Researchers identify new class of non-flammable electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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Balsara at UC Berkeley, have identified a new class of nonflammable electrolytes based on functionalized perfluoropolyethers (PFPEs) for lithium-ion batteries. Li/LiNi 1/3 Co 1/3 Mn 1/3 O 2 cells made with this electrolyte showed good performance in galvanostatic cycling, confirming the potential as rechargeable lithium batteries with enhanced safety and longevity. —Dominica Wong, lead author. Dominica H. Batteries

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Startup Blue Current seeking to commercialize non-flammable fluorinated electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) battery scientist Nitash Balsara and co-inventor Joseph DeSimone of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have launched Blue Current , a startup company backed by investment firm Faster LLC, to commercialize their non-flammable electrolytes for Li-ion batteries. There is no nonflammable lithium battery on the market today, though others are attempting to make one. Dominica H. Batteries

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New hybrid polymer-glass electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes. Dominica H. Batteries Li-Sulfur