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Rational Design of (Photo)Electrochemical Materials for a Sustainable Future

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Understanding sustainability technologies at the energy-environment nexus is key to addressing grand challenges associated with climate change, renewable energy, and clean water. (Photo)electrochemical materials are at the core of many sustainability technologies, and are key components of related systems and devices. Uncovering the design principles of (photo)electrochemical materials therefore offers invaluable insights into attaining new functions and optimizing performance in emerging systems for a wide range of energy and environmental applications, such as solar-to-fuel conversion and water decontamination.

The goal of this research topic is to develop a deeper understanding of (photo)electrochemical materials for a range of sustainability technologies, including short-term and grid-scale energy storage, solar-to-fuel conversion, water decontamination, and carbon capture and sequestration. This collection will introduce principles of (photo)electrochemical processes in sustainability technologies. The focus is four-fold: i) battery-based energy storage technologies at different scales, ii) clean water technologies based on advanced catalysis and separation, iii) CO2 capture technologies, and iv) renewable production of fuels and chemicals, focusing on energy materials enabling these sustainable pathways such as inorganic, organic, and biological (photo)electrocatalysts.

This Research Topic welcomes articles of Original Research, Review, Mini Review, and Perspective. Basic framework of this collection may include but not limited to:

• The synthesis and characterizations of energy materials
• The integration of energy materials into realistic devices
• Techno-economic analysis of related renewable technologies
• Emerging advanced topics in the rapidly expanding and progressing fields of sustainability technologies, such as inorganic-biologic hybrid catalysts, in-situ operando imaging of (photo)electrocatalytic energy materials, and sustainable polymers.


Keywords: Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Solar Fuel, Decarbonization, Clean Water


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.

Understanding sustainability technologies at the energy-environment nexus is key to addressing grand challenges associated with climate change, renewable energy, and clean water. (Photo)electrochemical materials are at the core of many sustainability technologies, and are key components of related systems and devices. Uncovering the design principles of (photo)electrochemical materials therefore offers invaluable insights into attaining new functions and optimizing performance in emerging systems for a wide range of energy and environmental applications, such as solar-to-fuel conversion and water decontamination.

The goal of this research topic is to develop a deeper understanding of (photo)electrochemical materials for a range of sustainability technologies, including short-term and grid-scale energy storage, solar-to-fuel conversion, water decontamination, and carbon capture and sequestration. This collection will introduce principles of (photo)electrochemical processes in sustainability technologies. The focus is four-fold: i) battery-based energy storage technologies at different scales, ii) clean water technologies based on advanced catalysis and separation, iii) CO2 capture technologies, and iv) renewable production of fuels and chemicals, focusing on energy materials enabling these sustainable pathways such as inorganic, organic, and biological (photo)electrocatalysts.

This Research Topic welcomes articles of Original Research, Review, Mini Review, and Perspective. Basic framework of this collection may include but not limited to:

• The synthesis and characterizations of energy materials
• The integration of energy materials into realistic devices
• Techno-economic analysis of related renewable technologies
• Emerging advanced topics in the rapidly expanding and progressing fields of sustainability technologies, such as inorganic-biologic hybrid catalysts, in-situ operando imaging of (photo)electrocatalytic energy materials, and sustainable polymers.


Keywords: Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Solar Fuel, Decarbonization, Clean Water


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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14 September 2021 Abstract
12 January 2022 Manuscript

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14 September 2021 Abstract
12 January 2022 Manuscript

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