About this Research Topic
Electrochemical energy generation, storage, and conversion have attracted increasing attentions at the beginning of the 21st century, and these fields are directly connected with growth and economic development globally. Currently, more than 70% of the global energy demand is fulfilled by traditional sources that contribute towards climate change or have negative environmental impacts. Therefore, moving towards energy sustainability is necessary and will require changes not only in the way energy is supplied/provided, but also in the way it is used. Further reduction of the amount of energy demanded to deliver various supplies or services is also essential. Integration of energy conversion and storage devices is also becoming more and more important.
To replace traditional energy sources with eco-friendly ones, it is necessary to develop low-cost materials for energy technologies such as solar cell, battery, fuel cell, and LED-based lighting devices, as well as other promising technologies. From an industrial point of view, their area-wide commercialization needs to be spurred on, most favorably by decreased costs and enhanced durability. Organic-inorganic hybrid materials with exceptional properties have been recognized recently as one of the most exciting materials for renewable energy technologies. This Research Topic is dedicated to energy technologies from a materials perspective, specifically the development of tailored materials and components for next-generation energy devices.
The aim of this Research Topic is to cover the fundamental properties of organic-inorganic hybrid materials as well as promising, recent, and novel research trends in their use for energy applications. Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
• Synthesis of new hybrid materials and their characterization, optical and optoelectronic properties.
• Spectroscopic analysis of new hybrid materials
• Development of novel hybrid materials for energy generation, conversion, and storage applications. These may include solar cells, fuel cells, piezoelectric devices, rechargeable batteries, capacitors, etc
Keywords: Hybrid materials, energy generation, energy conversion, energy storage
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