Texas A&M University scientists use quantum methods to predict Lithium-metal (Li-metal) batteries great potential for packing more significant amounts of energy than the current lithium-ion batteries. For example, a Li-metal electric battery in a car could travel more miles, and a Li-metal phone battery could have longer battery life. However, the metal surface of Li-metal […]

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory scientists have made realistic close-ups of a plump, squishy layer called the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) that forms on lithium metal anodes as a result of chemical reactions with the electrolyte. Knowing what it really looks will give them a new way to improve next-gen battery design. Lithium metal batteries could store […]

Watching Batteries Work

February 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution.  Using a new microscopy method scientists watch a miniature electrochemical liquid cell that is placed in a transmission electron microscope to study an enigmatic phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries called the solid electrolyte […]

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