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Developing reactors for electrifying bio-methanation: a perspective from bio-electrochemistry

Next-generation electro-bioreactors will require development of novel reactor-tailored components to improve reactor productivity while maintaining high energy efficiency and biocompatible reactor conditions.

Graphical abstract: Developing reactors for electrifying bio-methanation: a perspective from bio-electrochemistry
Open Access Perspective

Recycling bread waste into chemical building blocks using a circular biorefining approach

Food waste is a global problem, causing significant environmental harm and resulting in substantial economic losses globally.

Graphical abstract: Recycling bread waste into chemical building blocks using a circular biorefining approach
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Outlook for ammonia as a sustainable transportation fuel

We consider energy density, toxicity, emissions, ease of handling, and flammability and find that with a possible exception in marine applications the outlook for future use of ammonia as a transportation fuel is poor.

Graphical abstract: Outlook for ammonia as a sustainable transportation fuel
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Photocatalytic water splitting: advantages and challenges

An overview of the advantages and challenges of photocatalytic water splitting is provided to encourage new research directions mainly on data reproducibility and photocatalyst scalability.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic water splitting: advantages and challenges
Perspective

Research progress of two-dimensional layered and related derived materials for nitrogen reduction reaction

2D composite materials are widely used because of their excellent properties. In this review, several popular 2D composite materials are introduced for NRR.

Graphical abstract: Research progress of two-dimensional layered and related derived materials for nitrogen reduction reaction
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New approaches in component design for dye-sensitized solar cells

Dye solar cell based on Cu coordination complex as redox mediator and carbon counter electrode.

Graphical abstract: New approaches in component design for dye-sensitized solar cells
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Emerging layered BiO2−x for photocatalysis: status, challenges, and outlook

An emerging layered BiO2−x is becoming hot as an efficient photocatalyst. The status, challenges and outlook for this popular photocatalyst are summarized and discussed in this perspective.

Graphical abstract: Emerging layered BiO2−x for photocatalysis: status, challenges, and outlook
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Recent advances in Fe-based metal–organic framework derivatives for battery applications

This review summarizes the recent progress and reasonable designs of Fe-MOF derivatives as electrodes and electrocatalysts in various batteries.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in Fe-based metal–organic framework derivatives for battery applications
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Algal biorefinery: a potential solution to the food–energy–water–environment nexus

An algal biorefinery solution is proposed to solve the challenges in the food–energy–water–environment nexus. The integration of algal biorefinery with the FEWE nexus is a sustainable and economically viable approach for microalgae cultivation scale-up.

Graphical abstract: Algal biorefinery: a potential solution to the food–energy–water–environment nexus
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Bioproducts from high-protein algal biomass: an economic and environmental sustainability review and risk analysis

High-protein algae bioproduct system boundaries for environmental sustainability risk analysis.

Graphical abstract: Bioproducts from high-protein algal biomass: an economic and environmental sustainability review and risk analysis
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Progress in understanding the coking behavior of typical catalysts in the catalytic pyrolysis of biomass

Catalytic pyrolysis is a promising thermochemical method to upgrade the fuel property of bio-oil through the deoxygenation of volatiles obtained from the pyrolysis of biomass.

Graphical abstract: Progress in understanding the coking behavior of typical catalysts in the catalytic pyrolysis of biomass
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Nanostructured metal selenides as anodes for potassium-ion batteries

This review comprehensively summarizes the recent advances in developing nanostructured metal selenides as potassium-ion battery anodes and presents a perspective on future opportunities in this field.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured metal selenides as anodes for potassium-ion batteries
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The porous transport layer in proton exchange membrane water electrolysis: perspectives on a complex component

The Ti-based PTL materials used in PEMWEs are reviewed. A compendium of attributes of PTLs is established. Impact of the PTL/CL interface on cell performance is examined. Correlation between the PTL properties and cell performance is investigated.

