Initiation and future prospects of colloidal metal halide double-perovskite nanocrystals: Cs2AgBiX6 (X = Cl, Br, I)
Reviewing the present and future of “Green” metal halide double perovskite nanocrystals as potential optoelectronic materials.
Polymeric coatings for applications in electrocatalytic and photoelectrosynthetic fuel production
Polymeric coatings provide opportunities to control matter and energy in complex environments, including applications in artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels.
Polyoxometalate encapsulation into metal–organic frameworks: the way towards functional nanomaterials for water splitting
A new strategy has been reported for loading of polyoxometalates into metal–organic frameworks. It grants access to bifunctional electrocatalysts for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions.
CO2 electoreduction reaction on heteroatom-doped carbon cathode materials
This highlight summarizes the recent developments of heteroatom-doped carbon cathode catalysts for CERR.
Understanding inks for porous-electrode formation
Scalable manufacturing of high-aspect-ratio multi-material electrodes are important for advanced energy storage and conversion systems. There is a need to understand how one goes from a colloidal state through processing to a functional porous electrode. Such knowledge enables ink-engineering for electrode performance and durability optimization.
One-electron intermediates of water oxidation & the role of solvation in their stability
The recent observations of one-electron intermediates of the water oxidation reaction, which localize charge to the surface, suggest that their stability is guided by solvation; in turn, this calls for an expansion of current theoretical calculations of their charge trapping capacity to include explicit solvent.
Roadmap and roadblocks for the band gap tunability of metal halide perovskites
Solar cells based on metal-halide perovskite semiconductors inspire high hopes for efficient low-cost solar energy conversion technology. We here reflect on recent progress and potential limitations of the band gap tunability of these compound semiconductors.
Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT): fruit fly or outlier in organic solar cell research?
Regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) is used as a model polymer for research in organic solar cells.
Recent advances and energy-related applications of high quality/chemically doped graphenes obtained by electrochemical exfoliation methods
An overview of recently developed strategies to access high quality and chemically doped graphenes by electrochemical exfoliation methods and their energy applications is provided.
Freestanding ultrathin bismuth-based materials for diversified photocatalytic applications
Emerging Two-Dimensional Noncarbon Nanomaterials for Flexible Lithium-Ion Batteries: Opportunities and Challenges
Mixed-matrix membranes for CO2 separation: role of the third component
Mixed-matrix membranes (MMMs) have exhibited excellent performances for CO2 separation, but it is still an ongoing challenge to enhance the separation performance through optimization of their structures.
Emerging Nanostructured Carbon-based Non-precious Metal Electrocatalysts for Selectively Electrochemical CO2 Reduction to CO
Emergence of rechargeable seawater batteries
New concepts or chemistry is an urgent requirement for rechargeable batteries to achieve a low-cost, user-friendly nature with adequate energy densities and high levels of safety.
Green-solvent-processable strategies for achieving large-scale manufacture of organic photovoltaics
This review introduces three green-solvent-processable strategies for realizing large-scale manufacture of organic photovoltaics.
Silica aerogel composites with embedded fibres: a review on their preparation, properties and applications
Silica aerogels are among the lightest solid materials but they are also very fragile. Fibres embedment is the most versatile and effective method to preserve a monolithic shape during drying, even at large scale, thus widening their applications.
MXene-engineered lithium–sulfur batteries
The applications of MXene-based materials in cathodes, anodes and separators of lithium–sulfur batteries have been summarized, and their superiority for suppressing polysulfide shuttling and improving sulfur utilization has been demonstrated.
Covalent triazine frameworks for carbon dioxide capture
Covalent triazine frameworks, as a newly emerging class of porous materials, have great potential in the area of CO2 capture.
Photoluminescent metal–organic frameworks and their application for sensing biomolecules
This review focuses on the recent development of luminescent MOFs with synthetic approaches and their application in sensing biomolecules.
Impact of end groups on the performance of non-fullerene acceptors for organic solar cell applications
Non-fullerene organic solar cells employing small molecule acceptors have recently crossed the PCE of 17% through the design and synthesis of efficient acceptor materials.
Silicon: toward eco-friendly reduction techniques for lithium-ion battery applications
This review summarizes the progress on four eco-friendly reduction techniques, including the detailed mechanism, reaction conditions, product morphology and electrochemical performance.
Emerging alkali metal ion (Li+, Na+, K+ and Rb+) doped perovskite films for efficient solar cells: recent advances and prospects
Research progress in alkali metal ion (Li+, Na+, K+ and Rb+) doped perovskite solar cells is summarized and evaluated.
Coordination polymer-based conductive materials: ionic conductivity vs. electronic conductivity
This review summarizes recent developments of coordination polymers and their derivatives for ionic and electrical conductivity with the discussion about synthetic strategies and possible mechanisms to identify the key structural factors.
