Themed collection 2016 Journal of Materials Chemistry A Most Accessed Manuscripts
Nanostructured catalysts for electrochemical water splitting: current state and prospects
The fundamentals of water electrolysis, current popular electrocatalysts developed for cathodic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and anodic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in liquid electrolyte water electrolysis are reviewed and discussed.
All-in-one energy harvesting and storage devices
The recent development and perspectives of energy harvesting and storage devices including integration strategies are summarized and discussed.
A review of one-dimensional TiO2 nanostructured materials for environmental and energy applications
State-of-the-art development of fabrication methods and surface engineering strategies of 1D TiO2 nanostructures is reviewed, and an overview given of their potential applications including pollutant degradation/CO2 photoreduction photocatalysts, water splitting, solar cells, lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.
Organometal halide perovskite thin films and solar cells by vapor deposition
Vapor based methods provide a promising alternative way to fabricate organometal halide perovskite solar cells.
Graphene in perovskite solar cells: device design, characterization and implementation
We review the use of graphene and graphene-derived nanomaterials in perovskite solar cells, outlining design perspectives, device characterization, and performance.
Rational design of silicon-based composites for high-energy storage devices
Silicon-based composites are very promising anode materials not only for boosting the energy density of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) but for realizing Li metal-free new battery systems such as Li–S and Li–O2.
Recent research progress of polymer donor/polymer acceptor blend solar cells
In this review, we provide an overview of recent progress towards the performance enhancement of polymer/polymer blend solar cells.
Doping graphene with boron: a review of synthesis methods, physicochemical characterization, and emerging applications
Graphene based materials can be effectively modified by doping in order to specifically tailor their properties toward specific applications.
Flexible electrodes and supercapacitors for wearable energy storage: a review by category
Currently-developed flexible electrodes/supercapacitors are summarized according a hierarchical and detailed classification strategy.
Recent progress in electron transport layers for efficient perovskite solar cells
Thin-film photovoltaics based on organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite light absorbers have recently emerged as a promising low-cost solar energy harvesting technology.
Catalytic applications of waste derived materials
Sustainability has become a watchword and guiding principle for modern society, and with it a growing appreciation that anthropogenic ‘waste’, in all its manifold forms, can offer a valuable source of energy, construction materials, chemicals and high value functional products.
Composites of metal–organic frameworks and carbon-based materials: preparations, functionalities and applications
This review summarizes the recent progress in preparations, functionalities and applications of composites of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and carbon-based materials.
Review: carbon onions for electrochemical energy storage
Carbon onions are a relatively new member of the carbon nanomaterials family. They consist of multiple concentric fullerene-like carbon shells which are highly defective and disordered.
Recent advances in dye-sensitized semiconductor systems for photocatalytic hydrogen production
This review especially focuses on the advances in heterogeneous dye-sensitized semiconductors for H2 production during the past 30 years.
Review on recent advances in nitrogen-doped carbons: preparations and applications in supercapacitors
The advances in the preparation of N-doped carbons and their applications in supercapacitors are reviewed.
Electrospun nanofibers as a platform for advanced secondary batteries: a comprehensive review
A comprehensive review of the recent development of electrospun nanofibers as platform materials for advanced secondary batteries is presented.
Film-through large perovskite grains formation via a combination of sequential thermal and solvent treatment
We propose a reproducible fabrication method to prepare both flat and film-through grain distribution perovskite film by adding a pre-annealing step to strengthen perovskite nucleation, aiming to facilitate the excess CH3NH3I and solvent removal in the sec-butyl alcohol soaking process.
Cobalt nanoparticles embedded in porous N-rich carbon as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting
Cobalt nanoparticles embedded in porous N-rich carbon (PNC/Co) can perform as both active cathode and anode materials to drive the overall water splitting in alkaline media for simultaneous electrogeneration of hydrogen and oxygen gases.
Relativistic electronic structure and band alignment of BiSI and BiSeI: candidate photovoltaic materials
Bismuth-based solar absorbers are of interest due to similarities in the chemical properties of bismuth halides and the exceptionally efficient lead halide hybrid perovskites. Here, we computationally screen BiSI and BiSeI and show they possess electronic structures ideal for solar cell applications.
Synergistic improvements in stability and performance of lead iodide perovskite solar cells incorporating salt additives
Alkali metal halide additives chelate with Pb2+ ions during film formation promoting homogeneous nucleation, which greatly enhances the power conversion efficiency (15.08%) and stability (over 50 days) of planar perovskite solar cells.
Highly efficient low temperature solution processable planar type CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite flexible solar cells
A highly efficient PEN/ITO/ZnO/CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite/PTAA/Au flexible planar solar cell with 1.1 V Voc, 18.7 mA cm−2Jsc, 75% FF, and 15.4% η for the forward scan direction and 1.1 V Voc, 18.7 mA cm−2Jsc, 76% FF and 15.6% η for the reverse scan direction under illumination of 1 Sun was demonstrated.
Graphene-based nitrogen-doped carbon sandwich nanosheets: a new capacitive process controlled anode material for high-performance sodium-ion batteries
A new capacitive process controlled anode material of graphene-based nitrogen-doped carbon sandwich nanosheets for sodium-ion batteries is reported.
The mechanism of toluene-assisted crystallization of organic–inorganic perovskites for highly efficient solar cells
We investigate the influence of solvent drenching in hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite (CH3NH3PbX) crystallization process with a non-solvent, toluene, during film fabrication process.
Benchmarking nanoparticulate metal oxide electrocatalysts for the alkaline water oxidation reaction
16 crystalline metal oxide nanoparticulate systems are adhered to an electrode surface using a conventional drop-casting method and measured for their activity for the oxygen evolution reaction.
The influence of pore size distribution on the oxygen reduction reaction performance in nitrogen doped carbon microspheres
High-performance nitrogen-doped carbon electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction have been synthesized by the rational design of their pore structure.
A mechanochemically synthesized covalent organic framework as a proton-conducting solid electrolyte
Mechanochemically synthesized bipyridine based covalent organic framework showing high proton conductivity of 0.014 S cm−1 with improved performance over the solvothermal one giving a stable Open Circuit Voltage (0.93 V at 50 °C) on fabrication in PEM fuel cell.
3D graphene/δ-MnO2 aerogels for highly efficient and reversible removal of heavy metal ions
3D graphene/δ-MnO2 aerogels demonstrated high removal efficiency, fast adsorption kinetics, excellent regeneration towards heavy metal ions based on the perfect integration of surface adsorption and in-depth bulk uptake.
Transition metals (Fe, Co, and Ni) encapsulated in nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as bi-functional catalysts for oxygen electrode reactions
Transition metal nanoparticles (Fe, Co, and Ni) encapsulated in N-doped carbon nanotube hybrids were prepared, and the catalytic activities of three catalysts are compared and discussed. The optimized Co/N-CNT catalyst exhibits superb bifunctional catalytic activity with a ΔE value of 0.78 V.
Electronic and optical properties of single crystal SnS2: an earth-abundant disulfide photocatalyst
Crystals of earth-abundant tin disulfide exhibit high-surface-area platelet formation with ideal photocatalytic properties for water splitting in their ground state.
Boosting the performance of planar heterojunction perovskite solar cell by controlling the precursor purity of perovskite materials
Perovskite solar cells using highly pure PbI2 exhibit an efficiency higher than that with low purity PbI2 by 30–40%.
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