Graphical abstract: The porous transport layer in proton exchange membrane water electrolysis: perspectives on a complex component
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Structurally modified T-metal complexes and organic dyes as photosensitizers and earth-abundant T-metal catalysts for photo-driven hydrogen evolution in artificial photosynthetic systems

Production of green energy is important considering the depletion of fossil fuels and increase in greenhouse gases. Light harvesting T-metal complexes with earth abundant T-metal photocatalysts show promising ways of producing green energy.

Graphical abstract: Structurally modified T-metal complexes and organic dyes as photosensitizers and earth-abundant T-metal catalysts for photo-driven hydrogen evolution in artificial photosynthetic systems
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Fabrication of p-type silicon nanowire array based photoelectrodes for the efficient photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to fuels and chemicals

This review highlights recent advances in the photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO2 into fuels and chemicals over p-type silicon nanowire array based photoelectrodes.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication of p-type silicon nanowire array based photoelectrodes for the efficient photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to fuels and chemicals
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Centralized and distributed hydrogen production using steam reforming: challenges and perspectives

Centralized (left) and distributed (right) hydrogen production technologies using steam methane reforming are critically reviewed by capacity.

Graphical abstract: Centralized and distributed hydrogen production using steam reforming: challenges and perspectives
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A review on the role of hydrogen donors in upgrading heavy oil and bitumen

The significant aspects in the downhole catalytic cracking upgrading and viscosity reduction of heavy oil are to develop industrial hydrogen donors with a strong hydrogen supply effect, abundant sources, reasonable price, and environmentally friendly nature.

Graphical abstract: A review on the role of hydrogen donors in upgrading heavy oil and bitumen
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Endothermic catalytic cracking of liquid hydrocarbons for thermal management of high-speed flight vehicles

Regenerative cooling paired with catalytic cracking of hydrocarbons can address thermal management and efficient fuel combustion in supersonic air streams, as a sustainable approach in developing high-speed flight vehicles.

Graphical abstract: Endothermic catalytic cracking of liquid hydrocarbons for thermal management of high-speed flight vehicles
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Recent developments in state-of-the-art silica-modified catalysts for the fixation of CO2 in epoxides to form organic carbonates

The discharge of CO2 into the atmosphere has become a crucial issue for mankind and a great threat to the environment due to the escalating consequences of global warming.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in state-of-the-art silica-modified catalysts for the fixation of CO2 in epoxides to form organic carbonates
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New insights on MXene and its advanced hybrid materials for lithium-ion batteries

Electrode materials with exceptional cyclic stability and high-rate performance have been in extensive demand for the fast growth of energy storage applications.

Graphical abstract: New insights on MXene and its advanced hybrid materials for lithium-ion batteries
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A concise discussion on MoS2 basal plane activation toward the ennoblement of electrocatalytic HER output

The activation of the chemically inert basal plane of 2H-MoS2 can be achieved by inducing pores and generating vacancies by several other techniques toward enhanced electrocatalytic HER activity.

Graphical abstract: A concise discussion on MoS2 basal plane activation toward the ennoblement of electrocatalytic HER output
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Nano-structured silicon and silicon based composites as anode materials for lithium ion batteries: recent progress and perspectives

There is growing worldwide interest in developing lithium ion batteries with high energy densities and longer cycle life.

Graphical abstract: Nano-structured silicon and silicon based composites as anode materials for lithium ion batteries: recent progress and perspectives
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Investigating lithium metal anodes with nonaqueous electrolytes for safe and high-performance batteries

This review summarizes the research progress on lithium dendrites and SEIs on lithium metal anodes based on various characterization techniques and potential strategies to develop safe lithium metal batteries.

Graphical abstract: Investigating lithium metal anodes with nonaqueous electrolytes for safe and high-performance batteries
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Opportunities in Na/K [hexacyanoferrate] frameworks for sustainable non-aqueous Na+/K+ batteries

The review focuses on the alkali metal hexacyanoferrates (AMHCFs) as cathodes for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) and potassium-ion batteries (KIBs) for sustainable and economic Li-free future energy storage solutions.

