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Themed collection Crystal engineering for electrochemical applications

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Editorial

Crystal engineering for electrochemical applications

Welcome to this themed issue of CrystEngComm entitled: ‘Crystal engineering for electrochemical applications’.

Graphical abstract: Crystal engineering for electrochemical applications
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Vacancy-engineered catalysts for water electrolysis

Vacancy-engineered electrocatalysts showing various effects on improving performances toward water electrolysis.

Graphical abstract: Vacancy-engineered catalysts for water electrolysis
From the themed collection: 2020 Highlight article collection
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Recent advances in transition metal based compound catalysts for water splitting from the perspective of crystal engineering

A review of the recent progress on the transition metal based catalysts for water splitting with emphasis on crystal engineering.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in transition metal based compound catalysts for water splitting from the perspective of crystal engineering
From the themed collection: Crystal Engineering Techniques
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A review on synthesis and engineering of crystal precursors produced via coprecipitation for multicomponent lithium-ion battery cathode materials

Interest in developing high performance lithium-ion rechargeable batteries has motivated research in precise control over the composition, phase, and morphology during materials synthesis of battery active material particles.

Graphical abstract: A review on synthesis and engineering of crystal precursors produced via coprecipitation for multicomponent lithium-ion battery cathode materials
From the themed collection: Crystal Engineering Techniques
Communication

Reducing the shuttle effect with the interactions of polar TiN and non-polar graphene for lithium–sulfur batteries

Chemical anchoring and facilitated transformation of polysulfides by polar titanium nitride nanoparticles and uniform distribution of sulfur by non-polar graphene showed efficient cooperative interactions for lithium–sulfur batteries.

Graphical abstract: Reducing the shuttle effect with the interactions of polar TiN and non-polar graphene for lithium–sulfur batteries
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
Communication

Concave PtCo nanooctahedra with high-energy {110} facets for the oxygen reduction reaction

For the first time, iminodiacetic acid serves as a morphology control agent for the synthesis of concave PtCo nanooctahedra.

Graphical abstract: Concave PtCo nanooctahedra with high-energy {110} facets for the oxygen reduction reaction
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
Open Access Communication

SnS/N-Doped carbon composites with enhanced Li+ storage and lifetime by controlled hierarchical submicron- and nano-structuring

Hollow and dense hierarchical SnS microspheres coated with a nitrogen doped carbon layer were synthesised, tested and compared as anodes in lithium ion battery half cells.

Graphical abstract: SnS/N-Doped carbon composites with enhanced Li+ storage and lifetime by controlled hierarchical submicron- and nano-structuring
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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Electron transfer in a semiconductor heterostructure interface through electrophoretic deposition and a linker-assisted method

Modulating the heterostructured interface of semiconductor nanocrystals is being widely explored to enhance the charge transfer rate in photoelectrochemical cells.

Graphical abstract: Electron transfer in a semiconductor heterostructure interface through electrophoretic deposition and a linker-assisted method
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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From partial to complete neutralization of 2,5-dihydroxyterephthalic acid in the Li–Na system: crystal chemistry and electrochemical behavior of Na2Li2C8H2O6vs. Li

The 2,5-dihydroxyterephthalic acid (H4-p-DHT) is of special interest in the field of materials science because of the two symmetric sets of oxygen donor functional groups (i.e., β-hydroxy acid moieties).

Graphical abstract: From partial to complete neutralization of 2,5-dihydroxyterephthalic acid in the Li–Na system: crystal chemistry and electrochemical behavior of Na2Li2C8H2O6vs. Li
From the themed collection: Coordination Networks
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Investigating the effects of activating agent morphology on the porosity and related capacitance of nanoporous carbons

We compare the microstructure of a lignin-based powdered activated carbon with a lignin-based electrospun mat and show how the reduction in size of the activating agent domains promotes the formation of microporosity and increases the resulting double layer capacitance.

Graphical abstract: Investigating the effects of activating agent morphology on the porosity and related capacitance of nanoporous carbons
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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Crystalline Al2O3 modified porous poly(aryl ether ketone) (PAEK) composite separators for high performance lithium-ion batteries via an electrospinning technique

The thermostability and wettability of a separator play key roles in improving the safety and electrochemical properties of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).

