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batteriesLithium-ion or otherwise, batteries keep lots of things going, and enable a mobile lifestyle: from mobile phones to intercontinental air travel. Batteries are complex devices whose overall performance and usefulness depend on many factors such as energy density, efficiency, durability, and sustainability. Research in this area is by nature interdisciplinary and involves chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and engineers.

Further reading: K. Ozawa (Ed.), Lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries: Materials, Technology, and New Applications, Wiley-VCH, 2010.

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Enhanced Electrocatalysis via 3D Graphene Aerogel Engineered with a Silver Nanowire Network for Ultrahigh-Rate Zinc–Air Batteries

Enhanced Electrocatalysis via 3D Graphene Aerogel Engineered with a Silver Nanowire Network for Ultrahigh‐Rate Zinc–Air Batteries

X-ray computed microtomography (X-ray μCT) reveals the macrodistribution of active phase (i.e., Ag) and supermacroporous structure in the self-assembled graphene aerogel for the first time. The interconnected 3D Ag network is the key to achieve high oxygen reduction reaction activity and utrahigh rate performance in Zn–air batteries.

[Full Paper]
Shang Hu, Ting Han, Chao Lin, Weikai Xiang, Yonghui Zhao, Peng Gao, Fuping Du, Xiaopeng Li, Yuhan Sun
Adv. Funct. Mater., March 24, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201700041 Read article

Ultrathin MnO2/Graphene Oxide/Carbon Nanotube Interlayer as Efficient Polysulfide-Trapping Shield for High-Performance Li–S Batteries

Ultrathin MnO2/Graphene Oxide/Carbon Nanotube Interlayer as Efficient Polysulfide‐Trapping Shield for High‐Performance Li–S Batteries

Ultrathin MnO2/graphene oxide/carbon nanotube (G/M@CNT) sandwiched interlayer with synergetic effects of graphene oxide sheets, MnO2 nanoparticles, and superaligned carbon nanotube films, significantly alleviates polysulfide shuttling and improves the cycling stability and rate performance of Li–S batteries. Self-discharge and passivation layer formation on the anode are greatly suppressed by the excellent polysulfide-trapping ability of the G/M@CNT interlayer.

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Weibang Kong, Lingjia Yan, Yufeng Luo, Datao Wang, Kaili Jiang, Qunqing Li, Shoushan Fan, Jiaping Wang
Adv. Funct. Mater., March 24, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201606663 Read article

Synthesis and Exploration of Ladder-Structured Large Aromatic Dianhydrides as Organic Cathodes for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries

Synthesis and Exploration of Ladder‐Structured Large Aromatic Dianhydrides as Organic Cathodes for Rechargeable Lithium‐Ion Batteries

At the top of the aromatic ladder: Two novel ladder-structured dianhydrides originating from naphthalene and perylene building blocks, with large aromaticity, were synthesized and investigated. They deliver a promising electrochemical performance as cathode materials for the application of rechargeable lithium organic batteries.

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Jian Xie, Wangqiao Chen, Zilong Wang, Kenneth Choo Wei Jie, Ming Liu, Qichun Zhang
Chem. Asian J., March 23, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/asia.201700070 Read article

Trends in Aluminium-Based Intercalation Batteries

Trends in Aluminium‐Based Intercalation Batteries

Is there a life after lithium? The most promising alternative to lithium-ion batteries is aluminium. However, the current performance of aluminium-ion batteries is not suitable for large scale application yet. This review article provides a critical overview of the current state-or-the-art in aluminium-ion batteries.

[Review]
Filip Ambroz, Thomas J. Macdonald, Thomas Nann
Adv. Energy Mater., March 23, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602093 Read article

Strings of Porous Carbon Polyhedrons as Self-Standing Cathode Host for High-Energy-Density Lithium–Sulfur Batteries

Strings of Porous Carbon Polyhedrons as Self‐Standing Cathode Host for High‐Energy‐Density Lithium–Sulfur Batteries

MOF, meet CNT: A unique coupling of intertwined CNTs and strung porous carbon polyhedrons was developed as self-standing cathode host for lithium–sulfur batteries. The resultant sulfur electrode showed excellent cyclability and ultra-high energy density.

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Yazhi Liu, Gaoran Li, Jing Fu, Zhongwei Chen, Xinsheng Peng
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., March 22, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201700686 Read article

Silicene: A Promising Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Silicene: A Promising Anode for Lithium‐Ion Batteries

Silicene, single-layer-thick silicon nanosheets with a honeycomb structure, has been successfully fabricated very recently. Recent progress on the features of silicene that make it a promising anode for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), including its charge-carrier mobility, chemical stability, and metal–silicene interaction are discussed.

[Research News]
Jincheng Zhuang, Xun Xu, Germanas Peleckis, Weichang Hao, Shi Xue Dou, Yi Du
Adv. Mater., March 22, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201606716 Read article

A Tunable 3D Nanostructured Conductive Gel Framework Electrode for High-Performance Lithium Ion Batteries

A Tunable 3D Nanostructured Conductive Gel Framework Electrode for High‐Performance Lithium Ion Batteries

A tunable 3D nanostructured gel framework with continuous electron pathways can provide hierarchical pores for ion transport and form uniform coatings on each active particle against aggregation. The hybrid gel electrodes based on a polypyrrole gel framework and Fe3O4 nanoparticles demonstrate one of the best rate performance and the highest achieved specific capacities when considering total electrode mass.

