This invention creates low tortuous structures through anisotropic pores, which are oriented in the direction of ion transfer. This process creates anisotropic pores by aligning anisotropic para- or ferro- magnetic fugitive pore formers or chaining of fugitive magnetic particles in the electrode matrix. The fugitive particles are dispersed in a slurry of electrode powder and other additives. A magnetic field is applied to the mixture. The fugitive particles align with the field and then can be slowly removed or the structure can be consolidated in another fashion (e.g. polymerization, gelation). Alternatively, non-magnetic electrode particles are magnetically induced in a magnetic fluid. The electrode particles align and the magnetic fluid is evaporated forming a chained structure from the electrode particles. If two different sizes of non-magnetic particles are used at high applied magnetic fields, macro and micro porous channels form in the resulting electrode. Either method creates anisotropic pores aligned with ion transfer to enable a high rate of capability while maintaining energy density, and can be used at larger scales to reduce the cost of battery production.