2D Nanomaterials for Energy Applications

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The field of two-dimensional (2D) materials has seen substantial progress since the groundbreaking discovery of graphene nanosheets. 2D nanomaterials have garnered significant attention due to their remarkable properties, including electrical, physicochemical, optical, micromechanical, and thermoelectric characteristics. These materials are regarded as superconductive, displaying exceptional behavior in comparison to their bulk counterparts, thanks to a direct bandgap, an expanded specific surface area, robust covalent bonds within the nanosheet, and the weak van der Waals interactions between the layers of 2D material. These unique attributes create significant spacing between the separated 2D nanosheets, leading to a multitude of active sites and enhanced surface accessibility. As a result, 2D nanomaterials are increasingly finding applications in diverse areas, such as energy conversion and storage, hydrogen generation, and gas storage.

This Collection aims to capture state-of-the-art developments in a wide range of 2D materials for energy applications. Key themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Offering an extensive survey of the most recent advancements in 2D materials used in energy storage and conversion technologies.
  • Scrutinizing the most potential contenders for revolutionary advancements in energy storage and conversion.
  • Discussing the use of 2D heterostructures.
  • Exploring 2D materials other than graphene, considering fundamental aspects, such as the effect of defects engineering, functionalization, SEI formation, and intercalation, can address the primary challenges within the field.
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