Special Issue "Functionalized Nanostructures for Novel Energy Storage Systems"

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. Wilhelm Pfleging
Guest Editor
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: lithium-ion battery; energy storage materials; electrochemical analyses; laser technology, laser materials processing; laser ablation; micro/nanostructuring; laser-induced forward transfer; surface functionalization; micro/nanostructuring; laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy; material science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To meet the increasing demand for future batteries with long lifetime, low costs, and simultaneous high-power and high-energy operation, new electrode and material concepts need to be developed. Besides the common research activities aimed at developing new high-energy material cathodes and anodes, advanced electrode architectures and mass loading concepts need to be investigated to push lithium-ion and post-lithium batteries beyond state-of-the-art energy storage concepts.

It turns out that an enormous innovation of energy storage systems is possible through functionalized nanostructures, which have to be introduced into new material designs and electrode architectures.

Functionalized nanostructures can be used, for example, in the composition of solid electrolytes and active materials (e.g., thin films, nanoparticles, Si nanowires), in protective nanocoatings (e.g., atomic layer deposition; physical vapor deposition, sol–gel coating), in current collectors and separator materials (e.g., nanotexturing), or in the entire structure of composite electrodes (e.g., graded electrodes, 3D batteries).

This Special Issue of Nanomaterials is dedicated, but not limited to, the following aspects of advanced battery cell architectures:

  • Li-ion batteries, all-solid-state batteries, post-lithium batteries, and supercapacitors;
  • Nanoscale material development for cathodes, anodes, and electrolytes;
  • Nanostructuring of battery materials;
  • 3D printing;
  • Electrode architectures;
  • 3D batteries;
  • Electrochemical characterization;
  • Nano/microstructure, spectroscopic, 3D, and in situ/in operando characterization;
  • Modeling.

Dr. Wilhelm Pfleging
Guest Editor

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  • nanomaterials
  • functionalization
  • energy storage materials
  • battery
  • supercapacitor
  • 3D battery
  • printing
  • thin films
  • structuring, annealing, coating
  • electrochemical performance
  • postmortem analyses

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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