Batteries Safety: Recent Progress and Current Challenges

Teyeb Ould Ely, Dana Kamzabek, Dhritiman Chakraborty

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In this growing age of clean energy and the use of power storage to circumvent the use of traditional fossil fuel technologies, batteries of greater capacity, storage, and power are increasingly becoming indispensable. New chemistries are being developed to increase the capacity of traditional lithium ion batteries and to develop batteries beyond Lithium ion. Promising high capacity cathodes and anodes are developed however their large-scale deployment is hindered due to safety concerns. In this review, we summarize recent progress of lithium ion batteries safety, highlight current challenges, and outline the most advanced safety features that may be incorporated to improve battery safety for both lithium ion and batteries beyond lithium ion. Of particular interest is the issue of thermal runaway mitigation by incorporation of novel nano-materials and advanced technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number71
JournalFrontiers in Energy Research
Publication statusPublished - Sep 25 2019


  • batteries safety
  • electrolyte safety
  • lithium dendrites suppression
  • lithium ion batteries
  • smart separators
  • structured current collectors
  • thermal runaway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Economics and Econometrics

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