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Not so fast: Some batteries can be pushed too far

January 15, 2020

Intentional defects in batteries have given Rice University scientists a window into the hazards of pushing lithium-ion cells…
Will lithium-air batteries ever take flight?

November 4, 2019

Amid growing climate concerns, many governments and scientists worldwide are trying to reduce air travel’s environmental impact. Electric…
Size matters in ion selectivity and energy storage

October 28, 2019

While ions adsorbed on carbon electrodes can vary in size and shape, when it comes to selectivity and…
Simulations Identify Importance of Lattice Distortions in Ion-Conducting Fuel Cell Materials

May 1, 2019

Ionic conduction involves the movement of ions from one location to another inside a material. The ions travel…
Right electrolyte doubles novel two-dimensional material’s ability to store energy

March 5, 2019

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Drexel University and their partners have discovered a…
New Method for Making Faster-Charging, Safer Next-Gen Batteries

November 16, 2018

New research by Penn State University, recently published in the journal Nature Energy, proposes a fresh technique for…
Berkeley ingenuity keeps lithium-ion batteries at temps even Goldilocks would love

November 2, 2018

New research by Berkeley engineers may soon make it more practical to use battery-powered vehicles and devices in…
Whiskers, surface growth and dendrites in lithium batteries

October 31, 2018

As our love of gadgets grows, so do demands for longer lasting batteries. But there’s a problem. To…
Longer lasting batteries possible after new insights

October 30, 2018

Recent research of Professor Saiful Islam with collaborators at Stanford and MIT that could lead to longer lasting…
Designing Lithium Ion Batteries with less cobalt content

October 30, 2018

NJIT researchers are finding alternative solutions to a material that has become an essential, yet costly, building block…
Nanotubes may give the world better batteries

October 29, 2018

Rice University scientists are counting on films of carbon nanotubes to make high-powered, fast-charging lithium metal batteries a…
Battery mainstay headed for high-tech makeover

October 17, 2018

Industry–national lab collaboration seeks unrealized potential of a venerable battery technology The complex interactions inside a lead battery…
X-rays uncover a hidden property that leads to failure in a lithium-ion battery material

September 21, 2018

Over the past three decades, lithium-ion batteries, rechargeable batteries that move lithium ions back and forth to charge…
These lithium-ion batteries can’t catch fire because they harden on impact

September 6, 2018

Lithium-ion batteries commonly used in consumer electronics are notorious for bursting into flame when damaged or improperly packaged.…
Tripling the Energy Storage of Lithium-Ion Batteries

June 27, 2018

Scientists have synthesized a new cathode material from iron fluoride that surpasses the capacity limits of traditional lithium-ion…
New carbon could signal step-change for the world’s most popular batteries

June 25, 2018

Scientists have created a new type of carbon that could make the batteries in our phones, tablet computers…
The science behind pickled battery electrolytes

June 19, 2018

Battery researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have discovered an important chemical reaction…
Hanging by a Nanowhisker

May 9, 2018

If Alexander Yulaev and his colleagues had their druthers, they’d do away with whiskers altogether. These scientists don’t…
Why Lithium-ion batteries will be central to the renewables revolution

April 18, 2018

Renewables are becoming an increasingly important aspect of our energy production. As renewables expand, collecting and storing energy…
Battery’s hidden layer revealed

April 18, 2018

Commercially available since the 1970s, the lithium-ion battery is now the workhorse power source in many applications. It…
What hurts a battery? – Project “ReViSEDBatt“ launched to identify the causal mechanisms for damage from mechanical stresses

April 17, 2018

Lithium-ion batteries are subject to a myriad of negative influences during their life span. The mere production process…
Mapping Battery Materials with Atomic Precision

March 7, 2018

Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in home electronics and are now being used to power electric vehicles and…
Alternative to traditional batteries moves a step closer after exciting progress in supercapacitor technology

February 28, 2018

Only one year ago, the partners announced scientific results for novel polymer materials that have dielectric properties 1,000…
Recycling and Reusing Worn Cathodes to Make New Lithium Ion Batteries

January 26, 2018

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed an energy-efficient recycling process that restores used cathodes…
Startup Forges Ahead on Battery Technology Licensed From UA

January 26, 2018

Urbix Resources, based in Mesa, Arizona, has licensed a portfolio of lithium-ion battery and related materials technologies invented…
Adding graphene girders to silicon electrodes could double the life of lithium batteries

January 23, 2018

New research led by WMG, at the University of Warwick has found an effective approach to replacing graphite…
The wet road to fast and stable batteries

December 17, 2017

An international team of scientists — including several researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National…
X-Rays Provide Key Insights on Path to Lithium-Rich Battery Electrode

December 13, 2017

If you add more lithium to the positive electrode of a lithium-ion battery – overstuff it, in a…
Microscopic defects make batteries better

October 31, 2017

High-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects — and capitalizing on them,…
New Studies on Disordered Cathodes May Provide Much-Needed Jolt to Lithium Batteries

October 30, 2017

Today’s lithium-ion battery was invented so long ago, there are not many more efficiencies to wring out of…
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