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The Physics, Chemistry, and Applications of Layered Materials in Energy Science

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Considerable interest in graphene and 2D materials has sparked intense research in layered materials, including hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), phosphorene, and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) (e.g., MoS2, WS2, etc.). Moreover, composites based on 2D materials have attracted much attention in recent decades due to their extraordinary chemical, mechanical, and physical properties, as well as their various promising engineering applications. In the past two decades, we have witnessed rapid advances in characterizations and experimental measurements of advanced nanoscale materials and systems. These rapid developments in the synthesis and processing of 2D materials have created great demand for understanding their physical properties.

The main goal of this Research Topic is to provide a comprehensive collection of recent and state-of-the-art research progress in 2D materials and their composites for various applications, such as electrocatalysis for fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, photovoltaic devices, thermoelectric devices, supercapacitors, and water splitting. The unique aspects of layered materials in these fields will be addressed. The importance of physical and chemical properties of 2D materials is widely recognized, and tremendous opportunities arise for its further understanding.

As such, this Research Topic on the physical properties and applications of 2D materials and their composites is intended to bring together experts from the physics, materials science, chemistry, biological science, and engineering communities interested in energy conversion, storage, and harvesting, to review the current state of the art and to formulate outstanding research needs and grand challenges in 2D materials. Types of manuscripts to be featured include original research articles, review articles, and perspectives, and themes to be investigated may include (but are not limited to):

 • Sodium-ion batteries, anode materials for other ion batteries, supercapacitor, water splitting and in situ characterization of 2D materials.
 • Theoretical and experimental approaches on utilizing 2D materials.
 • Physical properties of 2D materials and their composites


Keywords: 2D materials, layered materials, electrocatalysis, fuel cells, ion batteries, photovoltaic devices, thermoelectric, supercapacitors


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Considerable interest in graphene and 2D materials has sparked intense research in layered materials, including hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), phosphorene, and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) (e.g., MoS2, WS2, etc.). Moreover, composites based on 2D materials have attracted much attention in recent decades due to their extraordinary chemical, mechanical, and physical properties, as well as their various promising engineering applications. In the past two decades, we have witnessed rapid advances in characterizations and experimental measurements of advanced nanoscale materials and systems. These rapid developments in the synthesis and processing of 2D materials have created great demand for understanding their physical properties.

The main goal of this Research Topic is to provide a comprehensive collection of recent and state-of-the-art research progress in 2D materials and their composites for various applications, such as electrocatalysis for fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, photovoltaic devices, thermoelectric devices, supercapacitors, and water splitting. The unique aspects of layered materials in these fields will be addressed. The importance of physical and chemical properties of 2D materials is widely recognized, and tremendous opportunities arise for its further understanding.

As such, this Research Topic on the physical properties and applications of 2D materials and their composites is intended to bring together experts from the physics, materials science, chemistry, biological science, and engineering communities interested in energy conversion, storage, and harvesting, to review the current state of the art and to formulate outstanding research needs and grand challenges in 2D materials. Types of manuscripts to be featured include original research articles, review articles, and perspectives, and themes to be investigated may include (but are not limited to):

 • Sodium-ion batteries, anode materials for other ion batteries, supercapacitor, water splitting and in situ characterization of 2D materials.
 • Theoretical and experimental approaches on utilizing 2D materials.
 • Physical properties of 2D materials and their composites


Keywords: 2D materials, layered materials, electrocatalysis, fuel cells, ion batteries, photovoltaic devices, thermoelectric, supercapacitors


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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