Graphical abstract: Opportunities in Na/K [hexacyanoferrate] frameworks for sustainable non-aqueous Na+/K+ batteries
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Valorisation of glycerol through catalytic hydrogenolysis routes for sustainable production of value-added C3 chemicals: current and future trends

The search for sustainable routes for the production of C3 chemicals by using renewable feedstocks has attracted significant interest from academic and industrial communities to alleviate the shortage of fossil fuels.

Graphical abstract: Valorisation of glycerol through catalytic hydrogenolysis routes for sustainable production of value-added C3 chemicals: current and future trends
Open Access Review Article

Techno-economic assessment and carbon footprint of processes for the large-scale production of oxymethylene dimethyl ethers from carbon dioxide and hydrogen

Standardized process simulation approach for techno-economic and carbon footprint evaluation of large scale oxymethylene ether production accounting for the complexity of the reactive formaldehyde containing system.

Graphical abstract: Techno-economic assessment and carbon footprint of processes for the large-scale production of oxymethylene dimethyl ethers from carbon dioxide and hydrogen
From the themed collection: Sustainable Laboratories
Open Access Review Article

Progress and challenges on scaling up of perovskite solar cell technology

In this review, developments and challenges related to scaling up of PSCs are discussed. This work touches the aspects of scalable deposition methods, technical challenges, costs, and large area perovskite single and tandem devices.

Graphical abstract: Progress and challenges on scaling up of perovskite solar cell technology
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Progress on continuum modeling of lithium–sulfur batteries

A survey of physical phenomena in the modeling literature and challenges for accelerating development of LiS batteries using continuum models.

Graphical abstract: Progress on continuum modeling of lithium–sulfur batteries
Open Access Review Article

How to go beyond C1 products with electrochemical reduction of CO2

This review summaries recent development across electro-, photoelectro- and bioelectro-catalyst developments for multi-carbon products from CO2. It also explores the role of device design and operating conditions in enabling C–C bond generation.

Graphical abstract: How to go beyond C1 products with electrochemical reduction of CO2
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Progress in theoretical and experimental investigation on seawater electrolysis: opportunities and challenges

Investigation on seawater-based electrocatalyst is demanding to enrich the hydrogen economy. The understanding of kinetic, thermodynamic, and the effect of key parameters helps to overcome the difficulties related to sea water electrolysis.

Graphical abstract: Progress in theoretical and experimental investigation on seawater electrolysis: opportunities and challenges
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A review on MXenes: new-generation 2D materials for supercapacitors

MXene is one of the rapidly emerging 2D material in the present era of materials science, and it finds increasing applications in energy storage fields. MXene is one of the most suitable electrode materials for futuristic energy storage devices.

Graphical abstract: A review on MXenes: new-generation 2D materials for supercapacitors
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A mini-review of advanced separator engineering in lithium metal batteries

Recent separator engineering in lithium metal batteries is classified into four parts: optimizing the performance of polyolefin membranes; controlling the dendrite growth direction; developing a novel separator material; introducing a functional multilayer membrane.

Graphical abstract: A mini-review of advanced separator engineering in lithium metal batteries
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Redox flow batteries: a new frontier on energy storage

A deep review of the state-of-the-art of Redox Flow Batteries (RFBs), a technology that aims to become the leading stationary energy storage, covering individual components, economic analysis and characterization techniques.

Graphical abstract: Redox flow batteries: a new frontier on energy storage
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A mini-review of carbon-resistant anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells

A comprehensive overview is presented of recent developments as well as trends of carbon-resistant anode materials using hydrocarbon as fuel.

