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Title: Chemical reactions on surfaces for applications in catalysis, gas sensing, adsorption-assisted desalination and Li-ion batteries: opportunities and challenges for surface science
Authors: Boukhvalov, D. W.
Paolucci, V.
D’Olimpio, G.
Cantalini, C.
Politano, A.
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: Chemical reactions on surfaces for applications in catalysis, gas sensing, adsorption-assisted desalination and Li-ion batteries: opportunities and challenges for surface science / D. W. Boukhvalov, V. Paolucci, G. D’Olimpio, et al. — DOI 10.1039/d0cp03317k // Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. — 2021. — Vol. 23. — Iss. 13. — P. 7541-7552.
Abstract: The study of chemical processes on solid surfaces is a powerful tool to discover novel physicochemical concepts with direct implications for processes based on chemical reactions at surfaces, largely exploited by industry. Recent upgrades of experimental tools and computational capabilities, as well as the advent of two-dimensional materials, have opened new opportunities and challenges for surface science. In this Perspective, we highlight recent advances in application fields strictly connected to novel concepts emerging in surface science. Specifically, we show for selected case-study examples that surface oxidation can be unexpectedly beneficial for improving the efficiency in electrocatalysis (the hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction) and photocatalysis, as well as in gas sensing. Moreover, we discuss the adsorption-assisted mechanism in membrane distillation for seawater desalination, as well as the use of surface-science tools in the study of Li-ion batteries. In all these applications, surface-science methodologies (both experimental and theoretical) have unveiled new physicochemical processes, whose efficiency can be further tuned by controlling surface phenomena, thus paving the way for a new era for the investigation of surfaces and interfaces of nanomaterials. In addition, we discuss the role of surface scientists in contemporary condensed matter physics, taking as case-study examples specific controversial debates concerning unexpected phenomena emerging in nanosheets of layered materials, solved by adopting a surface-science approach. © the Owner Societies 2020.
Keywords: CATALYSIS
CHEMICAL DETECTION
DESALINATION
DISTILLATION
EFFICIENCY
ELECTROCATALYSIS
GAS DETECTORS
HYDROGEN EVOLUTION REACTION
LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
OXYGEN EVOLUTION REACTION
COMPUTATIONAL CAPABILITY
MEMBRANE DISTILLATION
PHYSICOCHEMICAL PROCESS
SEAWATER DESALINATION
SURFACE OXIDATIONS
SURFACE SCIENCE APPROACHES
SURFACES AND INTERFACES
TWO-DIMENSIONAL MATERIALS
SURFACE REACTIONS
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10995/102968
Access: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
SCOPUS ID: 85103945057
PURE ID: 21178447
07c8c8e5-4c31-4594-b6ca-29c986220158
ISSN: 14639076
DOI: 10.1039/d0cp03317k
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