Special Issue "Metal-Free Nanomaterials for Environmental and Energy Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Nanoscience and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Inmaculada Velo Gala
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Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering - Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM), Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Rua Dr. Roberto Frias s/n, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: photocatalytic science and technology; environmental remediation; water treatment reuse; advanced oxidation processes; carbon materials; carbocatalysis; (photo)electrocatalytic systems
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Dr. Eliana Sousa Da Silva
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Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering - Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM), Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, 4099-002 Porto, Portugal (FEUP), Rua Dr. Roberto Frias s/n, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: photochemistry; solar fuels; photocatalytic science and technology; heterogeneous catalysis; environmental catalysis; photophysical processes (luminescence, laser spectroscopy); green chemistry; materials science; chemical engineering
Dr. María de los Ángeles Fontecha Cámara
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Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry. Faculty of Experimental Science, University of Jaén, 23071 Jaén, Spain
Interests: heterogeneous & homogeneous catalysis; environmental catalysis; materials science; water treatment; adsorption; advanced oxidation processes; nanomaterials; carbon materials
Dr. María Victoria López Ramón
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Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry. Faculty of Experimental Science, University of Jaén, 23071 Jaén, Spain
Interests: carbon materials; catalytic and photocatalytic materials; water treatment; adsorption; advanced oxidation processes; photocatalysis; UV/solar radiation; nanotechnology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metal-free materials are attracting great attention as catalysts in a wide range of reactions for environmental remediation. The role of catalysts is making these processes more sustainable. Material science and nanotechnology are two key issues in this strategy, providing the tools to understand and improve catalytic processes. Moreover, interdisciplinary researchers need to work together to define and share definitive standards on nanomaterial hazards.

In this regard, eco-friendly nanoscience must strive to remove environment and human health hazards through materials and process improvement. However, liquid and gas phase reactions are mostly catalysed by metal-based materials since some of them are cheap and suitable for industrial scale production. One of the most promising advance is to reduce the use of metal-based materials owing to their toxicity, scarcity and hazardous wastes. Social issues of sustainable material usage is also related with economic growth for those countries with no territorial accessibility to precious metals. The majority of metal-free catalysts have advantages, such as unique performance, quite economic manufacturing costs, high selectivity, recyclability, and environmental and societal safe.

Researchers developing work within design and application of metal-free nanomaterials are cordially invited to submit their manuscripts to this Special Issue of Nanomaterials. The topics of this Special Issue will cover various aspects from the synthesis or improving nanomaterials, until their aplication for clean energy conversion and storage, water remediation, and environmental protection. The participation in this Special Issue is an opportunity to contribute inkey challenges and develop novel research niches in this exciting field.

Dr. Inmaculada Velo Gala
Dr. Eliana Sousa Da Silva
Dr. María de los Ángeles Fontecha Cámara
Dr. María Victoria López Ramón
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Nanomaterials is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Metal-free nanomaterials synthesis
  • Green chemical synthesis
  • Catalytic materials
  • Photocatalytic materials
  • Electrocatalytic materials
  • Nanomaterials in photoelectrochemistry
  • Thermocatalytic application
  • Nanomaterials in Advanced Oxidation Processes
  • Water splitting (for H2 and/or O2 generation)
  • CO2 reduction
  • Nitrogen fixation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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