Nature Nanotechnology Published a “Perspective” about the Recent Progress of Battery Materials Studied by Prof. Cao Yuliang’s Group

On February 18th, 2019, Nature Nanotechnology published a “Perspective” about the recent progress of battery materials studied by Prof. Cao Yuliang’s group from College of Chemistry and Molecular science, Wuhan University.

The paper is entitled Bridging the academic and industrial metrics for next-generation practical batteries (DOI: 10.1038/s41565-019-0371-8). This study was completed in collaboration with Wuhan University, the Argonne National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which was financially supported by the National Key Research Program of China.

Chemical batteries, widely used in some significant fields such as electric vehicles and large-scale energy storage, have triggered new changes in modern society. This success is the result of intense collaboration between academia and industry in battery’s materials and technologies over the past several decades. However, more efforts and specific guidelines are needed to transform those laboratory-based studies into industrial application, which prevent the academic achievements from breaking down during the application transformation process.

In order to establish a bridge between academic research and industrial applications of battery materials, some of the most relevant testing parameters were illustrated in the paper, which were often overlooked in academic literature but critical for practical applicability outside the laboratory, such as anode energy density, voltage hysteresis, mass of non-active components and anode/cathode mass ratio. It was hoped that this Perspective would act as guiding principles to aid the transition from lab-scale research to next-generation practical batteries.

Cao Yuliang’ group has always devoted to the research of the application of Chemical batteries and has made outstanding achievements in sodium ion battery and safety electrolyte. He has published as (co)author more than 200 scientific papers, including Nat. Energy, Nat. Nanotech., Energy Environ. Sci., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Chem, Adv. Mater., Adv. Energy Mater., Nano Lett. and so on. There are 19 papers selected for ESI hot paper. And all the papers have been cited more than 12000 times.

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