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Building on the Millennium Development Goals, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the cornerstone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, billed by the UN as “An Agenda of unprecedented scope and significance.”  The seventeen ambitious goals, which are intended to be reached by 2030, are conceived as integrated, indivisible, and as balancing the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. As a member of the SDGs Publishers Compact, Frontiers is committed to accelerating progress to achieve the goals. 

The seventeen SDGs are organized around five core pillars:
1. People: ending poverty and hunger and ensuring that all human beings can lead fulfilling lives in a healthy and dignified environment.
2. Planet: protecting the environment while ensuring sustainable use and management of natural resources.
3. Prosperity: ensuring environmentally sustainable economic growth, mutual prosperity, and decent work for all.
4. Peace: building societies that are peaceful, just, and inclusive, and in which human rights and gender equality are respected.
5. Partnership: strengthening global solidarity to address inequalities within and between countries, by focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable.

This Research Topic will address the UN SDG 7, which focuses on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, from the chemical engineering perspective.

We welcome the submission of Original Research, Reviews, Mini-Reviews and Perspective articles on all topics related to tackling the 7th UN SDG from a Chemical Engineering perspective. Themes may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Fuel cells: high temperature, low temperature, engineering and balance of plant
• Energy storage: Li-ion batteries, post Li-ion chemistries, flow batteries, other batteries, capacitive Storage
• Biocatalysis and Biotransformation (with enzymes or microbial cells as biocatalysts) for energy production and applications
• Bioreactor Systems (including process design, scale-up, and microfluidics)
• Bioresources and Biorefinery Engineering (including techno-economic and life cycle analyses) for sustainable energy and energy efficiency
• New catalysts and/or processes for biomass conversion to energy and fuels
• Process and Energy Integration: heat integration, mass integration, work integration, pinch analysis, heat exchanger network, water network, hydrogen network, steam systems, heat recovery, and process and energy efficiency.
• Sustainable technologies for renewable energy
• Sustainable manufacturing for energy efficiency (economically sound processes or economic analysis will be considered)
• Novel materials for green energy
• Conversion of waste into energy and value-added materials
• Modeling for CO2 fixation and water splitting.

Keywords: Energy, Energy storage, fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, biomass conversion, green energy, water splitting, energy efficiency, hydrogen


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.

Building on the Millennium Development Goals, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the cornerstone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, billed by the UN as “An Agenda of unprecedented scope and significance.”  The seventeen ambitious goals, which are intended to be reached by 2030, are conceived as integrated, indivisible, and as balancing the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. As a member of the SDGs Publishers Compact, Frontiers is committed to accelerating progress to achieve the goals. 

The seventeen SDGs are organized around five core pillars:
1. People: ending poverty and hunger and ensuring that all human beings can lead fulfilling lives in a healthy and dignified environment.
2. Planet: protecting the environment while ensuring sustainable use and management of natural resources.
3. Prosperity: ensuring environmentally sustainable economic growth, mutual prosperity, and decent work for all.
4. Peace: building societies that are peaceful, just, and inclusive, and in which human rights and gender equality are respected.
5. Partnership: strengthening global solidarity to address inequalities within and between countries, by focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable.

This Research Topic will address the UN SDG 7, which focuses on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, from the chemical engineering perspective.

We welcome the submission of Original Research, Reviews, Mini-Reviews and Perspective articles on all topics related to tackling the 7th UN SDG from a Chemical Engineering perspective. Themes may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Fuel cells: high temperature, low temperature, engineering and balance of plant
• Energy storage: Li-ion batteries, post Li-ion chemistries, flow batteries, other batteries, capacitive Storage
• Biocatalysis and Biotransformation (with enzymes or microbial cells as biocatalysts) for energy production and applications
• Bioreactor Systems (including process design, scale-up, and microfluidics)
• Bioresources and Biorefinery Engineering (including techno-economic and life cycle analyses) for sustainable energy and energy efficiency
• New catalysts and/or processes for biomass conversion to energy and fuels
• Process and Energy Integration: heat integration, mass integration, work integration, pinch analysis, heat exchanger network, water network, hydrogen network, steam systems, heat recovery, and process and energy efficiency.
• Sustainable technologies for renewable energy
• Sustainable manufacturing for energy efficiency (economically sound processes or economic analysis will be considered)
• Novel materials for green energy
• Conversion of waste into energy and value-added materials
• Modeling for CO2 fixation and water splitting.

Keywords: Energy, Energy storage, fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, biomass conversion, green energy, water splitting, energy efficiency, hydrogen


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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