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ion Ventures and LiNa Energy conclude successful test of solid-state sodium-nickel battery platform

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LiNa Energy is commercializing a safe, ~$50kWh (at mass manufacturing), cobalt-free battery platform that is suited to grid storage and the electrification of transportation. In January, LiNa energy announced a four-year industry-sponsored research program with Imperial College London.

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Solid-state sodium battery company LiNa Energy closes £3.5M funding round

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Solid-state sodium battery company LiNa Energy ( earlier post ) has closed out a £3.5-million (US$4.8-million) late seed funding round, attracting a combination of existing and new investors. LiNa Energy, a spin-out from Lancaster University, established in 2017, is commercializing a safe, cobalt- and lithium-free solid-state sodium battery. For a small yet disruptive technology company like LiNa Energy, this funding is critical.

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WSU, PNNL researchers develop viable sodium battery

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A paper on their work is published in the journal, ACS Energy Letters. Although O3-layered metal oxides are promising cathode materials for high-energy Na-ion batteries, they suffer from fast capacity fade.

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Faradion and Phillips 66 to develop lower cost and higher-performing sodium-ion battery materials

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UK-based Faradion, a developer of sodium-ion battery technology ( earlier post ), and Phillips 66 have launched a new technical collaboration to develop lower-cost and higher-performing anode materials for sodium-ion batteries.

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New organic cathode for high performance solid-state sodium-ion battery

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Solid-state sodium-ion batteries are safer than conventional lithium-ion batteries, which pose a risk of fire and explosions, but their performance has been too weak to offset the safety advantages. Researchers at the University of Houston have now developed an organic cathode that improves both stability and energy density. Credit: University of Houston. His research group focuses on green and sustainable organic materials for energy generation and storage.

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Faradion demonstrates proof-of-concept sodium-ion electric bike

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British battery R&D company Faradion has demonstrated a proof-of-concept electric bike powered by sodium-ion batteries at the headquarters of Williams Advanced Engineering, which collaborated in the development of the bike. Oxford University was also a partner. Sodium-ion intercalation batteries—i.e., However, developing efficient Na + intercalation compounds is a challenge because sodium ions are much larger than lithium ions—about 70% larger in radius.

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Expanded graphite as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries

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Researchers at the University of Maryland, with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago, report on a new method for expanding graphite for use as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries in a paper in Nature Communications. Sodium (Na) is an earth-abundant and inexpensive element, and shares many properties with lithium. To address that problem, the University of Maryland team developed a way to expand the graphite material—i.e.,

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U Waterloo team identifies key reaction in sodium-air batteries; implications for improving Li-air

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Chemists at the University of Waterloo have identified the key reaction that takes place in sodium-air batteries. The researchers from the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, led by Professor Linda Nazar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials, have described a key mediation pathway that explains why sodium-oxygen batteries are more energy efficient when compared with their lithium-oxygen counterparts.

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Vanderbilt researchers find iron pyrite quantum dots boost performance of sodium-ion and Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Vanderbilt University have demonstrated that ultrafine sizes (∼4.5 nm, average) of iron pyrite (FeS 2 ) nanoparticles are advantageous to sustain reversible conversion reactions in sodium ion and lithium ion batteries. In the paper, they reported reversible capacities of more than 500 and 600 mAh/g for sodium and lithium storage for ultrafine nanoparticles, along with improved cycling and rate capability.

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Iowa State/Ames Lab researcher receives $3M from ARPA-E for solid-state sodium battery

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded $3 million from its 2015 OPEN funding to a project to develop an all-solid-state sodium battery. The proposed Na battery operates at room temperature, uses a benign and scalable solid-stack design for a long cycle life and expects to achieve a 20% improvement in energy density over state-of-the-art lithium-ion cells. And, nearly all countries have access to large amounts of sodium.

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Chalmers team develops graphite-like anode for Na-ion batteries; Janus graphene

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Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a nanometric graphite-like anode for sodium ion (Na + storage), formed by stacked graphene sheets functionalized only on one side, termed Janus graphene. The estimated sodium storage up to C 6.9

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Researchers find tin nanoparticles promising electrode material for sodium-ion batteries

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Tin (Sn) shows promise as a robust electrode material for rechargeable sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries, according to a new study by a team from the University of Pittsburgh and Sandia National Laboratory. reversible and rapid ion insertion and extraction, but using sodium ions rather than lithium. Therefore, high-energy electrodes are desired in the first place for the development of competitive Na-ion batteries.

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UNSW team demonstrates high reversible hydrogen storage capacity under mild conditions for sodium borohydride using novel core-shell nanostructure; potential for vehicles

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A team from the University of New South Wales (Australia) reports on a novel core-shell strategy leading to high and stable hydrogen absorption/desorption cycling for sodium borohydride (NaBH 4 ) under mild pressure conditions (4 MPa) in an open-access paper in the journal ACS Nano. mass %), sodium borohydride is a promising hydrogen storage material. Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou, UNSW School of Chemical Engineering.

