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Say sayonara to exploding batteries—LLZO ceramic thin films offer hope for safer, thinner all-solid state lithium-ions

By April Gocha / October 14, 2016

Researchers at the University of Michigan have devised a technique using mass-producible methods to fabricate thin films of LLZO ceramic, which could help improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries.

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A new spin on silicon: Liquid precursor fabricates silicon nanowires to boost battery capacity, decrease cost

By April Gocha / August 26, 2016

Researchers at North Dakota State University (Fargo, N.D.) in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Lab (Richland, Wash.) have made important progress in an alternative strategy to incorporate silicon into the anodes of lithium-ion batteries: silicon nanowires.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 15, 2016

Nanoparticles dance, concentrating solar power, four new elements named, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 15, 2016.

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Paper power: Glassy ceramic material makes paperlike electrodes for better lithium-ion batteries

By April Gocha / April 3, 2016

Researchers at Kansas State University are exploring new glassy ceramic material combinations and electrode designs that will afford lithium-ion batteries with high capacity, efficiency, and stability as well as high mass loading.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / May 26, 2015

Metals that walk on water, energy-generating rubber, space-age ceramics, and other materials stories that may be of interest for May 26, 2015.

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Magnesium two-steps lithium ions for better batteries

By April Gocha / April 22, 2015

Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago shows that magnesium ions—with two positive charges—can replace single-charge lithium ions in future batteries.

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AAA battery-powered water splitter generates clean hydrogen for a clean future

By April Gocha / September 8, 2014

A group of researchers from Stanford is leading a new charge—their simple water splitter only needs a AAA battery and skips the precious metal catalysts present in other splitters, making a cheaper device that shows promise for making a hydrogen future all the more possible.

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Video of the week: Porous silica nanotubes pump-up electrode materials

By David Flanagan / March 3, 2011

In his interview with MaterialsViews, Jaephil Cho talks about his work on new lithium battery anode and cathode materials at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology. Cho, who is affiliated with UNIST’s Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy, describes active coatings on nanoparticle surfaces that can reduce charging times, and using ordered porous silica…

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