Energy materials and circular economy

Published 13 October, 2022


Contributions to energy production from reused matter and the recovery of precious materials have the potential to support energy savings and contribute to environmental sustainability through clean and low-energy intensive industrial processes.

This special issue is interested in experimental and theoretical aspects of materials related to energy conversion and storage, following the principles of the circular economy at either a local, regional or international level of analysis. In this context, we welcome research studies that highlight the collection of disposable matter and the transformation of renewable feedstock into valuable, clean and economically attractive products. The physio-chemical properties of novel micro-scale and nanostructured advanced materials with hierarchical structures and their applications to energy storage, energy conversion and energy generation, will also be considered. In addition, we are interested in relevant available commercial technologies that can circulate depreciated matter towards a second round of use and support integrated and efficient waste management, particularly considering chemical synthesis and energy production applications. We also welcome relevant socio-technologically-oriented real-world case studies of renewable energy projects and their abiding technologies. Submissions may take the form of research articles, case studies, reviews, mini reviews, notes, short communications, commentaries or perspective papers.

Topics covered:

  • Materials recovery
  • Circular economy
  • Chemical synthesis, characterisation and physio-chemical properties of energy materials
  • Nanostructured materials of energy interest
  • Renewable energy and energy storage technologies of environmental interest
  • Interdisciplinary applications in energy storage, energy conversion and energy generation of circular economy usefulness

Important deadlines:

  • Submission deadline: 30 June 2023

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All articles should be submitted online; please select VSI: Energy materials and circular economy on submission. 

Guest Editors:

  • Dr. Grigorios L. Kyriakopoulos, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. Email:

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