Special Issue "Multi-Valent Batteries, Electrolytes, Electrodes and Electrochemical Cells"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2023 | Viewed by 202

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Fichtner
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1. Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) Electrochemical Energy Storage, Helmholtzstr. 11, D-89081 Ulm, Germany
2. Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), P.O. Box 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: solid state chemistry; batteries; post-Li systems; multivalent batteries; energy
Prof. Dr. Torben R. Jensen
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Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Interests: synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials; structural, chemical and physical properties; energy storage as hydrogen or electricity in novel types of batteries; multivalent solid state batteries
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Dr. Brian J. Ingram
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Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA
Interests: energy storage; multivalent batteries; solid state chemistry; electroceramics; energy conversion
Dr. Frank Pammer
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1. Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) Electrochemical Energy Storage, Helmholtzstr. 11, D-89081 Ulm, Germany
2. Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), P.O. Box 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: organometallic chemistry; polymer chemistry; organic batteries

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Our dependency on fossil fuels and the vulnerability of our society are becoming increasingly clear. A transition to renewable energy based on sun and wind is an obvious alternative, but these fluctuating energy sources are challenging to adapt to our energy demand. The direct storage of renewable electricity in batteries is tempting, but the well-known lithium-ion battery has limited energy storage capacities, about hundred times less than that of gasoline. This urgently calls for the development of novel types of safer, cheaper and more sustainable batteries, which can be charged faster and store much more energy as compared to the current state of the art. Solid-state batteries based on magnesium or calcium are considered promising new technologies.

The development of completely new battery chemistries is very challenging. In particular, the high cationic conductivity of multi-valent cations such as Mg2+ and Ca2+, or Zn2+ or Al3+, at ambient temperatures is difficult to realize in solid-state electrolytes. Several phenomena have been discovered which can enhance conductivity, such as nano-particulate additives, nano-confinement and stabilization of disordered polymorphs with a high degree of dynamics in the solid state. Electrodes, which are compatible with high-performance electrolytes, are also difficult to develop.

Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue of Inorganics, entitled ‘Multi-Valent Batteries, Electrolytes, Electrodes and Electrochemical Cells’, is to inspire continued research within this important field of science, with the potential to create a ‘greener’, more sustainable future. We invite prospective authors to submit research articles or reviews related to electrolytes and additives, electrode interfaces, cathodes, anodes, modeling, systems and experimental and theoretical science towards novel multi-valent batteries based on, e.g., magnesium, calcium, zinc or aluminum. The aim is to present and discuss the recent state of the art and the progress in the post-lithium field. This Special Issue also serves as a collection of contributions presented at The 4th International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries (MagBatt IV), which will take place from 6 to 8 September 2022 in Ulm, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Fichtner
Prof. Dr. Torben R. Jensen
Dr. Brian J. Ingram
Dr. Frank Pammer
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • multi-valent batteries
  • anodes
  • cathodes
  • electrolytes
  • electrochemical cells
  • electrode interfaces
  • modeling
  • theoretical and experimental materials science
  • magnesium batteries
  • zinc-ion batteries
  • aluminum-ion batteries
  • calcium-ion batteries
  • post-lithium batteries

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