Presenter：Shulei Chou (Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522 Australia)
Topic：Low Cost Materials for High Energy Sodium-ion Battery from Research to Industry
Time：09: 30AM, October 29th
Sodium-ion battery is a low-cost energy storage device, which is similar in some ways to lithium-ion batteries. In both systems, Na/Li ions are shuttled between the battery’s positive and negative electrodes during charging and discharging. Taking into account recent concerns about a possible lithium shortage with the spread of electric vehicles, it is urgent to search for alternative energy storage systems that could complement the existing Li-ion technology. For this purpose, Na-ion technology can be a suitable choice in terms of battery cost, safety, and raw material abundance. Due to the increased size and heavier weight of the Na atom compared to the Li atom, the volumetric energy density and specific energy density obtainable for the sodium-ion battery would be less than those obtainable with the lithium-ion battery. However, Na-ion batteries would be interesting for very low-cost systems for grid storage, which could make renewable energy a primary source of energy rather than just a supplemental one. Here, we will present our work on both anode and cathode materials for sodium-ion battery. The anode materials include carbon-based materials, Sn-based materials and red phosphorous based composites with high specific capacity and excellent capacity retention. Cathode materials will focus on the low-cost Prussian blue materials. The industry path for sodium ion battery and large scale energy storage application will be also discussed here.
Shu-Lei Chou is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), University of Wollongong. He obtained his bachelor’s (1999) and master’s degrees (2004) from Nankai University, China. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wollongong in 2010. His research focuses on energy-storage materials for battery applications, especially on novel composite materials, new binders, and new electrolytes for Li/Na batteries. He has published more than 170 journal papers, including Science, Nature Communications, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, JACS, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials and Nano Letters. Total citations is more than 7100 times with an H-index = 47.
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