New research offers the first complete picture of why a promising approach of stuffing more lithium into battery cathodes leads to their failure. A better understanding of this phenomenon could be the key to smaller phone batteries and electric cars that drive farther between charges.
Representatives from industry, national laboratories and the investment sector explored partnerships in energy storage innovation.
Experiments at SLAC and Berkeley Lab uproot long-held assumptions and will inform future battery design.
Using SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron SSRL, Cao improves fundamental knowledge about how a new lithium-ion battery material works, which will help enable safer, longer-lasting devices.
SIMES scientists have developed a manganese-hydrogen battery that could fill a missing piece in the nation’s energy puzzle by storing wind and solar energy for when it is needed, lessening the need to burn carbon-emitting fossil fuels.
The new facility provides revolutionary tools for exploring tiny biological machines, from viral particles to the interior of the cell.
Streamlining their journey through the electrolyte could help lithium-ion batteries charge faster.
They created a comprehensive picture of how the same chemical processes that give these cathodes their high capacity are also linked to changes in atomic structure that sap performance.
Remarkable cryo-EM images that reveal details down to the individual atom will yield new insights into why high-energy batteries fail.
The award recognizes the Stanford/SLAC professor’s pioneering work in the fields of energy and nanomaterials science.