Advanced Inorganic Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Catalysis Applications

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 338

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College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education, Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia
Interests: crystalline; electrodes; cobalt; electrochemical deposition technique; electronic characterization; electrical properties
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Department of Advanced Applied Materials Engineering, Kun Shan University, Tainan 71070, Taiwan
Interests: electrochemical catalyst; rechargeable battery; ceramic material

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Dear Colleagues,

Until today, inorganic nanomaterials for energy conversion and catalysis have become increasingly significant in academic research and industrial applications compared to before, such as in air purification, wastewater treatment, bacterial disinfection, and medical science. This is primarily due to unique properties such as their nanoporosity, optical absorption, intense crystalline phases, high specific surface areas, nanomorphology, and high oxidation. Hence, they play a vital role in the successful design of composite catalysts with enhanced efficiency and selectivity and a steady catalytic activity.

This Special Issue aims to track the most recent advances in inorganic nanomaterials in energy conversion and catalysis applications by hosting a mix of original research articles and comprehensive reviews.

Dr. Guan-Ting Pan
Prof. Dr. Chao-Ming Huang
Guest Editors

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  • catalysis
  • composites
  • nanoparticles
  • band gap
  • electron transfer
  • characterization
  • electrochemistry
  • catalysis applications

Published Papers

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Planned Papers

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Title: High specific capacitance, energy density, potential energy storage, and electrochemical sensor of CuFe2O4 nanofiber incorporated with three-dimensional graphene sheet hybrid electrode
Authors: Sivaramakrishnan Vinothini; Arjunan Karthi Keyan; Subramanian Sakthinathan; Te-Wei Chiu; Narathip Vittayakorn
Affiliation: Department of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, No. 1, Section 3, Zhongxiao E. Rd, Taipei 106, Taiwan.
Abstract: Growing demands for regenerative energy and electric automotive applications in recent decades. Supercapacitor device has more applications in consumer alternative electronic products due to their excellent energy density, rapid charge/discharge time, and safety. The CuFe2O4 incorporated three-dimensional graphene oxide (3DGS) nanocomposites have been prepared by an ultrasonication process. The synthesized nanocomposites were studied by different characterization studies such as X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy, Scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The electrochemical studies were carried out by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. As prepared 3DGS/CuFe2O4 nanocomposites have exhibited an excellent surface area, high energy storage with appreciable durability also excellent electrocatalysis properties. In addition, the 3DGS has enhanced conductivity, decreased agglomeration, and interfacial charge transportation in the nanocomposites. A supercapacitor with 3DGS/CuFe2O4 coated nickel foam (NF) electrodes exhibits an excellent specific capacitance of 488.98 Fg-1, a higher current density, as well as a higher power density. After 5000 cycles of charge-discharge in a 2.0 M KOH aqueous electrolyte solution, the 3DGS/CuFe2O4/NF electrodes exhibit an outstanding cyclic stability of roughly 95% at 10 Ag-1. As a result, intimates that the prepared nanocomposites could have the potential for energy storage applications. Moreover, the 3DGS/CuFe2O4 electrode exhibited an excellent electrochemical detection of chloramphenicol with a detection limit of 0.5 µM, linear range of 5-400 µM, and electrode sensitivity of 3.7478 µA µM-1 cm-2.

Title: Synthesis of -SO3H functionalized g-C3N4/BiOI heterojunctions for photo(electro)catalytic applications
Authors: Thomas C. -K. Yang
Affiliation: Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei-10608, Taiwan. Precision Analysis and Materials Research Center, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei-10608, Taiwan
Abstract: We synthesized a heterojunction photocatalyst combining sulfonic acid-modified graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4–SO3H) and bismuth oxyiodide (BiOI). The g-C3N4–SO3H and BiOI were prepared via wet-impregnation and hydrothermal methods, respectively. We characterized the BiOI/g-C3N4-SO3H using various spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. This photocatalyst demonstrates potential for photocatalytic wastewater treatment and photoelectrochemical water oxidation. Furthermore, we employed electrochemical Mott-Schottky measurements to determine the detailed band energy potentials. The results validate the BiOI/g-C3N4-SO3H heterojunction as a promising catalyst for energy and environmental remediation applications.

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