Unique chemistries of metal-nitrate precursors to form metal-oxide thin films from solution: materials for electronic and energy applications
Unique chemistries of metal-nitrate precursors that enable the preparation of high-quality, high-performance metal-oxide thin films by solution deposition are reviewed.
Metallic Ruthenium-based Nanomaterials for Electrocatalytic and Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution
Review of high entropy ceramics: design, synthesis, structure and properties
Design models, synthesis methods, atomic scale structure characterization, properties and applications of high entropy ceramics are reviewed.
Phase change materials for electron-triggered energy conversion and storage: a review
This review presents the latest advances in energy conversion phase change materials and their electron-triggered mechanism of energy conversion.
Si-based materials derived from biomass: synthesis and applications in electrochemical energy storage
The attractive theoretical specific capacity of silicon (Si) makes it a strong candidate for use in electrochemical energy storage materials.
Advances in solar evaporator materials for freshwater generation
To alleviate the scarcity of clean water, solar steam generation, which utilizes the green and abundant resources of Earth, has attracted considerable attention and been recognized as a sustainable technology to purify seawater and wastewater.
Ti-based electrode materials for electrochemical sodium ion storage and removal
The key factors of designing the architectural concepts, synthesis methods, and microstructural and compositional control of Ti-based electrodes are described for applications in electrochemical sodium ion storage and removal.
Recent advances in graphene-based platinum and palladium electrocatalysts for the methanol oxidation reaction
Graphene-based electrocatalysts have recently attracted considerable research interest because of the abundant choices they present, with tunable and diverse optical, electronic and chemical properties.
Real-time monitoring of stress development during electrochemical cycling of electrode materials for Li-ion batteries: overview and perspectives
Monitoring stress development in electrodes in-situ provides a host of real-time information on electro-chemo-mechanical aspects as functions of SOC and electrochemical potential.
Colloidal nanoparticle inks for printing functional devices: emerging trends and future prospects
Emerging trends and future prospects for nanoparticle synthesis and colloidal ink formulation, additive printing processes, and functional devices are highlighted.
On the potential for nanoscale metal–organic frameworks for energy applications
Nanoscale metal organic frameworks offer unique advantages for the development of materials for solar energy conversion systems, supercapacitors, batteries and fuel cells.
Surfactant-based promotion to gas hydrate formation for energy storage
Surfactant-promoted methane hydrate formation during the past 2–3 decades has been reviewed, aiming toward achieving a comprehensive evaluation on the current research status and effective guidance on the research prospects.
Nano-engineering and micromolecular science of polysilsesquioxane materials and their emerging applications
Polysilsesquioxanes (RSiO1.5)n are organic–inorganic hybrid materials that have an array of properties and synergistic features and are considered to be robust materials in the family of siliceous compounds.
Design strategies toward catalytic materials and cathode structures for emerging Li–CO2 batteries
The state-of-the-art design strategies toward highly active catalytic materials and cathode structures for Li–CO2 batteries are reviewed and discussed.
Monocrystalline perovskite wafers/thin films for photovoltaic and transistor applications
This review summarizes the edge-cutting area of the “monocrystalline perovskite wafer/thin film” and their intimate applications in photovoltaics and transistors.
Inorganic perovskite solar cells: an emerging member of the photovoltaic community
Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have attracted tremendous interest because of their rapid improvement in power conversion efficiency (PCE) from the initial PCE of 3.8% for the first prototype to the certified PCE of 25.2% in 2019.
The synthetic strategies of metal–organic framework membranes, films and 2D MOFs and their applications in devices
Here we review the synthetic methods and applications of 2D-MOF architectures, especially some novel synthetic strategies and applications. In addition, the outlook of 2D-MOF architectures are also proposed.
Rational design of tailored porous carbon-based materials for CO2 capture
This review summarizes the up-to-date advances in porous carbons with tailored pore texture and surface chemistry toward efficient CO2 capture.
Review on anionic redox in sodium-ion batteries
In this review, systematic overlook of recent research on anionic redox in SIBs is given, along with discussion of relative theories that explain the mechanism of activating and stabilizing anionic redox activity.
Pathways toward high-performance inorganic perovskite solar cells: challenges and strategies
High-efficiency and low-cost perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are desirable candidates for addressing the scalability challenge of renewable solar energy.
Probing and quantifying cathode charge heterogeneity in Li ion batteries
Understanding charge heterogeneity can inform designing high performance Li ion battery cathodes.
Inorganic sulfide solid electrolytes for all-solid-state lithium secondary batteries
This review provides essential features of sulfide solid electrolytes and an in-depth explanation of the interface issues in all-solid-state lithium secondary batteries.
Rechargeable aqueous electrolyte batteries: from univalent to multivalent cation chemistry
Featuring the most recent advances and challenges in aqueous electrolyte metal-ion battery systems and understanding the cell chemistries and different behaviours in aqueous and non-aqueous media.
