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Nanocellulose: a promising nanomaterial for advanced electrochemical energy storage

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Nanocellulose has emerged as a sustainable and promising nanomaterial owing to its unique structures, superb properties, and natural abundance. Here, we present a comprehensive review of the current research activities that center on the development of nanocellulose for advanced electrochemical energy storage. We begin with a brief introduction of the structural features of cellulose nanofibers within the cell walls of cellulose resources. We then focus on a variety of processes that have been explored to fabricate nanocellulose with various structures and surface chemical properties. Next, we highlight a number of energy storage systems that utilize nanocellulose-derived materials, including supercapacitors, lithium-ion batteries, lithium–sulfur batteries, and sodium-ion batteries. In this section, the main focus is on the integration of nanocellulose with other active materials, developing films/aerogel as flexible substrates, and the pyrolyzation of nanocellulose to carbon materials and their functionalization by activation, heteroatom-doping, and hybridization with other active materials. Finally, we present our perspectives on several issues that need further exploration in this active research field in the future.

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Submitted
28 Dec 2017
First published
21 Mar 2018

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2018,47, 2837-2872
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Review Article

Nanocellulose: a promising nanomaterial for advanced electrochemical energy storage

W. Chen, H. Yu, S. Lee, T. Wei, J. Li and Z. Fan, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2018, 47, 2837
DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00790F

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