Focus on Solid-State Batteries

Guest editors

Torsten Brezesinski Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Juergen Janek Justus-Liebig-University Giessen & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Xuejie Huang Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory & Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chunyi Zhi City University of Hong Kong



The cycling performance and stability of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have improved considerably over the past three decades, thanks to advances in active/inactive materials and manufacturing. Even though LIBs appear to be approaching their practical limit, certain configurations will remain the first choice for electrochemical energy storage in the foreseeable future, especially for transportation applications. However, achieving a good balance between safety performance and energy/power density has limitations. Bulk-type solid-state batteries (SSBs) that replace liquid organic electrolytes with superionic solid electrolytes are considered as the next generation of rechargeable batteries. They may exhibit improved safety and charge-storage characteristics relative to conventional LIB technologies. Nonetheless, SSBs have their own challenges to solve. Especially problems with the (electro-)chemical stability of solid electrolyte/electrode interfaces, chemo-mechanics and charge transport call for new chemical design, manufacturing and testing principles.

This focus issue will present papers addressing the R&D challenges associated with different kinds of SSBs for electrochemical energy storage.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

·       Li-ion and post Li-ion solid-state batteries

·       Electrode/solid-electrolyte materials design and (data-driven) discovery

·       Surface/interface engineering

·       Microstructural, mechanical and charge-transport properties (experiment/modeling)

·       Electrode/cell manufacturing techniques

·       Advanced characterization methods


Submission process

Focus issue articles are subject to the same review process and high standard as regular Materials Futures articles and should be submitted in the same way. Peer review will be organized immediately upon receipt of the submission and will be published online once it is accepted.

For more comprehensive information on preparing your article for submission and the options for submitting your article, please see our Author guidelines.

Articles should be submitted via the online submission form and select “Focus on Solid-State Batteries” in the 'Select Special Issue' drop down box that appears.


Deadline for submissions

August 31, 2022


Article charge

All articles in Materials Futures are published on an open access basis. Article publication charges are waived for authors from 2022 to 2024.

    Impact of fabrication methods on binder distribution and charge transport in composite cathodes of all-solid-state batteries

    Solid-state electrolytes for safe rechargeable lithium metal batteries: a strategic view

    The role of grain boundaries in solid-state Li-metal batteries

    Anode-less all-solid-state batteries: recent advances and future outlook

    Strategies for fitting accurate machine-learned inter-atomic potentials for solid electrolytes

    Ion transport and structural design of lithium-ion conductive solid polymer electrolytes: a perspective

    Reinforced cathode-garnet interface for high-capacity all-solid-state batteries

    Low Na-β''-alumina electrolyte/cathode interfacial resistance enabled by a hydroborate electrolyte opening up new cell architecture designs for all-solid-state sodium batteries

    All-solid-state thin-film batteries based on lithium phosphorus oxynitrides

    Air exposure towards stable Li/Li10GeP2S12 interface for all-solid-state lithium batteries

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