Sustainability of lithium–sulfur batteries

Zhiqiang Zheng, Guang Xia, Jiajia Ye, Zhanghua Fu, Xuting Li, Mark J. Biggs, Cheng Hu

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Lithium–sulfur batteries (LSBs) are among the most promising energy-storage systems because of their high theoretical energy density. In recent years, efforts have been made to develop high-performance LSBs to promote practical applications. However, LSB sustainability cannot be neglected in the development of new materials and technologies. This chapter discusses LSB sustainability in terms of cost-effectiveness, safety, and environmental impacts, which are essential aspects to consider for future mass production and commercialization. Next, recently developed strategies for cheaper, safer, and greener LSBs are summarized. These primarily include sustainable raw materials, methods to reduce electrolyte use and excess lithium, and electrode preparation techniques suitable for sustainable scale-up.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLithium-Sulfur Batteries
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials, Challenges and Applications
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780323919340
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Environment impacts
  • Lithium-sulfur batteries
  • Safety
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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