Recent Progress in Materials is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of Materials. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics. Also, it aims to enhance the international exchange of scientific activities in materials science and technology.
Recent Progress in Materials publishes original high quality experimental and theoretical papers and reviews on basic and applied research in the field of materials science and engineering, with focus on synthesis, processing, constitution, and properties of all classes of materials. Particular emphasis is placed on microstructural design, phase relations, computational thermodynamics, and kinetics at the nano to macro scale. Contributions may also focus on progress in advanced characterization techniques.          

Main research areas include (but are not limited to):
Characterization & Evaluation of Materials
Metallic materials 
Inorganic nonmetallic materials 
Composite materials
Polymer Materials
Sustainable Materials and Technologies
Special types of Materials
Macro-, micro- and nano structure of materials
Environmental interactions, process modeling
Novel applications of materials

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Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 13 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in 2021, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period).

Current Issue: 2022  Archive: 2021 2020 2019

Special Issue

Synthesis and Characterizations of Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion Application

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

João Paulo F. Grilo, Ph.D.

Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal

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Research Interests: Ceramic Materials; Material Characterization; Microstructure; Nanomaterials Synthesis; Mechanical Properties; Materials Processing; Advanced Materials; X-ray Diffraction; Material Characteristics

About This Topic

Dear colleagues

The increase in the global energy demand imposes an environmentally unsustainable burden. Furthermore, the current geopolitical scenario regarding the energy supply grip has reached unprecedented concerns worldwide. Hence, solutions for fossil-fuel-free energy independence are a high-priority subject. Electrochemical energy systems can provide strategies that align with the current global agenda for transitioning to renewable energy and sustainable energy development in society.

In this context, fuel cells are increasingly gaining attention due to their high efficiency and application versatility (spaceflight, portable power, home power generation, and large power generation). These devices can work in the symmetrical/reversible mode, with energy production powered by hydrogen produced by water electrolysis using excess renewable energy. Such a possibility makes great sense in the direction of a clean-energy and zero-emission landscape. The CO2 separation membranes are also an electrochemistry-based technology with great potential in combating climate change. These membranes separate and capture CO2 from a CO2-containing industrial process stream. The separated CO2 can be converted into valuable chemicals and fuels. Li-ion batteries, largely adopted in electric vehicles, are the most known electrochemical system. Unlike fuel cells, batteries need a power source to work in the direction of the energy supply. However, these devices are suited to work, for example, as an auxiliary component in integrated fuel cell systems, where storage is desirable to avoid energy waste.

Despite being highly promising, most energy systems have drawbacks concerning long-term stability, efficiency, cost of large-scale manufacturing, and scalability (fuel cells, electrolyzers, and CO2 separation membranes) or require massive investment for research in cycle life and power density improvement (batteries).

Accordingly, this special issue is aimed at collecting recent research outputs in the field of energy storage and conversion technologies. Specific works related to the synthesis and characterization of materials for this purpose are here considered and believed to contribute to a more sustainable future of society. Researchers and collaborators are invited to contribute original research submissions in the scope of the mentioned features or related areas.


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