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Nanomaterials for electrochemical energy storage: the good and the bad

Maria Rosa Palacin, Patrice Simon, Jean Marie Tarascon


A critical view on the outcome of research in nanomaterials for electrochemical energy storage devices (batteries and supercapacitors) is provided through selected examples. The nano- approach traces back to the early battery research and its benefits realized even before the nano- term was coined  and has enabled important progress which have translated, for instance, in the possibility of using LiFePO4 as electrode material.  On the other hand, the nano- approach has also been oversold at all levels and hence some examples are also shown on the detrimental side effects of the use of nano-materials which should be taken into account if steady progress to result in practical benefit is to be made.


nanomaterials; electrochemical energy storage; batteries; supercapacitors

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