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Keywords:

  • aromaticity;
  • carbon-based materials;
  • ion–molecule reactions;
  • lithium;
  • organic electrodes
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Getting a charge out of lithium: The naphthalene derivative NTCDA is used to demonstrate a novel lithium ion insertion model in which each ring carbon atom can reversibly accept a lithium ion, giving discharge capacities of up to nearly 2000 mA h g−1. This method provides a new strategy for the design of high-performance organic electrodes.