Themed collection Journal of Materials Chemistry A Emerging Investigators

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Editorial

Scientific writing and publishing for early-career researchers from the perspective of young chemists

This editorial provides suggestions on scientific writing from the perspective of early-career chemists to facilitate the writing process and provides relevant resources for early-career researchers in preparing their first manuscripts.

Graphical abstract: Scientific writing and publishing for early-career researchers from the perspective of young chemists
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Contributors to the Emerging Investigators 2021 issue

Journal of Materials Chemistry A profiles contributors to the Emerging Investigators 2021 issue.

Graphical abstract: Contributors to the Emerging Investigators 2021 issue
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The role of polymers in lithium solid-state batteries with inorganic solid electrolytes

Polymers in the form of composite electrolytes, as binders and as protective coatings are used to modify interfaces and to facilitate the manufacture of lithium solid-state batteries with inorganic solid electrolytes.

Graphical abstract: The role of polymers in lithium solid-state batteries with inorganic solid electrolytes
Perspective

Solid oxide proton conductors beyond perovskites

Solid oxide proton conductors have application in hydrogen-based energy technologies. This perspective presents an overview of the structural and mechanistic aspects of proton conduction in oxide systems outside conventional perovskite conductors.

Graphical abstract: Solid oxide proton conductors beyond perovskites
Perspective

Engineering plasmonic semiconductors for enhanced photocatalysis

This perspective provides an outlook on the advancing research regarding on strategies to engineer plasmonic semiconductors for enhanced photocatalysis.

Graphical abstract: Engineering plasmonic semiconductors for enhanced photocatalysis
Open Access Perspective

Anti-perovskites for solid-state batteries: recent developments, current challenges and future prospects

For the first time, we highlight recent experimental and atomistic modelling insights into Li- and Na-rich anti-perovskite battery materials, with particular attention given to their synthesisability, structures, ion transport and interfaces.

Graphical abstract: Anti-perovskites for solid-state batteries: recent developments, current challenges and future prospects
Perspective

Emerging elemental two-dimensional materials for energy applications

Elemental two-dimensional (2D) materials possess distinct properties and superior performances across a multitude of fundamental and practical research fields.

Graphical abstract: Emerging elemental two-dimensional materials for energy applications
Perspective

Materials and system design for direct electrochemical CO2 conversion in capture media

Integration of upstream CO2 capture and downstream electrochemical conversion by direct electrolysis of CO2 capture media offers a potential solution to energy- and cost-efficient utilisation of CO2.

Graphical abstract: Materials and system design for direct electrochemical CO2 conversion in capture media
Perspective

Designing the electronic and geometric structures of single-atom and nanocluster catalysts

This perspective showcases the interplay between electronic and geometric structures with respect to the catalytic properties of single-atom and nanocluster catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Designing the electronic and geometric structures of single-atom and nanocluster catalysts
Perspective

Two-dimensional building blocks for photocatalytic ammonia production

This perspective summarizes the design and synthesis of two-dimensional building block based photocatalysts for light-induced NH3 production. The structure–performance relationship and mechanism of photocatalysts are highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional building blocks for photocatalytic ammonia production
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
Review Article

Pyrolysis-free covalent organic framework-based materials for efficient oxygen electrocatalysis

This review highlights the recent impressive progress in engineering pyrolysis-free covalent organic framework (COF)-based materials for efficient oxygen electrocatalysis.

Graphical abstract: Pyrolysis-free covalent organic framework-based materials for efficient oxygen electrocatalysis
Review Article

Design of pre-catalysts for heterogeneous CO2 electrochemical reduction

This work reviews the recent advances of pre-catalysts for CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) research. The important factors that may be responsible for the improvement of the CO2RR performance are categorized and a perspective is also presented.

Graphical abstract: Design of pre-catalysts for heterogeneous CO2 electrochemical reduction
Review Article

Applications of MAX phases and MXenes as catalysts

This review highlights the recent progress in designing MAX phases and MXenes as materials for heterogeneous, non-electrocatalytic, catalytic applications.

Graphical abstract: Applications of MAX phases and MXenes as catalysts
Review Article

The electronic structure of transition metal oxides for oxygen evolution reaction

In this review article, we summarise the key electronic features of transition metal oxides that govern their OER catalytic properties, and how such electronic descriptors are applied for OER electrocatalysts design.