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Ye Shi, Jun Zhang, Andrea M. Bruck, Yiman Zhang, Jing Li, Eric A. Stach, Kenneth J. Takeuchi, Amy C. Marschilok, Esther S. Takeuchi, Guihua Yu
Adv. Mater., March 22, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201603922 Read article

Preparation of Zn2SnO4/SnO2@Mn2O3 Microbox Composite Materials with Enhanced Lithium-Storage Properties

Preparation of Zn2SnO4/SnO2@Mn2O3 Microbox Composite Materials with Enhanced Lithium‐Storage Properties

Think outside the box: In virtue of the synergistic effects of Zn2SnO4/SnO2 and Mn2O3, Zn2SnO4/SnO2@Mn2O3 microboxes exhibit better electrochemical performances compared to Zn2SnO4/SnO2 and Mn2O3.

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Qingyuan Li, Yong Wang, Dongxia Wang, Wenbin Guo, Fanchao Zhang, Chao Wang, Shanshan Niu
ChemElectroChem, March 21, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201600917 Read article

Enhanced Electrochemical Performance in Ni-Doped LiMn2O4-Based Composite Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Enhanced Electrochemical Performance in Ni‐Doped LiMn2O4‐Based Composite Cathodes for Lithium‐Ion Batteries

Layer it on thick:Compared with other lithium ion battery cathode materials, the novel Li(Mn,Ni)2O4-based spinel-layered composites present excellent electrochemical performance.

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Yunlong Deng, Jirong Mou, Huali Wu, Lin Zhou, Qiaoji Zheng, Kwok Ho Lam, Chenggang Xu, Dunmin Lin
ChemElectroChem, March 21, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201600823 Read article

Ultrathin Mesoporous RuCo2O4 Nanoflakes: An Advanced Electrode for High-Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitors

Ultrathin Mesoporous RuCo2O4 Nanoflakes: An Advanced Electrode for High‐Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitors

Asymmetric supercapacitors! RuCo2O4 with a unique marigold-like nanostructure is prepared by a simple electrodeposition method. The material shows excellent performance as an advanced electrode material, including high energy-storage capacitance (1469 F g−1 at 6 A g−1) with excellent rate proficiency and long-lasting operating cycling stability (ca. 91.3 % capacitance retention after 3000 cycles).

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Deepak P. Dubal, Nilesh R. Chodankar, Rudolf Holze, Do-Heyoung Kim, Pedro Gomez-Romero
ChemSusChem, March 20, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201700001 Read article

Mechanistic Evolution of Aprotic Lithium-Oxygen Batteries

Mechanistic Evolution of Aprotic Lithium‐Oxygen Batteries

Reaction mechanisms of Li-O2 batteries, including electrochemical formation and decomposition of Li2O2 and LiOH, and reactions of redox mediators during discharge and charge, are discussed in this review paper, as well as future perspectives.

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Fujun Li, Jun Chen
Adv. Energy Mater., March 20, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602934 Read article

MoS2/Celgard Separator as Efficient Polysulfide Barrier for Long-Life Lithium–Sulfur Batteries

MoS2/Celgard Separator as Efficient Polysulfide Barrier for Long‐Life Lithium–Sulfur Batteries

A MoS2/Celgard separator is demonstrated to greatly improve cycle stability and Coulombic efficiency when used as separator in Li–S batteries, due to the high lithium conductivity and the stacked structure, which not only acts as ion sieves to block polysulfides, but also provides free spaces to accommodate various polysulfide intermediates via physiochemical interaction.

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Zahid Ali Ghazi, Xiao He, Abdul Muqsit Khattak, Niaz Ali Khan, Bin Liang, Azhar Iqbal, Jinxin Wang, Haksong Sin, Lianshan Li, Zhiyong Tang
Adv. Mater., March 20, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201606817 Read article

Low-Temperature Synthesis of Graphene/SiC Nanocomposite Anodes with Super-Long Cycling Stability

Low‐Temperature Synthesis of Graphene/SiC Nanocomposite Anodes with Super‐Long Cycling Stability

Nanocompositeanode material: A graphene/SiC nanocomposite is synthesized by using soda papermaking black liquor as a raw material with an in situ thermochemical method at 800 °C.Thisnanocomposite is particularly desirable for high-performance and low-cost next-generation anode materials for future LIBs.

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XinliYi, Yang Zhang, Wen He, Xudong Zhang, Guihua Yang, Zhaoyang Wang, Yaoyao Wang, Qiaohuan Cheng
ChemElectroChem, March 17, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201700028 Read article

Carbon Anode Materials for Advanced Sodium-Ion Batteries

Carbon Anode Materials for Advanced Sodium‐Ion Batteries

Carbon materials have been considered as promising anode candidate for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) due to their unique merits. Tremendous efforts have been made to exploit appropriate carbon materials and unveil the corresponding sodium storage mechanism. Here, recent progress, challenges, and prospects of carbon anode materials for SIBs are presented.

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Hongshuai Hou, Xiaoqing Qiu, Weifeng Wei, Yun Zhang, Xiaobo Ji
Adv. Energy Mater., March 17, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602898 Read article

Solving Key Challenges in Battery Research Using In Situ Synchrotron and Neutron Techniques

Solving Key Challenges in Battery Research Using In Situ Synchrotron and Neutron Techniques

Understanding the electrochemical reaction mechanisms and kinetics is the key challenge for developing breakthroughs with new or existing battery electrode materials. Novel in situ cells combined with synchrotron and neutron techniques reveal structural details which correlate with the electrochemical performance of individual battery cell compositions and improve the understanding of electrochemical performance across the field.

