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Special Issue on "Recent Advances in Nanomaterials for Energy Nexus"

Energy has been the cornerstone of sustainable development of our economy and society. The dramatic demand on energy supply to be as unrestricted as possible, however, leads to conflicting feedback loops on the ecological environment. Thus, research is appealing worldwide to diminish the negative environmental consequences of energy consumption. This includes energy saving, generation, harvesting, conversion and storage. Nanomaterials and nanostructures provide unique mechanical, electrical, and optical properties and have played an important role in recent advances in energy-related applications.

Nanomaterials offer many advantages in energy conversion and storage applications. Energy conversion and storage involve physical interaction and/or chemical reaction at the surface or interface, so the specific surface area, surface energy, and surface chemistry play a very important role. The surface impacts are not limited to the kinetics and rate only, the surface energy and surface chemistry can have appreciable or significant influences on the thermodynamics of heterogeneous reactions occurring at the interface and the nucleation and subsequent growth when phase transitions are involved. The smaller dimensions of nanomaterials may also offer more favourable mass, heat, and charge transfer, as well as accommodate dimensional changes associated with some chemical reactions and phase transitions.

Nanomaterials also introduce new challenges in the application of energy conversion and storage. For example, large specific surface area offers more sites for charge recombination in photovoltaics [1-2] and smaller pores may limit the penetration of electrolyte ions in supercapacitors [3-4].

This special issue would be dedicated towards the current progress on the preparation and the usage of nanomaterials for energy-related applications. In these aspects, it is expected to cover a broad range of subjects from nanomaterial synthesis and characterization to energy-related demonstration and relevant technologies and device.

Target Audience
The special issue targets engineers, scientists, architects, production and manufacturing communities and other researchers and professionals working in nanomaterials and nanotechnology towards energy applications.

Benefits to Audience
The special issue would provide a source to establish an effective channel of communication between the academic community of nanotechnologists in academic and research institutions, professionals working in industry and related businesses, government agencies and policy-makers concerned with application of nanomaterials and nanotechnology for energy saving, generation, harvesting, conversion and storage.

Topics of interest relating to advances in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for energy application include, but are not limited to:

  • Nanomaterials in photovoltaics
  • Photoelectrochemical cells
  • Hydrogen production/solar fuels using nanomaterials
  • Fuel cells
  • Supercapacitors
  • Carbon-based nanomaterials for energy storage
  • Nano Batteries
  • Nanomaterials for hydrogen storage.
  • Biomimetic energy producing systems from nature
  • Synthesis of nanomaterials for energy applications
  • Zero- to three-dimensional (0D, 1D, 2D, and 3D) nanomaterialsfor energy applications.
  • Nanomaterials with unique structures: porous structure, core-shell structure, heterojunction structure, and hierarchical structurefor energy applications
  • Metal oxides, carbon, and functional polymer based nanomaterialsfor energy applications.
  • Catalysts such as photocatalysts, oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts, oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts, and heterogeneous catalysts
  • Electrode nanomaterialsfor energy storage devices such as Li or Na ion batteries and supercapacitors
  • Flexible or stretchable energy storage devices
  • Natural Nanomaterials
  • Fullerenes
  • Graphene Nanostructures
  • Nanoparticles
  • Environmental Impact of Nanoparticles


Important Dates

  • Inviting papers for submission: 1st June 2018
  • Closing date for papers: 30th December 2018
  • Last date for final recommendations after peer review: 28th February 2019
  • Tentative date of publication: April/May 2019


Guest Editors

  • Swadesh Kumar Singh, PhD, Professor, Dean R&D, Department of Mechanical Engineering, GRIET, Hyderabad, India
    Email: swadeshsingh@griet.ac.in
  • Kaushik Kumar, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand - 835215, India
    Email: kkumar@bitmesra.ac.in, kaushik.bit@gmail.com
  • Nagaraj P. Shetti, Head of the Chemistry, KLE University, Hubli, Karnataka
    Email: dr.npshetti@gmail.com
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