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Volume 18 Issue 12, December 2019

Volume 18 Issue 12

Solid electrolytes for batteries

Solid-state batteries are attractive due to their potential safety, energy density and cycle-life benefits. Recent progress in understanding inorganic solid electrolytes considering multiscale ion transport, electrochemical and mechanical properties, and processing are discussed.

See Famprikis et al.

IMAGE: Saïful Islam. COVER DESIGN: David Shand.

Editorial

  • Editorial |

    The awarding of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries was long overdue for a technology that is already providing a vital component of the energy economy.

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    Topological corner states characteristic to second-order topological phases are observed on the surface of a solid using a scanning tunnelling microscope. This observation opens a new connection between higher-order topological physics and surface science.

    • Motohiko Ezawa
  • News & Views |

    Inducing a topological phase transition by applying pressure is shown to be a successful strategy for improving the performance of thermoelectric materials.

    • Qiang Li
  • News & Views |

    Lewis acids are shown to react with water, forming a complex with Brønsted acidity able to effectively dope semiconducting polymers through backbone protonation and internal charge transfer.

    • Han Yan
    • Wei Ma
  • News & Views |

    Polymer precipitation under turbulent flow is used for the high-throughput synthesis of soft microparticles with fractal coronas that display significant adhesive properties.

    • Theodore Hueckel
    • Stefano Sacanna
  • News & Views |

    Nanofibre mimetic substrates reveal the presence of integrin nanoclusters bridged by unliganded receptors during early cell–matrix adhesion.

    • E. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam
  • News & Views |

    Pressure-induced changes in the layer stacking order is found to result in new magnetic ground states in two-dimensional insulating CrI3. Such van der Waals engineering should provide ample opportunities to design desired magnetic phases.

    • Ji-Hui Yang
    • Hongjun Xiang
  • News & Views |

    By using solid polymer electrolytes, insight into the local control of iron fluoride conversion based positive electrodes for stable next-generation lithium and Li-ion batteries is obtained.

    • Glenn G. Amatucci

Review Articles

  • Review Article |

    Solid-state batteries are attractive due to their potential safety, energy-density and cycle-life benefits. Recent progress in understanding inorganic solid electrolytes considering multiscale ion transport, electrochemical and mechanical properties, and processing are discussed.

    • Theodosios Famprikis
    • Pieremanuele Canepa
    • Christian Masquelier

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