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Cover Picture: From Biomass to a Renewable LiXC6O6 Organic Electrode for Sustainable Li-Ion Batteries (ChemSusChem 4/2008)
The cover picture shows a scheme illustrating a new concept in the design of electrode materials for the next generation of Li-ion batteries. At present, Li-ion batteries rely on the use of inorganic compounds, which are resource-limited and require significant amounts of energy either for their synthesis or recycling. Ideally, in the life cycle of a sustainable Li-ion battery, sunlight is used as the energy source and no additional CO2 is produced. In their Full Paper on page 348 ff., F. Dolhem, P. Poizot et al. describe a radically different approach by which a new organic electrode material LixC6O6 has been developed using "green chemistry" concepts. myo-Inositol, which is available from renewable resources (CO2-harvesting plants), is used as a precursor for the synthesis of the oxocarbon, and no toxic solvents are required during the processing steps. Importantly, the performances of LixC6O6 compare favourably with conventional insertion electrode materials.