Insights on Flexible Zinc‐Ion Batteries from Lab Research to Commercialization

Dong, Haobo, Li, Jianwei, Guo, Jian , Lai, Feili, Zhao, Fangjia, Jiao, Yiding, Brett, Dan J. L., Liu, Tianxi, He, Guanjie and Parkin, Ivan P. (2021) Insights on Flexible Zinc‐Ion Batteries from Lab Research to Commercialization. Advanced Materials, 33 (20). p. 2007548. ISSN 0935-9648

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Owing to the development of aqueous rechargeable zinc-ion batteries (ZIBs), flexible ZIBs are deemed as potential candidates to power wearable electronics. ZIBs with solid-state polymer electrolytes can not only maintain additional load-bearing properties, but exhibit enhanced electrochemical properties by preventing dendrite formation and inhibiting cathode dissolution. Substantial efforts have been applied to polymer electrolytes by developing solid polymer electrolytes, hydrogel polymer electrolytes, and hybrid polymer electrolytes; however, the research of polymer electrolytes for ZIBs is still immature. Herein, the recent progress in polymer electrolytes is summarized by category for flexible ZIBs, especially hydrogel electrolytes, including their synthesis and characterization. Aiming to provide an insight from lab research to commercialization, the relevant challenges, device configurations, and life cycle analysis are consolidated. As flexible batteries, the majority of polymer electrolytes exploited so far only emphasizes the electrochemical performance but the mechanical behavior and interactions with the electrode materials have hardly been considered. Hence, strategies of combining softness and strength and the integration with electrodes are discussed for flexible ZIBs. A ranking index, combining both electrochemical and mechanical properties, is introduced. Future research directions are also covered to guide research toward the commercialization of flexible ZIBs.

Keywords:commercialization, flexible devices, lab-scale, polymer electrolytes, Zn-ion batteries
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F200 Materials Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Chemistry
ID Code:46095
Deposited On:19 Aug 2021 16:25

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