Themed collection Sustainable Energy and Fuels Recent Review Articles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent advances in sustainable production and catalytic transformations of fatty acid methyl esters
This review highlights the recent advances in the sustainable production of fatty acid methyl esters and their transformations, including oxidation, amidation, hydrogenation, deoxygenation, ethoxylation, metathesis, and isomerisation reactions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Research progress on two-dimensional (2D) halide organic–inorganic hybrid perovskites
Illustration of the structures of 2D perovskites and their applications in optoelectronics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The role of oxygen vacancies in water splitting photoanodes
The present topical review aims to summarize the role of oxygen vacancies on four of the most studied semiconducting thin film oxides (BiVO4, Fe2O3, TiO2 and WO3) as photoanodes for solar water splitting.
Polymer electrolytes for rechargeable lithium metal batteries
Dry polymer electrolytes, gel polymer electrolytes, special functional polymer electrolytes, and their future challenges for rechargeable lithium metal batteries are reviewed.
First-row transition metal oxide oxygen evolution electrocatalysts: regulation strategies and mechanistic understandings
Regulation strategies and mechanistic understandings of first-row transition metal oxide-based oxygen evolution electrocatalysts.
Modelling of redox flow battery electrode processes at a range of length scales: a review
A review of micro to macro-scale activities, challenges and perspectives for redox flow battery modelling is presented.
The success story of graphite as a lithium-ion anode material – fundamentals, remaining challenges, and recent developments including silicon (oxide) composites
This review provides a comprehensive overview about the “hidden champion” of lithium-ion battery technology – graphite.
MXene derivatives for energy storage applications
A review based on the preparation strategies of various MXene derivatives and their applications in the field of energy storage.
Advancements in PV-thermal systems with and without phase change materials as a sustainable energy solution: energy, exergy and exergoeconomic (3E) analytic approach
Photovoltaic thermal (PVT) systems are increasingly becoming an essential part of the solar application systems integrating the photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal collectors into a single unit to produce heat and electrical energy from the intermittent solar irradiation.
Recent advances in vanadium-based nanomaterials and their composites for supercapacitors
A summary of recent advances in V-based nanomaterials and their composites for SCs.
Control of the molecular orientation in small molecule-based organic photovoltaics
Key factors that affect the orientation control of small molecules, as well as their effects on the photovoltaic properties, are discussed.
Sustainable energy and fuels from biomass: a review focusing on hydrothermal biomass processing
Fossil fuels must be replaced with renewable energy resources to ensure sustainable development, reduce the dependence on fossil fuels, address environmental challenges including climate change.
Recent advancements in rational design of non-aqueous organic redox flow batteries
The state-of-the-art advances of non-aqueous organic redox flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage were evaluated and summarized.
Theoretical insights into the factors affecting the electrochemical reduction of CO2
The harmonious condition between nature and humans experiences severe challenges due to the continuous consumption of fossil fuels and the consequent rapid release of large CO2 levels into the atmosphere.
Recent advances and comprehensive insights on nickel oxide in emerging optoelectronic devices
A summary of recent advances and comprehensive insights of NiO in emerging optoelectronic devices, such as dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), perovskite solar cells (PerSCs), organic solar cells (OSCs) and various light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Nongeminate charge recombination in organic photovoltaics
Suppression of nongeminate recombination due to long charge lifetime and low nonradiative loss is essential to highly efficient organic photovoltaics.
Rare-earth based nanomaterials and their composites as electrode materials for high performance supercapacitors: a review
In this review, we present recent reports on various rare-earth based nanomaterials and their composites for SCs and some challenges in the future.
Recent advances in Co-based electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction
A summary of recent advances in Co-based electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells.
Doping strategies of organic n-type materials in perovskite solar cells: a chemical perspective
n-Type doping of perovskite solar cells is a very promising strategy to improve performance and stability of these devices.
Recent advances of nonprecious and bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting
Electrocatalytic water splitting to produce clean hydrogen is a promising technique for renewable energy conversion and storage in the future energy portfolio.
Self-assembled bulk heterojunctions from integral molecules with nonconjugately linked donor and acceptor units for photovoltaic applications
Donor–acceptor integral molecules with donor and acceptor units interlinked by nonconjugated flexible linking units can self-assemble into an ideal bulk heterojunction structure for application in highly efficient polymer solar cells are reviewed.
Life cycle environmental analysis of ‘drop in’ alternative aviation fuels: a review
Alternative aviation fuels possess significant potential to reduce the environmental burdens of the aviation industry.
Recent progress in self-supported two-dimensional transition metal oxides and (oxy)hydroxides as oxygen evolution reaction catalysts
The synthesis, activity enhancement methods and applications of 2D-SS-TMO OER catalysts are reviewed.
PEST (political, environmental, social & technical) analysis of the development of the waste-to-energy anaerobic digestion industry in China as a representative for developing countries
PEST analysis of AD Industry in China.
Triboelectric nanogenerators for a macro-scale blue energy harvesting and self-powered marine environmental monitoring system
TENG is not only a promising candidate for harvesting blue energy, but also an indispensable picture puzzle in intelligent ocean.
Electrochemical CO2 reduction: from nanoclusters to single atom catalysts
We reviewed recent significant developments of noble-metal or transition-metal-based nanoclusters or single-atom catalysts that have been used in electrocatalytic CO2 reduction.
Single-atom catalysts for electrochemical clean energy conversion: recent progress and perspectives
We summarized here the recent progress and perspectives on single-atom catalysts for electrochemical clean energy conversion.
Recent advances in sustainable syngas production by catalytic CO2 reforming of ethanol and glycerol
Thermodynamics and activity/stability features of the catalysts of ethanol and glycerol dry reforming are critically reviewed.
Metal–organic frameworks: preparation and applications in highly efficient heterogeneous photocatalysis
Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) attract considerable attention due to tunable structures, tailorable functionalities, and replaceable metal centers, leading to comprehensive applications, such as semiconductors, catalysts, and photocatalysts.
Planar polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells: powering portable devices from hydrogen
An air breathing planar PEMFC has thin geometry, open cathode and minimum peripheral devices.
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