About this Research Topic
The development of next-generation nanomaterials is at the heart of tackling fundamental problems in economical energy, which has been identified one of the most important grand challenges by the U.S. Department of Energy. Nanomaterials possess large surface-to-volume ratios, favorable transport features, and excellent physical and chemical properties. Tremendous progress has been made toward finding a solution to these challenges in recent decades, but the design of nanomaterials for practical applications has not yet met our demands and is still far from our expectations. Therefore, to realize economical energy, the world needs more advanced design and synthesis of novel nanomaterials with tailored molecular structure and morphology, e.g., size, shape, rich surface chemistry, and porosity. The design, development, and energy-efficient synthesis of nanomaterials are crucial for the development of low-cost energy conversion and storage devices, high-performance and multifunctional composites, and nano-sized electronic and mechanical devices. As such, this Research Topic addresses an important question—how to design, synthesize, characterize, and utilize innovative nanomaterials to mitigate the challenges we face in the field of energy research. This question is of broad interest to researchers in the fields of chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology, and energy.
This Research Topic welcomes full-length original research papers and reviews on the design, synthesis, and application of nanomaterials for addressing critical energy challenges.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following, all with relevance to economical energy:
• Recent breakthroughs and future perspectives in nanomaterials design
• Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage devices (e.g., solar cells, fuel cells, supercapacitors, and batteries)
• Advances in 2D nanomaterials (e.g., graphene, MoS2, etc.) for energy
• Structural and electrochemical characterizations of nanomaterials
• Mechanical and electrochemical properties of nanomaterials
• Theoretical study of relations between nanomaterials and electrochemical performance
The Topic Editors would like to acknowledge Dr. Assad Khan (Virginia Tech, USA) and Dr. Chunju Gu (North Dakota State University, USA) for their contribution to the development of this Research Topic, as well as for the advisory role they will play in this article collection based on their extraordinary scientific accomplishments and firm expertise in the areas of Nanotechnology and Materials Science.
Keywords: nanomaterials, energy, polymers, design, synthesis and characterization
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