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N-doped Carbon Materials: Synthesis and Sustainable Applications

“Carbon-based materials comprise a wide variety of materials including graphene, graphite, porous carbons, carbon nanotubes, and nanofibers, and fullerenes. They are extensively utilized as metal-free catalysts or supports in catalysis, energy (ORR, and Zn-air batteries), and sustainable chemical applications because of their fascinating chemical and physical properties.”

“These properties may be boosted and tuned at will via the rational modification of their size, shape, surface areas, porosity, and their potential for adorning a variety of groups via simple functionalization. In particular, their doping by heteroatoms, such as nitrogen, sulphur and oxygen, among others, has attracted interest as one facile technique for upgrading its properties (physical and chemical). Specifically, nitrogen-doped carbon materials have been at the core of intense research interest in the catalysis community. For example, the use of N-doped carbon materials greatly facilitates the synthesis of coveted single atom catalysts, thanks to their intrinsic metal binding abilities, as exemplified in various applications.”

“This virtual special issue of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering entitled ‘N-doped Carbon Materials Synthesis and Sustainable Applications’ gathers pieces shedding light onto the recent advances and discoveries in the field and covers a broad range of topics from advanced catalysis, electro- and photoelectrocatalysis for energy applications to Zn-air batteries and sustainable organic transformations.”

— From the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Editorial by Guest Editors Manoj Gawande of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials in Czech Republic, Physical Chemistry; Rajender Varma of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sustainable Technology Division; and Audrey Moores of McGill University in Canada

Tunable Synthesis of Nitrogen Doped Graphene from Fluorographene under Mild Conditions
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 12, 4764–4772
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b07161
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Hollow Spherical (Co, Zn)/N, S-Doped Carbons: Efficient Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction in Both Alkaline and Acidic Media
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 23, 18912–18925
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b04244
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Hexamine-Coordination-Framework-Derived Co–N-doped Carbon Nanosheets for Robust Oxygen Reduction Reaction
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 26, 9721–9730
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c01826</strong>
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N,F-Codoped Carbon Nanocages: An Efficient Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Peroxide Electroproduction in Alkaline and Acidic Solutions
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 7, 2883–2891
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b07047
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Metal-Free Visible-Light-Induced Dithiol–Ene Clicking via Carbon Nitride to Valorize 4-Pentenoic Acid as a Functional Monomer
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 21, 17574–17579
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05351
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Enhancing Chemical Interaction of Polysulfide and Carbon through Synergetic Nitrogen and Phosphorus Doping
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 2, 806–813
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b04719
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Co8FeS8/N,S-Doped Carbons Derived from Fe-Co/S-Bridged Polyphthalocyanine: Efficient Dual-Function Air-Electrode Catalysts for Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 35, 13147–13158
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c00124
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Syntheses of N-Doped Carbon Quantum Dots (NCQDs) from Bioderived Precursors: A Timely Update
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 1, 3–49
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c04727

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