Focus On Energy Storage Materials

Guest Editors

Xuejie Huang Institute of Physics CAS
Chunyi Zhi City University of Hong Kong
Yu Qiao Xiamen University
Ruiyong Chen University of Liverpool



New materials are emerging for highly efficient electrochemical energy storage, and various technologies are being intensively investigated such as Li-ion/Na-ion batteries and aqueous batteries, to name some. To meet the demand for specific performance (energy density, power density, cycle life), 3D network architectures, cationic/anionic redox-active cathodes, surface/interface modification materials, etc. are under research and development. In the past decade, major advances have been made in the design of active/inactive cell components, including high-voltage, high-capacity and high-rate electrodes. Nevertheless, several challenges remain, even for the well-established Li-ion batteries (e.g., thoroughly understanding the ambiguous principle of de-solvation during charging/discharging, the mechanism of SEI formation, the charge compensation by anion [oxygen] redox, the effect of lattice defects in layered oxide cathodes, and the HER mechanism in (non)aqueous devices), and there exists a need for in situ characterization to probe the degradation behavior/mechanism of advanced energy-storage materials.

This Focus Issue will present the latest developments in the field of electrochemical energy storage, aiming at addressing the challenges involved in materials/device design and characterization. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advances in high-energy-density batteries (Li-ion, metal-sulfur, metal-oxygen/air batteries, etc.)

  • Highly safe and low-cost materials for large-scale energy storage (aqueous, Na-ion batteries, etc.)

  • Redox flow batteries

  • Super- and pseudocapacitors

  • Electrode-electrolyte interface stabilization (electrolyte/additive design, surface coatings, etc.)

  • Advanced characterization of energy-storage materials

  • New concepts for electrochemical energy storage


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.

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Articles should be submitted via the online submission form and select “Focus On Energy-Storage Materials” in the 'Select Special Issue' drop down box that appears.


Submission Deadline

June 30, 2023


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.

    Recycling of solid-state batteries—challenge and opportunity for a circular economy?

    Research progress on the design of electrolyte additives and their functions for zinc-ion batteries

    Towards an enhanced understanding of the particle size effect on conversion/alloying lithium-ion anodes

    Review of regulating Zn2+ solvation structures in aqueous zinc-ion batteries

    Research prospects of graphene-based catalyst for seawater electrolysis

    Analysis of temperature distribution in PV-integrated electrochemical flow cells

    Thiophene-functionalized porphyrin complexes as high performance electrodes for sodium ion batteries

    Unlocking the multi-electron transfer reaction in NASICON-type cathode materials