Graphical abstract: The electronic structure of transition metal oxides for oxygen evolution reaction
Review Article

Colloidal synthesis of Au nanomaterials with a controlled morphology and crystal phase via the [Au(I)-oleylamine] complex

A comprehensive overview of morphology- and crystal phase-controlled synthesis of Au nanomaterials via the [Au(I)-oleylamine] complex and their promising applications.

Graphical abstract: Colloidal synthesis of Au nanomaterials with a controlled morphology and crystal phase via the [Au(i)-oleylamine] complex
Review Article

Advances in SnO2-based perovskite solar cells: from preparation to photovoltaic applications

This review initially describes the recent progress in SnO2 nanostructures, preparation methods and passivation options. Then, the challenges and limitations of SnO2 ETL-based PSCs were discussed and recommendations for further research were made.

Graphical abstract: Advances in SnO2-based perovskite solar cells: from preparation to photovoltaic applications
Review Article

Layered electrode materials for non-aqueous multivalent metal batteries

Multivalent metal batteries are promising large-scale energy storage technologies. This review summarizes the recent progress in the development of layered cathode materials for non-aqueous multivalent metal batteries.

Graphical abstract: Layered electrode materials for non-aqueous multivalent metal batteries
Review Article

Heteroatoms in graphdiyne for catalytic and energy-related applications

GDY possesses rich acetylenic bonds and unique pore structures, prompting GDY as an ideal candidate, tuning its electronic structure by introducing heteroatoms, broadening its usage in catalysis, energy storage and other fields.

Graphical abstract: Heteroatoms in graphdiyne for catalytic and energy-related applications
Review Article

Strategies of structural and defect engineering for high-performance rechargeable aqueous zinc-ion batteries

Recent progress regarding the structural and defect engineering of aqueous ZIBs is summarized. Furthermore, advanced techniques, the existing challenges and future perspectives on the structural and defect engineering of ZIBs are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Strategies of structural and defect engineering for high-performance rechargeable aqueous zinc-ion batteries
Review Article

The role of electrode wettability in electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide

This review provides an in-depth analysis of essential role of electrode wettability in improving CO2 electrochemical reduction.

Graphical abstract: The role of electrode wettability in electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide
Open Access Review Article

Recent progress on the synthesis and oxygen reduction applications of Fe-based single-atom and double-atom catalysts

Single-atom and double-atom catalysts have emerged as a new Frontier in many fields due to their high atom-utilization efficiency, excellent catalytic properties and good durability.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress on the synthesis and oxygen reduction applications of Fe-based single-atom and double-atom catalysts
Review Article

Biomimetic photocatalysts for the conversion of aqueous- and gas-phase nitrogen species to molecular nitrogen via denitrification and ammonia oxidation

This review summarizes the recent progress in the photocatalytic conversion of aqueous- and gas-phase nitrogen species to molecular nitrogen and highlights the factors affecting the conversion efficiency and selectivity for nitrogen.

Graphical abstract: Biomimetic photocatalysts for the conversion of aqueous- and gas-phase nitrogen species to molecular nitrogen via denitrification and ammonia oxidation
Review Article

Printed flexible thermoelectric materials and devices

Combined with printing technologies, thermoelectric materials receive considerable attention owing to their superiority in flexibility and mass production. this review focuses on printed flexible thermoelectric devices and its applications.

Graphical abstract: Printed flexible thermoelectric materials and devices
Review Article

Hybrid artificial photosynthetic systems constructed using quantum dots and molecular catalysts for solar fuel production: development and advances

The strategy of the combination of molecular catalysts and inorganic quantum dots for solar fuel production has shown great success for the construction of artificial photosynthetic systems in the last decade.

Graphical abstract: Hybrid artificial photosynthetic systems constructed using quantum dots and molecular catalysts for solar fuel production: development and advances
Review Article

Understanding the enhanced catalytic activity of high entropy alloys: from theory to experiment

This review highlights the impacts of four core effects (i.e. high entropy, cocktail effect, lattice distortion and sluggish diffusion) and the microstructures of HEAs on their catalytic properties.

Graphical abstract: Understanding the enhanced catalytic activity of high entropy alloys: from theory to experiment
Open Access Review Article

Interfaces in metal halide perovskites probed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy

This review outlines the prospects for a range of solid-state NMR spectroscopy techniques to facilitate structural understanding of complex interfaces in metal halide perovskites and transport layers for optoelectronic applications.

