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Themed collection 2017 Energy and Environmental Science HOT articles

19 articles
Analysis

A technoeconomic analysis of perovskite solar module manufacturing with low-cost materials and techniques

This technoeconomic analysis shows that perovskite solar cells can emerge as a cost leader in photovoltaic power generation.

Graphical abstract: A technoeconomic analysis of perovskite solar module manufacturing with low-cost materials and techniques
Communication

Highly efficient halogen-free solvent processed small-molecule organic solar cells enabled by material design and device engineering

Naphtho[1,2-c:5,6-c']bis[1,2,5]thiadiazole-based small molecules have been synthesized for organic solar cells. The optimized devices processed by a halogen-free solvent of CS2 exhibited a PCE of 11.53% with a small energy loss of 0.57 eV.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient halogen-free solvent processed small-molecule organic solar cells enabled by material design and device engineering
Communication

Alternative electrochemical energy storage: potassium-based dual-graphite batteries

In this contribution, we report for the first time a novel potassium ion-based dual-graphite battery concept (K-DGB), applying graphite as the electrode material for both the anode and cathode, in combination with an ionic liquid electrolyte.

Graphical abstract: Alternative electrochemical energy storage: potassium-based dual-graphite batteries
Communication

Three-dimensional bilayer garnet solid electrolyte based high energy density lithium metal–sulfur batteries

A solid electrolyte framework with porous and dense layers for high-energy and safe Li-metal batteries.

Graphical abstract: Three-dimensional bilayer garnet solid electrolyte based high energy density lithium metal–sulfur batteries
Open Access Communication

In vivo activation of an [FeFe] hydrogenase using synthetic cofactors

The [FeFe]-hydrogenase can incorporate synthetic cofactors inside living cells, allowing for artificial enzyme activation under in vivo conditions.

Graphical abstract: In vivo activation of an [FeFe] hydrogenase using synthetic cofactors
Communication

Efficient catalytic greenhouse gas-free hydrogen and aldehyde formation from aqueous alcohol solutions

Single-site molybdenum di-oxo catalyst generates hydrogen fuel from aqueous alcohols under mild conditions.

Graphical abstract: Efficient catalytic greenhouse gas-free hydrogen and aldehyde formation from aqueous alcohol solutions
Communication

Impact of microstructure on the electron–hole interaction in lead halide perovskites

The authors directly show that grain size and quality have a negligible impact on the excitonic characteristics of perovskite semiconductors.

Graphical abstract: Impact of microstructure on the electron–hole interaction in lead halide perovskites
Paper

Cu nanowires shelled with NiFe layered double hydroxide nanosheets as bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting

3D core–shell nanostructures of few-layer NiFe LDH nanosheets grown on Cu nanowires are fabricated toward highly efficient overall water splitting.

Graphical abstract: Cu nanowires shelled with NiFe layered double hydroxide nanosheets as bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting
Paper

Triboelectric nanogenerators: providing a fundamental framework

A generic electromagnetic model for the working principles of triboelectric nanogenerators derived using Maxwell's equations, to a universally applicable framework.

Graphical abstract: Triboelectric nanogenerators: providing a fundamental framework
Paper

Ammonia synthesis from N2 and H2O using a lithium cycling electrification strategy at atmospheric pressure

An electrochemical, lithium-mediated looping method for efficiently producing NH3 from N2 and H2O at ambient pressure.

Graphical abstract: Ammonia synthesis from N2 and H2O using a lithium cycling electrification strategy at atmospheric pressure
Paper

A near-infrared non-fullerene electron acceptor for high performance polymer solar cells

Low-bandgap polymers/molecules are an interesting family of semiconductor materials, and have enabled many recent exciting breakthroughs in the field of organic electronics, especially for organic photovoltaics (OPVs).

Graphical abstract: A near-infrared non-fullerene electron acceptor for high performance polymer solar cells
Paper

Energetic productivity dynamics of global super-giant oilfields

Energy return on investment (EROI) dynamics probabilistic projections of global giant oil fields.

Graphical abstract: Energetic productivity dynamics of global super-giant oilfields
Paper

A superhydrophilic “nanoglue” for stabilizing metal hydroxides onto carbon materials for high-energy and ultralong-life asymmetric supercapacitors

A superhydrophilic “nanoglue” strategy to tune and stabilize metal hydroxides onto carbon materials is presented for high-performance supercapacitors.

Graphical abstract: A superhydrophilic “nanoglue” for stabilizing metal hydroxides onto carbon materials for high-energy and ultralong-life asymmetric supercapacitors
Open Access Paper

Compatibility issues between electrodes and electrolytes in solid-state batteries

Compatibility and stability issues in all-solid-state batteries and methods for investigation.

Graphical abstract: Compatibility issues between electrodes and electrolytes in solid-state batteries
Open Access Paper

Solar thermochemical splitting of CO2 into separate streams of CO and O2 with high selectivity, stability, conversion, and efficiency

Solar reactor technology for splitting CO2via a 2-step thermochemical redox cycle using concentrated solar radiation.

Graphical abstract: Solar thermochemical splitting of CO2 into separate streams of CO and O2 with high selectivity, stability, conversion, and efficiency
Paper

Biomimetic electron transport via multiredox shuttles from photosystem II to a photoelectrochemical cell for solar water splitting

A CdS–PSII hybrid PEC cell for overall water splitting contains a biomimetic electron transfer pathway comprising two redox shuttles.

Graphical abstract: Biomimetic electron transport via multiredox shuttles from photosystem II to a photoelectrochemical cell for solar water splitting
Paper

Efficient electricity storage with a battolyser, an integrated Ni–Fe battery and electrolyser

A battolyser charges, generates hydrogen, or instantaneously discharges, enabling a remarkably durable, efficient, flexible and switchable electricity storage and conversion.

Graphical abstract: Efficient electricity storage with a battolyser, an integrated Ni–Fe battery and electrolyser
Paper

Junction behavior of n-Si photoanodes protected by thin Ni elucidated from dual working electrode photoelectrochemistry

Dual-working-electrode photoelectrochemical techniques are implemented to characterize semiconductor–catalyst–solution interfaces in protected n-Si photoanodes in situ for the first time.

Graphical abstract: Junction behavior of n-Si photoanodes protected by thin Ni elucidated from dual working electrode photoelectrochemistry
Open Access Paper

Modelling the morphology and thermomechanical behaviour of low-bandgap conjugated polymers and bulk heterojunction films

Schematic diagram showing the information flow from molecular structure, to atomistic model, to a slice of the solid morphology under mechanical deformation and the stress–strain response.

Graphical abstract: Modelling the morphology and thermomechanical behaviour of low-bandgap conjugated polymers and bulk heterojunction films
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Welcome to our online rolling collection of the hottest work published in Energy and Environmental Science.  Here we feature all 2017 Energy and Environmental Science articles highlighted as HOT by the handling editor or our referees.  Congratulations to all the authors whose articles are featured.

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