A 4 V-class metal-free organic lithium-ion battery gets closer to reality

Journal Reference: Yuto Katsuyama, Hiroaki Kobayashi, Kazuyuki Iwase, Yoshiyuki Gambe, Itaru Honma. Are Redox‐Active Organic Small Molecules Applicable for High‐Voltage (>4 V) Lithium‐Ion Battery Cathodes? Advanced Science, 2022; 2200187 DOI: 10.1002/advs.202200187 Unlike conventional lithium-ion batteries, which depend on rare-earth materials such as cobalt and lithium, organic batteries exploit naturally abundant elements such as carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, … Read more

‘Freeze-thaw battery’ is adept at preserving its energy

Journal Reference: Minyuan M. Li, Xiaowen Zhan, Evgueni Polikarpov, Nathan L. Canfield, Mark H. Engelhard, J. Mark Weller, David M. Reed, Vincent L. Sprenkle, Guosheng Li. A freeze-thaw molten salt battery for seasonal storage. Cell Reports Physical Science, 2022; 100821 DOI: 10.1016/j.xcrp.2022.100821 The development of the “freeze-thaw battery,” which freezes its energy for use later, … Read more

Pivotal battery discovery could impact transportation and the grid

Journal Reference: Gui-Liang Xu, Xiang Liu, Xinwei Zhou, Chen Zhao, Inhui Hwang, Amine Daali, Zhenzhen Yang, Yang Ren, Cheng-Jun Sun, Zonghai Chen, Yuzi Liu, Khalil Amine. Native lattice strain induced structural earthquake in sodium layered oxide cathodes. Nature Communications, 2022; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-28052-x Battery-powered vehicles have made a significant dent in the transportation market. … Read more

New flow battery stores power in simple organic compound

Journal Reference: Jelte S. Steen, Jules L. Nuismer, Vytautas Eiva, Albert E. T. Wiglema, Nicolas Daub, Johan Hjelm, Edwin Otten. Blatter Radicals as Bipolar Materials for Symmetrical Redox-Flow Batteries. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2022; DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c13543 Flow batteries are not very different from the everyday batteries that we use. The big difference is … Read more

Extending the battery life of small drones to strengthen security on U.S. Border

Journal Reference: Navid Ahmadian, Gino J. Lim, Maryam Torabbeigi, Seon Jin Kim. Smart border patrol using drones and wireless charging system under budget limitation. Computers & Industrial Engineering, 2022; 164: 107891 DOI: 10.1016/j.cie.2021.107891 To address this problem, Gino Lim, R. Larry and Gerlene (Gerri) R. Snider Endowed Chair of Industrial Engineering, proposes the use of … Read more

Separator key when it comes to ‘secure’ vs. ‘protected’ battery

Journal Reference: Bingyuan Ma, Peng Bai. Fast Charging Limits of Ideally Stable Metal Anodes in Liquid Electrolytes. Advanced Energy Materials, 2022; 2102967 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.202102967 The research was published last month in the journal Advanced Energy Materials. Stability in an electrode is key to a well-performing battery. Instability is caused by irregular distribution of metal ions … Read more

AI used to optimize several flow battery properties simultaneously

Journal Reference: Garvit Agarwal, Hieu A. Doan, Lily A. Robertson, Lu Zhang, Rajeev S. Assary. Discovery of Energy Storage Molecular Materials Using Quantum Chemistry-Guided Multiobjective Bayesian Optimization. Chemistry of Materials, 2021; 33 (20): 8133 DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c02040 Bringing new sources of renewable energy like wind and solar power onto the electric grid will require specially designed … Read more

Realistic portraits of squishy layer that’s key to battery performance

Journal Reference: Zewen Zhang, Yuzhang Li, Rong Xu, Weijiang Zhou, Yanbin Li, Solomon T. Oyakhire, Yecun Wu, Jinwei Xu, Hansen Wang, Zhiao Yu, David T. Boyle, William Huang, Yusheng Ye, Hao Chen, Jiayu Wan, Zhenan Bao, Wah Chiu, Yi Cui. Capturing the swelling of solid-electrolyte interphase in lithium metal batteries. Science, 2022; 375 (6576): 66 … Read more

Battery ‘dream expertise’ a step closer to reality with new discovery

Journal Reference: Jiarui He, Amruth Bhargav, Woochul Shin, Arumugam Manthiram. Stable Dendrite-Free Sodium–Sulfur Batteries Enabled by a Localized High-Concentration Electrolyte. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2021; DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c08851 Sodium and sulfur stand out as appealing materials for future battery production because they are cheaper and more widely available than materials such as lithium and … Read more

Developing high-performance MXene electrodes for next-generation powerful battery

Journal Reference: Xinliang Li, Xinyao Ma, Yue Hou, Zhenhua Zhang, Yue Lu, Zhaodong Huang, Guojin Liang, Mian Li, Qi Yang, Jiale Ma, Na Li, Binbin Dong, Qing Huang, Furong Chen, Jun Fan, Chunyi Zhi. Intrinsic voltage plateau of a Nb2CTx MXene cathode in an aqueous electrolyte induced by high-voltage scanning. Joule, 2021; 5 (11): 2993 … Read more