About this Research Topic
Energy storage and conversion are playing a critical role in modern society, demonstrating their important capabilities in wireless sensors, portable electronics, vehicle electrification and utility grid. Innovations in energy-storage technologies are urgently needed to meet the ever-increasing demand for energy consumption. However, grand challenges have to be addressed to develop a new energy landscape.
The intent of this research topic is to provide a forum for scientists with different research background to discuss the critical interfacial reactions that extensively exist in state-of-art and next-generation energy-storage technologies spanning from lithium ion batteries, metal-air, lithium-sulfur, sodium-ion and magnesium batteries. The fundamental questions that we emphasize to understand in this topic include but not limited to: 1) how to correlate material or solvent properties to the interfacial reactions on the electrode surface; 2) how the interfacial reactions control the electrochemical performances of the system; 3) how to capture the interfacial phenomenon at the atomic level and 4) how to predict and modulate the surface chemistry to enhance the electrochemical properties of the materials as well as the system. An in-depth understanding of the electrochemical energy storage and conversion from different perspectives in materials chemistry, electrochemistry, engineering, characterization and modeling will bridge the gap between fundamental investigation and applied research and provide new insights for the energy community.
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