Themed collection Sustainable Energy and Fuels Recent Review Articles

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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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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
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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 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.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in sustainable production and catalytic transformations of fatty acid methyl esters
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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
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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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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.

Graphical abstract: The role of oxygen vacancies in water splitting photoanodes
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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.

Graphical abstract: Polymer electrolytes for rechargeable lithium metal batteries
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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.

Graphical abstract: First-row transition metal oxide oxygen evolution electrocatalysts: regulation strategies and mechanistic understandings
Open Access Review Article

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.

Graphical abstract: Modelling of redox flow battery electrode processes at a range of length scales: a review
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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.

Graphical abstract: The success story of graphite as a lithium-ion anode material – fundamentals, remaining challenges, and recent developments including silicon (oxide) composites
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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.

Graphical abstract: MXene derivatives for energy storage applications
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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.

Graphical abstract: Advancements in PV-thermal systems with and without phase change materials as a sustainable energy solution: energy, exergy and exergoeconomic (3E) analytic approach
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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.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in vanadium-based nanomaterials and their composites for supercapacitors
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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.

Graphical abstract: Control of the molecular orientation in small molecule-based organic photovoltaics
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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.

Graphical abstract: Sustainable energy and fuels from biomass: a review focusing on hydrothermal biomass processing
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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.

Graphical abstract: Recent advancements in rational design of non-aqueous organic redox flow batteries
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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.

Graphical abstract: Theoretical insights into the factors affecting the electrochemical reduction of CO2
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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).

Graphical abstract: Recent advances and comprehensive insights on nickel oxide in emerging optoelectronic devices
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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.

Graphical abstract: Nongeminate charge recombination in organic photovoltaics
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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.

Graphical abstract: Rare-earth based nanomaterials and their composites as electrode materials for high performance supercapacitors: a review
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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.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in Co-based electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction
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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.

Graphical abstract: Doping strategies of organic n-type materials in perovskite solar cells: a chemical perspective
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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.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances of nonprecious and bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting
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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.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembled bulk heterojunctions from integral molecules with nonconjugately linked donor and acceptor units for photovoltaic applications
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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.

Graphical abstract: Life cycle environmental analysis of ‘drop in’ alternative aviation fuels: a review
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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.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in self-supported two-dimensional transition metal oxides and (oxy)hydroxides as oxygen evolution reaction catalysts
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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.

Graphical abstract: 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
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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.

Graphical abstract: Triboelectric nanogenerators for a macro-scale blue energy harvesting and self-powered marine environmental monitoring system
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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.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical CO2 reduction: from nanoclusters to single atom catalysts
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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.

Graphical abstract: Single-atom catalysts for electrochemical clean energy conversion: recent progress and perspectives
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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.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in sustainable syngas production by catalytic CO2 reforming of ethanol and glycerol
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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.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic frameworks: preparation and applications in highly efficient heterogeneous photocatalysis
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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.

Graphical abstract: Planar polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells: powering portable devices from hydrogen
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