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Forthcoming Special Issues

12 August 2022

Machine learning in energy chemistry

The Journal of Energy Chemistry is planning to publish a thematic issue on Machine Learning in Energy Chemistry due to the increasingly important role of machine-learning techniques in chemical studies. The thematic issue aims to collect the most frontier progress on this research topic. Both theoretical and experimental articles or reviews are welcomed.

Research areas of particular interest covered by the thematic issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Data-driven design of functional materials related to energy chemistry.
  • Machine-learning study on the chemical mechanisms in energy storage and conversion devices, such as batteries, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, and supercapacitors.
  • The manufacturing, management, and monitoring of energy storage and conversion devices combined with machine learning techniques.
  • New developments of machine learning methods and their application in energy chemistry.

Guest editors:

Xiang Chen
Tsinghua University

Sulei Hu
University of Science and Technology of China

If you have any questions about the thematic issue, please contact the guest editor ([email protected]).

Manuscript submission information:

Researchers are encouraged to submit their new and unpublished work by December 31, 2022.

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17 June 2022

Advances in CO2 conversion by electro-, photo- and plasma-catalysis

We are pleased to launch the Virtual Special Issue (VSI) on Advances in CO2 conversion by electro-, photo- and plasma-catalysis, which we are editing for the Journal of Energy Chemistry (Elsevier).

The goal of this VSI is to explore the different routes for CO2 conversion using directly renewable energy: electro-, photo- and plasma-catalysis. The contributions will come from leading experts in these fields, with the common aims to i) show the latest results and advances in CO2 conversion by electro-, photo- and plasma-catalysis and ii) provide a valuable guidance to researchers who want to approach these new sustainable CO2 conversion technologies.

However, the main goal for this VSI is to go beyond the usual type of contributions or reviews. In this VSI, we envision to address a major drawback in the current literature, that is the general lack of standard rules or guidelines on how to report the catalytic performance of these systems for CO2 conversion. From the analysis of the current literature, in fact, the catalytic activity is often given using different equations that normalize the raw data depending on the specific conditions, sometimes hiding the actual performance. Thus, we believe that a key issue to be solved in the broad field of CO2 conversion using renewable energy sources (e.g., by photo-, electro-, plasma- or hybrid routes) is to have truly comparable data to determine the most promising directions to explore.

Although attention is necessary for data reproducibility, there are other more important motivations by which data in different publications cannot be properly compared or reproduced. The main concept around this VSI is not only to have a state-of-the-art comparison of the different paths to convert CO2 but also to offer readers the opportunity to make a proper analysis of pros and cons, fill the gaps between different methodologies and approaches, and provide perspectives on CO2 conversion processes by electro-, photo- and plasma-catalysis, with the common aim of providing standard quantitative elements to provide an accurate comparison.

Guest editors:

Claudio Ampelli 

University of Messina, Italy; [email protected]

Claudio Ampelli received his PhD from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa in Italy. Since 2019 he is an Associate Professor of “Chemical Plants and Technologies” at the University of Messina (Italy). He has wide experience of electrochemical engineering and electrocatalysis, especially on the development of nano-engineered electrodes and design of unconventional photo-electro-catalytic devices for energy conversion. He is interested in the process of water photo-electrolysis for H2 production, in the reduction of CO2 to value-added products and in the electrocatalytic synthesis of ammonia from N2 and H2O at room temperature and ambient pressure as an alternative to Haber-Bosh process. He is a co-author of over 70 publications in scientific journals (ISI/Scopus) and about 110 contributions to international and national conferences. Nominated in the world’s top 2% of Scientist List for 2020 year by the Stanford University, he is currently the Principal Investigator of DECADE H2020 European Project (n. 862030) for the research unit of ERIC (European Research Institute of Catalysis aisbl), coordinating the research activities for the realization of an artificial leaf to convert alcohols and waste CO2 through a novel photo-electro-catalytic approach.

Maria L. Carreon

University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA;  [email protected]

Maria Carreon is originally from Mexico. She obtained her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at University of Louisville. Since the Fall 2021 she serves as Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research interests center on the rational design of nanomaterials (including nanowires, thin films, ordered porous oxides, zeolites and Metal Organic Frameworks) for diverse functional applications. Her current specific research areas include plasma catalysis and interaction mechanisms between plasma, molten metals and porous materials to apply to the plasma catalysis technique, growth mechanisms of Si and Ge nanowires, synthesis of Si and Ge thin films via CVD and PECVD (Plasma Enhanced CVD), aluminosilicates and zeolite membranes for carbon dioxide capture, mesoporous oxide photocatalysts and synthesis of nanomaterials for lithium-ion batteries. Carreon awards include first recipient of the Conn Center Fellowship at University of Louisville and two National Kokes awards (given by the North American Catalysis Society). She is member of the Mexican National Researchers System, and member of the editorial board of the IOP Sci-Notes journal. Maria has co-authored more than 29 scientific publications. Her research is currently supported by National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy.

Yuefeng Liu

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, China; [email protected]

Yuefeng Liu received his PhD degree from the University of Strasbourg under the supervision of Dr. C. Pham-Huu and then performed his 2-year postdoctoral research at the Institute of Chemical and Processes for Energy, Environment and Health (ICPEES, UMR 7515 CNRS-University of Strasbourg). After a short stay at the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), he is now an associate professor (2016-) at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS. He was in the youth editorial board of Chemical Synthesis and one of the guest editors in the special issue in the Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry.His research interests deal with the heterogeneous catalysis (especially for the CO/CO2 molecules activation), environmental TEM, and the preparation and characterization of hybrid carbon nanomaterials (i.e. carbon nanotubes, graphene, and nanodiamond) and carbide-based catalysts for the application in clean energy and sustainable chemistry. He is author of more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. The current h-index is 35 with more than 3500 citations (Google Scholar)

Manuscript submission information:

The Journal of Energy Chemistry now accepts different types of manuscripts: i) research, ii) review, iii) perspective and iv) future articles.

In particular, the new form of “future articles” should report future ideas of researchers based on their original research in a specific aspect or topic in less than two pages (within 1500 words and one figure or table at most) and written by senior researchers with max two authors.

We very much hope that you are as enthusiastic as we are about this invitation and that you will confirm your acceptance by June 30th, 2022. The deadline for submission is expected by March 31st, 2023.

Learn more about the benefits of publishing in a special issue: https://www.elsevier.com/authors/submit-your-paper/special-issues

Interested in becoming a guest editor? Discover the benefits of guest editing a special issue and the valuable contribution that you can make to your field: https://www.elsevier.com/editors/role-of-an-editor/guest-editors