Functional Scanning Force Microscopy for Energy Nanodevices

Xi Chen, Junqi Lai, Yanbin Shen, Qi Chen*, Liwei Chen

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Energy nanodevices, including energy conversion and energy storage devices, have become a major cross-disciplinary field in recent years. These devices feature long-range electron and ion transport coupled with chemical transformation, which call for novel characterization tools to understand device operation mechanisms. In this context, recent developments in functional scanning force microscopy techniques and their application in thin-film photovoltaic devices and lithium batteries are reviewed. The advantages of scanning force microscopy, such as high spatial resolution, multimodal imaging, and the possibility of in situ and in operando imaging, are emphasized. The survey indicates that functional scanning force microscopy is making significant contributions in understanding materials and interfaces in energy nanodevices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1802490
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • energy conversion
  • energy storage
  • lithium batteries
  • photovoltaics
  • scanning probe microscopy

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