Themed collection Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe

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The role of graphene in new thermoelectric materials

This article highlights new and interesting research ideas that explored graphene's potential for thermoelectrics.

Graphical abstract: The role of graphene in new thermoelectric materials
From the themed collection: Energy Advances Recent Review Articles
Open Access Review Article

Improving plastic pyrolysis oil quality via an electrochemical process for polymer recycling: a review

In this review we discuss the application of electrochemical hydrogenation for pyrolysis oil upgrading, thus facilitating a circular polymer economy and low-carbon fuel production.

Graphical abstract: Improving plastic pyrolysis oil quality via an electrochemical process for polymer recycling: a review
From the themed collection: Energy Advances Recent Review Articles
Open Access Review Article

Synthetic approaches for perovskite thin films and single-crystals

Halide perovskites are compelling candidates for the next generation of photovoltaic technologies owing to an unprecedented increase in power conversion efficiency and their low cost, facile fabrication and outstanding semiconductor properties.

Graphical abstract: Synthetic approaches for perovskite thin films and single-crystals
From the themed collection: Energy Advances Recent Review Articles
Open Access Review Article

Defect engineering in antimony selenide thin film solar cells

The complicated and unconventional defect chemistry of Sb2Se3 largely dictates photovoltaic device performance. This comprehensive review aims to increase understanding of defect engineering, which is essential for further efficiency improvements.

Graphical abstract: Defect engineering in antimony selenide thin film solar cells
From the themed collection: Energy Advances Recent Review Articles
Open Access Communication

The role of specific and active surface areas in optimizing hard carbon irreversible capacity loss in sodium ion batteries

The hard carbon irreversible capacity loss in Na-ion cells can be reduced by decreasing the total surface area and the active surface area (defects).

Graphical abstract: The role of specific and active surface areas in optimizing hard carbon irreversible capacity loss in sodium ion batteries
From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

The impact of templating and macropores in hard carbons on their properties as negative electrode materials in sodium-ion batteries

Polystyrene spheres are used as sacrificial template in different contents to introduce additional pores into hard-carbon structures from glucose for the application as sodium-ion battery anodes.

Graphical abstract: The impact of templating and macropores in hard carbons on their properties as negative electrode materials in sodium-ion batteries
Open Access Paper

Practical potential of suspension electrodes for enhanced limiting currents in electrochemical CO2 reduction

Poor mass transfer in aqueous electrochemical CO2 reduction limits the achievable current density toward desired products. We introduce flowable suspension electrodes to spread the current over a larger volume and alleviate mass transfer limitations.

Graphical abstract: Practical potential of suspension electrodes for enhanced limiting currents in electrochemical CO2 reduction
Open Access Accepted Manuscript - Paper

Steady States and Kinetic Modelling of the Acid-Catalysed Ethanolysis of Glucose, Cellulose, and Corn Cob to Ethyl Levulinate

From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

Fluorine-free “solvent-in-salt” sodium battery electrolytes: solvation structure and dynamics

Most “solvent-in-salt” (SIS) electrolytes are based on heavily fluorinated anions. Here we create fluorine-free SIS electrolytes with many promising basic characteristics for future sodium battery application.

Graphical abstract: Fluorine-free “solvent-in-salt” sodium battery electrolytes: solvation structure and dynamics
From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

Decal Ni mesh to enhance the conductivity of carbon back contacts in dye sensitized and perovskite solar cells

Decal of a nickel mesh prepared by photolithography-assisted electroplating on carbon counter-electrode of dye sensitized and perovskite solar cells improves the conductivity of the back contact and the performance of the devices.

Graphical abstract: Decal Ni mesh to enhance the conductivity of carbon back contacts in dye sensitized and perovskite solar cells
From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

E. coli-based semi-artificial photosynthesis: biocompatibility of redox mediators and electron donors in [FeFe] hydrogenase driven hydrogen evolution

Powering E. coli with sunlight: the optimization of a synthetic photocatalytic system allows E. coli to function as a robust and efficient platform for semi-artificial photosynthesis.

Graphical abstract: E. coli-based semi-artificial photosynthesis: biocompatibility of redox mediators and electron donors in [FeFe] hydrogenase driven hydrogen evolution
From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

Quantifying global costs of reliable green hydrogen

Assessment of the current and future cost of reliable green hydrogen production, accounting for the inter- and intra-annual variability of solar and wind renewables, using 20 years of hourly resolution from 1140 grid points worldwide.

Graphical abstract: Quantifying global costs of reliable green hydrogen
From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

The rotating disc electrode: measurement protocols and reproducibility in the evaluation of catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction

Elaborated and uniform experimental protocols are a prerequisite for OER catalyst evaluation via RDE. Still, individual sample preparation and variations in microenvironment can lead to a significant spread of results between different laboratories.

Graphical abstract: The rotating disc electrode: measurement protocols and reproducibility in the evaluation of catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction
From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

On the water transport mechanism through the microporous layers of operando polymer electrolyte fuel cells probed directly by X-ray tomographic microscopy

Water distribution in the microporous layer (MPL) and the gas diffusion layer (GDL) substrate during PEFC operation at different conditions is quantitatively measured by X-ray tomographic microscopy (XTM) with time resolution down to a few seconds to probe the underlying water transport mechanism.

Graphical abstract: On the water transport mechanism through the microporous layers of operando polymer electrolyte fuel cells probed directly by X-ray tomographic microscopy
From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

Optimising the synthesis of LiNiO2: coprecipitation versus solid-state, and the effect of molybdenum doping

A detailed study on the optimisation of the synthesis of LiNiO2 is reported, with further preliminary results showing improved performance on Mo doping.

Graphical abstract: Optimising the synthesis of LiNiO2: coprecipitation versus solid-state, and the effect of molybdenum doping
From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

Alkaline hydrogel electrolyte from biosourced chitosan to enhance the rate capability and energy density of carbon-based supercapacitors

A green biodegradable hydrogel electrolyte was developed from chitosan biopolymer and KOH. This allows one to increase the energy density of carbon-based supercapacitors and to prevent the electrode degradation and current collector corrosion.

Graphical abstract: Alkaline hydrogel electrolyte from biosourced chitosan to enhance the rate capability and energy density of carbon-based supercapacitors
From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

Upcycling the carbon emissions from the steel industry into chemicals using three metal oxide loops

A new combined chemical looping process makes use of any gas stream containing CO2 and fuel to produce carbon monoxide without external energy input. Carbon monoxide can be used for producing a variety of carbon-based products.

Graphical abstract: Upcycling the carbon emissions from the steel industry into chemicals using three metal oxide loops
From the themed collection: Energy Advances: Highlight UK & Europe
Open Access Paper

Technological innovation vs. tightening raw material markets: falling battery costs put at risk

This article sheds light on the combined impact of technological innovation and tightening raw material markets on future battery cost.

Graphical abstract: Technological innovation vs. tightening raw material markets: falling battery costs put at risk
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