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Metal Oxide and Chalcogenide Materials for Electronics and Energy Applications

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Over the past several decades, metal oxides and chalcogenides are gaining considerable attention due to their unprecedented capability to use in various electronics and energy applications. After the introduction of graphene, two-dimensional materials are promising systems due to various advantages such as large surface area, flexibility, tunable bandgap, lightness, and wide light absorption range. Among, metal dichalcogenides are predominant system, organized by covalently assembled X-M-X group (where M =  transition metal; X = Se, Te, and S) by van der Waals force and having a bandgap range of 1 to 3 eV, building them perfect for various energy and optoelectronic uses.

Fossil fuel consumption causes massive risk in the air environment by the production of carbonaceous gases and global warming, which have serious consequences for human health and the future of the earth. Significant efforts have been made to create sustainable green energy sources and their storage systems due to the everlasting energy necessities of the planet. The ecological concerns and vastly growing energy necessity with the toxic fossil fuel resource have ruled the innovation of novel systems from abundant metal oxide and metal chalcogenide sources for various energy applications.

On the other hand, the micro- and nano-electronic devices are being hindered by various factors including surface dangling bonds and native oxides formation, which prevent their electrical properties being optimized effectively. Metal oxide and chalcogenide materials are fascinating materials for the research community as a feasible system for post-silicon electronics due to its distinctive thermal stability and electrical properties. These systems are highly feasible to fabricate large area, homogeneous, and highly active electronic devices with high carrier mobility which will be suitable to prepare efficient future electronic devices. 

Due to the high demand to innovate novel materials from the earth-abundant system as the electrodes and active materials for the various energy and electronics devices, metal oxide and metal chalcogenides are highly suitable candidates with an optimistic behavior. This Research Topic is focused to publish new developments of metal oxide and 2D metal dichalcogenide based materials for energy and electronics applications. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to:

• Novel applications for energy storage
• Renewable energy
• Opto-electronics
• Fabrication of innovative metal oxide and 2D materials
• Fabrication of innovative chalcogenide materials


Keywords: chalcogenide, optoelectronic, metal oxide, renewable energy, 2D materials


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.

Over the past several decades, metal oxides and chalcogenides are gaining considerable attention due to their unprecedented capability to use in various electronics and energy applications. After the introduction of graphene, two-dimensional materials are promising systems due to various advantages such as large surface area, flexibility, tunable bandgap, lightness, and wide light absorption range. Among, metal dichalcogenides are predominant system, organized by covalently assembled X-M-X group (where M =  transition metal; X = Se, Te, and S) by van der Waals force and having a bandgap range of 1 to 3 eV, building them perfect for various energy and optoelectronic uses.

Fossil fuel consumption causes massive risk in the air environment by the production of carbonaceous gases and global warming, which have serious consequences for human health and the future of the earth. Significant efforts have been made to create sustainable green energy sources and their storage systems due to the everlasting energy necessities of the planet. The ecological concerns and vastly growing energy necessity with the toxic fossil fuel resource have ruled the innovation of novel systems from abundant metal oxide and metal chalcogenide sources for various energy applications.

On the other hand, the micro- and nano-electronic devices are being hindered by various factors including surface dangling bonds and native oxides formation, which prevent their electrical properties being optimized effectively. Metal oxide and chalcogenide materials are fascinating materials for the research community as a feasible system for post-silicon electronics due to its distinctive thermal stability and electrical properties. These systems are highly feasible to fabricate large area, homogeneous, and highly active electronic devices with high carrier mobility which will be suitable to prepare efficient future electronic devices. 

Due to the high demand to innovate novel materials from the earth-abundant system as the electrodes and active materials for the various energy and electronics devices, metal oxide and metal chalcogenides are highly suitable candidates with an optimistic behavior. This Research Topic is focused to publish new developments of metal oxide and 2D metal dichalcogenide based materials for energy and electronics applications. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to:

• Novel applications for energy storage
• Renewable energy
• Opto-electronics
• Fabrication of innovative metal oxide and 2D materials
• Fabrication of innovative chalcogenide materials


Keywords: chalcogenide, optoelectronic, metal oxide, renewable energy, 2D materials


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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05 December 2020 Manuscript
14 January 2021 Manuscript Extension

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14 January 2021 Manuscript Extension

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