New Technologies and New Applications of Advanced Batteries
Advanced batteries play a key role in promoting the development of emerging fields, including but not limited to 3C products, robots, e-tools, EVs, E-ships, E-airplanes and energy storage. Although the lithium-ion battery (LIB) has been one of the most important/revolutionary technologies as recognised by the 2019 Chemistry Nobel Prize, the ever-increasing demands for higher/better energy density, safety, cycle stability and rate performance are calling for new advanced materials/technologies for the next-generation batteries. Many new materials/batteries/systems have been invented based on in-depth fundamental understandings and effective innovations. Among them, hybrid solid/liquid-electrolyte batteries, all solid-state batteries, Li-S and Li-FeSx batteries, and Na-ion batteries are promising candidates to replace the currently predominant LIBs with aqueous organic electrolytes. Therefore, to meet the needs of future development, we propose this special topic collection to bring together the latest original research work at the research frontier of the most promising new materials/technologies/applications of batteries, which could disrupt current directions and satisfy more challenging applications. This collection aims to make a substantial contribution to the development of next-generation advanced batteries in solving critical issues.
Guest Editors: Hong Li, Fan Wu, Byoungwoo Kang, Lu Li, and Xueliang Sun