About this Research Topic
A core aim of electrochemical engineering is to understand heterogeneous charge transfer at electrode-electrolyte interphases, combined with practical developments in materials and processes. As well as fundamental considerations around redox reaction kinetics, technology development requires practical understanding around reactors, mass / heat transport, geometry of components and many practical processing phenomena. As such, overlapping disciplines are often integrated in electrochemical engineering, and operational considerations are the ultimate feedback loop, imparting information around e.g. energy efficiency and charge transfer rates.
Advances in the development of electrochemical engineering approaches have, for example, helped to deepen our understanding of energy storage technologies. Being able to probe reactions at the nano-scale in real-time - whilst capturing structure-activity relationships and not losing valuable chemical information - is only practically possible through operando experiments and this has revolutionized the capability of characterization techniques to capture the dynamics of electrodes and multiple interfaces in heterogeneous systems.
The goal of this Research Topic is to put an emphasis on approaches that have facilitated innovations in the design, processing / manufacture, control and operation considerations around devices. This theme is multi-disciplinary and thus covers many applications in the domain of electrochemical engineering (energy storage, chemical engineering, materials science). This will capture direct translational impacts for new technologies through real-time characterization feedback - a relatively unchartered territory - aiming to powerfully advance key areas within energy storage manufacturing, with devices of interest within this scope including batteries, capacitors and fuel cells.
We are welcoming high quality and insightful submissions addressing new research and knowledge into real-time electrochemical dynamics, as they correlate to physical or chemical properties that are influential to device operation. Examples of areas that will be considered for publication include, but are not limited to, the following ways into how operando approaches can advance:
• Sustainable technologies for the production of chemicals, metal recovery, remediation, and decontamination technologies
• Probing interfacial dynamics within systems under electrochemical operation
• Structure-properties-processing-performance correlations in energy storage systems
• Multiple-scale design insights into electrochemical reactor processes
• Advances of in-line metrology in manufacturing process for electrochemical devices
• Big data processing using correlative metrology
• Developments in electrochemical energy storage (battery, supercapacitor, and fuel cell) characterization techniques.
We welcome all article types to this collection, including Original Research articles, Perspectives, Brief Research Reports and Reviews.
Keywords: batteries, characterization, energy, materials, electrochemistry
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