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Qinfen Gu, Justin A. Kimpton, Helen E. A. Brand, Zhiyang Wang, Shulei Chou
Adv. Energy Mater., March 17, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602831 Read article

Pushing the Energy Output and Cyclability of Sodium Hybrid Capacitors at High Power to New Limits

Pushing the Energy Output and Cyclability of Sodium Hybrid Capacitors at High Power to New Limits

A high performing sodium hybrid capacitor is fabricated utilizing graphene nanosheets as high power adsorption electrode and graphene/NaTi2(PO4)3 as a high energy intercalation electrode. High energy retention at high power along with excellent stability of 90% after 75 000 cycles with a lowest ever energy loss of ≈0.13% per 1000 cycles is documented.

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Ranjith Thangavel, Brindha Moorthy, Do Kyung Kim, Yun-Sung Lee
Adv. Energy Mater., March 17, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602654 Read article

Electrochemical Behavior of PEDOT/Lignin in Ionic Liquid Electrolytes: Suitable Cathode/Electrolyte System for Sodium Batteries

Electrochemical Behavior of PEDOT/Lignin in Ionic Liquid Electrolytes: Suitable Cathode/Electrolyte System for Sodium Batteries

Sustai-Na-ble batteries: Electroacitivity of PEDOT/lignin (PEDOT: poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)) biopolymer is studied in aprotic ionic liquids, demonstrating an effective cathode/electrolyte system that is applied to develop sustainable sodium batteries. These results open up the possibility to use other lignin-derived cathodes in sodium batteries as well as PEDOT/lignin in other electrochemical devices using ionic liquids as electrolytes.

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Nerea Casado, Matthias Hilder, Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo, Maria Forsyth, David Mecerreyes
ChemSusChem, March 16, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201700012 Read article

3D Printable Ceramic–Polymer Electrolytes for Flexible High-Performance Li-Ion Batteries with Enhanced Thermal Stability

3D Printable Ceramic–Polymer Electrolytes for Flexible High‐Performance Li‐Ion Batteries with Enhanced Thermal Stability

A 3D printable Li-ion battery electrolyte with desirable thermal stability, wettability, and electrochemical properties is demonstrated based upon a dry phase inversion technique. The unique characteristics of the electrolyte ink enable the ability to directly deposit this material over an electrode, yielding a high-performance printed electrode membrane assembly.

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Aaron J. Blake, Ryan R. Kohlmeyer, James O. Hardin, Eric A. Carmona, Benji Maruyama, John Daniel Berrigan, Hong Huang, Michael F. Durstock
Adv. Energy Mater., March 16, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602920 Read article

Soft Carbon as Anode for High-Performance Sodium-Based Dual Ion Full Battery

Soft Carbon as Anode for High‐Performance Sodium‐Based Dual Ion Full Battery

Sodium-based dual ion full batteries (NDIBs) are reported with soft carbon as anode and graphite as cathode for the first time. The NDIBs deliver high discharge voltage plateau of 3.58 V, superior discharge capacity of 103 mA h g−1, excellent rate performance, and long-term cycling stability over 800 cycles with capacity retention of 81.8%.

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Ling Fan, Qian Liu, Suhua Chen, Zhi Xu, Bingan Lu
Adv. Energy Mater., March 16, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602778 Read article

A Novel Potassium-Ion-Based Dual-Ion Battery

A Novel Potassium‐Ion‐Based Dual‐Ion Battery

A novel dual-ion battery based on potassium-ion electrolyte (K-DIB) is developed in this work using metal foil as both anode and current collector and expanded graphite as cathode. The K-DIB based on Sn foil anode presents a capacity of 66 mAh/g over 3.0–5.0 V, and exhibits a capacity retention of 93% after 300 cycles. Moreover, it delivers a energy density of 155 Wh/kg at a power density of 116 W/kg, comparable with commercial lithium-ion batteries.

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Bifa Ji, Fan Zhang, Xiaohe Song, Yongbing Tang
Adv. Mater., March 15, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201700519 Read article

Ti-Substituted NaNi0.5Mn0.5-xTixO2 Cathodes with Reversible O3−P3 Phase Transition for High-Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries

Ti‐Substituted NaNi0.5Mn0.5‐xTixO2 Cathodes with Reversible O3−P3 Phase Transition for High‐Performance Sodium‐Ion Batteries

Here, a structure optimization of NaNi0.5Mn0.5O2 through a partial Ti substitution strategy is designed, yielding a series of sodium-sufficient O3-NaNi0.5Mn0.5-xTixO2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) cathodes for sodium-ion batteries for the first time. The substitution of Ti for Mn could suppress irreversible multiphase transformation in the high voltage regions that is usually observed in O3-type NaNi0.5Mn0.5O2 and retain a highly reversible O3−P3 phase transition, resulting in improved Na cell performance.

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Peng-Fei Wang, Hu-Rong Yao, Xin-Yu Liu, Jie-Nan Zhang, Lin Gu, Xi-Qian Yu, Ya-Xia Yin, Yu-Guo Guo
Adv. Mater., March 15, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201700210 Read article

Dual-Functionalized Double Carbon Shells Coated Silicon Nanoparticles for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries

Dual‐Functionalized Double Carbon Shells Coated Silicon Nanoparticles for High Performance Lithium‐Ion Batteries

Double carbon shell-encapsulated Si nanoparticles (DCS-Si) perform dual functions in confining the volume changes of Si and stabilizing solid electrolyte interface, which deliver a capacity of 1802 mAh g−1 at 0.2 C, superior rate capability, and cyclability (1000 cycles). Full cell of DCS-Si//LiNi0.45Co0.1Mn1.45O4 exhibits high energy density of 473.6 Wh kg−1, and good cyclability with a capacity retention of 93.8%.

