Special Topics: Catalytic Materials in Energy


Growing demand in energy and the need to reduce our society’s carbon footprint call for transformative ways to increase efficiency, sustainability, and diversity in energy production, conversion, and storage.  Novel materials play a key role here by acting as catalysts and facilitating desirable chemical transformations.  It is becoming increasingly evident that bringing the materials science perspective into catalyst discovery can provide many opportunities in synthesis, characterization, and the use of novel catalysts in energy applications.  Control of morphology, shape, interface, and size in synthesis can help establish a structure-activity relationship essential to the understanding of a catalyst’s function.  Materials with well-defined structures allow one to precisely introduce and tune the surface functionality to achieve high selectivity.  To make a sizable contribution to the society’s energy issue, electrocatalysts have to move away pure platinum towards cheaper alternatives.  Materials strategies to reduce the cost by employing more abundant elements are highly preferable.  Artificial photosynthesis of fuels by water splitting and CO2 reduction via photocatalytic materials is the holy grail of clean energy, but the challenge is to achieve high enough solar-energy conversion efficiency.  Advances in atomic-level characterization and theoretical/computational methods could also speed up our discovery of novel materials for use as catalysts in energy applications. In this special topic, we invite authors to contribute original research and review articles with emphasis on recent advancement of novel catalytic materials in energy and environmental applications.


In addition to the Review and Original Articles by invited speakers, we are inviting you to submit a relevant research paper on Catalytic Materials in Energy for consideration. Papers will be subject to normal peer review and must comply with the Guide for Authors.

To submit papers to the “Catalytic Materials in Energy” Special Topic, please go to http://www.cscanada.net. With your submission, please state clearly to the editor that your manuscripts are submitted to the Special Topic Catalytic Materials in Energy.


Related Conferences:

September 23- 26, 2013, Mülheim a.d. Ruhr – Germany, 5th International Conference onCarbon for Energy Storage/Conversionand Environment Protection

Jul 28 – Aug 01, 2013, Ft. Collins, United States. 17th IUPAC International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis

Aug04 - Aug 09, 2013. Lyon, France, XIth European Congress on Catalysis


Related Journals (Special issue):

Energy and Environment Focus (Special Issue: New Energy Materials for future Applications)

Energy and Environment Focus (Special Issue: Carbon-based Materials for Energy and Environment Applications)

Advances in Materials Science and Engineering (Special Issue: Functional Hybrid Materials for Energy Application)

Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering (Advanced Materials: Adsorbent and Catalyst for Environmental Application)


Related Articles:

Corma, A., Díaz, U., García, T., Sastre, G., & Velty, A. (2010). Multifunctional Hybrid Organic− Inorganic Catalytic Materials with a Hierarchical System of Well-Defined Micro-and Mesopores. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132(42), 15011-15021.

Guo, Y. G., Hu, J. S., & Wan, L. J. (2008). Nanostructured materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices. Advanced Materials, 20(15), 2878-2887.

Ilie, A., Simoes, M., Baranton, S., Coutanceau, C., & Martemianov, S. (2011). Influence of operational parameters and of catalytic materials on electrical performance of Direct Glycerol Solid Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cells. Journal of Power Sources, 196(11), 4965-4971.

Linic, S., Christopher, P., & Ingram, D. B. (2011). Plasmonic-metal nanostructures for efficient conversion of solar to chemical energy. Nature materials, 10(12), 911-921.

Liang, Y., Li, Y., Wang, H., Zhou, J., Wang, J., Regier, T., & Dai, H. (2011). Co3O4 nanocrystals on graphene as a synergistic catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction. Nature materials, 10(10), 780-786.

Maeda, K., Eguchi, M., Youngblood, W. J., & Mallouk, T. E. (2009). Calcium niobate nanosheets prepared by the polymerized complex method as catalytic materials for photochemical hydrogen evolution. Chemistry of Materials, 21(15), 3611-3617.

Roy-Mayhew, J. D., Bozym, D. J., Punckt, C., & Aksay, I. A. (2010). Functionalized graphene as a catalytic counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. Acs Nano, 4(10), 6203-6211.