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Open Chemistry: Topical Issue on Chemical Synthesis of Nanomaterials for Solar Energy conversion, storage and Environmental Applications

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Asif Ali Tahir, University of Exeter, UK


Clean energy and sustainable environment are grand challenges that the world is facing and nanostructured materials, such as nanowires, nanorods, and quantum dot structures has played a key role to address these challenges. Nanomaterials have provided new direction and contributed to the growth of world economy.  Nanostructure and nano-architecture based properties such as surface to volume ratios, favorable transport properties, altered physical properties, and confinement effects have been extensively studied for solar energy conversion, storage and environment applications. 

This special issue is proposed to highlight recent advances in chemical synthesis of nanostructured materials for efficient energy conversion, storage and environmental applications. Therefore, we invite scientists to contribute review and original papers describing recent findings in the field of nanostructured materials, including texture controlled synthesis and its effect on performance.

The topic will cover, but not limited to:

1. Synthesis/fabrication of Nanoparticles

2. Thin films deposition

4. Energy conversion application e.g.

  • Photovoltaic
  • Solar fuel   (water Splitting, CO2 Photoreduction)
  • DSSCs
  • Thin film solar cell
  • Fuel cell
  • Thermoelectric
 5. Energy Storage
  • Electrochemical storage
  • Battery
  • Thermal storage
  • H2 storage

6. Environmental application

7. Biological application

8. Sensor



The authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/openchem/ and submit their contribution using a special track established for this topical issue. All papers will go through the Open Chemistry’s high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions please contact Coordinating Editor or Journal Editor.

As an author of Open Chemistry you will benefit from:

  • Open Access;
  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Coordinating Editor;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter’s e-technology;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

The deadline for submission is 28th of February 2018.