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Shuangqiang Chen, Laifa Shen, Peter A. van Aken, Joachim Maier, Yan Yu
Adv. Mater., March 15, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201605650 Read article

A New Strategy to Effectively Suppress the Initial Capacity Fading of Iron Oxides by Reacting with LiBH4

A New Strategy to Effectively Suppress the Initial Capacity Fading of Iron Oxides by Reacting with LiBH4

A boron-containing iron oxide nanocomposite is successfully synthesized by ball milling mixtures of Fe2O3xLiBH4 and subsequently heating to 350 °C. The prepared B-containing iron oxide composites exhibit remarkably superior electrochemical performance as anode materials for Li-ion batteries, including high reversible capacity, good rate capability, and long cycling durability.

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Yun Cao, Yaxiong Yang, Zhuanghe Ren, Ni Jian, Mingxia Gao, Yongjun Wu, Min Zhu, Feng Pan, Yongfeng Liu, Hongge Pan
Adv. Funct. Mater., March 15, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201700342 Read article

Identifying the Conversion Mechanism of NiCo2O4 during Sodiation–Desodiation Cycling by In Situ TEM

Identifying the Conversion Mechanism of NiCo2O4 during Sodiation–Desodiation Cycling by In Situ TEM

In situtransmission electron microscopy is used to reveal the whole sodiation–desodiation cycling of spinel NiCo2O4 in real time. Two-step phase change during the first sodiation and irreversible conversion reaction during the first desodiation have been identified. Moreover, a reversible and symmetric phase transformation between CoO/Co and NiO/Ni phases is established during subsequent sodiation–desodiation cycles.

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Chongyang Zhu, Feng Xu, Huihua Min, Yuan Huang, Weiwei Xia, Yuanting Wang, Qingyu Xu, Peng Gao, Litao Sun
Adv. Funct. Mater., March 15, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201606163 Read article

Electrochemical Reduction of Oxygen in Aprotic Ionic Liquids Containing Metal Cations: A Case Study on the Na–O2 system

Electrochemical Reduction of Oxygen in Aprotic Ionic Liquids Containing Metal Cations: A Case Study on the Na–O2 system

The softer the better: The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in an aprotic ionic liquid is found to be governed by the Lewis acidity of metal cations. Soft cations catalyze the ORR at less negative onset potentials, whereas hard cations hamper the ORR and result in more negative onset potentials. These findings are relevant to designing advanced electrolytes for high-performance metal–air batteries.

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Eneko Azaceta, Lukas Lutz, Alexis Grimaud, Jose Manuel Vicent-Luna, Said Hamad, Luis Yate, German Cabañero, Hans-Jurgen Grande, Juan A. Anta, Jean-Marie Tarascon, Ramon Tena-Zaera
ChemSusChem, March 14, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201601464 Read article

Stabilization of Li Metal Anode in DMSO-Based Electrolytes via Optimization of Salt–Solvent Coordination for Li–O2 Batteries

Stabilization of Li Metal Anode in DMSO‐Based Electrolytes via Optimization of Salt–Solvent Coordination for Li–O2 Batteries

Concentrated dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)-based electrolyte with optimized salt–solvent coordination can greatly promote stabilization of Li metal, as well as minimize electrolyte decomposition in lithium–oxygen batteries because of the highly stable TFSI[BOND]Li+[BOND](DMSO)3 complex in concentrated electrolyte, i.e., lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI)–3DMSO. This study points to new approach on the stable operation of Li–O2 batteries.

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Bin Liu, Wu Xu, Pengfei Yan, Sun Tai Kim, Mark H. Engelhard, Xiuliang Sun, Donghai Mei, Jaephil Cho, Chong-Min Wang, Ji-Guang Zhang
Adv. Energy Mater., March 08, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602605 Read article

3D Conductive Network Supported Monolithic Molybdenum Disulfide Nanosheets for High-Performance Lithium Storage Applications

3D Conductive Network Supported Monolithic Molybdenum Disulfide Nanosheets for High‐Performance Lithium Storage Applications

Hierarchical 3D graphene nanoribbons/carbon nanotubes–molybdenum disulfide (GR/CNT-MoS2) nanocomposites with unique structures are designed by tightly anchoring monolithic MoS2 nanoflakes on the surface of conductive GR/CNT network, which exhibit promising electrochemical performance of high capacity (1245 mA h g−1), good rate performance, and excellent cycling stability (90.9% capacity retention after 200 cycles).

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Mingkai Liu, Yuqing Liu, Buzheng Tang, Peng Zhang, Yan Yan, Tianxi Liu
Adv. Mater. Interfaces, March 08, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.201601228 Read article

Ge@CNFs Anchored on 3D Graphene Foam for Binder-Free and High-Efficiency Anodes in Li–Ion Batteries

Ge@CNFs Anchored on 3D Graphene Foam for Binder‐Free and High‐Efficiency Anodes in Li–Ion Batteries

Power web: Spider-like Ge@CNFs/3D graphene foam is prepared as a binder-free, large-capacity, high-rate, and long-life anode in lithium-ion batteries, which shows a capacity of 594 mA h g−1 (based on total mass of the electrode) after 1200 cycles at 0.8 A g−1 and high rate capability with 74 % capacity retention when the current is increased from 0.32 to 12.8 A g−1.

