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Battery Science – News and Features

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Zapping Manure With an Electrode Could Be a New Method To Produce Fertilizer

Scientists have developed a new technique that could help farmers extract useful nutrients such as ammonia and potassium from livestock manure to efficiently make fertilizer and other useful chemical products.
An electric car charging port.

China Leads the Way on Battery Recycling, Followed by Europe and US

With the increase in the production of batteries for electric vehicles, demand is also rising for the necessary raw materials, placing more emphasis on recycling them.
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Neutrons Used To Produce Ammonia in New Electrochemical Method

A new study describes a sustainable electrochemical process for producing ammonia that could enable farmers to convert nitrogen into ammonia-based fertilizers without emitting carbon dioxide.
Light up outline of a battery.

New Insights Into All-Solid-State Battery Degradation

New findings reveal how degradation of all-solid-state batteries occurs at the cathode under low-pressure operation. Providing clues to accelerate commercialization of all-solid-state batteries.
A light up battery.

A First Look Inside Li-Ion Batteries

New technique developed by researchers at McGill and UQAM offers unprecedented view inside lithium-ion batteries, potentially leading to dramatically faster charging times for EVs, computers, and phones.
Two scientists holding up batteries.

Greener Solution Powers New Method for Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling

Used lithium-ion batteries from cell phones, laptops and a growing number of electric vehicles are piling up, but options for recycling them remain limited mostly to burning or chemically dissolving shredded batteries.
A battery standing on its end.

Common Cosmetic Ingredient Helps Protect Batteries From Early Failure

A common ingredient in cosmetics – xanthan gum – has been harnessed to create a protective shield for battery electrodes, helping protect them from early failure.
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“Cooperative” Behavior in Electrolytes Can Significantly Boost Battery Performance

"Cooperative” behavior between complex mixtures in battery electrolytes could provide a new blueprint for future battery design, enabling the wider development of multivalent batteries.
A graph comparing battery types.

Template for Success: Shaping Hard Carbon Electrodes for Next-Generation Batteries

Although Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) deliver the best performance in many aspects when compared to other rechargeable batteries, they have their fair share of disadvantages.
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Scientists Study Soap To Develop Longer Lasting Batteries

Researchers found that one of the most promising electrolytes for designing longer lasting lithium batteries has complex nanostructures that act like micelle structures do in soaped water.