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Battery Science – News and Features

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Researchers Develop Inexpensive Technology for Detecting Lead in Water

The chip-scale device could provide sensitive detection of lead levels in drinking water, whose toxicity affects 240 million people worldwide.
The new zinc-lignin battery balanced on a finger of someone wearing purple gloves.

New Zinc Battery Is Eco-friendly and Affordable for Low-Income Countries

A battery made from zinc and lignin that can be used over 8000 times. This has been developed with a vision to provide a cheap and sustainable battery solution for countries where access to electricity is limited.
Close up view of the cathode end of a group of batteries.
Industry Insight

Improving Battery Analysis With Simultaneous Rheology and Impedance Measurements

Sarah Cotts tells us more about the Rheo-Impedance accessory and how it can help overcome limitations with current analysis approaches to improve battery development.

Someone holding four batteries linked together.

Voltage Breakthrough in Quest for Cheaper, Safer Batteries

A QUT-led team of international researchers has made a breakthrough in the development of a type of battery that is much safer and cheaper than the batteries currently charging our smart devices.
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Critical Minerals Recovery From Electronic Waste

Minerals including manganese and magnesium, which are critical to modern electronics, could be "mined" from electronic waste.
A battery stood on its end.

New Sodium Battery Capable of Rapid Charging in Just a Few Seconds

A high-energy, high-power hybrid sodium-ion battery capable of rapid charging has been developed by researchers.
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Chemists Invent a More Efficient Way To Extract Lithium From Industrial Waste

Chemists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have invented a more efficient way to extract lithium from waste liquids leached from mining sites, oil fields and used batteries.
An outline of a battery lit up.

New Materials Discovered for Safe, High-Performance Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries

Scientists have discovered a stable and highly conductive lithium-ion conductor for use as solid electrolytes for solid-state lithium-ion batteries.
Guidelines for the design of intercalated materials.

Physics-Based Predictive Tool To Speed Up Battery and Superconductor Research

Researchers have devised a straightforward equation that correctly predicts the stability of intercalated materials. The systematic design guidelines will speed up the development of upcoming high-performance electronics and energy-storage devices.
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New All-Liquid Iron Flow Battery for Grid Energy Storage

A commonplace chemical used in water treatment facilities has been repurposed for large-scale energy storage in a new battery design by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.