Special Issue "Material Design and Development for Redox Flow Batteries"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Süleyman Er

Center for Computational Energy Research, Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, De Zaale 20, 5612 AJ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Interests: computational chemistry; computational materials science; deep learning; materials for energy conversion and storage
Guest Editor
Dr. Koen Hendriks

Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, 930 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, United States
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Interests: redox flow batteries; organic energy storage materials; organic electronics
Guest Editor
Dr. Mihalis Tsampas

Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), 5612 AJ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Interests: renewable energy storage; electrochemical cells; solid state electrochemistry; electrocatalysis; proton conductors; sodium sulfur batteries

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Renewable resources, such as wind and solar, are becoming competitive technologies with a steady increase in production volume and decrease in energy generation costs. The problems associated with the intermittency and the fluctuating nature of renewables increasingly threaten the stability of the electricity grid. Redox flow batteries (RFBs), which are essentially rechargeable batteries with electroactive chemicals dissolved in solutions, offer a way to store excess energy at varying scales. A serious current challenge is the discovery and development of key material components for the advancement of RFB technologies. In this Special Issue of Batteries, we invite both fundamental and applied research articles and reviews addressing issues related to the development or application of RFB active materials, electrodes, electrolytes, catalysts, membranes, modeling and characterization techniques.

Dr. Süleyman Er
Dr. Koen Hendriks
Dr. Mihalis Tsampas
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • redox flow batteries
  • organic materials
  • inorganic materials
  • hybrid materials
  • electrodes
  • electrolytes
  • catalysts
  • membranes
  • characterization
  • modeling
  • applications

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Open AccessArticle A High Capacity, Room Temperature, Hybrid Flow Battery Consisting of Liquid Na-Cs Anode and Aqueous NaI Catholyte
Received: 1 July 2018 / Revised: 21 October 2018 / Accepted: 6 November 2018 / Published: 29 November 2018
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Abstract
In this study, we have proposed a novel concept of hybrid flow batteries consisting of a molten Na-Cs anode and an aqueous NaI catholyte separated by a NaSICON membrane. A number of carbonaceous electrodes are studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV) for their potentials
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In this study, we have proposed a novel concept of hybrid flow batteries consisting of a molten Na-Cs anode and an aqueous NaI catholyte separated by a NaSICON membrane. A number of carbonaceous electrodes are studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV) for their potentials as the positive electrode of the aqueous NaI catholyte. The charge transfer impedance, interfacial impedance and NaSICON membrane impedance of the Na-Cs ‖ NaI hybrid flow battery are analyzed using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The performance of the Na-Cs ‖ NaI hybrid flow battery is evaluated through galvanostatic charge/discharge cycles. This study demonstrates, for the first time, the feasibility of the Na-Cs ‖ NaI hybrid flow battery and shows that the Na-Cs ‖ NaI hybrid flow battery has the potential to achieve the following properties simultaneously: (i) An aqueous NaI catholyte with good cycle stability, (ii) a durable and low impedance NaSICON membrane for a large number of cycles, (iii) stable interfaces at both anode/membrane and cathode/membrane interfaces, (iv) a molten Na-Cs anode capable of repeated Na plating and stripping, and (v) a flow battery with high Coulombic efficiency, high voltaic efficiency, and high energy efficiency. Full article
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