From nuclear fuel to polymer solar cells; Li-ion batteries to thermoelectrics: it's an exciting time for energy research, and materials scientists are leading the way towards a clean and sustainable future. And so it can be no surprise that this years ACS spring meeting is focusing on “Chemistry and Materials for Energy", and providing a platform for the discussion of a critical scientific and political issue.

With the conference just around the corner, Elsevier has collected together a series of informative and engaging articles on energy, covering all aspects of chemistry and materials science. Follow the links below to explore the issue: all of the articles are free to read until the end of May 2014.

For a full list of journals covering materials for energy, visit our journal page.

Papers included in this virtual special issue:

Deriving the colloidal synthesis of crystalline nanosheets to create self-assembly monolayers of nanoclusters
Yi Liu, Zhennan Wu, Hao Zhang
Advances in Colloid and Interface Science

A recyclable magnetic nanoparticles supported antimony catalyst for the synthesis of N-substituted pyrroles in water
Fei-Ping Ma, Pei-He Li, Bao-Le Li, Li-Ping Mo, Ning Liu, Hui-Jun Kang, Ya-Nan Liu, Zhan-Hui Zhang
Applied Catalysis A – General

Novel visible-light-driven AgX/graphite-like C3N4 (X = Br, I) hybrid materials with synergistic photocatalytic activity
Hui Xua, Jia Yana, Yuanguo Xua, Yanhua Songa, Huaming Lia, Jiexiang Xiaa, Chuanjing Huangb, Huilin Wanb
Applied Catalysis B – Environmental

Advances in CO2 capture technology: A patent review
Bao-Le Li
Applied Energy

A review of cellulosic microbial fuel cells: Performance and challenges
Li-Ping Mo
Biomass & Bioenergy

Effect of light intensity, pH, and temperature on triacylglycerol (TAG) accumulation induced by nitrogen starvation in Scenedesmus obliquus
Ning Liu
Bioresource Technology

Combustion and pyrolysis of iso-butanol: Experimental and chemical kinetic modeling study
Hui-Jun Kang

Photocatalytic generation of hydrogen with visible-light nitrogen-doped lanthanum titanium oxides
Fanke Menga, Jiangtian Lia, Zhanglian Hongb, Mingjia Zhia, Andrea Saklaa, Chengcheng Xianga, Nianqiang Wua,
Catalysis Today

Microwave-assisted catalytic conversion of cellulose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in ionic liquids
Bing Liua, Zehui Zhanga, Zongbao Kent Zhao
Chemical Engineering Journal

Recent advances on membranes and membrane reactors for hydrogen production
Fausto Galluccia, Ekain Fernandezb, Pablo Corengiab, Martin van Sint Annalanda
Chemical Engineering Science

Influence of temperature on wetting properties of thin films in organic solar cells applications
Rafal Sliz, Yuji Suzuki, Tapio Fabritius, Risto Myllyla
Colloids and Surfaces A – Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects

Combustion and pyrolysis of iso-butanol: Experimental and chemical kinetic modeling study
Merchant, S.S.; Zanoelo, E.F.; Speth, R.L.; Harper, M.R.; Van Geem, K.M.; Green, W.H.
Combustion and Flame

Pre-combustion capture of carbon dioxide in a fixed bed reactor using the clathrate hydrate process
Ponnivalavan Babu, Rajnish Kumar, Praveen Linga

Status of life cycle inventories for batteries
J.L. Sullivan, L. Gaines
Energy Conversion and Management

Thermodynamic model for process design, simulation and optimization in the production of biodiesel
N. Cotabarren, P. Hegel, S. Pereda
Fluid Phase Equilibria

Pore structure characterization of North American shale gas reservoirs using USANS/SANS, gas adsorption, and mercury intrusion
Clarkson, C.R.; Solano, N.; Bustin, R.M.; Bustin, A.M.M.; Chalmers, G.R.L.; He, L.; Melnichenko, Y.B.; Radlinski, A.P.; Blach, T.P.

Combustibility of biochar injected into the raceway of a blast furnace
Wijayanta, A.T.; Alam, Md.S.; Nakaso, K.; Fukai, J.; Kunitomo, K.; Shimizu, M.
Fuel Processing Technology

Mercury adsorption and oxidation in coal combustion and gasification processes
Jennifer Wilcoxa, Erik Ruppa, Samantha C. Yingb, Dong-Hee Lima, Ana Suarez Negreirac, Abby Kirchoferd, Feng Fenga, Kyoungjin Leea
International Journal of Coal Geology

CO2 capturing from power plant flue gases: Energetic comparison of amine absorption with MgO based, heat integrated, pressure–temperature-swing adsorption
Paul G. Ghougassiana, Jorge A. Pena Lopeza, Vasilios I. Manousiouthakisa, Panagiotis Smirniotisb
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control

Non precious metal catalysts for the PEM fuel cell cathode
Rapidah Othman, Andrew L. Dicks, Zhonghua Zhu
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

A critical and benchmark comparison on graphene-, carbon nanotube-, and fullerene-semiconductor nanocomposites as visible light photocatalysts for selective oxidation
Nan Zhanga, Yanhui Zhanga, Min-Quan Yanga, Zi-Rong Tang, Yi-Jun Xua,
Journal of Catalysis

Crystallinity-dependent substitutional nitrogen doping in ZnO and its improved visible light photocatalytic activity
Zongbao Yu, Li-Chang Yin, Yingpeng Xie, Gang Liu, Xiuliang Ma, Hui-Ming Cheng
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science

Adsorptive removal of hazardous materials using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): A review
Nazmul Abedin Khan, Zubair Hasan, Sung Hwa Jhung
Journal of Hazardous Materials

A review of mineral carbonation technology in sequestration of CO2
Abass A. Olajire
Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering

How to design low bandgap polymers for highly efficient organic solar cells
Tao Xu, Luping Yu
Materials Today

Piezoelectric nanogenerators-Harvesting ambient mechanical energy at the nanometer scale
Xudong Wang
Nano Energy

Flame synthesis of WO3 nanotubes and nanowires for efficient photoelectrochemical water-splitting
Rao, P.M.; Cho, I.S.; Zheng, X.
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute

Thermal energy storage technologies and systems for concentrating solar power plants
Kuravi, S.; Trahan, J.; Goswami, D.Y.; Rahman, M.M.; Stefanakos, E.K.
Progress in Energy and Combustion Science

Non-edible vegetable oils: A critical evaluation of oil extraction, fatty acid compositions, biodiesel production, characteristics, engine performance and emissions production
Atabani, A.E.; Silitonga, A.S.; Ong, H.C.; Mahlia, T.M.I.; Masjuki, H.H.; Badruddin, I.A.; Fayaz, H.
Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews

Simulation approach for optimization of device structure and thickness of HIT solar cells to achieve 27% efficiency
Neeraj Dwivedi, Sushil Kumar, Atul Bisht, Kamlesh Patel, S. Sudhakar
Solar Energy

Improved thermal stability of bulk heterojunctions based on side-chain functionalized poly(3-alkylthiophene) copolymers and PCBM
Sabine Bertho, Bert Campo, Fortunato Piersimoni, Donato Spoltore, Jan D'Haen, Laurence Lutsen, et al.
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells

All-ceramic solar collector and all-ceramic solar roof
Jianhua Xu, Yuguo Yang, Bin Cai, Qichun Wang, Dapeng Xiu
The Journal of the Energy Institute