Design, synthesis and in situ characterization of battery electrode materials
The improvement of current and new-generation battery technologies requires the discovery of new electrode materials and the continuous development of existing ones. These are complicated processes where materials design (often aided by computational techniques), materials synthesis and characterization play an equally important role. This lecture will span different alkali-ion battery technologies and different materials chemistries (layered, polyanionic) to demonstrate the importance of an all-around approach to materials discovery and development. Particular attention will be given to thorough structural characterization techniques, using complementary probes, and to their implementation in situ, i.e. in real time during synthesis or during battery charge/discharge.