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Chang Jian Peng, Lei Wang, Qing Wei Li, Yuan Yuan Li, Kaifu Huo, Paul K. Chu
ChemElectroChem, March 07, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201700072 Read article

Tuning the Solid Electrolyte Interphase for Selective Li- and Na-Ion Storage in Hard Carbon

Tuning the Solid Electrolyte Interphase for Selective Li‐ and Na‐Ion Storage in Hard Carbon

Selective Li- and Na-based solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) membranes can be designed by precycling an electrode in a desired Li- or Na-based electrolyte. Na-based SEI membranes allow easy transport of Li ions, while Li-based SEI membranes shut off Na-ion transport. Therefore, Na-ion storage in hard carbon can be controlled by tuning the SEI layer, while Li-ion intercalation is not affected.

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Fernando A. Soto, Pengfei Yan, Mark H. Engelhard, Asma Marzouk, Chongmin Wang, Guiliang Xu, Zonghai Chen, Khalil Amine, Jun Liu, Vincent L. Sprenkle, Fedwa El-Mellouhi, Perla B. Balbuena, Xiaolin Li
Adv. Mater., March 07, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201606860 Read article

High Rate, Long Lifespan LiV3O8 Nanorods as a Cathode Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries

High Rate, Long Lifespan LiV3O8 Nanorods as a Cathode Material for Lithium‐Ion Batteries

LiV3O8 nanorods with controlled size with a high discharge capacity of 275.8 mAh g−1 and excellent capacity retention of 80.5% after 500 cycles at 1 C are demonstrated. They also exhibit a high rate capability up to ≈21 C, possibly serving as alternative cathode materials for high-power and long-life lithium ion batteries.

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Zhongxue Chen, Fei Xu, Shunan Cao, Zhengfeng Li, Hanxi Yang, Xinping Ai, Yuliang Cao
Small, March 06, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201603148 Read article

Elucidating the Irreversible Mechanism and Voltage Hysteresis in Conversion Reaction for High-Energy Sodium–Metal Sulfide Batteries

Elucidating the Irreversible Mechanism and Voltage Hysteresis in Conversion Reaction for High‐Energy Sodium–Metal Sulfide Batteries

Combining in operando synchrotron hard X-ray microscopy with X-ray absorption technique, the irreversible mechanism and large voltage hysteresis in conversion reaction for sodium–metal sulfide batteries is comprehensively elucidated, potentially guiding us in optimization and design of advanced materials with improved performance.

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Jiajun Wang, Liguang Wang, Christopher Eng, Jun Wang
Adv. Energy Mater., March 03, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602706 Read article

Facile Synthesis of 3D Anode Assembly with Si Nanoparticles Sealed in Highly Pure Few Layer Graphene Deposited on Porous Current Collector for Long Life Li-Ion Battery

Facile Synthesis of 3D Anode Assembly with Si Nanoparticles Sealed in Highly Pure Few Layer Graphene Deposited on Porous Current Collector for Long Life Li‐Ion Battery

A stable anode for Li-ion batteries based on 3D skeletal current collectors with micron size pore structure and Silicon–graphene active material is reported. When the pores of graphene coated stainless steel current collector are used as microfilling chambers for Silicon nanoparticles that are closed by another blanket layer of graphene, remarkable cyclability and enhanced specific capacity are observed for the anode.

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Manjusha V. Shelke, Hemtej Gullapalli, Kaushik Kalaga, Marco-Tulio F. Rodrigues, Rami Reddy Devarapalli, Robert Vajtai, Pulickel M. Ajayan
Adv. Mater. Interfaces, March 03, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.201601043 Read article

Dual Heteroatom-Doped Carbon Nanofoam-Wrapped Iron Monosulfide Nanoparticles: An Efficient Cathode Catalyst for Li–O2 Batteries

Dual Heteroatom‐Doped Carbon Nanofoam‐Wrapped Iron Monosulfide Nanoparticles: An Efficient Cathode Catalyst for Li–O2 Batteries

Bifunctional catalysts: The developed heteroatom-doped 3D carbon nanofoam-wrapped FeS nanoparticles possesses excellent bifunctional activity, recharging ability, rate performance, and long-time cycle stability for Li–O2 battery applications.

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Prakash Ramakrishnan, Sangaraju Shanmugam, Jae Hyun Kim
ChemSusChem, March 02, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201601810 Read article

Influence of Enhanced O2 Provision on the Discharge Performance of Li–air Batteries by Incorporating Fluoroether

Influence of Enhanced O2 Provision on the Discharge Performance of Li–air Batteries by Incorporating Fluoroether

Got Oxygen? The enhancement of oxygen provision is achieved by incorporating 1,2-(1,1,2,2-tetrafluoroethoxy) ethane as the cosolvent in the electrolyte. The oxygen's diffusivity, rather than solubility, exerts the principal effect on discharge performance of the Li–air battery, especially at higher current density, owing to the ameliorated oxygen's accessibility, which improves the utilization ratio of the whole air cathode.