Graphical abstract: Interfaces in metal halide perovskites probed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy
Review Article

Sulfurized polyacrylonitrile for high-performance lithium sulfur batteries: advances and prospects

A comprehensive review on the research advances and prospects of sulfurized polyacrylonitrile cathodes for high-performance lithium sulfur batteries is conducted to shed light on their implementation in commercial production in the future.

Graphical abstract: Sulfurized polyacrylonitrile for high-performance lithium sulfur batteries: advances and prospects
Review Article

Gold-based nanoalloys: synthetic methods and catalytic applications

This review provides an overview of the recently reported gold-based nanoalloys, focusing on their general synthetic methods and potential catalytic applications.

Graphical abstract: Gold-based nanoalloys: synthetic methods and catalytic applications
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
Review Article

Nonfullerene acceptors for P3HT-based organic solar cells

Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) is a promising donor for the large-scale organic solar cell fabrication in a cost-effective way. A series of nonfullerene acceptors compatible with P3HT are summarized in this review.

Graphical abstract: Nonfullerene acceptors for P3HT-based organic solar cells
Review Article

Recent advances in wearable self-powered energy systems based on flexible energy storage devices integrated with flexible solar cells

The recent advances in wearable self-powered energy systems based on flexible energy storage devices integrated with flexible solar cells for various applications are summarized.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in wearable self-powered energy systems based on flexible energy storage devices integrated with flexible solar cells
Review Article

All-inorganic perovskite quantum dots as light-harvesting, interfacial, and light-converting layers toward solar cells

All inorganic perovskite quantum dots as light-harvesting, interfacial, and light-converting layers toward efficient and stable solar cells are summarized.

Graphical abstract: All-inorganic perovskite quantum dots as light-harvesting, interfacial, and light-converting layers toward solar cells
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
Review Article

The rise of flexible zinc-ion hybrid capacitors: advances, challenges, and outlooks

A comprehensive review summarizing the latest advance and critical challenges of the flexible zinc-ion hybrid capacitors, with outlooks towards potential future research directions.

Graphical abstract: The rise of flexible zinc-ion hybrid capacitors: advances, challenges, and outlooks
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
Review Article

Modulating the electronic structure of nanomaterials to enhance polysulfides confinement for advanced lithium–sulfur batteries

Modulating electronic structure of nanomaterials via surface engineering for suppressing polysulfide shuttling in lithium–sulfur batteries are comprehensively summarized and outlooks of them are given in this review.

Graphical abstract: Modulating the electronic structure of nanomaterials to enhance polysulfides confinement for advanced lithium–sulfur batteries
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
Review Article

Advances of the top-down synthesis approach for high-performance silicon anodes in Li-ion batteries

A comprehensive review of low-cost top-down approaches to enhance the electrochemical performance of silicon anodes, including future research directions.

Graphical abstract: Advances of the top-down synthesis approach for high-performance silicon anodes in Li-ion batteries
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
Review Article

Carbocatalytic ozonation toward advanced water purification

This review summarizes the recent advances in carbocatalyzed ozonation and the corresponding surface engineering protocols and mechanistic insights.

Graphical abstract: Carbocatalytic ozonation toward advanced water purification
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
Review Article

Recent advances in electrocatalytic chloride oxidation for chlorine gas production

This review provides a critical overview of chlorine evolution reaction (CER) including a fundamental understanding of reaction mechanisms, recent advances in developing CER catalysts, and future opportunities in this field.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in electrocatalytic chloride oxidation for chlorine gas production
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
Review Article

Textile triboelectric nanogenerators for self-powered biomonitoring

Textile-based TENGs integrate wearable biomonitoring into commonly worn textiles, offering an inexpensive and convenient alternative with high breathability, wearing comfort, and scalability for personalized healthcare.

Graphical abstract: Textile triboelectric nanogenerators for self-powered biomonitoring
Review Article

Redox-induced electricity for energy scavenging and self-powered sensors

Redox-based energy scavenging devices are based on utilizing oxidation and reduction reactions to generate electricity. The driving forces for these reactions come from many sustainable energy sources such as human fluids, waste heat, photon energy.

Graphical abstract: Redox-induced electricity for energy scavenging and self-powered sensors
Review Article

Organic electrode materials for non-aqueous, aqueous, and all-solid-state Na-ion batteries

In this review, recent advances in developing organic electrode materials for non-aqueous, aqueous, and all-solid-state Na-ion batteries are presented.

