The SAND project funded by Science Foundation Ireland is investigating the use of inactive/active core/shell architectures for Li-ion batteries. The project is specifically addressing aspects of synthesis, focused on preparing tunable structures via wet chemical approaches. The anode materials are being investigated in Li-ion full-cell configurations, to identify anode/electrolyte/cathode combinations for optimal performance. The focus on full cell considerations is aimed at addressing shortcomings of existing literature in alloying mode anode performance. The project is also investigating high capacity (Si containing) materials for Na-ion applications.