June 22nd, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Researchers discovered that a chemical reaction that takes place when a performance-enhancing additive is mixed into a lithium battery’s electrolyte can suppress its decomposition—similar to the pickling process. This discovery could lead to higher-performing batteries.
June 13th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
A new technique that uses computational neural networks to “learn” how a nanoparticle’s structure affects its behavior, unusual properties of bismuth that can be harnessed to help the environment, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 13, 2018.
March 23rd, 2018 | by April Gocha
Innovnano and Universidade NOVA de Lisboa collaborate on synthetic bone material, can the renewable revolution cope with limited lithium and cobalt supplies, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for March 23, 2018.
January 30th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have developed a process to recycle used cathode materials in spent lithium-ion batteries. Their recycling method could lower costs of rechargeable batteries as well as reduce depletion of resources and environmental impact.
October 20th, 2017 | by April Gocha
According to a new analysis by researchers at MIT, University of California Berkeley, and Rochester Institute of Technology, adequate supply of critical lithium-ion battery materials lithium, cobalt, manganese, graphite, and nickel should not disrupt battery production, at least in the short term.
October 12th, 2017 | by April Gocha
The automotive industry is speeding toward an electric car future. Beyond the drivers influencing these changes, there are some important factors that are actually enabling this shift to take place—and at their heart is materials science and engineering.
September 12th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have uncovered a process to increase the safety of future lithium batteries. By adding nanodiamonds to an electrolyte solution, they were able to prevent dendrite growth, a major cause of lithium battery fires.
July 14th, 2017 | by April Gocha
New research from MIT shows that firmness isn’t the most important parameter for developing a solid electrolyte that is effective against dendrite formation—instead, a defect-free surface, which doesn’t provide a place for dendrites to form, is key to a better battery.
June 28th, 2017 | by April Gocha
Transformer-like carbon nanostructure engineered, solar material for producing clean hydrogen fuel, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 28, 2017.
May 12th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Electroplating may soon be the newest process to manufacture lithium-ion batteries. Researchers have devised a method to eliminate inactive materials in lithium cathodes, resulting in batteries that are 30% more powerful and less expensive.