Review abstract

Nature Materials 4, 366 - 377 (2005)

Subject Categories: Materials for energy | Nanoscale materials

Nanostructured materials for advanced energy conversion and storage devices

Antonino Salvatore Aricò1, Peter Bruce2, Bruno Scrosati3, Jean-Marie Tarascon4 & Walter van Schalkwijk5

New materials hold the key to fundamental advances in energy conversion and storage, both of which are vital in order to meet the challenge of global warming and the finite nature of fossil fuels. Nanomaterials in particular offer unique properties or combinations of properties as electrodes and electrolytes in a range of energy devices. This review describes some recent developments in the discovery of nanoelectrolytes and nanoelectrodes for lithium batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors. The advantages and disadvantages of the nanoscale in materials design for such devices are highlighted.

  1. Istituto CNR-ITAE, 98126 S. Lucia, Messina, Italy
  2. School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews, KY16 9ST, Scotland
  3. Dipartimento di Chimica, Università 'La Sapienza', 00186 Rome, Italy
  4. Université de Picardie Jules Verne, LRCS; CNRS UMR-6047, 80039 Amiens, France
  5. EnergyPlex Corporation, 1400 SE 112th Avenue, Suite 210, Bellevue, Washington 98004, USA

Correspondence to: Bruno Scrosati3 e-mail:

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