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Themed collection International Year of the Periodic Table: Elements for Next Generation Batteries

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Metal–organic framework-derived one-dimensional porous or hollow carbon-based nanofibers for energy storage and conversion

This review summarizes the advances in the derivation of one-dimensional porous and hollow carbon nanofibers from metal–organic frameworks for energy storage and conversion.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic framework-derived one-dimensional porous or hollow carbon-based nanofibers for energy storage and conversion
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Harnessing the unique properties of 2D materials for advanced lithium–sulfur batteries

Exploring application 2D materials to enhance the electrochemical performance of lithium–sulfur batteries became an important strategy in the past decade.

Graphical abstract: Harnessing the unique properties of 2D materials for advanced lithium–sulfur batteries
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Layered tin sulfide and selenide anode materials for Li- and Na-ion batteries

In this review, we report the recent research progress in the area of design and synthesis of tin sulfide and selenide (SnS, SnS2, SnSe, and SnSe2) based anode materials for Li-ion batteries and Na-ion batteries.

Graphical abstract: Layered tin sulfide and selenide anode materials for Li- and Na-ion batteries
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Research progress on vanadium-based cathode materials for sodium ion batteries

In this review, we mainly overview the structures, synthesis methods and the morphology control of vanadium-based electrode materials for sodium ion batteries. In addition, the major issues, emerging challenges and some perspectives on the development of V based electrode materials for sodium ion batteries are also discussed.

Graphical abstract: Research progress on vanadium-based cathode materials for sodium ion batteries
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Metal–organic framework derived hollow materials for electrochemical energy storage

The recent progress and major challenges/opportunities of MOF-derived hollow materials for energy storage are summarized in this review, particularly for lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, lithium–Se batteries, lithium–sulfur batteries and supercapacitor applications.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic framework derived hollow materials for electrochemical energy storage
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Two-dimensional nanostructures for sodium-ion battery anodes

Two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures including 2D materials and composites containing 2D supports and active materials as sodium-ion battery anodes are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional nanostructures for sodium-ion battery anodes
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Preparation of MoS2/TiO2 based nanocomposites for photocatalysis and rechargeable batteries: progress, challenges, and perspective

In this review, we first summarize the recent progress in MoS2/TiO2-based nanomaterials for applications in photocatalysis and rechargeable batteries.

Graphical abstract: Preparation of MoS2/TiO2 based nanocomposites for photocatalysis and rechargeable batteries: progress, challenges, and perspective
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Communication

Enhancing potassium-ion battery performance by defect and interlayer engineering

Expanded interlayer spacing and additionally exposed edges induced by defects of MoS2 enable facile K-intercalation, rapid K-transport and promoted K-adsorption.

Graphical abstract: Enhancing potassium-ion battery performance by defect and interlayer engineering
Communication

Fully integrated hierarchical double-shelled Co9S8@CNT nanostructures with unprecedented performance for Li–S batteries

Fully integrated hierarchical double-shelled Co9S8@CNTs have been developed as a highly efficient sulfur cathode.

Graphical abstract: Fully integrated hierarchical double-shelled Co9S8@CNT nanostructures with unprecedented performance for Li–S batteries
Communication

Tin sulfide modified separator as an efficient polysulfide trapper for stable cycling performance in Li–S batteries

Lithium–sulfur batteries (Li–S) are considered the most promising systems for next-generation energy storage devices due to their high theoretical energy density and relatively low cost.

Graphical abstract: Tin sulfide modified separator as an efficient polysulfide trapper for stable cycling performance in Li–S batteries
Communication

Surface confined titania redox couple for ultrafast energy storage

A surface confined Ti3+/Ti4+ redox couple on black TiO2 enables fast ion diffusion kinetics and provides an unprecedented rate capability.

Graphical abstract: Surface confined titania redox couple for ultrafast energy storage
Communication

Pseudocapacitance contribution in boron-doped graphite sheets for anion storage enables high-performance sodium-ion capacitors

The high pseudocapacitance contribution in boron-doped graphite sheets for anion storage is demonstrated, and then utilized to fabricate Na-ion hybrid capacitors.

Graphical abstract: Pseudocapacitance contribution in boron-doped graphite sheets for anion storage enables high-performance sodium-ion capacitors
Communication

Striping modulations and strain gradients within individual particles of a cathode material upon lithiation

The insertion of Li-ions within cathode materials during the discharging of a battery oftentimes brings about one or more structural transformations. Distinct core–shell separation and striping of Li-rich and Li-poor domains are observed upon lithiation of nanowires of V2O5.

