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Welcome to the Nature Communications Editors’ Highlights webpage on energy materials. Each month our editors select a small number of Articles recently published in Nature Communications that they believe are particularly interesting or important.

The aim is to provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting work published in the area of energy materials at Nature Communications.

Make sure to check the Editors' Highlights page each month for new featured articles.

The mechanism by which C-C bonds form during Fischer-Tropsch synthesis remains debated while spectroscopic identification of reaction intermediates remains scarce. Here, the authors identify alkylidynes as reactive intermediates for C-C bond formation on cobalt terrace sites and moreover show that these intermediates are stabilized by the high surface coverage typical for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

The development of cost-effective, sustainable, and efficient catalysts for liquid organic hydrogen carrier systems is a significant goal. Herein, authors present a system based on manganese catalysis with a theoretical H2 capacity of 5.3 wt% and high selectivity for the dehydrogenation reaction.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Energy storage devices that can endure large and complex deformations are central to the development of wearable electronics. Here the authors present a cryopolymerization strategy for preparing an anisotropic polyvinyl alcohol/polyaniline hydrogel for flexible supercapacitor electrodes.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Conversion of CO2 into value-added chemicals by use of renewable energy is promising to achieve a carbon-neutral energy cycle. Here, the authors show that AgP2 is a stable, selective and efficient syngas catalyst for solar-to-fuel conversion with a 3-fold lower overpotential compared to the benchmark Ag catalyst.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Wearable self-powered electronics receive considerable attention, but development is hindered by bulky designs, energy storage systems, and safety issues. Here the authors demonstrate a flexible solar-charging integrated unit based on printed magnesium ion aqueous asymmetric supercapacitors.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Coupling of carbon dioxide reduction and organic oxidation is promising for sustainable chemicals production; however, economics are impacted by variations in product combinations and process design. Here the authors report technoeconomic analysis for a range of technologies and coproduction processes.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications