Penn State Materials Research Institute scientists have developed a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use. The key is a unique three-dimensional sandwich-like structure that protects the dense electric field in the polymer/ceramic composite from dielectric breakdown. The team’s results have been […]






Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials (DWI), RWTH Aachen University and Hanyang University in Seoul have significantly improved a key component for the development of Redox Flow battery energy storage systems. The team has developed a hydrophobic membrane that keeps its barrier functions in place as it does not swell in water. The […]






Researchers at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have identified a whole new class of high-performing organic molecules that’s inspired by vitamin B2. Your humble writer likes these posts about making new ideas from suggestions sourced in unrelated fields most of all. The new high-performing organic molecules can safely store electricity from intermittent energy […]






Paul Scherrer Institut materials researchers have developed a very simple and cost-effective procedure for significantly enhancing the performance of conventional lithium-ion rechargeable batteries by up to 300%. They said the procedure is scalable in size, so the use of rechargeable batteries would be optimized in all areas of application – whether in wristwatches, smartphones, laptops […]






Researchers at Hanyang University, and their U.S. and Qatar colleagues combined two complementary carbon materials to boost the lithium ion cathode electrode’s conductivity. The team of researchers has designed a cathode for such batteries that holds up to 10 times as much sulfur as other designs without a drop in performance. A test battery made […]






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