Special Issue "Novel Technologies for Metal-Ion and Metal Batteries"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Storage and Application".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rinaldo Raccichini
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Guest Editor
National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Rd, Teddington, TW11 0LW, UK
Interests: lithium-ion battery; graphene; Lithium-sulfur battery; Carbon; sodium-ion electrolyte
Dr. Ivana Hasa
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Guest Editor
1. Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU), Helmholtzstrasse 11, 89081 Ulm, Germany;
2. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: electrochemistry; alkali-ion batteries; materials science; electrode/electrolyte interfaces
Dr. Giuseppe Antonio Elia
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Guest Editor
1. Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU), Helmholtzstrasse 11, 89081 Ulm, Germany;
2. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: electrochemistry; batteries; material science; beyond lithium systems; electrolytes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Li-ion batteries (LIBs) represent the state-of-the-art of electrochemical energy storage systems. However, despite the intense research activity carried out in the last 40 years, many aspects remain unclear and extraordinary challenges still need to be addressed in order to enhance, e.g., the lifetime and energy density of these incredibly complex systems. In the last decades, many alternative chemistries have been proposed but none of them have been able to compete with the current LIB technology. Nevertheless, the knowledge and know-how acquired so far on LIBs has certainly accelerated research developments on new battery chemistries, driving scientists to devote research efforts toward materials characterization and testing protocols development.

For this Special Issue, we encourage the submission of relevant papers (short communications, and full, progress, or review articles) focusing on electrochemistry studies and physicochemical characterisations of active materials, electrolytes, separators, binders, conductive additives, and current collectors, and their degradation processes for battery application.

We encourage submission of papers focused on the main challenges related to material deterioration, interfacial instability, and battery components compatibility for Li-ion and post-Li-ion batteries such as Li metal, Li-S, and Li-air, as well as post-Li technologies such as Na-ion, Na-S, Na-air, Al-ion, Al-S, Al-air, K-ion, Mg-ion, Mg-S, Mg-air, Zn-ion, Zn-air, and Ca-ion.

Additionally, manuscripts discussing novel (i) electrochemical protocols, (ii) processes for electrode preparation, and (iii) electrochemical techniques for battery analysis will also be strongly considered for publication.

Dr. Rinaldo Raccichini
Dr. Ivana Hasa
Dr. Giuseppe Antonio Elia
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Battery
  • Li-ion
  • Li-air
  • Li-S
  • Na-ion
  • Na-air
  • Na-S
  • Al-ion
  • Al-S
  • Al-air
  • K-ion
  • Mg-ion
  • Mg-S
  • Mg-air
  • Zn-ion
  • Zn-air
  • Ca-ion
  • Active material
  • Electrolyte
  • Separator
  • Binder
  • Conductive additive
  • Current collectors
  • Electrode
  • Electrochemical protocols
  • Processes for electrode preparation
  • Electrochemical techniques of analysis
  • Electrochemistry
  • Material degradation
  • Interfaces in electrochemical cells

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Solvent-Dictated Sodium Sulfur Redox Reactions: Investigation of Carbonate and Ether Electrolytes
Energies 2020, 13(4), 836; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13040836 - 14 Feb 2020
Abstract
Sulfur-based cathode chemistries are essential for the development of high energy density alkali-ion batteries. Here, we elucidate the redox kinetics of sulfur confined on carbon nanotubes, comparing its performance in ether-based and carbonate-based electrolytes at room temperature. The solvent is found to play [...] Read more.
Sulfur-based cathode chemistries are essential for the development of high energy density alkali-ion batteries. Here, we elucidate the redox kinetics of sulfur confined on carbon nanotubes, comparing its performance in ether-based and carbonate-based electrolytes at room temperature. The solvent is found to play a key role for the electrochemical reactivity of the sulfur cathode in sodium–sulfur (Na–S) batteries. Ether-based electrolytes contribute to a more complete reduction of sulfur and enable a higher electrochemical reversibility. On the other hand, an irreversible solution-phase reaction is observed in carbonate solvents. This study clearly reveals the solvent-dependent Na–S reaction pathways in room temperature Na–S batteries and provides an insight into realizing their high energy potential, via electrolyte formulation design. Full article
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