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Special Issue "Advanced Nanotechnologies for Energy Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 December 2022) | Viewed by 1448

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School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
Interests: electrocatalysis; photocatalysis; hydrogen evolution; oxygen evolution; water splitting
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Dear Colleagues,

As energy consumption and climate warming are progressively increasing, many energy conversion techniques (e.g., water electrolyzers, photo-electrolyzers, fuel cells, metal-air batteries, and CO2/N2 reduction) have been developed, which can mitigate the energy crisis and climate problems. Therefore, the development of new photo-electrocatalytic materials to solve these problems is urgently needed. Thanks to the efforts of countless researchers like you all over the world, new materials are changing with each passing day. New progress and information should be organized and shared promptly with the international community, which will effectively promote the rapid development of related research. Therefore, we are looking forward to receiving your latest unpublished original research results on the application of nanomaterials in energy conversion and environmental treatment. Your high-quality articles will be published in this Special Issue after rigorous peer review. I extend my warm invitation for research papers from a broad range of topics related to nanomaterials aiming at future energy resources, low-emission energy conversion, energy storage, energy efficiency, air emission control, air monitoring, air cleaning, and many other related applications. Our team will always work hard for the rapid and extensive dissemination of your valuable research results and recent developments in the field of energy and the environment.

Prof. Dr. Wenxian Li
Guest Editor

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  •  electrocatalyst
  •  photocatalyst
  •  non-noble metal
  •  water splitting
  •  hydrogen evolution reaction
  •  oxygen evolution reaction
  •  zero-emission
  •  water treatment
  •  clean energy

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Plasmonic Effects of Au@Ag Nanoparticles in Buffer and Active Layers of Polymer Solar Cells for Efficiency Enhancement
Materials 2022, 15(16), 5472; - 09 Aug 2022
Cited by 5 | Viewed by 1034
Embedding nanoparticles (NPs) in the buffer layer of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (BHJ PSCs) excites the surface plasmonic polaritons and enhances the pathlength of the light in the solar cells. On the other hand, embedding NPs in the active layer significantly improves [...] Read more.
Embedding nanoparticles (NPs) in the buffer layer of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (BHJ PSCs) excites the surface plasmonic polaritons and enhances the pathlength of the light in the solar cells. On the other hand, embedding NPs in the active layer significantly improves absorption and increases the production of electron-hole (e-h) pairs in BHJ PSCs. Increasing the volume ratio of NPs embedded in BHJ PSCs enables the direct interfacing of the NPs with the active layer, which then serves as a charge recombination center. Therefore, this study integrates the aforementioned phenomena by exploiting the effects of embedding plasmonic Au@Ag NPs in the buffer and active layers of PSC and then determining the optimum volume ratio of Au@Ag NPs. The results show the absorption is increased across the 350–750 nm wavelength region, and the PCE of the device with embedded Au@Ag in two locations is enhanced from 2.50 to 4.24%, which implies a 69.6% improvement in the PCE in comparison to the reference cell. This improvement is contributed by the combined localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effects of multi-positional Au@Ag NPs, spiky durian-shaped morphology of Au@Ag NPs, and optimized volume ratio of Au@Ag NPs embedded in the PEDOT: PSS and PTB7:PC71BM layers. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Nanotechnologies for Energy Materials)
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