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Special Issue "Current Advances and Challenges of Electrode Materials for beyond Lithium-Ion Batteries"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Emmanouel Koudoumas
Guest Editor
Center of Materials Technology and Photonics, Hellenic Mediterranean University, 71004, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Interests: Nanomaterials; polymer nanocomposites; electrochromic layers; thermochromic layers; metal oxides; carbon allotropes; electromagnetic shielding; transparent electrodes; photocatalysis
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Dr. Dimitra Vernardou
Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece
Interests: structural, morphological and surface analysis of materials (thin films, powders); controlled nanostructured materials synthesis via atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition, hydrothermal growth and electrodeposition; smart and functional materials for environmental and energy applications, such as self-cleaning, electrochromics, thermochromics, batteries and capacitors
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Prof. Dr. Viacheslav Z. Barsukov
Guest Editor
Department of Electrochemical Power Engineering and Chemistry, Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design, Ukraine
Interests: materials for lithium-ion, alkaline, air-metal batteries; non-Pt catalysts for oxygen reductions; hybrid super capacitors; electromagnetic shielding; graphite-carbon materials
Prof. Dr. Colm O'Dwyer
Guest Editor
School of Chemistry, University College Cork, Cork T12 YN60, Ireland
Interests: lithium-ion batteries and materials; Li–O2 batteries and processes; semiconductor electrochemistry; transparent conducting oxide materials; solid-state metal and oxide nanostructures; porous materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Li-ion batteries (LIBs) concern a rather useful technology for electrochemical storage, with the respective market continuously expanding due to the increased needs in electrical vehicle sales and mobile applications. However, the achieved energy storage capability so far is still not adequate to meet the continuous demand from the growing markets. Therefore, it is still challenging to build “sustainable” batteries in terms of performance/energy density. In this regard, monovalent metal ion charge carriers other than Li+ (Na+, K+) and multivalent ones, such as Zn2+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Al3+, are standing out due to important characteristics.

The objective of this Special Issue is to demonstrate the challenges in selecting the right materials along with manufacturing cost, safety concerns and the ability to fine-tune the battery performance for specific applications.

We cordially invite experts working in this field to submit manuscripts for publication in this Special Issue. Particular attention will be given to innovations that have enhanced the performance and capability of electrodes with unique structures and advanced compositing, making them suitable for next-generation alkaline batteries. Furthermore, the scientific and technological achievements of alkaline and hybrid batteries will be emphasized to analyze the benefits of each system and to promote the development of better rechargeable batteries.

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Koudoumas
Dr. Dimitra Vernardou
Prof. Dr. Viacheslav Z. Barsukov
Prof. Dr. Colm O’Dwyer
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Alkaline batteries
  • Electrode materials
  • Electrolytes
  • Functionalization strategies
  • Nanostructures
  • Advanced composites
  • Materials processing
  • Cell manufacturing
  • Cell device
  • Optimization and characterization
  • Modeling and performance evaluation

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