About this Research Topic
Sustainable energy sources such as solar, hydrogen, and biomass are crucial resources that act as effective supplements to non-renewable fossil fuels. In the near future, advances in technologies including catalysis, materials development, and engineering would promote the use of these sustainable new energy sources to replace traditional natural resources of coal, oil, and natural gas. Nanomaterials, especially metal oxides, play a vital role in the production and application of sustainable energy sources. The effectiveness of energy source utilization is highly dependent on the characteristics of the nanomaterials and utilization methods used. Various novel nanomaterials are thus explored for different methods of energy production and application, such as thermocatalysis, photocatalysis, and photoelectrocatalysis.
The aim of this Research Topic is to highlight and collect latest progresses in advanced metal oxides development for sustainable energy production and application by methods such as (but not limited to) thermocatalysis, photocatalysis, and photoelectrocatalysis, as well as advances in understanding the mechanisms of the transformation strategies over metal oxide nanomaterials through computational chemistry. The manuscripts featured would shed light on recent trends and emerging challenges towards the fabrication and characterization of metal oxide nanomaterials and their use in sustainable energy production and application. Specific subjects covered may include:
• Design and fabrication of novel metal oxide nanomaterials
• Mechanism of transformation strategies over metal oxide nanomaterials
• Development of catalysts with metal nanoparticles supported on functional oxides or composite oxides
• Metal oxides for hydrogen production by thermocatalysis, photocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis, as well as hydrogen usage and storage
• Metal oxides used in the utilization of solar and renewable biomass to produce hydrogen or value-added chemicals
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