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Air-Stable NaxTMO2 Cathodes for Sodium Storage

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      Sodium-ion batteries are considered to be the most promising alternative to lithium-ion batteries for large-scale stationary energy storage applications due to the abundant sodium resource in the Earth' crust and as a result, relatively low cost. Sodium layered transition metal oxides (Na x TMO 2) are proper Na-ion cathode materials because of low cost and high theoretical capacity. Currently most researchers focus on the improvement of electrochemical performance such as high rate capability and long cycling stability. However, for Na x TMO 2, the structure stability against humid atmosphere is essentially important since most of them are instable in air, which is not favorable for practical application. Here we provide a comprehensive review of recent progresses on air-stable Na x TMO 2 oxides. Several effective strategies are discussed, and further investigations on the air-stable cathodes are prospected.

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            Institute of New Energy for Vehicles, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University , Shanghai, China
            Author notes

            Edited by: Fan Zhang, Fudan University, China

            Reviewed by: Juchen Guo, University of California, Riverside, United States; Jianping Yang, Donghua University, China

            *Correspondence: Renyuan Zhang ryzhang@ 123456tongji.edu.cn

            This article was submitted to Nanoscience, a section of the journal Frontiers in Chemistry

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            Journal
            Front Chem
            Front Chem
            Front. Chem.
            Frontiers in Chemistry
            Frontiers Media S.A.
            2296-2646
            14 May 2019
            2019
            : 7
            6528619
            10.3389/fchem.2019.00335
            Copyright © 2019 Zhang, Zhang and Huang.

            This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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            Figures: 13, Tables: 2, Equations: 4, References: 123, Pages: 15, Words: 9115
            Funding
            Funded by: National Natural Science Foundation of China 10.13039/501100001809
            Funded by: Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai 10.13039/100007219
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            Chemistry
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