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2019
16 Apr

Graphene coating could help prevent lithium battery fires

Lithium batteries are what allow electric vehicles to travel several hundred miles on one charge. Their capacity for energy storage is well known, but so is their tendency to occasionally catch on fire - an occurrence known to battery researchers as "thermal runaway."
15 Jan

2D materials may enable EVs to get 500 miles on a single charge

Lithium-air batteries, which currently are still in the experimental stages of development, can store 10 times more energy than lithium-ion batteries, and they are much lighter. That said, lithium-air batteries could be even more efficient and provide more charge with the incorporation of advanced catalysts made from two-dimensional materials.
2018
24 Dec

Disordered crystals are promising for future battery technology

Tiny, disordered particles of magnesium chromium oxide may hold the key to new magnesium battery energy storage technology, which could possess increased capacity compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries.
17 Aug

Saving elephants with artificial intelligence

H2O.ai, in celebration of World Elephant Day, announced it has partnered with Wildbook, provider of the open-source software framework built for wildlife research and conservation projects, with a sponsorship to help accelerate the conservation of endangered elephants with AI.
18 Apr

New design produces true lithium-air battery

Researchers have designed a new lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment and still functioned after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles.
2017
19 Jun

New chemical method could revolutionize graphene

Scientists have discovered a new chemical method that enables graphene to be incorporated into a wide range of applications while maintaining its ultra-fast electronics.
19 Jan

Faster recharging batteries possible after new insights

Faster recharging lithium batteries could be developed after scientists figured out why adding charged metal atoms to tunnel structures within batteries improves their performance.
2016
25 Nov

Supersonic spray yields new nanomaterial for bendable electronics

A new, ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive to electric current has been produced by a cheap and simple method devised by an international team of nanomaterials researchers.
11 Aug

Germs add ripples to make 'groovy' graphene

Researchers have used rod-shaped bacteria - precisely aligned in an electric field, then vacuum-shrunk under a graphene sheet - to introduce nanoscale ripples in the material, causing it to conduct electrons differently in perpendicular directions.
10 Aug

Solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces burnable fuel

Researchers have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.
5 Aug

Wearable Technology for Animals 2017-2027: Technologies, Markets, Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Raghu Das and Dr Nadia Tsao
27 Jun

New thin film photovoltaics

The film is bendable and stretchable, offering potential applications in roll-up touchscreen displays, wearable electronics, flexible solar cells and electronic skin.
15 Jun

New nanomaterial offers promise in bendable, wearable electronics

An ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive to electric current has been produced by a cheap and simple method devised by an international team of nano materials researchers.
25 Jan

Surprising chemistry inside a potential breakthrough battery

Researchers have helped prove that a new prototype is powered by a surprising chemical reaction that may solve the new battery's biggest drawback.
2015
22 Apr

Beyond the lithium ion, significant step toward better battery

Researchers have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology.
2014
30 Sep

Graphene flaws key to creating hypersensitive electronic nose

Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets.
2013
17 Jul

Scientists spy on lithium ions

Researchers have developed a device that allows researchers to eavesdrop on individual lithium ions—and potentially develop the next generation of batteries.
12 Jul

Scientists spy on lithium ions

To wring more power out of lithium ion batteries, scientists are experimenting with different materials and designs. Michigan Technological University has developed a device that allows researchers to eavesdrop on individual lithium ions - and potentially develop the next generation of batteries.
2012
3 Dec

$120 million for battery research

The Hub, to be known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), will combine the R&D firepower of five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four private firms in an effort aimed at achieving revolutionary advances in battery performance.
2010
15 Oct

Hydrogen-powered, solar-inspired nano-battery

Eduard Karpov, University of Illinois at Chicago assistant professor of civil and materials engineering, has received a three-year, $217,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a new battery he is calling a catalothermionic generator.
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