Making disorder for an ideal battery — ScienceDaily

The lithium batteries that power our electronic devices and electric vehicles have a number of drawbacks. The electrolyte — the medium that enables electrons and positive charges to move between the electrodes — is a flammable liquid. What’s more, the lithium they’re made of is a limited resource that is the focus of major geopolitical issues. Specialists in crystallography at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have developed a non-flammable, solid electrolyte that operates at room temperature. It transports sodium — which is found everywhere on earth — instead of lithium. It’s a winning combination that also means it is possible to manufacture batteries that are more powerful. The properties of these “ideal” batteries would be based on the crystalline structure of the electrolyte, a hydroborate consisting of boron and hydrogen. The UNIGE research team has published a real toolbox in the journal Cell Reports Physical Science containing the strategy for … Read More

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