Graphical abstract: Organic electrode materials for non-aqueous, aqueous, and all-solid-state Na-ion batteries
Communication

Single crystal MnOOH nanotubes for selective oxidative coupling of anilines to aromatic azo compounds

Catalytic synthesis of aromatic azo compounds by oxidative coupling of anilines using molecular oxygen represents a facile, green and valuable process; however, such an economical process suffers from poor catalytic activity and selectivity.

Graphical abstract: Single crystal MnOOH nanotubes for selective oxidative coupling of anilines to aromatic azo compounds
Communication

Platinum-free photoelectrochromic devices working with copper-based electrolytes for ultrastable smart windows

Designing smart windows with carbon and copper replacing platinum and iodine: stability, efficiency and sustainability at the same time.

Graphical abstract: Platinum-free photoelectrochromic devices working with copper-based electrolytes for ultrastable smart windows
Communication

Boosting electrochemical CO2 reduction to formate using SnO2/graphene oxide with amide linkages

Tuning the efficiency of CO2 conversion by surface modification of SnO2/graphene oxide.

Graphical abstract: Boosting electrochemical CO2 reduction to formate using SnO2/graphene oxide with amide linkages
Open Access Communication

Oriented growth of semiconducting TCNQ@Cu3(BTC)2 MOF on Cu(OH)2: crystallographic orientation and pattern formation toward semiconducting thin-film devices

Oriented film and pattern of TCNQ@Cu3(BTC)2(HKUST-1) fabricated via epitaxial growth exhibit anisotropic electrical properties toward MOF-based (flexible) thin-film smart device applications, such as transistors and thermoelectric thin films.

Graphical abstract: Oriented growth of semiconducting TCNQ@Cu3(BTC)2 MOF on Cu(OH)2: crystallographic orientation and pattern formation toward semiconducting thin-film devices
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
Communication

Dopants modulate crystal growth in molten salts enabled by surface energy tuning

Dopants traditionally used for modifying crystal lattices can also function as growth mediators in molten salt synthesis and enable a high energy-density, high power LiCoO2 cathode for lithium-ion batteries.

Graphical abstract: Dopants modulate crystal growth in molten salts enabled by surface energy tuning
Communication

Supporting nickel on vanadium nitride for comparable hydrogen evolution performance to platinum in alkaline solution

The metal–support interaction between Ni and VN contributes to an outstanding performance for Ni/VN towards hydrogen evolution electrocatalysis following the Volmer–Tafel mechanism.

Graphical abstract: Supporting nickel on vanadium nitride for comparable hydrogen evolution performance to platinum in alkaline solution
Communication

Formation mechanism of the solid electrolyte interphase in different ester electrolytes

The solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) plays a critical role in determining the performance of lithium metal batteries.

Graphical abstract: Formation mechanism of the solid electrolyte interphase in different ester electrolytes
Communication

Sliding ferroelectricity in two-dimensional MoA2N4 (A = Si or Ge) bilayers: high polarizations and Moiré potentials

Strong sliding-ferroelectricity is predicted in high-mobility semiconducting MoSi2N4 bilayers, and a small angle twist will induce strong Moiré potential and unique band alignment for exciton trapping.

Graphical abstract: Sliding ferroelectricity in two-dimensional MoA2N4 (A = Si or Ge) bilayers: high polarizations and Moiré potentials
Communication

3D-Printed highly stretchable conducting polymer electrodes for flexible supercapacitors

A stretchable conducting polymer electrode has been prepared using extrusion 3D printing technology in combination with rational structural patterning, which shows promising mechanical and electrochemical performance.

Graphical abstract: 3D-Printed highly stretchable conducting polymer electrodes for flexible supercapacitors
Communication

Achieving selective photocatalytic CO2 reduction to CO on bismuth tantalum oxyhalogen nanoplates

Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to selectively produce CO was realized on the semiconductor Bi4TaO8X (X = Cl, Br) under visible light without sacrificial reagent. Morphology regulation and silver cocatalyst decoration could enhance the activity.

Graphical abstract: Achieving selective photocatalytic CO2 reduction to CO on bismuth tantalum oxyhalogen nanoplates
Communication

Importance of multimodal characterization and influence of residual Li2S impurity in amorphous Li3PS4 inorganic electrolytes

Multimodal techniques are required to characterize amorphous Li3PS4 (LPS).

