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Special Issue "Advanced Materials for Aluminium-ion Battery"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andrew Cruden

Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom
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Interests: Energy storage; Soluble lead flow cells; Battery systems; Vehicle-to-grid; Electric vehicles

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aluminium-ion (Al-ion) batteries offer great potential as next generation battery chemistry. Based on the trivalent nature of the Al3+ ion transferring three times the charge of Li+, Al-ion cells offer many strong features:

  • High theoretical capacity (2978 mAh/g compared to 3829 mAh/g for Li+/Li) with higher rate capability (>160 C) and a theoretical specific energy density of 1060 mWh/g,
  • Volumetric energy density (8.04 Ah/cm3) is four times higher than the lithium (2.06 Ah/cm3),
  • Lower cost (aluminium is approximately 10 times cheaper than lithium carbonate used for Li-ion batteries),
  • Safer electrolytes, either aqueous or room temperature ionic liquids, which have low flammability and low reactivity compared to conventional organic solvents,
  • more readily recyclable,
  • with high quoted cycle lifes (>7000 cycles).

However, achieving commercial application of these cells is still a number of years away as the material and electrochemical challenges of this new technology require to be better understood and characterised.

This Special Issue will focus on the material challenges faced by this new cell chemistry, including high rate electrodes, aqueous and ionic liquid based electrolytes, separators and understanding of aluminium ion intercalation, surface and interface layer effects. Articles discussing investigations and developments of cell materials, half and full cell/battery tests, and scalability and synthesis routes for material scale-up are welcome for this feature.

It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications and reviews are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Andrew Cruden
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Al-ion
  • trivalent
  • high rate
  • batteries
  • aluminium

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