Organic batteries

The increasing use of batteries in the energy system puts large strain on the natural resources, and the prizes of many key materials for batteries are also rising rapidly. Moreover, production and recycling of batteries are associated with high energy consumption and large environmental impact. These problems are associated with the fact that the active materials in a battery are inorganic. We work on developing organic active material counterparts, primarily in the form of organic lithium and sodium salts.

Much research is necessary in order for these to operate in a well-functioning battery system, but if successful, considerably more sustainable batteries can be constructed. Precursors from biomass can be used for the battery materials, and the recycling can be done using non-toxic chemicals and low energy consumption.

Our research

Dilithium 2-aminoterephthalate as a negative electrode material for lithium-ion batteries

S. Renault, V.A. Oltean, M. Ebadi, K. Edström, D. Brandell

Solid State Ionics, 307 (2017) 1.

‘Super-lithiation’ of organic electrode materials: the case of dilithium benzenedipropiolate

S. Renault, D. Brandell

Chemistry of Materials, 28 (2016) 1920.

Enhanced performance of organic materials for lithium-ion batteries using facile electrode calendaring techniques

V.A. Oltean, S. Renault, D. Brandell

Electrochemistry Communications, 68 (2016) 45.

Investigating the Interfacial Chemistry of Organic Electrodes in Li- and


V.-A. Oltean, B. Philippe, S. Renault, R.F. Duarte, H. Rensmo, D. Brandell

Chemistry of Materials, 28 (2016) 8742.

Sustainable materials for sustainable energy storage: organic Na electrodes

V.-A. Oltean, S. Renault, M. Valvo, D. Brandell

Materials, 9 (2016) 142.

Environmentally-friendly lithium recycling from a spent organic Li-ion battery

S. Renault, D. Brandell, K. Edström

ChemSusChem, 7 (2014) 2859.

Stability of organic Na-ion battery electrode materials: the case of disodium pyromellitic diimidate

S. Renault, V.A. Mihali, K. Edström, D. Brandell

Electrochemistry Communications, 45 (2014) 52.

Benzenediacrylates as organic battery electrode materials: Na versus Li

V.A. Mihali, S. Renault, L. Nyholm, D. Brandell

RSC Advances, 4 (2014) 38004.

Improving the conductivity of organic Li-ion battery electrodes

S. Renault, D. Brandell, T. Gustafsson, K. Edström

Chemical Communications, 49 (2013) 1945.

Optimizing the electrochemical performance of water-soluble organic Li-ion battery electrodes

S. Renault, V.A. Mihali, D. Brandell

Electrochemistry Communications, 34 (2013) 174.