Separation enhanced methanol and dimethyl ether synthesis
Recent developments in separation enhanced reaction processes using membranes and adsorbents, highlighted here, have proven their potential for carbon dioxide conversion to methanol and dimethyl ether.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Commercialisation of high energy density sodium-ion batteries: Faradion's journey and outlook
The thinking behind Faradion's historical and current commercial Na-ion technology and the importance of some crucial experimental factors in battery research are discussed.
Perylene diimide based non-fullerene acceptors: top performers and an emerging class featuring N-annulation
This perspective showcases new materials designs for perylene diimide based non-fullerene acceptors towards high performance photovoltaic devices.
Conductive carbonaceous membranes: recent progress and future opportunities
Conductive carbonaceous membranes are a cost-effective, scalable platform to electrify membranes for fouling mitigation, contaminant degradation, and increased permeate selectivity.
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.
Envisioned strategy for an early intervention in virus-suspected patients through non-invasive piezo- and pyro-electric-based wearable sensors
This perspective explores the scope of piezo- and pyro-electric wearable sensors towards the early intervention of virus-affected patients, particularly in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Vacancy engineering in nanostructured semiconductors for enhancing photocatalysis
This review highlights the recent impressive progress in vacancy engineering of photocatalysts and discusses the outlook on the future development of vacancy-enhanced photocatalysis.
Recent progress in electrocatalysts and electrodes for portable fuel cells
This review highlights the recent progress in designing electrocatalysts for producing high performance fuel cells with truly potential applicability to be used in portable devices.
Interfacial Design of Thick Sulfur Cathodes to Achieve High Energy Density and Stability
High-performance lead-free bulk ceramics for electrical energy storage applications: design strategies and challenges
This review summarizes the development history of lead-free bulk ceramics for electrical energy storage applications and stress the design strategies for each type of dielectric ceramic based on their special physical properties.
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.
Tin oxide for optoelectronic, photovoltaic and energy storage devices: a review
Tin dioxide (SnO2) used in various applications due to suitable band gap and tunable conductivity. It has excellent thermal, mechanical and chemical stability.
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.
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.
Advances in self-powered triboelectric pressure sensors
Triboelectric pressure sensors arouse great interest in wearable electronics due to their self-powered property. Here, recent key advancements of triboelectric pressure sensors are comprehensively reviewed and some future trends are also discussed.
Applications of MAX phases and MXenes as catalysts
The Electronic Structure of Transition Metal Oxides for Oxygen Evolution Reaction
A review on the recent advances in hybrid supercapacitors
Faradaic and non-faradaic energy storage mechanisms, impact of the nano-structuring of electrode materials and state-of-art applications in robotics, etc. of hybrid supercapacitors, and their coupling with batteries and solar cells are elucidated.
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.
Carbon-supported catalysts with atomically dispersed metal sites for oxygen electroreduction: present and future perspectives
This is a concise review focusing on two directions for the rational design of carbon-supported single-atom catalysts, i.e. modulating the electronic structure and increasing the metal loading.
A review of the thermophysical properties and potential of ionic liquids for thermal applications
Key thermophysical properties of ILs were evaluated and compared leading to their classification by thermal conductivity and viscosity behavior into groups according to their cation types and also providing insights for their thermal applications.
Colloidal Synthesis of Au Nanomaterials with Controlled Morphology and Crystal Phase via the [Au(I)-oleylamine] Complex
Recent advances in photothermal applications of two-dimensional nanomaterials: photothermal therapy and beyond
Advances in SnO2-based Perovskite Solar Cells: From Preparation to Photovoltaic Application
Performance and stability improvements in metal halide perovskite with intralayer incorporation of organic additives
Organic additives can be used to tune the properties of metal halide perovskites to improve their performance and stability for a wide range of applications, including photovoltaics, thin-film transistors, and light-emitting diodes.
Aluminium-based MIL-100(Al) and MIL-101(Al) metal–organic frameworks, derivative materials and composites: synthesis, structure, properties and applications
This review summarizes the synthesis, properties and applications of two related and particularly interesting mesoporous aluminium-based metal–organic frameworks (MOFs): MIL-100(Al) and MIL-101(Al).
Recent advances in engineered metal oxide nanostructures for supercapacitor applications: Experimental and theoretical aspects
Rapid prototyping and customizable multifunctional structures: 3D-printing technology promotes the rapid development of TENGs
This paper reviews the recent advances in triboelectric nanogenerators based on 3D printing technologies and highlights the crucial roles 3D printing technologies play in promoting the rapid development of TENGs.
Innovative salt-blocking technologies of photothermal materials in solar-driven interfacial desalination
Recent advanced salt-blocking technologies for solar-driven interfacial desalination systems have been summarized.