Graphical abstract: A mini-review of carbon-resistant anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells
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Recent progress in and prospects for supercapacitor materials based on metal oxide or hydroxide/biomass-derived carbon composites

In this review we focus on the recent progress and current trends in biomass carbon-based composites containing mono-, bi- and trimetallic metal oxides and hydroxides for supercapacitor applications.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in and prospects for supercapacitor materials based on metal oxide or hydroxide/biomass-derived carbon composites
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MgCo2O4-based electrode materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion: a comprehensive review

In this review, recent advancement on the MgCo2O4-based electrode materials for supercapacitors, Li-ion battery, Mg-ion battery, and some other rechargeable ion batteries is discussed in details.

Graphical abstract: MgCo2O4-based electrode materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion: a comprehensive review
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Biomass-derived carbon electrodes for supercapacitors and hybrid solar cells: towards sustainable photo-supercapacitors

Progress in use of carbon materials, particularly those prepared from bio-sourced precursors, as electrodes for energy conversion & storage, separately, and in combining supercapacitors & solar cells in one single system.

Graphical abstract: Biomass-derived carbon electrodes for supercapacitors and hybrid solar cells: towards sustainable photo-supercapacitors
Open Access Review Article

Recent advances in integrated CO2 capture and utilization: a review

In this review, we summarize the recent progress of dual functional materials application in integrated CO2 capture and utilization and discuss the superiority of the integrated process from the perspective of industrial applications.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in integrated CO2 capture and utilization: a review
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Recent advancements and opportunities of decorated graphitic carbon nitride toward solar fuel production and beyond

This review comprehensively outlines the recent developments of the decorated g-C3N4 for solar fuels production, particularly emphasizing on the modification strategies that improve the photocatalytic activity and its optoelectronic properties.

Graphical abstract: Recent advancements and opportunities of decorated graphitic carbon nitride toward solar fuel production and beyond
Open Access Review Article

Evaluation of photoanode materials used in biophotovoltaic systems for renewable energy generation

An illustrative diagram of a biophotovoltaic system highlights its main components and several steps of electron transport.

Graphical abstract: Evaluation of photoanode materials used in biophotovoltaic systems for renewable energy generation
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Photochemistry and photoinhibition of the H-cluster of FeFe hydrogenases

The photosensitivity of the active site of hydrogenases is an opportunity for studying its reactivity. However, the photoinhibition of certain hydrogenases may have a negative impact on H2 photoproduction.

Graphical abstract: Photochemistry and photoinhibition of the H-cluster of FeFe hydrogenases
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Enzyme immobilization as a strategy towards efficient and sustainable lignocellulosic biomass conversion into chemicals and biofuels: current status and perspectives

Lignocellulosic biomass conversion is contextualized focusing on enzymatic hydrolysis. The benefits and drawbacks of enzyme immobilization related to biomass conversion are delineated and trends in bioreactors using immobilized enzymes are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Enzyme immobilization as a strategy towards efficient and sustainable lignocellulosic biomass conversion into chemicals and biofuels: current status and perspectives
Open Access Review Article

Thermo-chemical conversion of carbonaceous wastes for CNT and hydrogen production: a review

Thermo-chemical conversion of carbonaceous wastes such as tyres, plastics, biomass and crude glycerol is a promising technology compared to traditional waste treatment options (e.g. incineration and landfill).

Graphical abstract: Thermo-chemical conversion of carbonaceous wastes for CNT and hydrogen production: a review
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Research progress on two-dimensional (2D) halide organic–inorganic hybrid perovskites

Illustration of the structures of 2D perovskites and their applications in optoelectronics.

Graphical abstract: Research progress on two-dimensional (2D) halide organic–inorganic hybrid perovskites
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Defect induced nitrogen reduction reaction of carbon nanomaterials

Electrochemical reduction of nitrogen to ammonia is a greener alternative to the Haber–Bosch process. In this review, recent advancement on the defect induced carbon-based electrocatalyst for electroreduction of nitrogen molecule is discussed.

