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The role of graphene for electrochemical energy storage

Nature Materials volume 14, pages 271279 (2015) | Download Citation

Abstract

Since its first isolation in 2004, graphene has become one of the hottest topics in the field of materials science, and its highly appealing properties have led to a plethora of scientific papers. Among the many affected areas of materials science, this 'graphene fever' has influenced particularly the world of electrochemical energy-storage devices. Despite widespread enthusiasm, it is not yet clear whether graphene could really lead to progress in the field. Here we discuss the most recent applications of graphene — both as an active material and as an inactive component — from lithium-ion batteries and electrochemical capacitors to emerging technologies such as metal–air and magnesium-ion batteries. By critically analysing state-of-the-art technologies, we aim to address the benefits and issues of graphene-based materials, as well as outline the most promising results and applications so far.

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R.R., A.V. and S.P. acknowledge the financial support of Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) within the project 'IES, Innovative Elektrochemische Superkondensatoren' (contract number 03EK3010). B.S. is grateful to the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for a six-month visiting professorship position.

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  1. Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Muenster, Corrensstrasse 28/30, D-48149 Muenster, Germany

    • Rinaldo Raccichini
  2. Helmholtz Institute Ulm, Helmholtzstrasse 11, D-89081 Ulm, Germany

    • Rinaldo Raccichini
    • , Alberto Varzi
    • , Stefano Passerini
    •  & Bruno Scrosati
  3. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, PO Box 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe, Germany

    • Rinaldo Raccichini
    • , Alberto Varzi
    •  & Stefano Passerini
  4. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Graphene Labs and Nanochemistry Department, Via Morego 30, I-16163 Genova, Italy

    • Bruno Scrosati

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R.R. and A.V. designed the outline of the Progress Article, wrote the manuscript and conceived the figures and tables. S.P. and B.S. supervised and revised the writing.

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