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Three-Dimensional Carbon Architectures for Energy Conversion and Storage

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Compared to zero-dimensional carbon particles, one-dimensional carbon fibers, and two-dimensional carbon sheets, three-dimensional (3D) carbon architectures possess the most flexible and tailorable structures and functionalities. These characteristics bestow unique advantages onto 3D carbon materials for ...

Compared to zero-dimensional carbon particles, one-dimensional carbon fibers, and two-dimensional carbon sheets, three-dimensional (3D) carbon architectures possess the most flexible and tailorable structures and functionalities. These characteristics bestow unique advantages onto 3D carbon materials for energy conversion and storage applications: vast surface areas for adsorbing and loading guest molecules; hierarchically porous structures allowing for rapid mass transfer within the materials; continuous carbon matrices permitting ultrafast and low-impedance electron transport. Advancements in 3D carbons are fueled by experimentalists diversifying and broadening their applications, as well as theorists providing valuable guidelines for the design, synthesis, and justifications of structure-functional relationships of 3D carbons.

These rapid developments in 3D carbon materials call for a timely collection of sound research articles. Therefore, this Research Topic aims to provide global researchers a forum to report, communicate, and discuss the state-of-the-art of 3D carbon materials in the context of energy conversion and storage, including electrochemical, photoelectrochemical, photoelectric, and other techniques and applications.

The Topic Editors welcome reviews, original research and other shorter communications dedicated to topics including, but not limited to:

· Synthesis and characterizations of the mechanical, electronic, and morphological properties of 3D carbons;
· Theoretical studies associated with 3D carbons in the context of energy conversion and storage;
· Applications of nanostructured 3D carbons and their composites in energy conversion and storage, such as:

 ■ Rechargeable batteries;
 ■ Supercapacitors, including electrical double layer capacitors, electrochemical pseudocapacitors, and hybrid capacitors;
 ■ Catalysts;
 ■ Fuel cells;
 ■ Solar cells;
 ■ Solar energy harvesting: solar vapor generation, solar desalination, etc.


Keywords: Three-dimensional, Carbon, Energy conversion, Energy storage, Catalysis


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