Green Fabrication of Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy Conversion

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2024 | Viewed by 1107

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Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Interests: nanomaterials; energy materials; 2D materials; halide perovskites; thin film fabrication; crystallization dynamics; optoelectronic properties; environmental risk and biological toxicity; photovoltaic materials and devices; electrocatalysis; water splitting; solar cells; energy conversion

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Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research (iAIR), School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022, China
Interests: hydorgen production; electrochemistry; water treament; nanomaterials
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Dear Colleagues,

The escalating concerns over environmental degradation and the finite nature of conventional energy sources necessitate a paradigm shift towards sustainable alternatives. By focusing on the green synthesis of nanomaterials, we aim to harness eco-friendly methods that minimize environmental impact while maximizing efficiency in energy conversion processes. Sustainability in energy and the environment is a global priority, driving research into innovative solutions for green fabrication of functional nanomaterials. This topic aims to advance environmental sustainability and energy innovation through nanomaterials' green synthesis and application. The scope encompasses multifaceted applications in energy conversion, environmental remediation, optoelectronics, biomedicine, and beyond.

  • The research community is invited to contribute findings on the green reutilization of solid waste, microorganisms as catalysts in green synthesis, controlling atmospheric pollutants, utilizing carbon materials to improve air quality, and contributing to overall environmental sustainability.
  • We highly encourage exploration into the diverse applications of nanomaterials, spanning energy conversion (electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, photovoltaics), energy storage (batteries), and renewable energy (solar cells) to advance clean energy development.
  • Additionally, we welcome the synthesis of nanomaterials, investigating methods and mechanisms to broaden their applications in energy conversion and environmental purification, e.g., examining the role of surface sites and charges in controlling material properties, enhancing performance, and broadening the versatility of nanomaterials.

We are pleased to invite the community to submit manuscripts to be considered for publication in this Special Issue of Nanomaterials, entitled "Green Fabrication of Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy Conversion". The format of expected articles includes but is not limited to, full papers, communications, reviews, and perspectives. We look forward to your participation.

Dr. Guixiang Li
Prof. Dr. Jiayuan Yu
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  • functional materials
  • nanomaterials
  • green preparation
  • energy conversion
  • environmental sustainability
  • electrocatalysis
  • photocatalysis
  • battery
  • photovoltaics

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Hydrogen Production via Electrolysis of Wastewater
by Lijun Huang, Chaoqiong Fang, Ting Pan, Qigang Zhu, Tiangeng Geng, Guixiang Li, Xiao Li and Jiayuan Yu
Nanomaterials 2024, 14(7), 567; - 25 Mar 2024
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The high energy consumption of traditional water splitting to produce hydrogen is mainly due to complex oxygen evolution reaction (OER), where low-economic-value O2 gas is generated. Meanwhile, cogeneration of H2 and O2 may result in the formation of an explosive [...] Read more.
The high energy consumption of traditional water splitting to produce hydrogen is mainly due to complex oxygen evolution reaction (OER), where low-economic-value O2 gas is generated. Meanwhile, cogeneration of H2 and O2 may result in the formation of an explosive H2/O2 gas mixture due to gas crossover. Considering these factors, a favorable anodic oxidation reaction is employed to replace OER, which not only reduces the voltage for H2 production at the cathode and avoids H2/O2 gas mixture but also generates value-added products at the anode. In recent years, this innovative strategy that combines anodic oxidation for H2 production has received intensive attention in the field of electrocatalysis. In this review, the latest research progress of a coupled hydrogen production system with pollutant degradation/upgrading is systematically introduced. Firstly, wastewater purification via anodic reaction, which produces free radicals instead of OER for pollutant degradation, is systematically presented. Then, the coupled system that allows for pollutant refining into high-value-added products combined with hydrogen production is displayed. Thirdly, the photoelectrical system for pollutant degradation and upgrade are briefly introduced. Finally, this review also discusses the challenges and future perspectives of this coupled system. Full article
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