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Hao Wan, Ya Mao, Zixuan Liu, Qingyou Bai, Zhe Peng, Jingjing Bao, Gang Wu, Yang Liu, Deyu Wang, Jingying Xie
ChemSusChem, March 01, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201601725 Read article

A New CuO-Fe2O3-Mesocarbon Microbeads Conversion Anode in a High-Performance Lithium-Ion Battery with a Li1.35Ni0.48Fe0.1Mn1.72O4 Spinel Cathode

A New CuO‐Fe2O3‐Mesocarbon Microbeads Conversion Anode in a High‐Performance Lithium‐Ion Battery with a Li1.35Ni0.48Fe0.1Mn1.72O4 Spinel Cathode

Powerful ternary mix: A composite of CuO, Fe2O3, and mesocarbon microbeads is prepared by high-energy ball milling and applied as a conversion anode in lithium-ion batteries with a high-voltage Li1.35Ni0.48Fe0.1Mn1.72O4 spinel cathode. The cell has a working voltage of 3.6 V and delivers a capacity of 110 mAh gcathode−1 with a Coulombic efficiency above 99 % after 100 cycles at 148 mA gcathode−1.

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Daniele Di Lecce, Roberta Verrelli, Daniele Campanella, Vittorio Marangon, Jusef Hassoun
ChemSusChem, March 01, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201601638 Read article

Systematic Molecular Design of Ketone Derivatives of Aromatic Molecules for Lithium-Ion Batteries: First-Principles DFT Modeling

Systematic Molecular Design of Ketone Derivatives of Aromatic Molecules for Lithium‐Ion Batteries: First‐Principles DFT Modeling

DFT modeling: Geometric configurations of a carbonyl moiety incorporated in small organic molecules such as phenalenyl and anthracene are strongly correlated with their structural stability and redox properties. This information provides an insight into establishing a design strategy for the construction of organic electrodes for lithium-ion batteries.

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Jong Hoo Park, Tianyuan Liu, Ki Chul Kim, Seung Woo Lee, Seung Soon Jang
ChemSusChem, February 28, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201601730 Read article

Graphene-Encapsulated Copper tin Sulfide Submicron Spheres as High-Capacity Binder-Free Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Graphene‐Encapsulated Copper tin Sulfide Submicron Spheres as High‐Capacity Binder‐Free Anode for Lithium‐Ion Batteries

On best behavior: A self-standing and binder-free composite of Cu2Sn3S7/Cu2SnS3/SnS2 (CTS) submicron spheres incorporated with reduced graphene oxdie (RGO) nanosheets (CTS@RGO) is successfully prepared as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The lithium storage behavior of the CTS@RGO composite as an anode material is subsequently investigated.

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Lin Fu, Xiaogang Wang, Jun Ma, Chuanjian Zhang, Jianjiang He, Hongxia Xu, Jingchao Chai, Shizhen Li, Fenglian Chai, Guanglei Cui
ChemElectroChem, February 28, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201700100 Read article

Preparation and Electrochemical Properties of High-Voltage Spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 Synthesized by using Different Manganese Sources

Preparation and Electrochemical Properties of High‐Voltage Spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 Synthesized by using Different Manganese Sources

The best source: High-voltage spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 samples are synthesized by using different manganese sources. LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 synthesized by using a Mn2+-based source (LNMO-1) shows the best electrochemical properties.

[Article]
Yang Liu, Zhongpei Lu, Chenfang Deng, Wei Xu, Tao Hu, Bo Yan, Gang Yang
ChemElectroChem, February 28, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201700062 Read article

Synergistic Effect of Flakes Containing Interconnected Nanoparticles and Conducting Graphene Additive to Qualify ZnMn2O4 as Potential Lithium-Battery Anode

Synergistic Effect of Flakes Containing Interconnected Nanoparticles and Conducting Graphene Additive to Qualify ZnMn2O4 as Potential Lithium‐Battery Anode

Power drive: Flake-driven nanoparticles of ZnMn2O4 decorated on the sheets of nitrogen-doped graphene create a potential anode with superior capacity and rate capability in lithium-ion batteries.

[Article]
Bongu Chandra Sekhar, Parameswaran Packiyalakshmi, Nallathamby Kalaiselvi
ChemElectroChem, February 28, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201600914 Read article

Ultrafast and Durable Lithium Storage Enabled by Porous Bowl-Like LiFePO4/C Composite with Na+ Doping

Ultrafast and Durable Lithium Storage Enabled by Porous Bowl‐Like LiFePO4/C Composite with Na+ Doping

Needs a little salt: A porous bowl-like LiFePO4/C composite is prepared through the sodium salt process. Owing to the specific porous structure and appropriate Na+ doping, the resultant composite exhibits an outstanding rate capability (119 mAh g−1 at 40 C rate) and ultra-long cycling stability (60.3 % of initial capacity after 3000 cycles at 10 C, only corresponding to 0.013 % capacity decay per cycle).

[Article]
Boya Wang, Yan Wang, Hao Wu, Lei Yao, Li Yang, Jianlong Li, Mingwu Xiang, Yun Zhang, Heng Liu
ChemElectroChem, February 27, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201600854 Read article

Enhanced Electrochemical Capability of LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 Cathode Materials Coated with Fluoroborate Glass for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Enhanced Electrochemical Capability of LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 Cathode Materials Coated with Fluoroborate Glass for Lithium‐Ion Batteries

The core of the matter: An xLi2O-yB2O3-zLiF layer is successfully coated onto the surface of LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 (NCM) by using a solution-phase method. The xLi2O-yB2O3-zLiF-coated NCM exhibits a superior discharge capacity, rate capability, and cycling stability compared to those of the uncoated material.

