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Advances in Semiconductor Carbon-based Materials for Environmental Applications

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Environmental concerns related with pollution removal, global warming and climate change, as consequence of the anthropogenic activities, have attracted an ample interest not only in researchers and scientists, but also in industry. In this context, the development of advanced multifunctional materials for environmental applications such as pollutants removal and energy conversion, among others, has been pointed out as one of the main research challenges now-a-days. Among these materials, carbon-based materials like carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene and derivatives, doped carbon, covalent organic frameworks (COFs), etc. have gained wide attention recently. The tunable physical, chemical and optoelectronic properties of semiconductor carbon-based materials are proposed to inspire innovative solutions to the current environmental challenges.

This research topic: Advances in Semiconductor Carbon-based Materials for Environmental Applications, aims to show the preparation and characterization of carbon-based materials providing researchers with an in-depth understanding of recent difficulties and progress in environmental applications, including pollutant remediation, H2 production, CO2 reduction, N2 fixation, among others. This may generate new knowledge around these materials limitations, investigating structure-property relationship, fine tuning of their compositions, and exploring their potential in different applications. Special focus will be given in research that works toward material engineering to overcome the rate determining steps that limit the process efficiency in environmental applications.

This collection will highlight new architectures, compositions, mechanism and environmental applications of semiconductive carbon-based materials. Topic of interest include, but are not limited to:
• New carbon-based materials for energy conversion and storage
• Photocatalytic applications of carbon-based materials
• Electrocatalytic applications with carbon-based electrodes and membranes
• Environmental remediation using carbon-based materials
• Modelling and simulation methods for design carbon-based materials
• Mechanistic studies of the main limiting steps of carbon-based materials in environmental applications.


Keywords: carbonaceous materials, energy conversion, H2 evolution, CO2 reduction, pollutant degradation, N2 fixation, graphene, heterodoped, carbon nanotube, organic frameworks, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, C3N4, C2N, C1N1


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.

Environmental concerns related with pollution removal, global warming and climate change, as consequence of the anthropogenic activities, have attracted an ample interest not only in researchers and scientists, but also in industry. In this context, the development of advanced multifunctional materials for environmental applications such as pollutants removal and energy conversion, among others, has been pointed out as one of the main research challenges now-a-days. Among these materials, carbon-based materials like carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene and derivatives, doped carbon, covalent organic frameworks (COFs), etc. have gained wide attention recently. The tunable physical, chemical and optoelectronic properties of semiconductor carbon-based materials are proposed to inspire innovative solutions to the current environmental challenges.

This research topic: Advances in Semiconductor Carbon-based Materials for Environmental Applications, aims to show the preparation and characterization of carbon-based materials providing researchers with an in-depth understanding of recent difficulties and progress in environmental applications, including pollutant remediation, H2 production, CO2 reduction, N2 fixation, among others. This may generate new knowledge around these materials limitations, investigating structure-property relationship, fine tuning of their compositions, and exploring their potential in different applications. Special focus will be given in research that works toward material engineering to overcome the rate determining steps that limit the process efficiency in environmental applications.

This collection will highlight new architectures, compositions, mechanism and environmental applications of semiconductive carbon-based materials. Topic of interest include, but are not limited to:
• New carbon-based materials for energy conversion and storage
• Photocatalytic applications of carbon-based materials
• Electrocatalytic applications with carbon-based electrodes and membranes
• Environmental remediation using carbon-based materials
• Modelling and simulation methods for design carbon-based materials
• Mechanistic studies of the main limiting steps of carbon-based materials in environmental applications.


Keywords: carbonaceous materials, energy conversion, H2 evolution, CO2 reduction, pollutant degradation, N2 fixation, graphene, heterodoped, carbon nanotube, organic frameworks, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, C3N4, C2N, C1N1


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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30 June 2021 Abstract
30 November 2021 Manuscript

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30 November 2021 Manuscript

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