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Battery Science – News and Features

An electric car charging port.

Fast-Charging Lithium Battery Seeks To Eliminate “Range Anxiety”

A team in Cornell Engineering created a new lithium battery that can charge in under five minutes – faster than any such battery on the market – while maintaining stable performance over extended cycles of charging and discharging.
An illustration showing lithium ions (in pink) entering the layered cathode material structure.

Cobalt-Free Batteries Could Power the Next Generation of Electric Vehicles

A new battery cathode material could provide a more sustainable option for powering the next generation of electric cars.
LED Battery.

Researchers Generate Next-Generation, Cobalt-Free Batteries

Researchers in ACS Central Science report evaluating an earth-abundant, carbon-based cathode material that could replace cobalt and other scarce and toxic metals without sacrificing lithium-ion battery performance.
An orange and black battery stood on its end.

New Solid State Battery Charges in Minutes, Lasts for Thousands of Cycles

A new lithium battery can be charged and discharged over 6000 times, and is recharged in a matter of minutes, offering new understanding of the potential of solid-state lithium batteries.
A hydrogen battery-powered car is plugged in to charge.

New Material Allows for Better Hydrogen-Based Batteries and Fuel Cells

A new material can transport hydride ions at room temperature, allowing for safer, more efficient solid-state hydrogen-based batteries and fuel cells.
A lit up image of a battery, in space, with the earth in the background

Discovering the Future of Batteries in Space and Aeronautics With Brianne DeMattia

Technology Networks invited Brianne DeMattia, research electrical engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center to an Ask Me Anything session to answer your questions about the future of battery research.
Someone holding out their palm filled with salt.

Sodium-Ion Batteries: Resource-Efficient and Climate-Friendly

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, show that sodium-ion batteries have an equivalent climate impact as their lithium-ion counterparts – without the risk of running out of raw materials.
A farmer fertilizing a field.

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.
Wheatfield under a cloudy sky.

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.