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Catalytic conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into chemicals and fuels
In the search of alternative resources to make commodity chemicals and transportation fuels for a low carbon future, lignocellulosic biomass with over 180-billion-ton annual production rate has been...
Progress in electrolytes for rechargeable Li-based batteries and beyond
Owing to almost unmatched volumetric energy density, Li-based batteries have dominated the portable electronic industry for the past 20 years. Not only will that continue, but they are also now powering...
Recent progress on synthesis of ZIF-67-based materials and their application to heterogeneous catalysis
In recent years, an increasing amount of interest has been dedicated to the synthesis and application of ZIF-67-based materials due to their exceptionally high surface area, tunable porosity, and excellent...
A comprehensive review on recent progress in aluminum–air batteries
The aluminum–air battery is considered to be an attractive candidate as a power source for electric vehicles (EVs) because of its high theoretical energy density (8100 Wh kg−1), which is significantly...
Magic of hydrogen spillover: Understanding and application
The hydrogen spillover effect (HSPE) plays an important role in heterogeneous catalysis and hydrogen storage as an interfacial phenomenon, which facilitates the improvement of hydrogen storage properties...
Overview of acidic deep eutectic solvents on synthesis, properties and applications
This review divides the acidic deep eutectic solvents (ADES) into Brønsted and Lewis DES according to their diversity of acidic character. The hydrogen bond donors and halide salts for formulating an...
Application of metal organic framework in wastewater treatment
Water pollution is an increasingly serious environmental problem because many pollutants have carcinogenic effects on humans and aquatic organisms. Metal organic framework (MOF), made up of metal ions...
Lignin-based carbon fibers: Formation, modification and potential applications
As an aromatic polymer in nature, lignin has recently attracted gross attention because of its advantages of high carbon content, low cost and bio-renewability. However, most lignin is directly burnt...
Oxidation of emerging organic contaminants by in-situ H2O2 fenton system
Available online 21 January 2023
The existence and risk of emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) have been under consideration and paid much effort to degrade these pollutants. Fenton system is one of the most widely used technologies...
A review on the synthesis of transition metal nitride nanostructures and their energy related applications
Transition metal nitrides (TMN) have recently grabbed immensely appealing as ideal active materials in energy storage and catalysis fields on account of their remarkable electrical conductivity, excellent...
Porous framework materials for energy & environment relevant applications: A systematic review
Available online 2 January 2023
Carbon peaking and carbon neutralization trigger a technical revolution in energy & environment related fields. Development of new technologies for green energy production and storage, industrial energy...
Prelithiation strategies for silicon-based anode in high energy density lithium-ion battery
Available online 24 August 2022
Green energy storage devices play vital roles in reducing fossil fuel emissions and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Growing markets for portable electronics and electric vehicles create tremendous...
Cellulose-based materials in wastewater treatment of petroleum industry
The most abundant natural biopolymer on earth, cellulose fiber, may offer a highly efficient, low-cost, and chemical-free option for wastewater treatment. Cellulose is widely distributed in plants and...
Synthesis and applications of MOF-derived porous nanostructures
Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) represent a class of porous material which is formed by strong bonds between metal ions and organic linkers. By careful selection of constituents, MOFs can exhibit very...
Advanced oxidation via the synergy of C-defective/ C–O band modified ultrathin porous g-C3N4 and PMS for efficient photothermal degradation of bisphenol pollutants and lignin derivatives
Available online 30 January 2023
This work uses thermal polymerization of urea nitrate, oxyacetic acid and urea as the raw material to prepare ultra-thin porous carbon nitride with carbon defects and C–O band (OA-UN-CN). Density functional...
Understanding the molecular structure of HSW coal at atomic level: A comprehensive characterization from combined experimental and computational study
In this work, the coal samples from Hongshiwan (HSW) mining area, Ningxia, northwest of China, are characterized by using several modern materials characterization techniques, such as proximate and...
Recent advancement and future challenges of photothermal catalysis for VOCs elimination: From catalyst design to applications
Photothermal catalysis realizes the synergistic effect of solar energy and thermochemistry, which also has the potential to improve the reaction rate and optimize the selectivity. In this review, the...
Perception of fundamental science to boost lithium metal anodes toward practical application
Available online 21 February 2023
As a key material for lithium metal batteries (LMBs), lithium metal is one of the most promising anode materials to break the bottleneck of battery energy density and a commonly used active material...
CO2 capture and conversion to value-added products promoted by MXene-based materials
Carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and conversion is the key route for the mitigation of the greenhouse effect and utilization of carbon sources to obtain value-added products or fuels. Much attention is...
Advances in the structure design of substrate materials for zinc anode of aqueous zinc ion batteries
Available online 5 September 2022
Aqueous zinc ion batteries (AZIBs) demonstrate tremendous competitiveness and application prospects because of their abundant resources, low cost, high safety, and environmental friendliness. Although...
Machine learning for membrane design and discovery
Available online 7 December 2022
Membrane technologies are becoming increasingly versatile and helpful today for sustainable development. Machine Learning (ML), an essential branch of artificial intelligence (AI), has substantially...
Advances in particulate matter filtration: Materials, performance, and application
Air-borne pollutants in particulate matter (PM) form, produced either physically during industrial processes or certain biological routes, have posed a great threat to human health. Particularly during...
Application of deep eutectic solvents in biomass pretreatment and conversion
Biomass is renewable, abundant, cheap, biocompatible, and biodegradable materials and has been used to produce chemicals, materials, energy, and fuels. However, most of the biomass, especially most...
A mini-review on ZnIn2S4-Based photocatalysts for energy and environmental application
As one of the most attractive and eco-friendly technologies, semiconductor photocatalysis is demonstrated as a potential strategy to solve global energy shortage environmental pollution problems. Regarding...
Review on lithium metal anodes towards high energy density batteries
Available online 14 August 2022
Lithium metal anode (LMA) is a promising candidate for achieving next-generation high-energy-density batteries due to its ultrahigh theoretical capacity and most negative electrochemical potential....