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2022) | Viewed by 6610

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Interests: degradation of materials for batteries; Zn-air batteries; corrosion; electrochemical applications; spectroelectrochemistry
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Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable and environmentally friendly energy storage and conversion technologies are essential to satisfy the dramatically increasing global energy demand and to reduce the dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels. The development of novel materials plays a key role in improving the properties and performance of devices in a wide range of electrochemical energy applications including batteries, supercapacitors, flow batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, photocatalysis and thermal energy storage.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present the recent advances in materials used in all electrochemical forms of sustainable energy harvesting, conversion, storage and utilization, including but not limited to:

  • Batteries;
  • Supercapacitors;
  • Flow batteries;
  • Fuel cells;
  • Electrocatalysis and electrocatalysts for energy conversion and storage;
  • Photocatalysis and photocatalysts for water splitting;
  • Hydrogen production and storage;
  • Thermochemical, piezoelectric and thermoelectric materials and devices;
  • Flexible, self-powered and integrated energy devices/systems.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications and reviews are all welcome.

Dr. Claudio Mele
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Flow batteries
  • Fuel cells
  • Electrocatalyst
  • Electrode materials
  • Electrochemical energy
  • Energy storage
  • Energy conversion

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Recent Advancements in Chalcogenides for Electrochemical Energy Storage Applications
by Kwadwo Mensah-Darkwa, Daniel Nframah Ampong, Emmanuel Agyekum, Felipe M. de Souza and Ram K. Gupta
Energies 2022, 15(11), 4052; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15114052 - 31 May 2022
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Energy storage has become increasingly important as a study area in recent decades. A growing number of academics are focusing their attention on developing and researching innovative materials for use in energy storage systems to promote sustainable development goals. This is due to [...] Read more.
Energy storage has become increasingly important as a study area in recent decades. A growing number of academics are focusing their attention on developing and researching innovative materials for use in energy storage systems to promote sustainable development goals. This is due to the finite supply of traditional energy sources, such as oil, coal, and natural gas, and escalating regional tensions. Because of these issues, sustainable renewable energy sources have been touted as an alternative to nonrenewable fuels. Deployment of renewable energy sources requires efficient and reliable energy storage devices due to their intermittent nature. High-performance electrochemical energy storage technologies with high power and energy densities are heralded to be the next-generation storage devices. Transition metal chalcogenides (TMCs) have sparked interest among electrode materials because of their intriguing electrochemical properties. Researchers have revealed a variety of modifications to improve their electrochemical performance in energy storage. However, a stronger link between the type of change and the resulting electrochemical performance is still desired. This review examines the synthesis of chalcogenides for electrochemical energy storage devices, their limitations, and the importance of the modification method, followed by a detailed discussion of several modification procedures and how they have helped to improve their electrochemical performance. We also discussed chalcogenides and their composites in batteries and supercapacitors applications. Furthermore, this review discusses the subject’s current challenges as well as potential future opportunities. Full article
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Sustainable Materials from Fish Industry Waste for Electrochemical Energy Systems
by Francesca Lionetto, Sonia Bagheri and Claudio Mele
Energies 2021, 14(23), 7928; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14237928 - 26 Nov 2021
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Fish industry waste is attracting growing interest for the production of environmentally friendly materials for several different applications, due to the potential for reduced environmental impact and increased socioeconomic benefits. Recently, the application of fish industry waste for the synthesis of value-added materials [...] Read more.
Fish industry waste is attracting growing interest for the production of environmentally friendly materials for several different applications, due to the potential for reduced environmental impact and increased socioeconomic benefits. Recently, the application of fish industry waste for the synthesis of value-added materials and energy storage systems represents a feasible route to strengthen the overall sustainability of energy storage product lines. This review focused on an in-depth outlook on the advances in fish byproduct-derived materials for energy storage devices, including lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), sodium-ion (NIBs) batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries (LSBs), supercapacitors and protein batteries. For each of these, the latest applications were presented together with approaches to improve the electrochemical performance of the obtained materials. By analyzing the recent literature on this topic, this review aimed to contribute to further advances in the sustainability of energy storage devices. Full article
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