Special Issue "Beyond Li-Ion Batteries"

A special issue of Batteries (ISSN 2313-0105).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2017)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Bin Liu

Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 902 Battelle Blvd, Richland, WA 99354, USA
Interests: low-dimonsional functional materials; beyond Li-ion batteries; flexible energy storage devices; supercapacitors; etc

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, rechargeable lithium ion batteries have been widely applied in portable consumer electronics and are further expected to power electric vehicles and even to be used in stationary electric-grid harvesting from renewable energy sources. Although successful commercialization of Li ion batteries has greatly promoted technological advancements, it is well-known that the existing available Li-ion batteries have several drawbacks including limited lithium resource, low power density, safety concerns, short service life, and high production cost, which forms a barrier for the further development of next-generation high-performance rechargeable batteries. Herein, the development of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries still faces many challenges.

In addition to traditional Li-ion batteries, it is worth mentioning that many emerging energy storage units have been successfully disclosed in last few years, such as metal-air batteries, Li-S batteries, Mg-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries, Li metal batteries, etc. These alternative battery systems attracted worldwide research interest due to their relatively low cost, high safety, enhanced performance, and promising development potential. The appearance of novel class of aforementioned batteries can significantly extend energy storage scope, as well as bring more new chemistries to the related fields. Therefore, this Special Issue is focused on the recent progresses and developments in beyond lithium ion batteries.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Metal-air batteries (i.e., Li-O2, Na-O2, etc.)
  • Li-S batteries
  • Mg-ion batteries
  • Na-ion batteries
  • Li-metal batteries
  • Fabrication methods of active materials and electrodes
  • In-situ/ex-situ experimental characterizations
  • Computational simulation

Dr. Bin Liu
Guest Editor

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  • functional materials
  • electrode design
  • characterizations
  • applications
  • strategies
  • modeling
  • safety issue
  • electrochemical performance
  • battery technologies

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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