Graphical abstract: Striping modulations and strain gradients within individual particles of a cathode material upon lithiation
Communication

An alternative route to single ion conductivity using multi-ionic salts

Polyoligomeric silsesquioxanes with eight (LiNSO2CF3) groups can be dissolved at very high loadings into tetraglyme, forming solvent-in-salt electrolytes, and stable colloids with increasing amount of tetraglyme. Li+ ions can migrate by diffusive or coordinated hopping motions. High tLi+ and conductivities are obtained.

Graphical abstract: An alternative route to single ion conductivity using multi-ionic salts
Communication

Direct transformation of bijels into bicontinuous composite electrolytes using a pre-mix containing lithium salt

This work demonstrates a controllable strategy for designing bicontinuous composite electrolytes.

Graphical abstract: Direct transformation of bijels into bicontinuous composite electrolytes using a pre-mix containing lithium salt
Communication

Three-dimensional carbon network confined antimony nanoparticle anodes for high-capacity K-ion batteries

The novel 3D carbon framework confined Sb nanoparticle anode exhibits both high capacity and cycling stability.

Graphical abstract: Three-dimensional carbon network confined antimony nanoparticle anodes for high-capacity K-ion batteries
Communication

Photoinduced decoration of NiO nanosheets/Ni foam with Pd nanoparticles towards a carbon-free and self-standing cathode for a lithium–oxygen battery with a low overpotential and long cycle life

This carbon-free cathode fabricated by combining electrodeposition and photoreduction has promoted the formation of film-like Li2O2 and exhibits excellent electrochemical performances.

Graphical abstract: Photoinduced decoration of NiO nanosheets/Ni foam with Pd nanoparticles towards a carbon-free and self-standing cathode for a lithium–oxygen battery with a low overpotential and long cycle life
Communication

CTAB-assisted growth of self-supported Zn2GeO4 nanosheet network on a conductive foam as a binder-free electrode for long-life lithium-ion batteries

Ultrathin ZnGe2O4 NSs are fabricated on a nickel foam via a CTAB-assisted hydrothermal process.

Graphical abstract: CTAB-assisted growth of self-supported Zn2GeO4 nanosheet network on a conductive foam as a binder-free electrode for long-life lithium-ion batteries
Communication

General oriented assembly of uniform carbon-confined metal oxide nanodots on graphene for stable and ultrafast lithium storage

A series of uniform carbon-confined metal oxide nanodots on graphene were synthesized using a nicely-designed process, which displayed stable and ultrafast lithium storage.

Graphical abstract: General oriented assembly of uniform carbon-confined metal oxide nanodots on graphene for stable and ultrafast lithium storage
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Hollow SnO2 nanospheres with oxygen vacancies entrapped by a N-doped graphene network as robust anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

Hollow SnO2 nanospheres with oxygen vacancies simultaneously wrapped by a nitrogen-doped graphene network (SnO2−x/N-rGO) improve the electrochemical performance of LIBs.

Graphical abstract: Hollow SnO2 nanospheres with oxygen vacancies entrapped by a N-doped graphene network as robust anode materials for lithium-ion batteries
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Light-weight 3D Co–N-doped hollow carbon spheres as efficient electrocatalysts for rechargeable zinc–air batteries

Facile synthesis of Co–N-doped hollow carbon spheres for rechargeable zinc–air batteries and the effect of their Co doping contents on ORR performance.

Graphical abstract: Light-weight 3D Co–N-doped hollow carbon spheres as efficient electrocatalysts for rechargeable zinc–air batteries
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Pseudocapacitance-boosted ultrafast Na storage in a pie-like FeS@C nanohybrid as an advanced anode material for sodium-ion full batteries

A novel pie-like FeS@C nanohybrid has been prepared, which exhibits pseudocapacitance-prompted ultrafast Na storage and superior Na-ion full-cell performance.

Graphical abstract: Pseudocapacitance-boosted ultrafast Na storage in a pie-like FeS@C nanohybrid as an advanced anode material for sodium-ion full batteries
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N-rich carbon coated CoSnO3 derived from in situ construction of a Co–MOF with enhanced sodium storage performance

A series of CoSnO3–NC nanobox materials with controllable carbon content were acquired by the in situ carbonization of CoSnO3–MOFs, showing a controllable N-rich carbon content range from 7.5% to 24.6%.

