Topic: Carbon-Based Materials for Electrocatalytic Energy Conversion and Storage: from Understanding to Designing
A Special Issue of Chemical Synthesis
ISSN 2769-5247 (Online)
Submission deadline: 28 Nov 2023
Special Issue Introduction
Carbon-based materials, including amorphous carbons and carbons with nanostructures, have received enormous attention in electrocatalyst development due to their environmental friendliness, cost-effectiveness, and good stability in acid and alkali media. Particularly, low-/multi-dimensional carbon nanostructures (such as carbon nanotubes, nanowires, graphene, etc.) have emerged as promising candidates with regular and periodic graphite structure, large surface area, good conductivity and potential in structural tunability at the atomic level. In the early stages, heteroatom dopants in the carbon skeleton, such as N, P, S and B, etc., are regarded as active sites of carbon-based electrocatalysts. Then, with the in-depth study, people found that structural defects in carbon rings can break the electronic conjugation structure to influence the charge distribution, thus enhancing catalytic activity. Recently, a new mechanism of defective carbon-based materials (DCMs) was put forward by our group and other fellows that the introduction of different kinds of topological defects can facilitate electrocatalytic activity. Extensive studies were demonstrated and direct evidence is found to prove the effects on active sites created by different kinds of defects. Although this theory is widely accepted and many related works are published, there is still a long way to go, from predicting the defect structures base on different electrochemical reactions to material design and preparation.
In this Special Issue, we will mainly discuss the development of carbon-based electrocatalysts and an in-depth understanding of different theories in catalyzing mechanisms. Then, the details of the strategies and methodologies of controllable synthesizing dopant carbons and carbons with defective structures will be concluded. Finally, we will summarize the key challenges in designing complex carbon active sites (especially for defect structures), provide a guide in characterization methods to investigate mechanisms, and importantly, expect development and opportunities in the future.
Electrocatalysis, electrocatalytic reactions, carbon-based materials, defects, low-/multi-dimensional carbon
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Submission Deadline: 28 Nov 2023
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