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Themed collection Inorganic Chemistry Advancing the Next Generation Batteries

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CO2 and ambient air in metal–oxygen batteries: steps towards reality

Studies on involving CO2 and ambient air in cathode gas bring the potential of a real rechargeable high-energy metal–air battery.

Graphical abstract: CO2 and ambient air in metal–oxygen batteries: steps towards reality
Review Article

Nanocrystalline iron oxide based electroactive materials in lithium ion batteries: the critical role of crystallite size, morphology, and electrode heterostructure on battery relevant electrochemistry

The whole versus the sum of its parts; contributions of nanoscale iron-containing materials to the bulk electrochemistry of composite electrodes.

Graphical abstract: Nanocrystalline iron oxide based electroactive materials in lithium ion batteries: the critical role of crystallite size, morphology, and electrode heterostructure on battery relevant electrochemistry
Review Article

Heteroatom-doped carbons: synthesis, chemistry and application in lithium/sulphur batteries

Heteroatom-doped carbons (heteroatom = O, S, N or their mixtures) have exceptional ability in chemically adsorbing sulphur species and have important applications in lithium/sulphur batteries. This review highlights the synthesis and chemistry of these materials and discusses their applications and mechanisms in sulphur sequestration.

Graphical abstract: Heteroatom-doped carbons: synthesis, chemistry and application in lithium/sulphur batteries
Research Article

MoS2 with an intercalation reaction as a long-life anode material for lithium ion batteries

MoS2 without carbon modification has achieved a long cycling performance by cutting off the terminal discharge voltage to preserve a layered structure.

Graphical abstract: MoS2 with an intercalation reaction as a long-life anode material for lithium ion batteries
Research Article

Cation reduction and comproportionation as novel strategies to produce high voltage, halide free, carborane based electrolytes for rechargeable Mg batteries

The chemical reduction of reactive cations and comproportionation are two new strategies reported to produce halide free carborane based electrolytes for rechargeable Mg batteries.

Graphical abstract: Cation reduction and comproportionation as novel strategies to produce high voltage, halide free, carborane based electrolytes for rechargeable Mg batteries
Open Access Research Article

Ultra-rapid microwave synthesis of Li3−xyMxN (M = Co, Ni and Cu) nitridometallates

Phase-pure ternary lithium nitrides with demonstrable Li+ ion vacancy concentrations can be synthesised by low power microwave reactions in times reduced by orders of magnitude over conventional heating approaches; the electrochemical performance of the materials has been determined.

Graphical abstract: Ultra-rapid microwave synthesis of Li3−x−yMxN (M = Co, Ni and Cu) nitridometallates
Research Article

A soil/Vulcan XC-72 hybrid as a highly-effective catalytic cathode for rechargeable Li–O2 batteries

We report for the first time a hybrid of soil and commercial Vulcan XC-72 carbon (labeled as soil/C) as a high-performance cathode catalyst for rechargeable lithium–oxygen batteries. It was found that soil as a low cost and metal-free void volume expander in the hybrid catalyst is promising in the application of rechargeable Li–O2 batteries.

Graphical abstract: A soil/Vulcan XC-72 hybrid as a highly-effective catalytic cathode for rechargeable Li–O2 batteries
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About this collection

Intention of this themed collection is to feature recent important progresses in battery related researches, highlighting the role of inorganic/organometallic material chemistry and coordination chemistry in the development of electrochemical energy storage science.

Many thanks to Professor Jun Chen (Nankai University) and Professor Lynden A. Archer (Cornell University) for guest editing this themed collection.

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