The opto-ionic impact: Light may increase performance of fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries

Journal Reference: Thomas Defferriere, Dino Klotz, Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Rosillo, Jennifer L. M. Rupp, Harry L. Tuller. Photo-enhanced ionic conductivity across grain boundaries in polycrystalline ceramics. Nature Materials, 2022; DOI: 10.1038/s41563-021-01181-2 A charge can be transported by a material in a number of different ways. The most familiar is the electrical conductivity of metals, where the … Read more

A unified theory of electrochemical energy storage: Bridging batteries and supercapacitors

Journal Reference: Simon Fleischmann, Yuan Zhang, Xuepeng Wang, Peter T. Cummings, Jianzhong Wu, Patrice Simon, Yury Gogotsi, Volker Presser, Veronica Augustyn. Continuous transition from double-layer to Faradaic charge storage in confined electrolytes. Nature Energy, 2022; DOI: 10.1038/s41560-022-00993-z In a perspective paper, recently published in the journal Nature Energy, researchers from Drexel University, North Carolina State … Read more

Safer, more powerful batteries for electric automobiles, power grid

Journal Reference: Alex M. Bates, Yuliya Preger, Loraine Torres-Castro, Katharine L. Harrison, Stephen J. Harris, John Hewson. Are solid-state batteries safer than lithium-ion batteries? Joule, 2022; DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2022.02.007 A Sandia National Laboratories-led study, published on March 7 in the scientific journal Joule, tackled one of these challenges — a long-held assumption that adding some liquid … Read more

Clues to better batteries emerge from tracking lithium

Journal Reference: Monty R. Cosby, Gia M. Carignan, Zhuo Li, Corey M. Efaw, Charles C. Dickerson, Liang Yin, Yang Ren, Bin Li, Eric J. Dufek, Peter G. Khalifah. Operando Synchrotron Studies of Inhomogeneity during Anode-Free Plating of Li Metal in Pouch Cell Batteries. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2022; 169 (2): 020571 DOI: 10.1149/1945-7111/ac5345 A … Read more

Researchers develop 3D imaging technique to understand how dendrites form in batteries

Journal Reference: Guangxia Feng, Jiaming Guo, Huajun Tian, Zhao Li, Yaping Shi, Xiaoliang Li, Xu Yang, David Mayerich, Yang Yang, Xiaonan Shan. Probe the Localized Electrochemical Environment Effects and Electrode Reaction Dynamics for Metal Batteries using In Situ 3D Microscopy. Advanced Energy Materials, 2021; 12 (3): 2103484 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.202103484 But there’s a problem with lithium-ion … Read more

Scientists discover new electrolyte for solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Journal Reference: Laidong Zhou, Tong-Tong Zuo, Chun Yuen Kwok, Se Young Kim, Abdeljalil Assoud, Qiang Zhang, Jürgen Janek, Linda F. Nazar. High areal capacity, long cycle life 4 V ceramic all-solid-state Li-ion batteries enabled by chloride solid electrolytes. Nature Energy, 2022; 7 (1): 83 DOI: 10.1038/s41560-021-00952-0 In the quest for the perfect battery, scientists have two … Read more

A new electrolyte for greener and safer batteries

Journal References: Fabrizio Murgia, Matteo Brighi, Laura Piveteau, Claudia E. Avalos, Valerio Gulino, Marc C. Nierstenhöfer, Peter Ngene, Petra de Jongh, Radovan Černý. Enhanced Room-Temperature Ionic Conductivity of NaCB11H12 via High-Energy Mechanical Milling. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2021; 13 (51): 61346 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c21113 Matteo Brighi, Fabrizio Murgia, Radovan Černý. Mechanical Behavior and Dendrite Resistance … Read more

A new way to store sustainable vitality: ‘Info batteries’

Journal Reference: Jennifer Switzer, Barath Raghavan. Information batteries: storing opportunity power with speculative execution. ACM SIGEnergy Energy Informatics Review, 2021; 1 (1): 1 DOI: 10.1145/3508467.3508468 In addition, power grids must keep supply and demand in balance or risk surges and blackouts. As a result, renewable energy is dumped during times of excess production, while at … Read more

Fast and durable batteries to come: A promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries

Journal Reference: Kottisa Sumala Patnaik, Rajashekar Badam, Yueying Peng, Koichi Higashimine, Tatsuo Kaneko, Noriyoshi Matsumi. Extremely fast charging lithium-ion battery using bio-based polymer-derived heavily nitrogen doped carbon. Chemical Communications, 2021; 57 (100): 13704 DOI: 10.1039/D1CC04931C Unsurprisingly, lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), which are used everywhere with portable electronic devices, have been recognized as an option in the … Read more