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Themed collection 2016 Journal of Materials Chemistry A Most Accessed Manuscripts

30 items
Review Article

Nanostructured catalysts for electrochemical water splitting: current state and prospects

The fundamentals of water electrolysis, current popular electrocatalysts developed for cathodic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and anodic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in liquid electrolyte water electrolysis are reviewed and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured catalysts for electrochemical water splitting: current state and prospects
Review Article

All-in-one energy harvesting and storage devices

The recent development and perspectives of energy harvesting and storage devices including integration strategies are summarized and discussed.

Graphical abstract: All-in-one energy harvesting and storage devices
Review Article

A review of one-dimensional TiO2 nanostructured materials for environmental and energy applications

State-of-the-art development of fabrication methods and surface engineering strategies of 1D TiO2 nanostructures is reviewed, and an overview given of their potential applications including pollutant degradation/CO2 photoreduction photocatalysts, water splitting, solar cells, lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

Graphical abstract: A review of one-dimensional TiO2 nanostructured materials for environmental and energy applications
Open Access Review Article

Organometal halide perovskite thin films and solar cells by vapor deposition

Vapor based methods provide a promising alternative way to fabricate organometal halide perovskite solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Organometal halide perovskite thin films and solar cells by vapor deposition
Review Article

Graphene in perovskite solar cells: device design, characterization and implementation

We review the use of graphene and graphene-derived nanomaterials in perovskite solar cells, outlining design perspectives, device characterization, and performance.

Graphical abstract: Graphene in perovskite solar cells: device design, characterization and implementation
Open Access Review Article

Rational design of silicon-based composites for high-energy storage devices

Silicon-based composites are very promising anode materials not only for boosting the energy density of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) but for realizing Li metal-free new battery systems such as Li–S and Li–O2.

Graphical abstract: Rational design of silicon-based composites for high-energy storage devices
Open Access Review Article

Recent research progress of polymer donor/polymer acceptor blend solar cells

In this review, we provide an overview of recent progress towards the performance enhancement of polymer/polymer blend solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Recent research progress of polymer donor/polymer acceptor blend solar cells
Review Article

Doping graphene with boron: a review of synthesis methods, physicochemical characterization, and emerging applications

Graphene based materials can be effectively modified by doping in order to specifically tailor their properties toward specific applications.

Graphical abstract: Doping graphene with boron: a review of synthesis methods, physicochemical characterization, and emerging applications
Review Article

Flexible electrodes and supercapacitors for wearable energy storage: a review by category

Currently-developed flexible electrodes/supercapacitors are summarized according a hierarchical and detailed classification strategy.

Graphical abstract: Flexible electrodes and supercapacitors for wearable energy storage: a review by category
Review Article

Recent progress in electron transport layers for efficient perovskite solar cells

Thin-film photovoltaics based on organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite light absorbers have recently emerged as a promising low-cost solar energy harvesting technology.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in electron transport layers for efficient perovskite solar cells
Open Access Review Article

Catalytic applications of waste derived materials

Sustainability has become a watchword and guiding principle for modern society, and with it a growing appreciation that anthropogenic ‘waste’, in all its manifold forms, can offer a valuable source of energy, construction materials, chemicals and high value functional products.

Graphical abstract: Catalytic applications of waste derived materials
Review Article

Composites of metal–organic frameworks and carbon-based materials: preparations, functionalities and applications

This review summarizes the recent progress in preparations, functionalities and applications of composites of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and carbon-based materials.

Graphical abstract: Composites of metal–organic frameworks and carbon-based materials: preparations, functionalities and applications
Open Access Review Article

Review: carbon onions for electrochemical energy storage

Carbon onions are a relatively new member of the carbon nanomaterials family. They consist of multiple concentric fullerene-like carbon shells which are highly defective and disordered.

Graphical abstract: Review: carbon onions for electrochemical energy storage
Review Article

Recent advances in dye-sensitized semiconductor systems for photocatalytic hydrogen production

This review especially focuses on the advances in heterogeneous dye-sensitized semiconductors for H2 production during the past 30 years.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in dye-sensitized semiconductor systems for photocatalytic hydrogen production
Review Article

Review on recent advances in nitrogen-doped carbons: preparations and applications in supercapacitors

The advances in the preparation of N-doped carbons and their applications in supercapacitors are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Review on recent advances in nitrogen-doped carbons: preparations and applications in supercapacitors
Review Article

Electrospun nanofibers as a platform for advanced secondary batteries: a comprehensive review

A comprehensive review of the recent development of electrospun nanofibers as platform materials for advanced secondary batteries is presented.

Graphical abstract: Electrospun nanofibers as a platform for advanced secondary batteries: a comprehensive review
Communication

Film-through large perovskite grains formation via a combination of sequential thermal and solvent treatment

We propose a reproducible fabrication method to prepare both flat and film-through grain distribution perovskite film by adding a pre-annealing step to strengthen perovskite nucleation, aiming to facilitate the excess CH3NH3I and solvent removal in the sec-butyl alcohol soaking process.

Graphical abstract: Film-through large perovskite grains formation via a combination of sequential thermal and solvent treatment
Communication

Cobalt nanoparticles embedded in porous N-rich carbon as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting

Cobalt nanoparticles embedded in porous N-rich carbon (PNC/Co) can perform as both active cathode and anode materials to drive the overall water splitting in alkaline media for simultaneous electrogeneration of hydrogen and oxygen gases.

