Na-Ion Batteries

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The Science Partner Journal Energy Material Advances presents a special issue on Na-Ion Batteries.


How can we efficiently store electricity in chemicals and release it in terms of users’ demands? Rechargeable battery technologies enable us to fulfill this requirement, among which lithium ion batteries have become common in all aspects of our lives. However, with the increasing growth and evolution of our society, no single battery type is competent in every single application, and there is always a strong demand to explore new options. Among these options are sodium ion batteries, which have a similar working principle to lithium ion batteries which undergo rapid development and are suitable for large-scale energy storage due to the abundant resources and even distribution. This special issue focuses on the current state of development of sodium ion batteries, with special emphasis on key elements that potentially promote their application. The issue aims to highlight: new principles to design high-performance cathode and anode materials, new insights into electrode/electrolyte interface, advances in liquid and solid electrolytes, the importance of combination of DFT simulation, pioneering attempts of advanced characterizations, and the latest progress of engineering attempts. 

    Guest Editors

    Prof. Dr. Yong-Sheng Hu, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

    Portrait of Prof. Dr. Yong-Sheng HuYong-Sheng Hu is a full professor at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is working on advanced materials for long-life stationary batteries and their energy storage mechanism, particularly focusing on Na based batteries. He has published over 200 internationally refereed SCI publications including Nature Mater., Nature Energy, Joule, Nature Commun., Science Adv., Adv. Mater., etc. He was selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers in the field of Materials Science from 2014 to 2018. He became the senior Editor of ACS Energy Letters from October of 2018. He also received several awards and honors, such as The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, The 14th China Youth Science and Technology Award, Tajima Prize, Fellow of The Institute of Physics (UK), Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, etc.

    Prof. Dr. Teófilo Rojo, CIC EnergiGUNE Energy Cooperative Research Centre, Spain

    Portrait of Dr. Teofilo RojoTeófilo Rojo received his PhD from the University of the Basque Country in 1981. Since 1992 he has been Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Bilbao, Spain. In 2010 he was appointed Scientific Director of CIC energiGUNE focusing his research on the study of materials for lithium batteries and beyond, to improve power and energy density both by exploring new compounds, optimized microstructures and by studying the mechanisms that govern their performance. In 2016 he was appointed as a Member of the Working Party on Chemistry and Energy of EuCheMS.

    Prof. Dr. Shinichi Komaba, Tokyo University of Science, Japan

    Portrait of Dr. Shinichi KomabaProf. Shinichi Komaba obtained his Ph.D. from Waseda University, Japan, and then joined Iwate University as a research associate. After studying as a post-doctoral researcher at Bordeaux-CNRS, France, he joined Tokyo University of Science in 2005 to work on developing electrodes, electrolytes, and binding materials for various types of rechargeable batteries. His research group carries out cutting-edge research in the field of rechargeable batteries and their electrochemical applications. With more than 270 publications to his credit, Prof. Komaba has won numerous international awards, including the title of "Highly Cited Researcher" in 2019 and 2020.

    Prof. Kisuk Kang, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea

    Portrait of Dr. Kisuk KangKisuk Kang is a Professor of materials science and engineering at Seoul National University (SNU), where he received his B.Sc. He completed his Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2013, he has been a tenured professor at SNU. His research laboratory focuses on developing new materials for batteries and electrocatalysts using combined experiments and ab initio calculations. His published works in this field have been cited more than 22,000 times, and he was selected as Highly Cited Researchers in 2018 from Clarivate Analytics. He is now a director of Center for carborganic energy materials, and a director of Center of Samsung SDI-SNU rechargeable batteries.

      Table of Contents

      Tailoring Defects in Hard Carbon Anode towards Enhanced Na Storage Performance

      Ruiqi Dong, Feng Wu, Ying Bai, Qinghao Li, Xiqian Yu, Yu Li, Qiao Ni, Chuan Wu

      Energy Material Advances, vol. 2022, Article ID 9896218, 11 pages, 2022

      Large Scale One-Pot Synthesis of Monodispersed Na3(VOPO4)2F Cathode for Na-Ion Batteries

      Qiangqiang Zhang, Xing Shen, Quan Zhou, Kaixuan Li, Feixiang Ding, Yaxiang Lu, Junmei Zhao, Liquan Chen, Yong-Sheng Hu 

      Energy Material Advances, vol. 2022, Article ID 9828020, 11 pages, 2022

      Reviewing the Safe Shipping of Lithium-Ion and Sodium-Ion Cells: A Materials Chemistry Perspective

      Ashish Rudola, Christopher J. Wright, Jerry Barker

      Energy Material Advances, vol. 2021, Article ID 9798460, 12 pages, 2021

      Sodium-Ion Battery Anode Construction with SnPx Crystal Domain in Amorphous Phosphorus Matrix

      Baixu Chen, Yubo Yang, Aibing Chen, Xu Zhang, Jaffer Saddique, Mingxue Tang, Haijun Yu

      Energy Material Advances, vol. 2021, Article ID 9795825, 11 pages, 2021

      Recent Advances in Electrode Materials with Anion Redox Chemistry for Sodium-Ion Batteries

      Natalia Voronina, Seung-Taek Myung

      Energy Material Advances, vol. 2021, Article ID 9819521, 22 pages, 2021

      Efficient Stabilization of Na Storage Reversibility by Ti Integration into O3-Type NaMnO2

      Takuro Sato, Kazuki Yoshikawa, Wenwen Zhao, Tokio Kobayashi, Hongahally Basappa Rajendra, Masao Yonemura, Naoaki Yabuuchi

      Energy Material Advances, vol. 2021, Article ID 9857563, 12 pages, 2021

      Hunting Sodium Dendrites in NASICON-Based Solid-State Electrolytes

      Qiangqiang Zhang, Yaxiang Lu, Weichang Guo, Yuanjun Shao, Lilu Liu, Jiaze Lu, Xiaohui Rong, Xiaogang Han, Hong Li, Liquan Chen, Yong-Sheng Hu

      Energy Material Advances, vol. 2021, Article ID 9870879, 10 pages, 2021

      A Poriferous Nanoflake-Assembled Flower-Like Ni5P4 Anode for High-Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries

      Ruihan Zhang, Vidhur Raveendran, Yining He, Andy Yau, Austin Chang, Cheng Chi, Sungyool Bong, Feng Cheng, Weigang Ma, Jun Chen

      Energy Material Advances, vol. 2021, Article ID 2124862, 9 pages, 2021