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Shoucheng Zhang Wins Franklin Medal in Physics

SIMES researcher and Stanford physics professor Shoucheng Zhang has been named a recipient of the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics, one of the oldest and most prestigious science awards in the United States.

Study Sheds New Light on Why Batteries Go Bad

A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought – and that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated.

A Look Inside SLAC’s Battery Lab

Tucked in a small laboratory at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a team of scientists from the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) is making and testing new types of lithium-ion batteries. Their goal: create a battery five times better than the ones we use today.

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