Catalytic Applications for 2D Materials under the Modulations of Symmetry

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Engineering and Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 365

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College of Science, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093, China
Interests: 2D materials; first-principles calculations; photocatalytic water splitting; single-atomic/ diatomic catalysts; catalysts design; catalytic mechanism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Increasing global environmental pollution and the energy crisis are two key challenges we are facing, and energy conversion and renewable technologies with less toxic emissions are highly desirable to achieve a sustainable energy future. Recently, 2D materials have been suggested as promising substrates for the purpose of catalytic applications due to them having high symmetry; the material symmetry can directly determine the possible active site position. Moreover, there are various types of surface defects in 2D nanomaterials, including surface atomic mismatch, surface polarization, surface amorphization, surface doping and impurity adsorption, surface vacancies, and composite vacancies. These defects will reduce the symmetry of 2D materials, and have an important impact on their electronic structure, spectral absorption, the excitation, migration, and recombination of photogenerated electron holes, affecting their catalytic performance. Therefore, the symmetry of 2D materials provides an additional dimension for understanding and regulating catalytic performance.

Dr. Qiang Zhang
Guest Editor

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  • high symmetry
  • low symmetry
  • 2D materials
  • first-principles calculations
  • nanoscale catalysts
  • catalysts design
  • catalytic mechanism

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