Graphical abstract: Defect induced nitrogen reduction reaction of carbon nanomaterials
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Power-to-methanol process: a review of electrolysis, methanol catalysts, kinetics, reactor designs and modelling, process integration, optimisation, and techno-economics

This review evaluated power-to-methanol and its key technologies with detailed analysis from a process system engineering perspective. It offers a holistic view and highlights key gaps and opportunities for improvements.

Graphical abstract: Power-to-methanol process: a review of electrolysis, methanol catalysts, kinetics, reactor designs and modelling, process integration, optimisation, and techno-economics
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Application of MXene-based materials in hybrid capacitors

In this article, the latest research progress on hybrid capacitors using MXene-based materials is assessed based on the modification and composition of MXene-based materials.

Graphical abstract: Application of MXene-based materials in hybrid capacitors
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Recent progress and applications of niobium-based nanomaterials and their composites for supercapacitors and hybrid ion capacitors

Niobium (Nb)-based materials show great potential in the field of SCs and HICsdue to their unique crystal structure, rapid ion diffusion ability, excellent chemical durability, and high safety.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress and applications of niobium-based nanomaterials and their composites for supercapacitors and hybrid ion capacitors
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Recent progress in biomass-derived carbon materials used for secondary batteries

In this paper, we summarize the morphology and pore structure of biomass-derived materials from different precursors and discuss the electrochemical performance of secondary batteries.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in biomass-derived carbon materials used for secondary batteries
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Route towards high-performance microfluidic fuel cells: a review

Schematic illustration of parametric mapping in membrane-less microfluidic fuel cell (M-MFC) for performance improvement.

Graphical abstract: Route towards high-performance microfluidic fuel cells: a review
Open Access Review Article

Green ammonia as a spatial energy vector: a review

This review examines the cost of green ammonia production and intercontinental transport to assess the complete supply chain for energy in a global, decarbonised ammonia economy. It further identifies the major constraints on supply and demand.

Graphical abstract: Green ammonia as a spatial energy vector: a review
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Nanostructured Cu foam and its derivatives: emerging materials for the heterogeneous conversion of CO2 to fuels

This review provides a detailed understanding of the fundamentals, important parameters, advantages, and challenges of electrochemical CO2 reduction using copper foam and copper foam-derived materials.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured Cu foam and its derivatives: emerging materials for the heterogeneous conversion of CO2 to fuels
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Outlook and challenges for recovering energy and water from complex organic waste using hydrothermal liquefaction

Coupling hydrothermal liquefaction with anaerobic digestion can recover between 54 and 99% of the energy contained in organic wastes, while reducing up to 92% of the chemical oxygen demand of the influent stream.

Graphical abstract: Outlook and challenges for recovering energy and water from complex organic waste using hydrothermal liquefaction
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HERs in an acidic medium over MoS2 nanosheets: from fundamentals to synthesis and the recent progress

Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reactions on 2D MoS2 in an acidic medium.

Graphical abstract: HERs in an acidic medium over MoS2 nanosheets: from fundamentals to synthesis and the recent progress
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Recent progress in meniscus coating for large-area perovskite solar cells and solar modules

We believe that meniscus coating will be the most promising and applicable approach for fabricating large-area PSCs and pave the way to commercialization of PSCs in the future.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in meniscus coating for large-area perovskite solar cells and solar modules
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Carbon and metal-based catalysts for vanadium redox flow batteries: a perspective and review of recent progress

This review article highlights the current research progress and future prospects of powerful electrode materials for Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) applications.

