First came the material

“It is very easy to make a bad battery out of a good material,

but it is impossible to make a good battery out of a bad material.”

This truth underlines the universal position of materials chemistry in battery science. In simple terms one may say that at the core of every energy technology there is a material that can do something. Materials chemistry is the field that synthesizes and characterizes new materials, and in this talk I will give examples of our recent work on Li and Na ion battery materials with emphasis on the development of supercritical fluid technologies.

first came the material

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