New paper published in Energy Technology on battery research ontology

New paper published in a special issue of Energy Technology on battery research ontology. This work offers a logical framework that seamlessly integrates with digital architecture, enabling efficient visualization, correlation, and prediction capabilities in battery production, research, and development.

The ontology employs a predetermined terminology to specify materials and processes, establishing a chain of unit processes that connect raw materials to the final products of battery cell production. Moreover, it facilitates the attachment of analytical methods, known as characterization methods, to the relevant items. To ensure its suitability for both industrial-scale and laboratory-scale data generation and implementation, extensive workshops and interviews with battery materials and production process experts were conducted during its development.

The ontology encompasses the identification and definition of raw materials and intermediate products across all production steps, ultimately leading to the creation of the battery cell. Standard materials and process chains serve as the foundation for defining steps and items using commonly used terms. Furthermore, the research explores alternative structures and the integration of the ontology with existing ontologies.

New review paper published in Industrial Chemistry & Materials on the use of the electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance for supercapacitor research

New review paper published in Industrial Chemistry & Materials on utilizing the electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) to better understand the charge/discharge processes in supercapacitors.

Supercapacitors are renowned for their exceptional attributes, including high power density, fast charging capabilities, and remarkable cycling stability. To further enhance their potential, it is crucial to comprehend the intricacies of their charging processes. The EQCM, with its nanogram-level in situ mass change information, has played a pivotal role in unraveling these mechanisms.

Our paper provides a comprehensive review of the progress made in EQCM, covering theoretical fundamentals and its applications in supercapacitors. We also delve into the fundamental effects of ion desolvation and transport, shedding light on their impact on supercapacitor performance.

By thoroughly examining the advantages and limitations of EQCM in supercapacitors, we present a holistic view of this groundbreaking technique. Moreover, we propose future directions for further exploration in this dynamic field.

This work was done in collaboration with our long-time collaborator Guang Feng from the Interface and Transport Phenomena (ITP) Laboratory at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST).