About this Research Topic
The development of electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies (e.g., water splitting, fuel cells, H2O2 production, CO2 reduction, ammonia synthesis, zinc-air batteries) offers new opportunities to address the increasing global concerns about energy/environmental challenges and green process for the synthesis of useful chemicals. However, the development of these technologies is still restricted by the lack of efficient and robust electrocatalysts to derive the electrode reactions. To overcome this limitation, great effort has been devoted to exploring advanced electrocatalysts for energy storage and conversion.
Despite the great success that has been achieved in the design and development of advanced electrocatalysts for energy storage and conversion technologies, their performance still needs further improvement in order to meet the high standards of real applications. The currently available synthesis methods for high-performance electrocatalysts are of high cost and low scalability. What is more, it is still a challenge to experimentally confirm and observe the active sites and their evolution process in electrocatalytic reactions.
Therefore, new synthesis methods with affordable and scalable properties should be explored to promote the real applications of these electrocatalysts. The correlation between the electronic structure and electrochemical performance of the electrocatalysts should be further investigated. Advanced in-situ electrochemical spectroscopy techniques should be developed and employed to probe the structural evolution process of the electrocatalysts, and to observe the adsorption intermediates on the surface of electrocatalysts. The electronic structures, active sites, reaction pathways, and energy barriers can be confirmed by using new theoretical calculation methods. Continued research with the combination of experimental and theoretical approaches will lead to the development of highly efficient electrocatalysts for energy storage and conversion.
We invite the submission of Original Research and Review articles. The areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) Synthesis and application of advanced electrocatalysts for water splitting, fuel cells, H2O2 production, CO2 reduction, ammonia synthesis, zinc-air batteries
(2) Advanced in-situ electrochemical spectroscopy techniques and theoretical calculation methods for the investigation of the electrocatalytic reaction mechanisms
(3) Advanced device design to boost the performance of energy storage and conversion devices.
Keywords: Electrocatalysts, energy storage, energy conversion, in-situ electrochemical spectroscopy, theoretical calculations
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