The electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2R) is a key technology to combat global climate issues. By utilizing renewable energy, we can convert greenhouse gases into value-added commodity chemicals. While there has been a growing number of CO2R research in recent years, there are still many unanswered fundamental questions and engineering challenges. On a fundamental level, we would like to rationally design affordable and stable materials to control the reaction pathway to selectively produce C2 and C3 products and understand the electrolyte ion effects at the electrochemical interface. On a practical system level, we need to reduce carbonate formation and mass transport limitations, lower the operating cell voltage, improve CO2 utilization and energy efficiencies, and incorporate real world CO2 streams containing SOx/NOx.
With this collection, Communications Chemistry encourages scientists from different academic backgrounds to explore these remaining challenges in the CO2 electrochemical reduction reaction and provide a forum for the CO2 community to share their latest research results. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Heterogeneous or homogeneous catalytic materials
- Computational theory, including DFT and finite element modeling
- Electrochemical interfaces and the electrolyte effects
- In situ spectroscopic and electroanalytical methods for mechanistic investigations
- System engineering for electrolyzer configurations
- Technoeconomic analyses of practical CO2 electrolyzer systems
Communications Chemistry welcomes all submission of original research articles, reviews and perspectives related to the theme of CO2 electrocatalytic reduction.
Communications Chemistry is a selective journal from the Nature Portfolio, publishing papers that are of substantial interest to other researchers working on the same topic. Communications Chemistry received its first set of metrics in 2021, including an Impact Factor of 6.58, a CiteScore of 5.1 and a Scimago quartile ranking of Q1. The mean time to first decision post review is 31 days, and the Editors aim to provide authors with timely updates and clear editorial guidance throughout the publication process.
The team of Editors working on this Collection is:
Guest Editor Prof Ana Sofía Varela, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Guest Editor Prof Chris Li, University at Buffalo
Senior Editor Dr Teresa Ortner, Communications Chemistry
Chief Editor Dr Victoria Richards, Communications Chemistry
See here for full details: https://www.nature.com/collections/electrocatalytic-CO2-reduction
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