Advances in Materials for Early Detection and Response to Hazards in Lithium-Ion Batteries

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials for Energy Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2024 | Viewed by 129

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Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
Interests: Lithium-ion battery safety, lithium dendrite; non-desctructive detection, failure analysis
School of Automotive Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai, 264209, China
Interests: Power battery management system; Power battery modeling; State estimation and health management; Echelon utilization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, lithium-ion batteries have become the dominant energy storage device, crossing multiple areas from portable electronic devices to electric vehicles and even grid-scale uninterruptible power supply. Alongside the evolution of battery technology, which has enabled increasingly high energy densities, the safety and reliability of the battery system is paramount. The numerous reports of battery fire or explosion incidents every year highlight the necessity of understanding the potential battery failures and related hazards. In addition, novel battery technologies, especially advanced battery materials (both internal and external battery materials), that can detect and respond to battery failures at the early stage are desired.

Research on internal battery materials includes the improvement of positive and negative electrode materials, the enhancement of separators, the use of non-flammable electrolytes, flame-retardant additives and overcharge protection additives, which help to improve battery safety and prevent electrochemical and thermal abuse. Research on external materials to enhance battery safety includes improving the materials for battery thermal management systems and battery protection mechanisms. Understanding battery behavior during failures and the response of novel safety-related materials for alleviating battery hazards will help manufacturers create reliable products and assist legislative authorities in devising up-to-date regulations or standards to ensure battery safety. This Special Issue on “Advances in materials for detecting and responding to hazards in lithium-ion batteries” may become a status report summarizing the progress achieved in the last five years.

Dr. Lingxi Kong
Dr. Junfu Li
Guest Editors

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  • lithium-ion batteries

  • battery hazard
  • synthesis of novel positive/negative electrode materials for safer lithium systems
  • development of novel non-flammable electrolytes
  • advanced materials for thermal management
  • prognostics and health management
  • failure analysis
  • early detection
  • functional separator
  • positive temperature coefficient thermistor
  • current interrupt device
  • venting system engineering/design
  • in situ characterizations
  • strain and stress
  • microstructure analysis

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