[Article]
Qibing Zhang, Lei Wang, Chunhua Zhu, Zhipeng Sun, Wenhua Cheng, Dingding Lv, Wei Ren, Liang Bian, Jinbao Xu, Aimin Chang
ChemElectroChem, February 27, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201600828 Read article

Constructing Dense SiOx@Carbon Nanotubes versus Spinel Cathode for Advanced High-Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries

Constructing Dense SiOx@Carbon Nanotubes versus Spinel Cathode for Advanced High‐Energy Lithium‐Ion Batteries

Under construction: A SiOx@CNTs nanocomposite with high conductivity and tap density is prepared. This nanocomposite can deliver an enhanced capacity with a robust rate capability. Advanced lithium−ion batteries are assembled by using SiOx@CNTs/LiNixMn2−xO4 with high working voltages and energy densities.

[Article]
Hai Ming, Jingyi Qiu, Songtong Zhang, Meng Li, Xiayu Zhu, Liming Wang, Jun Ming
ChemElectroChem, February 24, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201700061 Read article

A Robust Hybrid of SnO2 Nanoparticles Sheathed by N-Doped Carbon Derived from ZIF-8 as Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries

A Robust Hybrid of SnO2 Nanoparticles Sheathed by N‐Doped Carbon Derived from ZIF‐8 as Anodes for Li‐Ion Batteries

A hybrid material of SnO2-based N-doped carbon architectures with robust structures is prepared for lithium-ion battery anodes. The well-optimized hybrid nanostructure effectively prevents the structural degradation caused by the expansion and contraction during cycling, and therefore exhibits high specific capacity, good cycling stability and rate capability.

[Full Paper]
Dong-Hui Yang, Xianlong Zhou, Ming Zhong, Zhen Zhou, Xian-He Bu
ChemNanoMat, February 22, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cnma.201600371 Read article

Screening for High Conductivity/Low Viscosity Ionic Liquids Using Product Descriptors

Screening for High Conductivity/Low Viscosity Ionic Liquids Using Product Descriptors

[Full Paper]
Shawn Martin, Harry D. Pratt, Travis M. Anderson
Mol. Inf., February 21, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/minf.201600125 Read article

Ion-Conductive Properties of a Polymer Electrolyte Based on Ethylene Carbonate/Ethylene Oxide Random Copolymer

Ion‐Conductive Properties of a Polymer Electrolyte Based on Ethylene Carbonate/Ethylene Oxide Random Copolymer

A random copolymer of ethylene oxide with CO2 , namely, poly(ethylene carbonate/ethylene oxide) (P(EC/EO)), has been synthesized as a novel candidate for polymer electrolytes. Electrolyte composed of P(EC/EO) and lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide is promising material for use in all-solid-state batteries because of its very high Li+ conductivity.

[Communication]
Takashi Morioka, Koji Nakano, Yoichi Tominaga
Macromol. Rapid Commun., February 21, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/marc.201600652 Read article

Phase Separation Derived Core/Shell Structured Cu11V6O26/V2O5 Microspheres: First Synthesis and Excellent Lithium-Ion Anode Performance with Outstanding Capacity Self-Restoration

Phase Separation Derived Core/Shell Structured Cu11V6O26/V2O5 Microspheres: First Synthesis and Excellent Lithium‐Ion Anode Performance with Outstanding Capacity Self‐Restoration

Unique amorphous V2O5 coated Cu11V6O26 microspheres (Cu11V6O26/V2O5) with a 3D hierarchical architecture presents large reversible capacity, excellent rate capability, and especially outstanding self-recovery capacity as anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

[Full Paper]
Jian Pei, Gang Chen, Qiang Zhang, Changfeng Bie, Jingxue Sun
Small, February 20, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201603140 Read article

Recent Advances in Perovskite Oxides as Electrode Materials for Nonaqueous Lithium–Oxygen Batteries

Recent Advances in Perovskite Oxides as Electrode Materials for Nonaqueous Lithium–Oxygen Batteries

Perovskite oxides as the electrode materials in nonaqueous lithium–oxygen batteries are reviewed. Future research directions of perovskite oxides should focus on the understanding of electrochemical mechanisms during the oxygen reduction and evolution processes, the structure design from nanoparticles to hierarchical porous structures, and the composite incorporation with improved electrical conductivities, catalytic activities, and structural merits.

[Progress Report]
Peng Tan, Meilin Liu, Zongping Shao, Meng Ni
Adv. Energy Mater., February 20, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602674 Read article

Atomic Modulation of FeCo–Nitrogen–Carbon Bifunctional Oxygen Electrodes for Rechargeable and Flexible All-Solid-State Zinc–Air Battery

Atomic Modulation of FeCo–Nitrogen–Carbon Bifunctional Oxygen Electrodes for Rechargeable and Flexible All‐Solid‐State Zinc–Air Battery

Bamboo-like FeCo alloy encapsulated in nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes exhibits superior catalytic oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution performance than that of noble metal benchmarks, which benefits from the nitrogen-rich and defect-rich catalyst surface. The all-solid-state zinc–air batteries equipped by the synthesized materials show low charging/discharging overpotentials, long lifetime, and high flexibility, suitable for practical application.

