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ABSTRACT: The demand for renewable energy resources has become increasingly urgent due to global warming and related environmental issues. Renewable energy systems require an energy storage solution because they are intermittent in nature. Among various alternatives, rechargeable aqueous zinc ion batteries (RAZIBs) with merits of cost-effectiveness, high safety, and environment-friendliness attracted great promise for grid-scale energy storage. Inspired by these merits, great efforts have been devoted to designing and fabricating Zn-based energy storage devices. However, the suitable cathode materials for RAZIBs and the details of the Zn2+ storage mechanism and have not been fully understood. Several methods have been proposed to tackle the issues for both at the cathode and anode side of the ZIB in this dissertation, including cathode structure engineering, interlayer strategy, and zinc anode protection.