Nanocellulose: A promising nanomaterial for advanced electrochemical energy storage

Wenshuai Chen, Haipeng Yu, Sang Young Lee, Tong Wei, Jian Li, Zhuangjun Fan

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Nanocellulose has emerged as a sustainable and promising nanomaterial owing to its unique structures, superb properties, and natural abundance. Here, we present a comprehensive review of the current research activities that center on the development of nanocellulose for advanced electrochemical energy storage. We begin with a brief introduction of the structural features of cellulose nanofibers within the cell walls of cellulose resources. We then focus on a variety of processes that have been explored to fabricate nanocellulose with various structures and surface chemical properties. Next, we highlight a number of energy storage systems that utilize nanocellulose-derived materials, including supercapacitors, lithium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, and sodium-ion batteries. In this section, the main focus is on the integration of nanocellulose with other active materials, developing films/aerogel as flexible substrates, and the pyrolyzation of nanocellulose to carbon materials and their functionalization by activation, heteroatom-doping, and hybridization with other active materials. Finally, we present our perspectives on several issues that need further exploration in this active research field in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2837-2872
Number of pages36
JournalChemical Society reviews
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 21

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31400495; 51672055; 31770594), Young Elite Scientists Sponsorship Program by CAST (No. 2017QNRC001), Ten Thousand Talent Program (No. W02020249), Funds supported by the Fok Ying-Tong Education Foundation, China (No. 161025), and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities. We would like to acknowledge Prof. Shigenori Kuga, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan, for valuable suggestions and revision of the manuscript.

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© 2018 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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