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Yaoqing Zhang: solid state ionics and electrochemical energy storage.

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 industrial synthesis of ammonia using iron-based Haber-Bosch catalyst requires harsh reaction conditions. Here the authors show co-existence of dynamic and steady-state single atom active sites over Co-N-C catalyst to facilitate nitrogen activation for ammonia synthesis under mild conditions.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

The study of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) in electrocatalytic CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) has drawn much attention. Here the authors show a series of tetrathiafulvalene based COFs designed and exfoliated into nanosheets which exhibit high electrocatalytic CO2RR performance.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Electrochemical CO2 reduction is a potential route to the sustainable production of valuable fuels and chemicals. In this joint experimental-theoretical work, the authors address the issue of the rate-limiting step on Gold and present insights from multi-scale simulations into the importance of the electric double layer on reaction kinetics and mass transport.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Nanoconfinement effects on changing molecular transport and reaction kinetics in heterogeneous catalysis have been widely recognized. Here, the authors design a core-shell nanocatalyst with aligned linear nanopores to uncover nanoconfinement effects on catalytic activity and adsorption strength by single molecule imaging.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) process is very important for water oxidation catalysis. Here, the authors introduced uncoordinated carboxylate in the second-coordination-sphere of Ni-Fe coordination polymer catalyst as an internal base to promote the water oxidation kinetics by such PCET process.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Electrochromic devices have a range of applications as switchable shutters. Here the authors report a hybrid device that uses complementary electrochromic molecules immobilized on nanoporous electrodes to concurrently achieve fast colouration and bleaching with high contrast over a broad spectral range.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Predictions of new solid-state Li-ion conductors are challenging due to the diverse chemistries and compositions involved. Here the authors combine unsupervised learning techniques and molecular dynamics simulations to discover new compounds with high Li-ion conductivity.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications