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TITLE: Two-Dimensional (2D) Metal Oxides for Energy Storage & Conversion Applications
The ever-increasing demand for clean and sustainable energy in our modern society has necessitated the search for functional nanomaterials with superior performance. In this regard, Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal oxides have attracted a great deal of attention due to their outstanding physico/chemical properties. Inspired by the pioneering works in this novel field, we would like to investigate the performance of these 2D nanostructures in energy-related applications.
Browne, M. P.; Sofer, Z.; Pumera, M. Layered and Two Dimensional Metal Oxides for Electrochemical Energy Conversion. Energy Environ. Sci. 2019, 12, 41–58.
Sun, Z.; Liao, T.; Dou, Y.; Hwang, S. M.; Park, M.-S.; Jiang, L.; Kim, J. H.; Dou, S. X. Generalized Self-Assembly of Scalable Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Oxide Nanosheets. 2014, 5, 3813.
Zhang, J.; Lin, X.; Xue, D.; Xu, B.; Long, D.; Xue, F.; Duan, X.; Ye, W.; Wang, M.; Li, Q. A Generalized Strategy for the Synthesis of Two-Dimensional Metal Oxide Nanosheets Based on a Thermoregulated Phase Transition. Nanoscale 2019, 11, 3200–3207.
TITLE: 3D Printing of Functional Nanostructures Based on Additive-Free Inks
The ability to formulate functional inks of nanomaterials with desired rheological features is considered as a crucial step toward the realization of various Nano-based technologies. Unfortunately, in developing the functional inks, additives and binders are used to manipulate the rheological properties which consequently hinders the full utilization of active nanomaterials. As a result, currently, the search for additive-free inks is relentlessly pursuing. In this regard, we would like to design and develop novel inks for the on-demand applications.
Bonaccorso, F.; Bartolotta, A.; Coleman, J. N.; Backes, C. 2D-Crystal-Based Functional Inks. Adv. Mater. 2016, 28, 6136–6166.
Zhang, C. (John); McKeon, L.; Kremer, M. P.; Park, S.-H.; Ronan, O.; Seral‐Ascaso, A.; Barwich, S.; Coileáin, C. Ó.; McEvoy, N.; Nerl, H. C.; et al. Additive-Free MXene Inks and Direct Printing of Micro-Supercapacitors. Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 1795.
Quain, E.; Mathis, T. S.; Kurra, N.; Maleski, K.; Van Aken, K. L.; Alhabeb, M.; Alshareef, H. N.; Gogotsi, Y. Direct Writing of Additive-Free MXene-in-Water Ink for Electronics and Energy Storage. Adv. Mater. Technol. 2019, 4, 1800256.