10 Ionizing Papers (June 2018)

This is our roundup of interesting articles on Li-ion batteries published in June – a mix of educational, groundbreaking, helpful, thought-provoking, and topical. If you follow battery research, these are 10 papers you should be aware of (in no particular order):

  1. Safety first! Especially now that cells are getting increasingly packed with energy. This open-access discussion on issues & improvements in battery safety is essential reading. Science Advances
  2. LCO is making a comeback. It’s double doped, operates at high voltages, and its specific capacity challenges even the best competition. Nature Energy
  3. The lifespan of an EV battery is a relative measure. In the US, the battery life can range from ~5 years in Florida to more than 13 years in Alaska. Moreover, relevant greenhouse gas emissions can be anywhere between <1 g CO2,eq km−1 in Vermont and >160 g CO2,eq km−1 in Wyoming. Wonder why? Nature Communications
  4. Li-rich layered oxides are among the most promising next-generation cathode materials. As soon as they are considered for scale-up, manufacturers will start asking about their resistance to moisture and compatibility with water-based binders. Time for a systematic examination. Electrochimica Acta
  5. An electrical grid is like an organism. And energy storage systems (ESS) are becoming a valuable part of its complex structure. How valuable, exactly? Policy makers and grid operators would love to know, so this paper attempts to answer. Energy & Environmental Science
  6. A voltage plateau can reveal a wealth of information about the cell, such as interesting details on lithium plating and stripping. Journal of Power Sources
  7. Many will tell you that charging an EV at freezing temperatures is not a good idea. Well, this is a new battery architecture that might set you free – a full charge in 15 minutes, even at –50°C (–58F). PNAS
  8. Inorganic ion conductors: Slow to fast, see how far we’ve come in one of the hottest areas of solid-state batteries. Energy & Environmental Science
  9. Silicon anodes suffer from volumetric changes during cycling and subsequent detachment of their individual components. But now the high-resolution imaging enables us to see this issue in detail, and thus also quantify it, model it, understand it, and improve it. Nature Communications
  10. Finishing with the ultimate question: What would it take to achieve decarbonization of the energy system? Dozens of experts from elite institutes have done the thinking and made it available open access. Science, Tomorrow’s Earth special series

Want to see more? We compile plenty of interesting papers into our monthly literature reviews focused on battery science, engineering, and applications. Pick a topic and there will be something for you. Or check back with us in August!