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Welcome to the Nature Communications Editors’ Highlights webpage on energy materials. Each month our editors select a small number of Articles recently published in Nature Communications that they believe are particularly interesting or important.

The aim is to provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting work published in the area of energy materials at Nature Communications. Each editor handles a different area of this research, as described below:

Jacilynn Brant handles manuscripts dealing with energy storage and conversion, including supercapacitors, triboelectric nanogenerators, and fuel cells.

Adam Weingarten handles chemistry-related manuscripts that involve electrocatalytic and photocatalytic applications.

Yaoqing Zhang handles electrochemical energy storage including batteries, solid state ionics, and some aspects of inorganic chemistry.



Jacilynn Brant

Adam Weingarten

Yaoqing Zhang

  • Nature Communications | Article | open

    Sulfide electrolyte materials offer the opportunity for the development of solid-state batteries. Here the authors further improve the voltage stability of core-shell structured sulfides by modifying the microstructures, and pair the optimized electrolytes with lithium metal anode into battery devices.

    • Fan Wu
    • , William Fitzhugh
    • , Luhan Ye
    • , Jiaxin Ning
    •  &  Xin Li
  • Nature Communications | Article | open

    Aligning 2D nanosheets to form a compact layered structure can maximize the in-plane properties. Here the authors report an efficient and scalable continuous centrifugal casting method to produce highly compact and well-aligned films of GO nanosheets that show record performances in some applications.

    • Jing Zhong
    • , Wei Sun
    • , Qinwei Wei
    • , Xitang Qian
    • , Hui-Ming Cheng
    •  &  Wencai Ren
  • Nature Communications | Article | open

    Sodium–sulfur batteries operating at a high temperature between 300 and 350°C have been used commercially, but the safety issue hinders their wider adoption. Here the authors report a “cocktail optimized” electrolyte system that enables higher electrochemical performance and room-temperature operation.

    • Xiaofu Xu
    • , Dong Zhou
    • , Xianying Qin
    • , Kui Lin
    • , Feiyu Kang
    • , Baohua Li
    • , Devaraj Shanmukaraj
    • , Teofilo Rojo
    • , Michel Armand
    •  &  Guoxiu Wang
  • Nature Communications | Article | open

    The development of potassium-ion batteries requires cathode materials that can maintain the structural stability during cycling. Here the authors have developed honeycomb-layered tellurates K2M2TeO6 that afford high ionic conductivity and reversible intercalation of large K ions at high voltages.

    • Titus Masese
    • , Kazuki Yoshii
    • , Yoichi Yamaguchi
    • , Toyoki Okumura
    • , Zhen-Dong Huang
    • , Minami Kato
    • , Keigo Kubota
    • , Junya Furutani
    • , Yuki Orikasa
    • , Hiroshi Senoh
    • , Hikari Sakaebe
    •  &  Masahiro Shikano
  • Nature Communications | Article | open

    Aluminum-air batteries are lightweight and cost effective, but performance is limited by corrosion and solid by-products. Here the authors catalyze oxygen reduction with silver manganate nanoplates and develop an aluminum-air flow battery that delivers high energy density and alleviates side reactions.

    • Jaechan Ryu
    • , Haeseong Jang
    • , Joohyuk Park
    • , Youngshin Yoo
    • , Minjoon Park
    •  &  Jaephil Cho
  • Nature Communications | Article | open

    Lithium-based rechargeable batteries suffer from unstable evolution of solid-electrolyte interphase on the electrode surface. Here, the authors provide an approach to inhibiting SEI formation by controlling electric potential distribution across electrolyte and electrode.

    • Won Jun Chang
    • , Su Han Kim
    • , Jiseon Hwang
    • , Jinho Chang
    • , Dong won Yang
    • , Sun Sang Kwon
    • , Jin Tae Kim
    • , Won Woo Lee
    • , Jae Hyung Lee
    • , Hyunjung Park
    • , Taeseup Song
    • , In-Hwan Lee
    • , Dongmok Whang
    •  &  Won Il Park