Improving lithium-ion batteries with nanoscale research

New research led by an electrical engineer at the University of California, San Diego is aimed at improving lithium-ion batteries through possible new electrode architectures with precise nano-scale designs. The researchers created nanowires that block diffusion of lithium (Li) across their silicon surface and promote layer-by-layer axial lithiation of the nanowire’s germanium core.

Researchers eye next-gen lithium-ion batteries

Laptops could work longer and electric cars could drive farther if it were possible to further increase the capacity of their lithium-ion batteries. 

Novel silicon electrodes improve lithium-ion batteries

Stanford University scientists have dramatically improved the performance of lithium-ion batteries by creating novel electrodes made of silicon and conducting polymer hydrogel, a spongy material similar to that used in contact lenses and other household products.

These lithium-ion microbatteries are super-chargers

Sometimes good things come in small packages. And sometimes those things are the most powerful batteries on the planet. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a tiny lithium-ion microbattery that leaves larger supercapacitors in the dust.

Scientists develop paintable batteries

Scientists at Rice University have managed to design a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface.

Researchers eye lithium-ion battery breakthrough

Researchers from Northwestern University are working on developing a super-battery that can keep a cellphone charged for a week and be recharged in just 15 minutes.