Special Issue "Advanced Materials for Lithium (and Post-Lithium) Batteries"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Thomas Rüther
Guest Editor
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: Batteries; Electro- and Synthetic organometallic chemistry; Ionic Liquids; Ion Transport Properties

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Batteries, amongst other electrical storage technologies, are the crucial link for a rapid transition from CO2-intensive fossil fuels to renewable-based energy generation and consumption. If we are serious about this occurring on a large scale globally, current battery technology needs to be improved in terms of affordability, sustainability, safety, and performance, which includes lifetime, energy density, and power capability. At present, we are in a phase in which the increase in the energy performance of LIBs is approaching a plateau, and hence, new solutions and ideas are absolutely needed. At the core of inventing the batteries of the future lies the discovery of high-performance materials and components that enable the creation of batteries with higher energy and power.

Therefore, we invite researchers and innovators from the wider battery community to contribute their original work to this Special Issue in four key domains:

1 Electrode Materials

The discovery and description of new sustainable cathode and anode materials with high energy and/or power performance and high stability against unwanted degradation reactions is essential for the development of future batteries. Disruptive ideas in the area of Li-Sulfur and Li-Air are needed, and contributions towards “post-lithium” are also most welcome. Other aspects that need to be considered here are particle size, active material utilisation, and ion transport in electrodes with high material loadings to achieve high areal current densities.       

2 Material Interfaces

The interfaces between the electrode and electrolyte, where most of the critical battery reactions occur, are still an area surrounded by “mystery”. The advanced experimental characterisation of processes such as solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) formation, cathode–electrolyte interface (CEI) formation, and dendrite formation is needed for their description. This must also encompass studies of the mechanisms of ion transport through interfaces. Contributions relating to new materials facilitating interfaces are equally important.

3 Materials for Safer Operation

Battery safety has become a crucial aspect for manufacturers and their deployment in most applications. Due to repeated incidences of fires and explosions, LIBs are developing a bad reputation amongst end users and regulatory bodies. Furthermore, their “risky nature” requires additional engineering safety controls, which compromise energy density and cost. Therefore, efforts are required in the design of high-performing safe electrolyte systems such as solid-state and ionic-liquid materials.   

4 Experimental Operando Characterisation

Although this domain can be a subset of any of the other three domains, it is listed here separately because the experimental observation of processes occurring in electrode materials and interfaces during cell operation is vital for a deep understanding but, at the same time, a key challenge.

Dr. Thomas Rüther
Guest Editor

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  • Lithium and Post-Lithium batteries
  • (Nano) Materials and Interfaces
  • Safer Electrolyte Systems
  • Experimental (Operando) Characterisation and Ion Transport Studies

Published Papers

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