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Issue 1, 2017
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The rise of lithium–selenium batteries

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The lithium–selenium (Li–Se) battery is an alternative to its sulfur counterpart with some noticeable advantages, such as the significantly higher electrical conductivity of Se and better electrochemical performance. Although the idea of a Li–Se battery dates to the 1960s, over the past four years it has been revisited as a practical potential candidate for electrochemical energy storage. Despite similar problems of Li–Se and lithium–sulfur (Li–S) batteries, such as the so-called shuttle effect, the research strategies go in different directions because of new opportunities offered by the Li–Se batteries. For instance, Li–Se batteries can perform better in the conventional carbonate-based electrolytes, in which polysulfides are chemically unstable. The present manuscript comprehensively reviews the current status of the Li–Se battery based on the achievements during its short history. Furthermore, a promising possibility is the lithium–(sulfur/selenium) battery, utilizing a sulfur/selenium cathode that can gain the advantages of both batteries. Other batteries in this family such as sodium–selenium and magnesium–selenium are also considered.

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The article was received on 10 Dec 2016, accepted on 13 Jan 2017 and first published on 13 Jan 2017

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SE00094K
Citation: Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2017,1, 14-29

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    The rise of lithium–selenium batteries

    A. Eftekhari, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2017, 1, 14
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SE00094K

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