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The Latest Step Forward for Lithium Technology

Lithium-Ion Batteries Get a Performance Boost

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted November 23, 2015

Lithium is a incredible resource for modern innovation, so it's no surprise that scientists are finding new ways to use it.

Recently, scientists at Rice University believed they solved an issue with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries — with clay. 

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You see, it turns out that bentonite clay, when used with various ionic liquids, can be both a separator and a conductor between batteries’ anodes and cathodes.

And since clay contains a good bit of moisture, how are they making the connection with useable with lithium-ion batteries?

Bake the moisture right out of it, of course.

After the clay is dried out, it is combined with room-temperature ionic liquid and lithium salt in a zero oxygen environment. The salt serves as a conductor from the electrolytes to the electrodes.

But wait… aren’t high-temperature-withstanding electrolytes already a thing? Technically yes, however, the existing ones typically don’t make great connections with the electrodes, which reduces performance.

This new innovation allows for the distribution of currents at high temperatures with stable voltage, and it has a good amount of surface area for a nice current.

Even more astounding is the fact that this battery actually performs better in high temperatures!

And considering the fact that lithium-ion batteris are being utilized in so many extreme environment situations, you can bet that more advancements are on the horizon.

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Until next time,

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