Advanced engineering of core/shell nanostructures for electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction
This review summarizes the advanced engineering of core/shell structures as a promising candidate for electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction.
The effects of mechanical constriction on the operation of sulfide based solid-state batteries
This review explores the effects of mechanical constriction on the phase stability of ceramic-sulfide solid-electrolytes.
Progress in MgO sorbents for cyclic CO2 capture: a comprehensive review
A comprehensive review of the recent advances in MgO-based sorbents for CO2 capture is provided.
Nanocellulose-based materials as components of polymer electrolyte fuel cells
The present review article ventures into the question “Do the nanoscale forms of cellulose have potential in fuel cell systems?”
Multiple roles of a heterointerface in two-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures: insights into energy-related applications
This review summarizes the recent advancements in constructing two dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures for applications in water splitting, Li+/Na+ ion batteries, and supercapacitors.
Electrospun flexible nanofibrous membranes for oil/water separation
This review focuses on electrospun flexible nanofibrous membranes with tunable wettability for oil/water separation, and future perspectives are discussed.
Two-dimensional lead-free halide perovskite materials and devices
The progresses, challenges, and perspectives on emerging 2D lead-free halide perovskite materials and relevant light-emitting diodes/solar cells have been elaborately summarized.
2D molecular crystal lattices: advances in their synthesis, characterization, and application
2D molecular crystal lattices form a compelling class of 2D materials with synthetically-tunable properties and the potential to spawn a new generation of devices for optoelectronics and energy sustainability.
Olefin/paraffin separation through membranes: from mechanisms to critical materials
The separation of olefin and paraffin is one of the most challenging and energy-intensive processes. In this review, we summarize the separation mechanisms and materials developed for membrane separation of olefin and paraffin.
Recent advances in exfoliation techniques of layered and non-layered materials for energy conversion and storage
Recent advances in exfoliation techniques of layered and non-layered materials for energy conversion and storage are summarized.
Block copolymer-based porous carbons for supercapacitors
This short review highlights the recent development of block copolymer-based porous carbons as supercapacitor electrodes.
Photocatalytic nitrogen fixation: the role of defects in photocatalysts
This review summarizes the recent experimental and theoretical progress of various defects in catalysts for high nitrogen photofixation performance.
Dendrimers and hyper-branched polymers interacting with clays: fruitful associations for functional materials
The interaction of dendrimers or hyper-branched polymers with clays produces different types of new materials.
Hydrogen-bonded diketopyrrolopyrrole derivatives for energy-related applications
The impact of H-bonding on the optoelectronic properties and device morphology of diketopyrrolopyrrole derivatives is reviewed.
Solar steam generation based on the photothermal effect: from designs to applications, and beyond
Rational design of solar absorption, heat conversion and water supply for efficient solar steam generation.
Organic electrode materials with solid-state battery technology
Organic electrode materials are promising next-generation battery materials. Combining them with a solid-state electrolyte, and fabricating the materials using atomic/molecular layer deposition provides us a unique platform to study the interactions.
Molecular gel sorbent materials for environmental remediation and wastewater treatment
Exciting advances in the last decade regarding the applications of molecular gel sorbent materials for removal of pollutants from wastewater are reviewed, with emphasis on molecular design of the materials and practical considerations.
Rechargeable aqueous hybrid ion batteries: developments and prospects
A comprehensive description of the advantage, types, developments and future prospects of rechargeable aqueous hybrid ion batteries.
Nanostructured Co-based bifunctional electrocatalysts for energy conversion and storage: current status and perspectives
Current popular nanostructured Co-based bifunctional electrocatalysts developed for HER/OER and ORR/OER in water splitting and oxygen electrodes are critically reviewed and discussed.
Recent advances and challenges in divalent and multivalent metal electrodes for metal–air batteries
This review highlights the critical challenges and the corresponding strategies for different metal electrodes in metal–air batteries.
A review on recent developments and challenges of cathode materials for rechargeable aqueous Zn-ion batteries
This review highlights the recent developments of cathode materials for aqueous zinc-ion batteries, which are cost effective and have good safety.
Atomic layer deposited photocatalysts: comprehensive review on viable fabrication routes and reactor design approaches for photo-mediated redox reactions
The potential synthesis approaches in fabricating a photocatalyst using atomic layer deposition.
Solution-based synthesis of lithium thiophosphate superionic conductors for solid-state batteries: a chemistry perspective
Understanding the underlying chemistry of thiophosphates in solution is a prerequisite for solution-based syntheses of lithium thiophosphate superionic conductors.
The application of CeO2-based materials in electrocatalysis
Several studies on electrocatalytic materials have made substantial progress, and it is essential to enhance the catalytic activity of these materials.
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