Recent developments in three-dimensional Zn metal anodes for battery applications

Jianyu Chen, Yizhou Wang, Zhengnan Tian, Jin Zhao*, Yanwen Ma, Husam N. Alshareef*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aqueous zinc (Zn) ion batteries (AZIBs) are regarded as one of the promising candidates for next-generation electrochemical energy storage systems due to their low cost, high safety, and environmental friendliness. However, the commercialization of AZIBs has been severely restricted by the growth of dendrite at the Zn metal anode. Tailoring the planar-structured Zn anodes into three-dimensional (3D) structures has proven to be an effective way to modulate the plating/stripping behavior of Zn anodes, resulting in the suppression of dendrite formation. This review provides an up-to-date review of 3D structured Zn metal anodes, including working principles, design, current status, and future prospects. We aim to give the readers a comprehensive understanding of 3D-structured Zn anodes and their effective usage to enhance AZIB performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12485
Issue number1
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • 3D metal anodes
  • aqueous Zn ion batteries
  • dendrite suppression
  • Zn dendrite
  • Zn metal anodes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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