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Functional Materials and Sustainable Technologies for Bio-Energy Harvestation (FMST)

Bioenergy systems are rapidly evolving as a sustainable platform with the potential of meeting the impending global challenges specific to energy security, climate change mitigation, and economic benefits. Efficient and innovative materials and associated energy conversion/storage/generation systems forms an important component of this domain. Research efforts are underway to establish stable materials and technologies for storing and converting energy from renewable sources, which must offer high conversion efficiency or power density, long operation lifetime and high stability. Appropriate, smart and affordable materials are therefore necessary for various device components like electrodes (anode/cathode), membranes, catalysts, electrolyte, etc.

This special issue aims to compile the recent scientific developments that could provide a realistic picture of the present scenario related to materials, their development and new technologies with applications in areas of bioenergy/biofuels specific to storage, conversion, and generation. The primary focus of this issue is to draw attention in terms of promising technologies that are widely explored namely, microbial fuel cells, bioelectrochemical systems, microbial electrochemical systems, microbial electrolysis, thermal and photocatalysis, etc. The fundamental issues and multidisciplinary approach encompassing the electrochemistry, materials science, biotechnology, energy engineering, etc., are essential to scale up the process with economic viability, socio-economic impact and technology development. Renewable feedstock catalysis to clean and economically attractive bio-based products also form part of the proposed special issue. Detailing the mechanism, operational configurations, governing factors and hybrid strategies along with LCA and techno-economic analysis will also be the focus. 

The special issue invites original research articles, review articles and mini-reviews in this interdisciplinary domain under the following broad areas (but not limited to).

  • Applications related to bioenergy/biofuels - storage/conversion/generation- Microbial electrochemical Systems [Microbial fuel cell (MFC)/Bioelectrochemical Systems (BES)/MicrobialElectrolysis Cell (MEC)/Microbialdesalination/Electro-fermentation/ Biosensors], thermocatalytic, photocatalytic, etc.
  • Materials:- Carbon-based materials, Nano-structured materials, Functional materials,
  • Photocatalytic materials, Membranes, Polymers, Inorganic nanoparticles, Biomaterials, Nanohybrids, Composites, etc.
  • Expected submission 20 to 25 manuscripts at the international level
  • Catalysts: Nano-catalysis, Electro-catalysis, Bio-catalysis, Catalysis for renewable feedstock pretreatment, etc.
  • Interdisciplinary Aspects:- Biotechnology, Materials sciences, Microbiology, Engineering, Nanotechnology, Electrochemistry, etc.
  • Hydrogen and Fuel cell-based energy technologies
  • Artificial Photosynthesis -CO2 capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) 
  • Prototype devices  and  Case studies
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Techno-economic analysis, and policy aspects.

Important Dates

  • Submissions open 15 May 2019
  • Submissions close 31 December 2019

Guest Editors

  • Dr S Venkata Mohan, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), India
  • Dr Hyung-Sool Lee, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Dr R. Navanietha Krishnaraj, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, USA
  • Dr. G.N. Nikhil, Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, India

Submission Instructions

Those of you who plan to submit an article belonging to the above-mentioned areas may please contact the editors by providing details of their topics and the likely dates.



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