Texas Engineers Develop New Material for Better Lithium-Ion Batteries
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a family of anode materials that can double the charge capacity of lithium-ion battery anodes — a breakthrough that opens the door to cheaper, smaller and lighter batteries in the future.
In lithium-ion batteries, energy is stored by shuttling lithium between two electrodes that are made of conductive materials, which generate the electric current that makes batteries function. Novel electrode materials promise significant performance improvements and have been the focus of extensive scientific and energy research for decades.
The field of energy storage R&D has been producing some fascinating potential advancements for batteries in the last year that won’t necessarily be reducing the cost of storage immediately, but do have really interesting prospects down the road.
The latest finding from researchers at the University of Texas at Austin looks at the performance improvements from what they call a “top down” approach to producing anode materials. They say that they have discovered an “inexpensive and scalable” approach to production.
Now, the researchers plan to identify ways to streamline the production process for the new materials. Read more about their work and check out these stories about other advancements in 2017:
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