Lightweight borohydrides electro-activity in lithium cells

Daniele Meggiolaro, Luca Farina, Laura Silvestri, Stefania Panero, Sergio Brutti, Priscilla Reale

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As a substitute for graphite, the negative electrode material commonly used in Li-ion batteries, hydrides have the theoretical potential to overcome performance limits of the current state-of-the-art Li-ion cells. Hydrides can operate through a conversion process proved for some interstitial hydrides like MgH2: MxAy+ n Li = x M + y LimA, where m = n/y. Even if far from optimization, outstanding performances were observed, drawing the attention to the whole hydride family. Looking for high capacity systems, lightweight complex metal hydrides, such as borohydrides, deserve consideration. Capacities in the order of 2000-4000 mAh/g can be theoretically expected thanks to the very low formula unit weight. Although the potential technological impact of these materials can lead to major breakthroughs in Li-ion batteries, this new research field requires the tackling of fundamental issues that are completely unexplored. Here, our recent findings on the incorporation of borohydrides are presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number238
Pages (from-to)-
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Meggiolaro, D., Farina, L., Silvestri, L., Panero, S., Brutti, S., & Reale, P. (2016). Lightweight borohydrides electro-activity in lithium cells. Energies, 9(4), -. [238].