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Battery Science – News and Features

Researchers holding the water battery.

New Water Batteries Stay Cool Under Pressure

The team uses water to replace organic electrolytes – which enable the flow of electric current between the positive and negative terminals – meaning their batteries can’t start a fire or blow up – unlike their lithium-ion counterparts.
Tiles produced bright colors when glazed with a new blue pigment.

Vibrant Blue Pottery Pigments, Now With Less Cobalt

Whether ultramarine, cerulean, Egyptian or cobalt, blue pigments have colored artworks for centuries. Now, seemingly out of the blue, scientists have discovered a new blue pigment that uses less cobalt but still maintains a brilliant shine.
Electric vehicle plugged in to charge.

Charging Forward: How Calorimetry Drives EV Battery Innovation

This article discusses how developers are using calorimetry to inform decision-making surrounding battery design and manufacture, and explores how increasing battery size needs to be supported with larger and more comprehensive testing equipment.
A car at an electric charging point.

Battery Breakthrough Could Allow Electric Cars To Go 1,000 km on Single Charge

Micro silicon particles and gel polymer electrolytes have been combined to create an energy-dense battery that could enable electric cars to travel 1,000 km on a single charge.
An orange and black battery on a red background.

Chemists Decipher Reaction Process That Could Improve Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Researchers have taken steps toward understanding the sulfur reduction reaction, which could improve the safety and lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries.
An electric car, plugged in to charge.

New Battery Chemistry for Fast Charging Capabilities

In the search for better electric vehicle batteries, researchers have discovered adding electrolytes to lithium batteries enhances their functionality.
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.