Toward commercial viability—tellurium stabilizes lithium deposition in Li-S batteries

By Lisa McDonald / May 12, 2020

Lithium-sulfur batteries could enable the next generation of high-energy-density rechargeable batteries—but only if lithium deposition is stabilized. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found adding elemental tellurium to the cathode may solve this challenge.

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Thin films shield PV glass, plus more inside May 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / April 23, 2020

The May 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring transparent thin films for PV modules and glass science and art—is now available online. Plus—Kreidl Award abstract

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Roadmap to commercialize all-solid-state batteries

By April Gocha / April 14, 2020

In a recent review article, nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego outline a research roadmap detailing four remaining challenges to address before all-solid-state batteries can reach their commercial potential.

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Developing a Nobel technology: A review of lithium-ion battery cathode chemistry

By Lisa McDonald / April 3, 2020

In 2019, three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. A recent review article by ACerS Fellow Arumugam Manthiram traces the work done by John Goodenough’s group on oxide cathodes.

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A “green” development for St. Patrick’s Day: Ultra-safe and high-energy batteries

By Lisa McDonald / March 17, 2020

Did you remember to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day? We’re celebrating the day by highlighting some “green” energy research at The Pennsylvania State University on a stable and high-energy battery made possible thanks to a self-heating ability.

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Video: A direct approach to creating AC batteries

By Lisa McDonald / March 4, 2020

Battery efficiency is hindered in part by the fact that battery current must be converted from direct to alternating for use in many devices. A University of Cambridge startup company, AC Biode, looks to remove that obstacle by creating batteries that use AC.

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From journals to a new Division, ACerS serves the energy community

By Lisa McDonald / February 26, 2020

ACerS officially announced the establishment of its new Energy Materials and Systems Division. In recognition of the new Division, check out some of the research published in ACerS journals beneficial to energy harvesting and storage systems.

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Cracking the case toward commercial solar—perovskite films easily healed with moderate compression or heat

By Lisa McDonald / February 18, 2020

Perovskite solar cells are expected to become a leading contender to silicon-based solar cells, or for use in tandem with them, once several challenges are overcome. Researchers at Brown University found cracks in perovskite films are easily healed by applying compression or moderate heat.

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Corroding confidence—water threatens stability of vitrified nuclear waste

By Lisa McDonald / February 14, 2020

Vitrification, an established solution for nuclear waste disposal, is considered stable once the waste is turned into glass. New research led by The Ohio State University shows this stability could be threatened if water contacts the metal canister containing the glass.

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Integrated energy management looks to graduate smart homes to the next level

By April Gocha / February 11, 2020

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in early January 2020, new devices and solutions centered around smart home technologies—but will new solutions for energy management lead to the next evolution of smart homes?

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