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Designing Electrolytes for Lithium-Ion and Post-Lithium Batteries

edited by Wladysław Wieczorek and Janusz Plocharski

Designing Electrolytes for Lithium-Ion and Post-Lithium Batteries is a timely and relevant contribution to today’s and future burgeoning energy storage needs. While the lithium ion battery (LIB) has served us well for the last quarter century by revolutionizing portable electronics and more recently enabling hybrid and all-electric vehicles (also garnering three 2019 Chemistry Nobel Prizes), we are rapidly approaching the physical limits of energy density with acceptable level of safety in LIBs. The essential electrolyte formulation has changed little over the years, except for some ‘tweaks’ in additives. This volume begins with coverage of advances in liquid electrolytes through novel salts for LIBs with enhanced performance and then moves on to ‘beyond LIB’ territory, which mirrors the worldwide race to expand the energy storage horizon into safer, cheaper, and faster-charging batteries for vehicles, electric grid storage, and other applications. New battery chemistries demand new electrolytes, and among those described are novel electrolytes for Li- and metal-air, Li-sulfur, sodium-based, and multivalent cation (Mg, Zn, Ca, Al)-based chemistries. The editor and chapter authors have a substantial record of contributions to their field through the published scientific literature, and this treatise is a compendium of their most important work. I would recommend this book to professionals in the battery industry as well as the large and still growing academic community in energy storage.”

Prof. Steven G. Greenbaum, City University of New York, USA
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814877169
  • Subject: Electrochemistry
  • Published: January 2021
  • Pages: 326

Every electrochemical source of electric current is composed of two electrodes with an electrolyte in between. Since storage capacity depends predominantly on the composition and design of the electrodes, most research and development efforts have been focused on them. Considerably less attention has been paid to the electrolyte, a battery’s basic component. This book fills this gap and shines more light on the role of electrolytes in modern batteries. Today, limitations in lithium-ion batteries result from non-optimal properties of commercial electrolytes as well as scientific and engineering challenges related to novel electrolytes for improved lithium-ion as well as future post-lithium batteries. So, the book (i) is unique because it addresses the various problems related to electrolytes in existing modern batteries as well those for future systems, (ii) includes important hints on design, (iii) contains concise information on non-aqueous electrolytes used in various types of electrochemical sources of energy, every chapter being supported by a selection of the most meaningful references, and (iv) contains information useful for young researchers who are at the beginning of their scientific careers as well as for industrial professionals looking for solutions to particular problems.