Energy storage: The future enabled by nanomaterials

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Science  22 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6468, eaan8285
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan8285

Thinking small to store more

From mobile devices to the power grid, the needs for high-energy density or high-power density energy storage materials continue to grow. Materials that have at least one dimension on the nanometer scale offer opportunities for enhanced energy storage, although there are also challenges relating to, for example, stability and manufacturing. In this context, Pomerantseva et al. review fundamental processes of charge storage that apply specifically to nanostructured materials and briefly explore potential manufacturing processes. The authors also consider some of the skepticism, such as that found in the battery community, to the use of these materials.

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