Graphical abstract: N-rich carbon coated CoSnO3 derived from in situ construction of a Co–MOF with enhanced sodium storage performance
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Oxygen-deficient anatase TiO2@C nanospindles with pseudocapacitive contribution for enhancing lithium storage

Oxygen-deficient anatase TiO2@C nanospindles are realised via the hydrogenation and carbon coating of TiO2 nanospindles. The produced electrodes exhibit an enhanced electrochemical performance for Li storage.

Graphical abstract: Oxygen-deficient anatase TiO2@C nanospindles with pseudocapacitive contribution for enhancing lithium storage
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Confinement of polysulfides within bi-functional metal–organic frameworks for high performance lithium–sulfur batteries

Cu-MOF with the dual functional binding sites is a very powerful MOF host for the inclusion of sulfur and polysulfides, demonstrating the best performance among all reported S@MOF composite cathode materials so far.

Graphical abstract: Confinement of polysulfides within bi-functional metal–organic frameworks for high performance lithium–sulfur batteries
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MOF-derived porous N–Co3O4@N–C nanododecahedra wrapped with reduced graphene oxide as a high capacity cathode for lithium–sulfur batteries

N–Co3O4@N–C nanododecahedra combine the advantages of strong affinity for polysulfides and excellent electronic conductivity.

Graphical abstract: MOF-derived porous N–Co3O4@N–C nanododecahedra wrapped with reduced graphene oxide as a high capacity cathode for lithium–sulfur batteries
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High-yield bottom-up synthesis of 2D metal–organic frameworks and their derived ultrathin carbon nanosheets for energy storage

We report a facile and low-cost bottom-up synthesis of ultrathin Zn(bim)(OAc) MOF nanosheets (with thicknesses of ∼5 nm and a high yield of ∼65%) and their derived N-doped porous ultrathin (2.5 ± 0.8 nm) carbon nanosheets (UT-CNSs) for energy storage.

Graphical abstract: High-yield bottom-up synthesis of 2D metal–organic frameworks and their derived ultrathin carbon nanosheets for energy storage
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Mesoporous layered hexagonal platelets of Co3O4 nanoparticles with (111) facets for battery applications: high performance and ultra-high rate capability

High performance battery behaviour (left panel) of mesoporous layered hexagonal platelets (middle panel) composed of highly crystalline Co3O4 nanoparticles with (111) facets (right panel) in an aqueous electrolyte of 2 M KOH.

Graphical abstract: Mesoporous layered hexagonal platelets of Co3O4 nanoparticles with (111) facets for battery applications: high performance and ultra-high rate capability
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3D interconnected porous carbon nanosheets/carbon nanotubes as a polysulfide reservoir for high performance lithium–sulfur batteries

3D interconnected porous carbon nanosheets/carbon nanotubes as the host for lithium–sulfur batteries are synthesized via a simple one-pot pyrolysis strategy.

Graphical abstract: 3D interconnected porous carbon nanosheets/carbon nanotubes as a polysulfide reservoir for high performance lithium–sulfur batteries
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MoS2-covered SnS nanosheets as anode material for lithium-ion batteries with high capacity and long cycle life

A designed hierarchical nanostructure consisting of SnS nanosheets and ultrathin MoS2 nanosheets was achieved, and then evaluated as anode material for LIBs with high capacity and long cycle life.

Graphical abstract: MoS2-covered SnS nanosheets as anode material for lithium-ion batteries with high capacity and long cycle life
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Fe/Fe3C@C nanoparticles encapsulated in N-doped graphene–CNTs framework as an efficient bifunctional oxygen electrocatalyst for robust rechargeable Zn–air batteries

3d transition metals or their derivatives encapsulated in nitrogen-doped nanocarbon show promising potential in non-precious metal oxygen electrocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Fe/Fe3C@C nanoparticles encapsulated in N-doped graphene–CNTs framework as an efficient bifunctional oxygen electrocatalyst for robust rechargeable Zn–air batteries
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About this collection

Guest edited by Zhiqun Lin, Journal of Materials Chemistry A Associate Editor, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and Xiaodong Chen, Nanoscale Associate Editor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

This themed collection is the first in a series celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table. ‘Elements for Next Generation Batteries’ features papers from across the Materials and Nano journal porfolios, including Materials Horizons, Nanoscale Horizons, Journal of Materials Chemistry A and Nanoscale. The papers selected for this themed issue include the elements lithium, sodium, zinc, among other elements contained in new battery materials.

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