Chitosan-Based Materials for Supercapacitor Application-A Review
Tailored nanocellulose-grafted polymer brushes applications
Hydrogen sulfide removal from natural gas using membrane technology: A review
Building next-generation supercapacitors with battery type Ni(OH)2
This review exclusively elaborates the unnoticed vision into the design, fabrication, mechanism, and investigation of fascinating Ni(OH)2-based supercapacitors in an asymmetric fashion.
Colloidal quantum dots and metal halide perovskite hybridization for solar cell stability and performance enhancement
Metal halide perovskites and colloidal quantum dots (QDs) are two emerging classes of photoactive materials that have attracted considerable attention for next-generation high-performance solution-processed solar cells.
Recent advances in doped ruthenium oxides as high-efficiency electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction
Recent progress in doped ruthenium oxides as high-efficiency electrocatalysts for the OER, in which various types of dopants and design strategies are summarized, with an emphasis on the establishment of the structure–activity relationship.
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.
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.
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.
Recent advances in effective capture of inorganic mercury from aqueous solutions through sulfurized 2D-material-based adsorbents
Recent advancements in solid electrolytes integrated into all-solid-state 2D and 3D lithium-ion microbatteries
This review reports progress in solid electrolytes integrated into all-solid-state 2D and 3D lithium-ion microbatteries. The latest improvements, performance and challenges of the all-solid-state 2D and 3D structured microbatteries are analyzed.
Understanding the functions and modifications of interfaces in membrane electrode assemblies of proton exchange membrane fuel cells
Four functions of interfaces in MEA are proposed: the mechanical adhesion, charge transfer, mass transport, and heat conduction.
Reliability of 3D Cs2M+M3+X6 type absorbers for Perovskite Solar Cells: Assessing the Figures of Merit
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.
Recent Progress in Synthesis and Oxygen Reduction Applications of Fe-based Single-Atom and Double-Atom Catalysts
Toward high-performance anodeless batteries based on controlled lithium metal deposition: a review
This review covers various strategies aimed at controlling Li deposition on a heterogeneous current collector for an anodeless cell configuration in batteries with liquid and solid-state electrolytes.
Recent progress in self-healing polymers and hydrogels based on reversible dynamic B–O bonds: boronic/boronate esters, borax, and benzoxaborole
Reversible boronic ester-based polymers/hydrogels achieve cutting-edge biomedical applications including drug delivery, adhesion, bioimplants, healthcare monitoring by self-healing, injectability, biocompatibility, multi-responsiveness to stimuli.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent advances in 2D MXenes: preparation, intercalation and applications in flexible devices
The very recent development and progress of 2D MXenes are summarized from the preparation, intercalation and delamination to potential applications in flexible devices, indicating the future directions of 2D MXenes.
Olivine LiMnxFe1−xPO4 cathode materials for lithium ion batteries: restricted factors of rate performances
The research progress on the factors restricting of LMFP rate performance has been comprehensively elaborated with respect to three aspects: intrinsic properties, interface structure and cell preparation.
Green and sustainable molten salt electrochemistry for the conversion of secondary carbon pollutants to advanced carbon materials
The electro-conversion progress of secondary carbon pollutants to advanced carbon materials through green and sustainable molten salt electrochemistry are reviewed systematically. The promising applications of carbon nanomaterials are highlighted.
Lignocellulose-derived hydrogel/aerogel-based flexible quasi-solid-state supercapacitors with high-performance: a review
Recent advances in flexible quasi-solid-state supercapacitors derived from lignocellulose hydrogels/aerogels are systematically reviewed and further prospects are discussed.
Alternative anodes for low temperature lithium-ion batteries
Major issues of commercial graphite-based Li-ion batteries at low temperature and recent improvements in anode formulation to tackle these low temperature limitations.
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.
Biomass-derived tubular carbon materials: progress in synthesis and applications
This review summarizes advantages of biomass-based tubular carbon materials, preparation strategies, formation mechanisms and various applications, with a focus on the relationship between the tubular structures and properties.
Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2): bismuth-based electrocatalysts
Bi-based catalysts for electrochemical reduction of CO2 (ERCO2), including their preparation, electrochemical performance, reaction mechanisms and further challenges and research directions.
Recent advances in g-C3N4-based photocatalysts incorporated by MXenes and their derivatives
An overview of the recent advances in g-C3N4-based photocatalysts incorporated by MXenes and their derivatives is provided and discussed systematically.
Nano/microstructured materials for solar-driven interfacial evaporators towards water purification
This review summarizes the representative progress of solar evaporators and their practical utilization towards water purification from the perspective of nano/microstructured material architecture designs.
Elasticity-oriented design of solid-state batteries: challenges and perspectives
Engineering energy dense electrodes (e.g. lithium metal, conversion cathodes, etc.) with solid electrolytes is important for enhancing the practical energy density of solid-state batteries.
Engineering membranes with macrocycles for precise molecular separations
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.
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.
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