Dendrite Issues for Zinc Anodes in a Flexible Cell Configuration for Zinc-Based Wearable Energy-Storage Devices

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202202780
Journal / PublicationAngewandte Chemie (International Edition)
Issue number25
Online published28 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2022


A key application of aqueous rechargeable Zn-based batteries (RZBs) is flexible and wearable energy storage devices (FESDs). Current studies and optimizations of Zn anodes have not considered the special flexible working modes needed. In this study, we present the Zn accumulation on the folded line and curve areas of flexible anodes. The correlation between the bending radius and the lifespan of symmetric cells is proposed. The inter face contact of hydrogel electrolytes when working in a bending mode is another key factor affecting cell life span. After detailed analysis, the ideal cell configuration is shown to be hydrogel electrolytes with suitable chemistry, satisfactory mechanical proper-ties, and high adhesivity. Thus a water in salt (WIS) hydrogel is proposed that demonstrates a highly stable cell performance. This work provides a new perspective in Zn anode research for the development of FESDs.

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