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Rice University graduate student Kaiqi Yang, left, and materials scientist Ming Tang modeled how engineering defects in the atomic lattice of an iron phosphate cathode can improve the performance of lithium ion batteries. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
Detours may make batteries better


Here’s a case where detours speed up traffic. The result may be better batteries for transportation, electronics, and…
Lithium can reverse radiation damage after brain tumour treatment

November 14, 2019

Children who have received radiotherapy for a brain tumour can develop cognitive problems later in life. In their…
Shedding new light on the charging of lithium-ion batteries

October 31, 2019

Exposing cathodes to light decreases charge time by a factor of two in lithium-ion batteries. Researchers at the…
A Metal Unlike Itself

September 11, 2019

One of the most fundamental rules physics students learn in college is that metals cannot possess an internal…
New Argonne Lab battery design offers ​“solid” advantage

May 22, 2019

Solid-state lithium batteries could improve performance compared with current designs. Most lithium batteries today consist of a liquid…
New Argonne coating could have big implications for lithium batteries

May 15, 2019

Coating provides extra layer of protection for battery cathodes. Building a better lithium-ion battery involves addressing a myriad…
Assessing battery performance: Compared to what?

May 10, 2019

Multi-organizational team seeks to level the field in Li-ion battery research. Scientists must often ask themselves, compared to…
New technique produces longer-lasting lithium batteries

April 29, 2019

Columbia engineers develop a nano-coating of boron nitride to stabilize solid electrolytes in lithium metal batteries, increasing battery…
Lithium boosts muscle strength in mice with rare muscular dystrophy

April 23, 2019

Standing up from a chair, climbing stairs, brushing one’s hair – all can be a struggle for people…
New ‘blue-green’ solution for recycling world’s batteries

April 3, 2019

Rice University researchers literally have a solution to deal with the glut of used lithium-ion batteries left behind…
Advances point the way to smaller, safer batteries

March 18, 2019

People don’t ask too much from batteries: Deliver energy when it’s needed and for as long as it…
Cause of Cathode Degradation Identified for Nickel-rich Materials

March 18, 2019

Combination of research methods reveals causes of capacity fading, giving scientists better insight to design advanced batteries for…
Lithium might work as an anti-aging drug, depending on your genes

December 21, 2018

There is growing evidence that lithium could be re-purposed as an anti-aging drug, and a new study from…
The same fluoride that helps prevent tooth cavities will soon challenge its electrical counterpart on the periodic table, lithium, for better batteries, thanks to improvements that advance the technology. (Purdue University image/Brett Savoie)
Yin and yang: Fluoride competes with lithium for higher energy batteries

December 7, 2018

The chemical element that makes up most of today’s batteries, lithium, may soon be challenged by its polar…
ORNL researchers used surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, or SERS, from a gold nanoparticle monolayer, which is capable of depicting the solvation structure of cations in electrolytes near the solid–liquid interface in a lithium-ion battery. The nanogap SERS provides a unique, high-sensitive platform for studying the solvation structure and ion transport in a wide category of electrolyte systems at electrified interfaces. Credit: Guang Yang/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Batteries—Solid-liquid interface

December 4, 2018

By studying the inner workings of lithium-ion batteries, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed a highly sensitive…
Novel membrane advances low-cost, grid-scale energy storage

July 27, 2018

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have developed a crucial component for a new kind of low-cost stationary battery…
New technology could wean the battery world off cobalt

April 16, 2018

Lithium-based batteries use more than 50 percent of all cobalt produced in the world. These batteries are in…
Research hints at double the driving range for electric vehicles

March 28, 2018

PNNL scientists spice up electrolyte solution to increase charge cycles When it comes to the special sauce of…
Sweet relief for lithium batteries’ dendrite problem

March 12, 2018

Sugar may not be good for your health, but the wrinkle it provides to researchers could be great…
Testing lithium battery limitations may improve safety and lifetimes

February 24, 2018

Researchers are using neutrons to study a battery material that could offer a safer alternative to the flammable…
Scientists find ‘frustration’ in battery materials

February 22, 2018

Adding carbon atoms to a new type of solid lithium ion battery could make it charge faster and…
Closing the loop on battery recycling

January 26, 2018

A novel model developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory allows industry, the Department…
Surprising Discovery Could Lead to Better Batteries

January 16, 2018

Scientists have observed how lithium moves inside individual nanoparticles that make up batteries. The finding could help companies…
Now entering, Lithium Niobate Valley

December 29, 2017

If the epicenter of the electronics revolution is named after the material that made it possible — silicon —…
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…
Making renewable power more viable for the grid

October 12, 2017

Wind and solar power are increasingly popular sources for renewable energy. But intermittency issues keep them from connecting…
Organic/inorganic sulfur may be key for safe rechargeable lithium batteries

October 12, 2017

We have come a long way from leaky sulfur-acid automobile batteries, but modern lithium batteries still have some…
Researchers clarify mystery about proposed battery material

August 16, 2017

Battery researchers agree that one of the most promising possibilities for future battery technology is the lithium-air (or…
Piling on pressure solves enduring mystery about metal’s makeup

June 27, 2017

Scientists have solved decades long puzzle about lithium, an essential metal in cellphone and computer batteries. Using extreme…
Peering at the crystal structure of lithium

June 23, 2017

Elemental metals usually form simple, close-packed crystalline structures. Though lithium (Li) is considered a typical simple metal, its…
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