Special Issue "Polymer-Based Batteries"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Claudio Gerbaldi

Group for Applied Materials and Electrochemistry - GAME Lab, Department of Applied Science and Technology -DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Interests: lithium/sodium batteries; electrode materials; polymer and gel electrolytes; materials chemistry; electrochemical characterization
Guest Editor
Dr. Jijeesh R. Nair

Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK), IEK-12: Helmholtz Institute Münster (HI MS) Ionics in Energy Storage, Corrensstraße 46, 48149 Münster, Germany
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Interests: polymer electrolytes; polymer composites; lithium batteries; polymer synthesis; biosourced materials
Guest Editor
Dr. Federico Bella

Group for Applied Materials and Electrochemistry - GAME Lab, Department of Applied Science and Technology - DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Interests: sodium batteries; polymer electrolytes; photopolymerization; device architectures; integrated devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent developments in secondary battery technology are directed towards the replacement of liquid electrolyte with a polymer membrane capable of concurrently serving as the separator and an electrolyte, in order to achieve the captivating concept of safe, high energy and durable batteries having a full-plastic structure. Polymer electrolytes represent the ultimate in terms of desirable properties of batteries because they can offer an all-solid-state construction, a wide variety of shape and size, lightweight, low cost of fabrication and a higher energy density as the cell constituents are likely to be held tightly. No corrosive or explosive liquids can leak out, and internal short-circuits are less likely, hence enhanced safety is guaranteed. The comprehensive combination of all these attractive features make polymer batteries the power sources of choice for the next generation of lightweight and wearable smart energy devices; nonetheless, being also suitable for large-scale energy storage from renewables and/or electric transportation where energy density or specific power is of prime importance.

In recent years, polymer-based batteries have become a hot topic and this Special Issue attempts to provide a critical overview of the state-of-the-art technologies of polymer (gel, quasi-solid, solid, composite) electrolyte membranes for energy storage devices (including lithium metal to lithium-ion batteries and post-lithium systems, such as lithium-sulphur, lithium-oxygen, sodium, aluminium and magnesium batteries), their technological challenges, innovative designs and future perspectives. A collection of comprehensive reviews from leading experts and investigation updates from established and upcoming research groups in the scientific community is thus presented.

Prof. Dr. Claudio Gerbaldi
Dr. Jijeesh R. Nair
Dr. Federico Bella
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Polymer electrolytes
  • Nano-/Bio-composite electrolytes
  • Gel-polymer electrolytes
  • Biosourced polymers/additives
  • Lithium-based batteries
  • Post-lithium batteries
  • Organic batteries
  • Interfacial studies
  • Ionic conduction and transport phenomena
  • Electrochemical (in-situ) studies

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