lithium-ion batteries

From trash to treasure: Environmentally friendly recovery processes allow reuse of battery scraps

By Guest Contributor / November 7, 2023

More environmentally friendly recycling methods are needed to make the lithium-ion battery market into a sustainable and circular economy. Two recent studies demonstrate some ways to accomplish this goal.

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Honoring John B. Goodenough, a charged life that lit up the world

By Lisa McDonald / June 28, 2023

On June 25, 2023, University of Texas at Austin professor John B. Goodenough died at the age of 100. Goodenough was known for developing the metal oxide cathodes that are still used in lithium-ion batteries today, but his innovations greatly influenced many other research areas as well. His contributions to science will continue to light up the imagination of researchers in the future.

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Full ceramic electrodes epitomize next step for fused filament fabrication of lithium-ion batteries

By Lisa McDonald / March 8, 2022

While fused filament fabrication has the potential to fabricate lithium-ion batteries with tailored geometries, the high amount of polymer often included in the electrodes can limit application. University of Castilla-La Mancha researchers attempted the required debinding/sintering treatment to achieve full ceramic electrodes via this additive manufacturing method.

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Pursuing a cobalt-free future: Nickel-manganese-aluminum cathodes for lithium-ion batteries

By Lisa McDonald / July 17, 2020

Many electric vehicles today use lithium-ion batteries that contain cobalt, an element with high ethical and environmental costs to its production. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin explored the potential of a cobalt-free lithium-ion battery that features a nickel-manganese-aluminum cathode and found promising results.

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Unblock your learning potential: Jenga teaches students how lithium-ion batteries work

By Lisa McDonald / June 26, 2020

Lithium-ion batteries are abundant in many everyday devices, but the resources available to teach children how these batteries work and why they are important are limited. A team of researchers from the University of Birmingham’s School of Chemistry developed a unique and fun approach to explaining Li-ion battery operation using tower block games like Jenga.

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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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Good enough for a Nobel—lithium-ion batteries are the focus of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry

By Lisa McDonald / October 11, 2019

On October 9, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to three scientists for their work to develop lithium-ion batteries. John Goodenough, a luminary in the field of solid-state physics, is one of this year’s winners—learn more about his history and current research.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / March 20, 2019

Improving Li-ion batteries using nanodots, scalable graphene yarn, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 20, 2019.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / February 27, 2019

Solar-powered supercapacitors, extracting liquid silicate from waste glass, and other materials stories that may be of interest for February 27, 2019.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Faye Oney / September 7, 2018

Recycling rare earth magnets, legislation ends manufacturing tax, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for September 7, 2018.

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