Graphical abstract: Importance of multimodal characterization and influence of residual Li2S impurity in amorphous Li3PS4 inorganic electrolytes
Communication

Supramolecular polymer-assisted manipulation of triblock copolymers: understanding the relationships between microphase structures and mechanical properties

We demonstrate that supramolecular polymers could be utilized to modulate the mechanical properties of triblock copolymers by means of phase-separation engineering.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular polymer-assisted manipulation of triblock copolymers: understanding the relationships between microphase structures and mechanical properties
Communication

Localized electron density modulation in conjugated polymer nanosheets for boosting photocatalytic H2 evolution

The localized electron density modulation strategy endows an as-synthesized conjugated polymer with improved intrinsic surface catalytic activity with an AQY of 33.5% at 400 nm, which exceeds that of the state-of-the-art CMP materials. state-of-the-art CMP materials.

Graphical abstract: Localized electron density modulation in conjugated polymer nanosheets for boosting photocatalytic H2 evolution
Open Access Paper

Hydrothermal polymerization of porous aromatic polyimide networks and machine learning-assisted computational morphology evolution interpretation

We report on the hydrothermal polymerization (HTP) of porous polyimide (PI) networks using the medium H2O and the comonomers 1,3,5-tris(4-aminophenyl)benzene (TAPB) and pyromellitic acid (PMA).

Graphical abstract: Hydrothermal polymerization of porous aromatic polyimide networks and machine learning-assisted computational morphology evolution interpretation
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
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Rigid two-dimensional indium metal–organic frameworks boosting nitrogen electroreduction at all pH values

Rigid 2D In-MOF nanosheets is investigated as electrocatalysts for nitrogen electroreduction in the entire pH range for the first time, which follows an enzymatic mechanism, with the potential determining step being *H2NNH2* → *NH2 + NH3.

Graphical abstract: Rigid two-dimensional indium metal–organic frameworks boosting nitrogen electroreduction at all pH values
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Redox-copolymers for the recovery of rare earth elements by electrochemically regenerated ion-exchange

A unique copolymer combines ion-exchange groups and redox-active ferrocene groups to enable effective adsorption of rare earth element ions and fully electrochemically-controlled regeneration, without the use of hazardous chemicals.

Graphical abstract: Redox-copolymers for the recovery of rare earth elements by electrochemically regenerated ion-exchange
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Electrodeposition of ligand-free copper nanoparticles from aqueous nanodroplets

Copper nanoparticles have emerged as promising electrocatalysts for energy storage and conversion.

Graphical abstract: Electrodeposition of ligand-free copper nanoparticles from aqueous nanodroplets
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Charged droplet-driven fast formation of nickel–iron (oxy)hydroxides with rich oxygen defects for boosting overall water splitting

Charged droplets formed by electrospray can be used to accelerate the synthesis of NiFeOOH electrocatalysts with abundant oxygen vacancies, which show good catalytic activity for the HER, OER, and overall water splitting with long-term durability.

Graphical abstract: Charged droplet-driven fast formation of nickel–iron (oxy)hydroxides with rich oxygen defects for boosting overall water splitting
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Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution using hybrid electrodes based on single-walled carbon nanohorns and cobalt(II) polypyridine complexes

An unprecedented combination of porous SWCNHs with tetradentate polypyridine cobalt(II) complexes bearing pyrene groups has been realized to produce a hybrid cathode active for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in water at neutral pH.

Graphical abstract: Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution using hybrid electrodes based on single-walled carbon nanohorns and cobalt(ii) polypyridine complexes
Open Access Paper

Energy storage mechanisms in vacancy-ordered Wadsley–Roth layered niobates

Layered niobates with vacancy-ordered Wadsley–Roth structures were investigated as Li-ion battery anodes. Using operando and ex situ methods and DFT, we identify an intercalation mechanism dominated by Li-diffusion kinetics and layer evolution.

Graphical abstract: Energy storage mechanisms in vacancy-ordered Wadsley–Roth layered niobates
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Open Access Paper

In situ surface-enhanced Raman spectroelectrochemistry reveals the molecular conformation of electrolyte additives in Li-ion batteries

In situ surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy reveals that the adsorption orientation of rhodamine B on the surface of graphite is modulated by the applied potential, drastically altering the cycle performance and rate capability of Li/graphite cells.

Graphical abstract: In situ surface-enhanced Raman spectroelectrochemistry reveals the molecular conformation of electrolyte additives in Li-ion batteries
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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Effects of side reactions on the kinetics of nanoporous gold formation revealed by real-time X-ray scattering during electrolytic dealloying

Simultaneous SAXS/WAXS studies elucidate passive surface film growth during formation of nanoporous gold by electrolytic dealloying in HClO4, but not in HNO3. This passive surface film hampers dealloying kinetics and slows ligament growth/coarsening.