[Full Paper]
Chang-Yuan Su, Hui Cheng, Wei Li, Zhao-Qing Liu, Nan Li, Zhufeng Hou, Fu-Quan Bai, Hong-Xing Zhang, Tian-Yi Ma
Adv. Energy Mater., February 20, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602420 Read article

Recent Advances of Mn-Rich LiFe1-yMnyPO4 (0.5 ≤ y < 1.0) Cathode Materials for High Energy Density Lithium Ion Batteries

Recent Advances of Mn‐Rich LiFe1‐yMnyPO4 (0.5 ≤ y < 1.0) Cathode Materials for High Energy Density Lithium Ion Batteries

Mn-rich LiFe1-yMnyPO4 (0.5 ≤ y < 1.0) materials are among the most promising cathode materials for next generation of high-energy-density lithium ion batteries. The recent advances of the development of LiFe1-yMnyPO4, especially on the studies of synthesis strategies, structural features, delithiation/lithiation mechanisms, thermodynamic properties, as well as some aspects for future exploration are outlined in this review.

[Review]
Yuanfu Deng, Chunxiang Yang, Kaixiang Zou, Xusong Qin, Zhenxia Zhao, Guohua Chen
Adv. Energy Mater., February 20, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201601958 Read article

A Bunch-Like Tertiary Amine Grafted Polysulfone Membrane for VRFBs with Simultaneously High Proton Conductivity and Low Vanadium Ion Permeability

A Bunch‐Like Tertiary Amine Grafted Polysulfone Membrane for VRFBs with Simultaneously High Proton Conductivity and Low Vanadium Ion Permeability

Polysulfone membranes grafted with bunch-like tertiary amine groups are successfully synthesized with very high proton to vanadium ion selectivity for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). The battery with the as-synthesized membrane demonstrates an impressive Coulombic efficiency of 98.9%, energy efficiency of 90.9%, and outstanding chemical stability, showing promising potential in the development of highly efficient and low-cost VRFBs.

[Communication]
Qinglong Tan, Shanfu Lu, Jiangju Si, Haining Wang, Chunxiao Wu, Xianfeng Li, Yan Xiang
Macromol. Rapid Commun., February 13, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/marc.201600710 Read article

An Approach Toward Replacing Vanadium: A Single Organic Molecule for the Anode and Cathode of an Aqueous Redox-Flow Battery

An Approach Toward Replacing Vanadium: A Single Organic Molecule for the Anode and Cathode of an Aqueous Redox‐Flow Battery

Toward replacing vanadium: By combining a viologen unit and a TEMPO radical in a single molecule, a bipolar, redox-active material is created that can serve as both the anode and cathode of a water-based redox-flow battery (RFB). It mimics the redox states of vanadium salts and can, therefore, simplify the operation of organic RFBs. The material is electrochemically investigated and a test RFB cell is built.

[Communication]
Tobias Janoschka, Christian Friebe, Martin D. Hager, Norbert Martin, Ulrich S. Schubert
ChemistryOpen, February 07, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/open.201600155 Read article

Tattooing Dye as a Green Electrode Material for Lithium Batteries

Tattooing Dye as a Green Electrode Material for Lithium Batteries

Lawsone (2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone), a naturally derived red-orange dye, is investigated as a promising cathode material for next-generation lithium batteries. Its success stems from the unique 2D planar packing of lawsone molecules, displaying a high discharge capacity of 280 mA h g−1 (99% theoretical capacity), a high energy density of 664 W h kg−1, and long life of 1000 cycles at 0.5 C along with good rate performance up to 5 C.

[Full Paper]
Joungphil Lee, Moon Jeong Park
Adv. Energy Mater., February 02, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602279 Read article

Hierarchical Structures Based on Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

Hierarchical Structures Based on Two‐Dimensional Nanomaterials for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

Hierarchy concepts are proposed and applied to illustrate hierarchitectures composed of 2D nanomaterials for energy storage devices. For each class of hierarchical structure, the synthetic mechanisms, methods, and morphology characterizations are presented. For the application in various battery systems, their design rules and unique merits are discussed. Future research towards developing advanced lithium batteries, perspectives and challenges is outlined.

[Review]
Lina Cong, Haiming Xie, Jinghong Li
Adv. Energy Mater., January 30, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201601906 Read article

In Situ Investigations on the Structural and Morphological Changes of Metal Phosphides as Anode Materials in Lithium-Ion Batteries

In Situ Investigations on the Structural and Morphological Changes of Metal Phosphides as Anode Materials in Lithium‐Ion Batteries

Electrochemical (de)lithiation mechanisms of Cu3P and Sn4P3 Li-ion anodes are investigated by scanning electron microscopy, in situ X-ray diffraction and in situ small angle neutron scattering. It is shown that, for Sn4P3, having an additional alloying reaction induces more surface cracks onto the particles than for Cu3P, resulting in worse stability of the solid electrolyte interphase and shorter cycle life.

[Full Paper]
Xin He, Rui Wang, Marian Cristian Stan, Elie Paillard, Jun Wang, Henrich Frielinghaus, Jie Li
Adv. Mater. Interfaces, January 30, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.201601047 Read article

The Potential of Na–Air Batteries

The Potential of Na–Air Batteries

The reaction mechanism of nonaqueous SABs: The morphology and composition of discharge products are closely related to electrolytes, catalysts, and gas atmosphere (O2, CO2, H2O) for sodium–air batteries (SABs). The sodium electrochemical reaction mechanisms with air in nonaqueous SABs involve the reversible formation/decomposition reactions of cubic NaO2, nanosheet or nanofilm Na2O2, Na2CO3, NaHCO3, and Na2C2O4 and NaOH.

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Wen-Wen Yin, Zheng-Wen Fu
ChemCatChem, November 10, 2016, https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201600646 Read article

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