Graphical abstract: Cobalt nanoparticles embedded in porous N-rich carbon as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting
Open Access Communication

Relativistic electronic structure and band alignment of BiSI and BiSeI: candidate photovoltaic materials

Bismuth-based solar absorbers are of interest due to similarities in the chemical properties of bismuth halides and the exceptionally efficient lead halide hybrid perovskites. Here, we computationally screen BiSI and BiSeI and show they possess electronic structures ideal for solar cell applications.

Graphical abstract: Relativistic electronic structure and band alignment of BiSI and BiSeI: candidate photovoltaic materials
Communication

Synergistic improvements in stability and performance of lead iodide perovskite solar cells incorporating salt additives

Alkali metal halide additives chelate with Pb2+ ions during film formation promoting homogeneous nucleation, which greatly enhances the power conversion efficiency (15.08%) and stability (over 50 days) of planar perovskite solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Synergistic improvements in stability and performance of lead iodide perovskite solar cells incorporating salt additives
Communication

Highly efficient low temperature solution processable planar type CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite flexible solar cells

A highly efficient PEN/ITO/ZnO/CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite/PTAA/Au flexible planar solar cell with 1.1 V Voc, 18.7 mA cm−2Jsc, 75% FF, and 15.4% η for the forward scan direction and 1.1 V Voc, 18.7 mA cm−2Jsc, 76% FF and 15.6% η for the reverse scan direction under illumination of 1 Sun was demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient low temperature solution processable planar type CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite flexible solar cells
Paper

Graphene-based nitrogen-doped carbon sandwich nanosheets: a new capacitive process controlled anode material for high-performance sodium-ion batteries

A new capacitive process controlled anode material of graphene-based nitrogen-doped carbon sandwich nanosheets for sodium-ion batteries is reported.

Graphical abstract: Graphene-based nitrogen-doped carbon sandwich nanosheets: a new capacitive process controlled anode material for high-performance sodium-ion batteries
Paper

The mechanism of toluene-assisted crystallization of organic–inorganic perovskites for highly efficient solar cells

We investigate the influence of solvent drenching in hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite (CH3NH3PbX) crystallization process with a non-solvent, toluene, during film fabrication process.

Graphical abstract: The mechanism of toluene-assisted crystallization of organic–inorganic perovskites for highly efficient solar cells
Open Access Paper

Benchmarking nanoparticulate metal oxide electrocatalysts for the alkaline water oxidation reaction

16 crystalline metal oxide nanoparticulate systems are adhered to an electrode surface using a conventional drop-casting method and measured for their activity for the oxygen evolution reaction.

Graphical abstract: Benchmarking nanoparticulate metal oxide electrocatalysts for the alkaline water oxidation reaction
Open Access Paper

The influence of pore size distribution on the oxygen reduction reaction performance in nitrogen doped carbon microspheres

High-performance nitrogen-doped carbon electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction have been synthesized by the rational design of their pore structure.

Graphical abstract: The influence of pore size distribution on the oxygen reduction reaction performance in nitrogen doped carbon microspheres
Paper

A mechanochemically synthesized covalent organic framework as a proton-conducting solid electrolyte

Mechanochemically synthesized bipyridine based covalent organic framework showing high proton conductivity of 0.014 S cm−1 with improved performance over the solvothermal one giving a stable Open Circuit Voltage (0.93 V at 50 °C) on fabrication in PEM fuel cell.

Graphical abstract: A mechanochemically synthesized covalent organic framework as a proton-conducting solid electrolyte
Paper

3D graphene/δ-MnO2 aerogels for highly efficient and reversible removal of heavy metal ions

3D graphene/δ-MnO2 aerogels demonstrated high removal efficiency, fast adsorption kinetics, excellent regeneration towards heavy metal ions based on the perfect integration of surface adsorption and in-depth bulk uptake.

Graphical abstract: 3D graphene/δ-MnO2 aerogels for highly efficient and reversible removal of heavy metal ions
Paper

Transition metals (Fe, Co, and Ni) encapsulated in nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as bi-functional catalysts for oxygen electrode reactions

Transition metal nanoparticles (Fe, Co, and Ni) encapsulated in N-doped carbon nanotube hybrids were prepared, and the catalytic activities of three catalysts are compared and discussed. The optimized Co/N-CNT catalyst exhibits superb bifunctional catalytic activity with a ΔE value of 0.78 V.

Graphical abstract: Transition metals (Fe, Co, and Ni) encapsulated in nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as bi-functional catalysts for oxygen electrode reactions
Open Access Paper

Electronic and optical properties of single crystal SnS2: an earth-abundant disulfide photocatalyst

Crystals of earth-abundant tin disulfide exhibit high-surface-area platelet formation with ideal photocatalytic properties for water splitting in their ground state.

Graphical abstract: Electronic and optical properties of single crystal SnS2: an earth-abundant disulfide photocatalyst
Paper

Boosting the performance of planar heterojunction perovskite solar cell by controlling the precursor purity of perovskite materials

Perovskite solar cells using highly pure PbI2 exhibit an efficiency higher than that with low purity PbI2 by 30–40%.

Graphical abstract: Boosting the performance of planar heterojunction perovskite solar cell by controlling the precursor purity of perovskite materials
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This web collection features the top 30 most downloaded articles published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A in 2016. 

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