Graphical abstract: Carbon and metal-based catalysts for vanadium redox flow batteries: a perspective and review of recent progress
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Recent developments in ionic liquid pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for enhanced bioconversion

Lignocellulosic biomass has been used as starting materials in the processes of producing biofuels and chemicals.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in ionic liquid pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for enhanced bioconversion
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Recent advances in metal–organic framework-based photocatalysts for hydrogen production

This review precisely addresses the recent advances in MOF-based photocatalysts for photocatalytic hydrogen production.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in metal–organic framework-based photocatalysts for hydrogen production
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Recent progress in ‘water-in-salt’ and ‘water-in-salt’-hybrid-electrolyte-based high voltage rechargeable batteries

This review presents recent advancements in high-voltage rechargeable aqueous batteries employing water-in-salt and modified water-in-salt electrolytes.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in ‘water-in-salt’ and ‘water-in-salt’-hybrid-electrolyte-based high voltage rechargeable batteries
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Mechanisms of photoredox catalysts: the role of optical spectroscopy

Photoinduced organic transformations have stimulated the organic chemistry community to develop light-driven renewed reaction methodologies, which in many cases are complementary to standard thermal catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Mechanisms of photoredox catalysts: the role of optical spectroscopy
Open Access Review Article

Alkaline membrane fuel cells: anion exchange membranes and fuels

Alkaline anion exchange membrane fuel cells (AAEMFC) are attracting ever-increasing attention, as they are promising electrochemical devices for energy production, presenting a viable opponent to proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs).

Graphical abstract: Alkaline membrane fuel cells: anion exchange membranes and fuels
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Assessment of liquid biofuel potential from energy crops within the sustainable water–land–energy–carbon nexus

With the rapid development of biofuels, doubts about their sustainability have also been raised.

Graphical abstract: Assessment of liquid biofuel potential from energy crops within the sustainable water–land–energy–carbon nexus
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Sustainable materials for off-grid battery applications: advances, challenges and prospects

Sustainable and accessible energy? Green materials and batteries. We review the latest ecological materials and technologies for off-grid battery applications.

Graphical abstract: Sustainable materials for off-grid battery applications: advances, challenges and prospects
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The strategies of boosting the performance of highly reversible zinc anodes in zinc-ion batteries: recent progress and future perspectives

Rechargeable zinc-metal batteries have attracted widespread attention recently as a potential substitute for lithium-ion batteries due to their low cost, large volumetric capacity and the capability to use a safe aqueous electrolyte.

Graphical abstract: The strategies of boosting the performance of highly reversible zinc anodes in zinc-ion batteries: recent progress and future perspectives
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Contributing to energy sustainability: a review of mesoporous material supported catalysts for Fischer–Tropsch synthesis

Utilization of mesoporous materials to enhance structure–performance relationship of Fischer–Tropsch catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Contributing to energy sustainability: a review of mesoporous material supported catalysts for Fischer–Tropsch synthesis
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Development of proficient photocatalytic systems for enhanced photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide

Global warming due to the unrestricted release of CO2 into the atmosphere is a prevalent challenge faced by the 21st century.

Graphical abstract: Development of proficient photocatalytic systems for enhanced photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide
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Sugarcane bagasse based biorefineries in India: potential and challenges

Vortex based hydrodynamic cavitation and anaerobic digestion based sugarcane bagasse biorefineries for revitalising the sugar industry.

Graphical abstract: Sugarcane bagasse based biorefineries in India: potential and challenges
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Recent progress in low dimensional (quasi-2D) and mixed dimensional (2D/3D) tin-based perovskite solar cells

Low dimensional (quasi-2D) and mixed dimensional (2D/3D) halide perovskites have emerged in the field of perovskite solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in low dimensional (quasi-2D) and mixed dimensional (2D/3D) tin-based perovskite solar cells
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Progress of the development of reactors for pyrolysis of municipal waste

The development of reactors with varied configurations for the pyrolysis of municipal waste is discussed in this review.

Graphical abstract: Progress of the development of reactors for pyrolysis of municipal waste
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Applications of microwave energy in gas production and tar removal during biomass gasification

Microwave heating has the potential to promote gas production and tar removal during biomass pyrolysis or gasification based on its advantageous characteristics such as rapid heating and selective heating.

Graphical abstract: Applications of microwave energy in gas production and tar removal during biomass gasification
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