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Researchers Analyze Atomic-Scale Electronic and Structural Degradation in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers Analyze Atomic-Scale Electronic and Structural Degradation in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory have performed three studies on the electrochemical reactions that occur in nickel, cobalt, and aluminum (NCA) lithium-ion batteries. They studied average material morphologies as well as atomic-scale asymmetries to analyze the electronic and structural and degradations of these batteries. [More]
Cost-Effective Process Uses Piezoelectric Materials for Micro Energy Harvesting

Cost-Effective Process Uses Piezoelectric Materials for Micro Energy Harvesting

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP (Fraunhofer FEP) have developed an innovative process for cost-effective production of piezoelectric materials for micro-energy harvesting applications. Developments in many applications require energy self-sufficient probes and miniature mobile electronics systems that acquire the energy they need from the surrounding environment. [More]
Quantifying Fugitive Emissions from Fracking Operations

Quantifying Fugitive Emissions from Fracking Operations

FLIR Systems GF320 optical gas imaging cameras are being used to identify leaks and unexpectedly high discharges of methane resulting from fracking operations to extract gaseous hydrocarbons from shale and coal deposits. [More]
Innovative Cubic Garnet Material Holds Promise for High-Energy Lithium Batteries

Innovative Cubic Garnet Material Holds Promise for High-Energy Lithium Batteries

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered that a cubic garnet material (LLZO) could be used as a critical separator material in order to develop high-energy batteries. [More]
Ultrasound Waves Power Piezoelectric Implant Device Wirelessly

Ultrasound Waves Power Piezoelectric Implant Device Wirelessly

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an ultrasound-powered, tiny electronic device for medical implant applications. These devices can be powered wirelessly, and now the researchers are trying to further reduce its size. [More]
Ultra-Fast Charging Battery with 20-Year Lifespan Recharges Within Minutes

Ultra-Fast Charging Battery with 20-Year Lifespan Recharges Within Minutes

Nanyang Technology University (NTU) scientists have developed the next generation of batteries that have a 20-year lifespan and last for 10,000 recharge cycles. These batteries can be rapidly recharged up to 70% of their capacity within a short duration of two minutes. [More]
Scientists Develop Early-Warning System for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Scientists Develop Early-Warning System for Lithium-Ion Batteries

A “smart" lithium-ion battery developed by scientists at Stanford University has a warning system that alerts users in advance if the battery is getting overheated and may burst into flames. [More]
New Terahertz Plasma Diagnostic System for Nuclear Fusion Reactors

New Terahertz Plasma Diagnostic System for Nuclear Fusion Reactors

Engineers at Lancaster University are reinventing a Terahertz vacuum electron device for monitoring of plasma turbulence in nuclear fusion reactors. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has provided £450,000 for the study, which is being done by a collaborative group of researchers from the University of Leeds, the Beijing Vacuum Electronics Research Institute and the University of California Davis. [More]
New Insight into the Rapid Charging and Draining of Lithium Batteries

New Insight into the Rapid Charging and Draining of Lithium Batteries

Researchers from the Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Sciences and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are challenging the prevailing view that the rapid charging and draining of lithium ion batteries is damaging and have discovered a new way to think about battery degradation. [More]
New Semiconducting Material to Improve Fuel Cell Efficiency

New Semiconducting Material to Improve Fuel Cell Efficiency

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have unexpectedly discovered a new semiconducting material that can improve the efficiency of fuel cells by operating at a significantly lower temperature. [More]