Graphical abstract: Crystalline Al2O3 modified porous poly(aryl ether ketone) (PAEK) composite separators for high performance lithium-ion batteries via an electrospinning technique
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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Aligned ZnO nanorod@Ni–Co layered double hydroxide composite nanosheet arrays with a core–shell structure as high-performance supercapacitor electrode materials

Electrode materials are important components of supercapacitors and have a significant influence on the electrochemical properties.

Graphical abstract: Aligned ZnO nanorod@Ni–Co layered double hydroxide composite nanosheet arrays with a core–shell structure as high-performance supercapacitor electrode materials
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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High-performance spinel NiMn2O4 microspheres self-assembled with nanosheets by microwave-assisted synthesis for supercapacitors

Spinel NiMn2O4 microspheres self-assembled with nanosheets directly grown on a 3D nickel foam were successfully prepared by a facile microwave-assisted hydrothermal process.

Graphical abstract: High-performance spinel NiMn2O4 microspheres self-assembled with nanosheets by microwave-assisted synthesis for supercapacitors
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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Ionic liquid-mediated low-temperature formation of hexagonal titanium-oxyhydroxyfluoride particles

We present a low-temperature synthesis of Ti(OH)OF in ionic liquids, and its structure and electrochemical properties were elucidated.

Graphical abstract: Ionic liquid-mediated low-temperature formation of hexagonal titanium-oxyhydroxyfluoride particles
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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NiS nanosheets with novel structure anchored on coal-based carbon fibers prepared by electrospinning for flexible supercapacitors

Elm seed-like NiS/coal-based carbon fibers were rationally designed and synthesized via a multistep transformation approach for flexible supercapacitors.

Graphical abstract: NiS nanosheets with novel structure anchored on coal-based carbon fibers prepared by electrospinning for flexible supercapacitors
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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Covalently anchoring cobalt phthalocyanine on zeolitic imidazolate frameworks for efficient carbon dioxide electroreduction

Transformation of CO2 into fuels has drawn great attention due to increasing carbon emission in recent years.

Graphical abstract: Covalently anchoring cobalt phthalocyanine on zeolitic imidazolate frameworks for efficient carbon dioxide electroreduction
From the themed collection: Crystal Engineering Techniques
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Hollow nanostructures of metal oxides as emerging electrode materials for high performance supercapacitors

Comparative study of TMO based hollow and solid nanostructures for supercapacitor applications.

Graphical abstract: Hollow nanostructures of metal oxides as emerging electrode materials for high performance supercapacitors
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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Synthesis of self-assembled spindle-like CePO4 with electrochemical sensing performance

Three different morphologies of CePO4 nanocrystals (rods, columns, and spindle-like assembled nanosheets), spindle-like LaPO4, spindle-like PrPO4, and TbPO4 microspheres were successfully synthesized using a hydrothermal method.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of self-assembled spindle-like CePO4 with electrochemical sensing performance
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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Rapid synthesis of hollow PtPdCu trimetallic octahedrons at room temperature for oxygen reduction reactions in acid media

Hollow PtPdCu trimetallic octahedrons were prepared under mild conditions, exhibiting enhanced activity toward the oxygen reduction reaction in acid media.

Graphical abstract: Rapid synthesis of hollow PtPdCu trimetallic octahedrons at room temperature for oxygen reduction reactions in acid media
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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Controllable crystal growth of a NiCo-LDH nanostructure anchored onto KCu7S4 nanowires via a facile solvothermal method for supercapacitor application

The application of NiCo-LDHs as electrode materials for supercapacitors has attracted widespread attention.

Graphical abstract: Controllable crystal growth of a NiCo-LDH nanostructure anchored onto KCu7S4 nanowires via a facile solvothermal method for supercapacitor application
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials
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About this collection

This themed issue is focused on crystal engineering strategies for the design of materials with superior properties for electrochemical applications, ranging from lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors to electrocatalysts. It is guest-edited by Professor Georg Garnweitner (TU Braunschweig) and Professor Dongfeng Xue (Chinese Academy of Sciences).

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