10 Ionizing Papers (March 2018)

This is our roundup of interesting articles on Li-ion batteries published in March – a mix of educational, groundbreaking, helpful, thought-provoking, and topical. If you follow battery research, these are 10 papers you should be aware of (not in order of importance):

  1. The future of batteries is solid-state, isn’t it? Well, maybe it’s time to start thinking about the scale up and mass production. In all its technological details. Of course, with the help of experts from renowned research institutes, material suppliers, and automotive manufacturers. Journal of Power Sources
  2. Nickel rich layered cathodes (such as NMC 622, 811 or LNO) have high specific capacities, but their stability remains a big issue. Unless you dope them with tungsten… Energy & Environmental Science
  3. When is it best to charge our EVs? Machine learning is here to answer. Real-time decision making assesses various driving, environment, demand, and pricing data to minimize the overall energy cost. IEEE Transactions
  4. These batteries can operate at −70°C! Not a typical technology, though – they rely on a special electrolyte and more ‘dynamic’ organic electrodes. Aerospace applications are already lining up. Joule
  5. Solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) is formed on electrode surfaces due to reactions with the electrolyte. Despite its complexity, it is essential to understand the SEI formation in order to improve battery cycle life. And no other method can handle such a complicated task as well as computational modeling. npj Computational Materials
  6. Future electric vehicles are expected to have around 45–80% lower climate change impacts than the current EVs. Especially when you consider the upcoming transition to driving automation and renewable energy generation. Environmental Science & Technology
  7. 3D printing of batteries is one step closer to reality. And to be specific, this step means fabricating electrodes with areal capacity and performance high enough to start thinking of practical applications. Advanced Materials
  8. High-performance batteries will rely on high-performance anodes. Whether you’re interested in silicon, transition metal oxides, or lithium metal, this is a review you can’t miss. It’s concise, open access, and co-authored by many of the big shots in battery research. Electrochemical Energy Reviews
  9. Thermal runaway in EV batteries is something to be detected as soon as possible. Let’s look at a bunch of different sensors and see how fast and reliably they can do that. Batteries
  10. Researchers working on energy technologies — start thinking twice about the materials you are developing and promoting. Are you aware of their social, environmental and supply impacts? Because as the authors of this paper would say, “it is important to get it right at an early stage”. Journal of Cleaner Production

Check back with us in May!