Special Issue "Clay and Clay-Based Materials for Energy Storage Systems"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Clays and Engineered Mineral Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Esperanza Pavón
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Guest Editor
Seville Materials Science Institute & Dpto. Physics of Condensated Matter. University of Seville, 41012 Seville, Spain
Interests: materials; environmental chemistry; structural determination; study of physicochemical properties; solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance; X-ray diffraction; clays; silicates
Dr. Jose-Maria Delgado-Sanchez
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Guest Editor
Department of Applied Physics, University of Seville, 41012 Seville, Spain
Interests: renewable energy; storage; semiconductor, optics; solar cells

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy storage plays a critical role in any energetic model, as it allows balancing demand and generation efficiently. Furthermore, energy storage is independent of any generation energy technology, so it can be considered in a wide portfolio of models to combine different renewable energies, or even to mix conventional with mass renewable energy penetration in the market. Functionalized and natural clays offer potential progress as electrodes, electrolytes, and separators in energy storage and conversion devices. Their inherent properties, such as porosity, easy tunable surface area, thermal and mechanical stabilities, and cost-effectiveness, point out these types of materials as one of the most promising alternatives for design new energy storage components. However, clay materials might be brittle under certain operating conditions, for example, during charge and discharge processes in batteries. Moreover, swelling clays are promising materials for thermal energy storage, as they can operate in a reversible hydration–dehydration mode and are highly porous, chemically inert, and available in large quantities.

The main purpose of this Special Issue is to give an overview of the current trends in clays and clay-based materials for energy storage and energy conversion that allow the development of more efficient products. This Special Issue is devoted to recent advances including:

  • Clay modification methods applied to energy store systems;
  • Clay-based composites in rechargeable batteries: anodes, cathodes, and separators;
  • Clays and clay-based materials in solid state electrolytes;
  • Clays and clay-based materials for supercapacitors;
  • Clays and clay-based materials for solar cells;
  • Clays and clay-based materials for fuel cells;
  • Phase change material (PCM)/clay composites for thermal energy storage.

Relevant contributions related to the design of prospective materials, the properties of original materials, and innovative characterization techniques will also be considered.

Dr. Esperanza Pavón
Dr. Jose-Maria Delgado-Sanchez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • clays
  • clay-based materials
  • energy storage
  • energy conversion
  • PCM
  • solar cells

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