Porous Metal Current Collectors for Alkali Metal Batteries

Jianyu Chen, Yizhou Wang, Sijia Li, Huanran Chen, Xin Qiao, Jin Zhao*, Yanwen Ma*, Husam N. Alshareef*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Alkali metals (i.e., Li, Na, and K) are promising anode materials for next-generation high-energy-density batteries due to their superior theoretical specific capacities and low electrochemical potentials. However, the uneven current and ion distribution on the anode surface probably induces undesirable dendrite growth, which leads to significant safety hazards and severely hinders the commercialization of alkali metal anodes. A smart and versatile strategy that can accommodate alkali metals into porous metal current collectors (PMCCs) has been well established to resolve the issues as well as to promote the practical applications of alkali metal anodes. Moreover, the proposal of PMCCs can meet the requirement of the dendrite-free battery fabrication industry, while the electrode material loading exactly needs the metal current collector component as well. Here, a systematic survey on advanced PMCCs for Li, Na, and K alkali metal anodes is presented, including their development timeline, categories, fabrication methods, and working mechanism. On this basis, some significant methodology advances to control pore structure, surface area, surface wettability, and mechanical properties are systematically summarized. Further, the existing issues and the development prospects of PMCCs to improve anode performance in alkali metal batteries are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2205695
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 4 2023


  • alkali metal anode
  • current collector
  • fabrication method
  • pore structure
  • porous metal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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