Volume 2 Issue 4, April 2017
This Review details recent advances in battery chemistries and systems enabled by solid electrolytes, including all-solid-state lithium-ion, lithium–air, lithium–sulfur and lithium–bromine batteries, as well as an aqueous battery concept with a mediator-ion solid electrolyte.
High pressure offers a unique degree of freedom for the creation of new materials, leading to new superconductors, superhard materials, high-energy-density materials and exotic chemical materials with unprecedented properties. This Review discusses these materials, along with recently developed theoretical and experimental methods for materials discovery at high pressures.
Liquid-crystalline nanostructures can form well-organized 1D, 2D and 3D channels capable of transporting ions or electrons. In this Review, the design of liquid-crystalline phases, their self-assembled structures, and the fabrication and function of devices incorporating them are described.
Emerging materials and methods for fabricating 3D micro- and nanostructures provide powerful capabilities of relevance across diverse areas of technology. This Review highlights the latest results and future trends associated with the most powerful methods in 3D printing, folding and assembly.