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Recent advances in zinc–air batteries

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Zinc–air is a century-old battery technology but has attracted revived interest recently. With larger storage capacity at a fraction of the cost compared to lithium-ion, zinc–air batteries clearly represent one of the most viable future options to powering electric vehicles. However, some technical problems associated with them have yet to be resolved. In this review, we present the fundamentals, challenges and latest exciting advances related to zinc–air research. Detailed discussion will be organized around the individual components of the system – from zinc electrodes, electrolytes, and separators to air electrodes and oxygen electrocatalysts in sequential order for both primary and electrically/mechanically rechargeable types. The detrimental effect of CO2 on battery performance is also emphasized, and possible solutions summarized. Finally, other metal–air batteries are briefly overviewed and compared in favor of zinc–air.

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The article was received on 12 Jan 2014 and first published on 13 Jun 2014

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00015C
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014,43, 5257-5275
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    Recent advances in zinc–air batteries

    Y. Li and H. Dai, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 5257
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00015C

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