Graphical abstract: Effects of side reactions on the kinetics of nanoporous gold formation revealed by real-time X-ray scattering during electrolytic dealloying
Open Access Paper

Chitin–amyloid synergism and their use as sustainable structural adhesives

Chitin, lysozyme, and lysozyme amyloids are evaluated as single-component and composite structural adhesives. A high shear strength is observed for chitin and lysozyme, which can be further improved by at least 25% upon compositing.

Graphical abstract: Chitin–amyloid synergism and their use as sustainable structural adhesives
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
Open Access Paper

Photocatalytic polymers of intrinsic microporosity for hydrogen production from water

Conjugated polymers of intrinsic microporosity show excellent performance as photocatalysts for sacrificial hydrogen production from water as they combine extended conjugation with high surface areas.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic polymers of intrinsic microporosity for hydrogen production from water
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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Ultrathin 2D/2D Ti3C2Tx/semiconductor dual-functional photocatalysts for simultaneous imine production and H2 evolution

Ultrathin 2D/2D Ti3C2Tx/semiconductor (CdS and Bi2MoO6) dual-functional photocatalysts have been constructed for the oxidative coupling of benzylamines to imines combined with H2 generation under visible light irradiation (λ ≥420 nm).

Graphical abstract: Ultrathin 2D/2D Ti3C2Tx/semiconductor dual-functional photocatalysts for simultaneous imine production and H2 evolution
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Chemical insights into electrophilic fluorination of SnO2 for photoelectrochemical applications

A novel method for fluorination of SnO2 is developed that passivates oxygen defects and increases its electrical conductivity drastically, leading to enhanced charge transport in photoelectrochemical applications.

Graphical abstract: Chemical insights into electrophilic fluorination of SnO2 for photoelectrochemical applications
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Solar-assisted co-electrolysis of glycerol and water for concurrent production of formic acid and hydrogen

A N-CoOx-catalyzed glycerol oxidation with a low energy supply (1.31 V) and high conversion of glycerol to formic acid (96.2% FE) was employed to repace OER and couple with solar-driven HER for co-production of formic acid and hydrogen.

Graphical abstract: Solar-assisted co-electrolysis of glycerol and water for concurrent production of formic acid and hydrogen
Open Access Paper

Carbonate formation lowers the electrocatalytic activity of perovskite oxides for water electrolysis

Electrocatalytic activity depends on surface properties and therefore changes on air-exposure. We show that clean LaNiO3 OER catalysts are more active than their air-exposed counterparts where surface carbonate groups block the nickel active sites.

Graphical abstract: Carbonate formation lowers the electrocatalytic activity of perovskite oxides for water electrolysis
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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Photo-assisted high performance single atom electrocatalysis of the N2 reduction reaction by a Mo-embedded covalent organic framework

Through theoretical calculations, we report the remarkably high catalytic activity and excellent selectivity of Mo-doped Pc-TFPN COF for the N2 fixation and reduction reaction under ambient conditions.

Graphical abstract: Photo-assisted high performance single atom electrocatalysis of the N2 reduction reaction by a Mo-embedded covalent organic framework
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Photothermal effect enables markedly enhanced oxygen reduction and evolution activities for high-performance Zn–air batteries

A simple yet robust strategy was reported to markedly boost the performance of ZABs via capitalizing on the photothermal effect.

Graphical abstract: Photothermal effect enables markedly enhanced oxygen reduction and evolution activities for high-performance Zn–air batteries
From the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
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Planar defect-driven electrocatalysis of CO2-to-C2H4 conversion

A set of parallel planar defects embedded in right bipyramidal Cu nanocrystals promote the production rate and selectivity towards C2H4 in CO2 electro-reduction at low overpotentials compared to Cu(100) facets.

Graphical abstract: Planar defect-driven electrocatalysis of CO2-to-C2H4 conversion
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Journal of Materials Chemistry A is proud to present this themed issue highlighting 2021’s rising stars of materials chemistry research. This issue gathers the very best work from materials chemists in the early stages of their independent career.

Each contributor was recommended by experts in their fields as carrying out work with the potential to influence future directions in materials chemistry with applications in energy and sustainability. We would like to congratulate all the excellent researchers featured.

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