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Faraday Institution to award up to £55M to five consortia for energy storage research

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The new projects in four focus areas join the existing Faraday Institution research projects that collectively aim to deliver the organisation’s mission to accelerate breakthroughs in energy storage technologies to benefit the UK in the global race to electrification. The University of Oxford will lead a consortium of five other university and six industry partners to address the way electrodes for Li-ion batteries are manufactured.

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Volkswagen and BASF present the first “Science Award Electrochemistry” to Dr. Naoaki Yabuuchi, Tokyo University of Science; Li-ion and Na-ion battery research

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The first international “Science Award Electrochemistry” from BASF and Volkswagen ( earlier post ) goes to Dr. Naoaki Yabuuchi, Tokyo University of Science, Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan. Yabuuchi has showed, among other things, how new battery materials can improve the efficiency of lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries.

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BASF announces winners of the open innovation contest on energy storage

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BASF announced the winners of the BASF Energy Contest at the “Creator Space Summit” in Ludwigshafen. The winning concepts were: A molten air battery that uses a molten salt electrolyte at elevated temperature from Professor Stuart Licht at George Washington University. A novel rechargeable zinc battery from the research group of Professors Paul Wright and James Evans from the University of California, Berkeley.

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ARPA-E awards $55M to 18 projects in two new programs: TERRA for transportation energy and GENSETS for distributed generation

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The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $55 million in funding for 18 innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s two newest programs: Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) and GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS). Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA). Clemson University. Purdue University. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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OSU smart membrane could enable new category of high-energy, high-power energy storage for EVs

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A team at the Ohio State University has developed a membrane that regulates bi-directional ion transport across it as a function of its redox state and that could be used as a programmable smart membrane separator in future supercapacitors and redox flow batteries. A) Implementation in an energy storage device uses double layer electrodes (similar to supercapacitor) or liquid electrodes (similar to RFB) kept separated by the smart membrane separator.

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NYSERDA awards $2M to 8 projects to develop advanced energy storage technologies

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded $250,000 to each of eight companies and research centers to develop working prototypes for a wide range of energy-storage technologies. The recipients are all members of the NY Battery and Energy Storage Technology ( NY-BEST ) Consortium. The companies and research centers will use the funding to help to turn energy storage technologies with proven technical feasibility into working prototypes.

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ARPA-E Awards $151M to 37 Projects for Transformative Energy Research

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 37 energy research projects for $151 million in funding through the recently formed Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The projects selected are grouped into 10 areas: Energy Storage (6 projects). Biomass Energy (5 projects). Conventional Energy (1 project). ENERGY STORAGE. Electronville: High-Amperage Energy Storage Device-Energy Storage for the Neighborhood. BIOMASS ENERGY.

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NYSERDA Commits $8M to Develop and Commercialize 19 New York Battery and Energy-Storage Technology Projects

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will award $8 million to help develop or commercialize 19 advanced energy storage projects. The awards are being made to companies and universities across New York that are involved in advanced research and development of energy storage applications that could benefit transportation, utility Smart Grid applications, renewable energy technologies, and other industries. Cornell University.

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DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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The US Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. These 32 demonstration projects, which include large-scale energy storage, smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices, plug-in vehicles, and a range of other smart technologies, will act as models for deploying integrated Smart Grid systems on a broader scale. Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project.

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NC State Researchers Developing Ozonolysis Pretreatment for Energy Grass Feedstocks

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Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing an ozone-based pre-treatment technique (ozonolysis) to release sugars from the energy grass miscanthus for production into renewable fuels or chemicals with minimal generation of chemical waste streams and degradation of the carbohydrate components. Ratna Sharma-Shivappa, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering at NC State.

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Researchers devise electrode architectures to prevent dendrite formation in solid-state batteries

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Interest in higher energy-density batteries that pair alkali metal electrodes with solid electrolytes is high; however, such batteries have been plagued by a tendency for dendrites to form on one of the electrodes, eventually bridging the electrolyte and shorting out the battery cell. A paper on the work is published in the journal Nature Energy. —Co-author Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan, professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Faraday Institution commits a further $31M to battery research to deliver commercial impact

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million will fund these refocused research projects, including targeting market opportunities and early-stage commercial development, in the following areas: Extending battery life , led by Prof Clare Grey, University of Cambridge, with researchers from the Universities of Birmingham, Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, Warwick, Imperial College London and UCL.

TUAT team develops more efficient method to recover heavy oil using novel chemical flooding

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By making use of a previously undesired side effect in oil recovery, researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) have developed a method that yields up to 20% more heavy oil than traditional methods. A paper on the work is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels.

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New solid-electrolyte interphase may boost prospects for rechargeable Li-metal batteries

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Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a newly-developed, solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI), according to Penn State researchers. —Donghai Wang, professor of mechanical and chemical engineering and corresponding author. The same approach was also applied to design stable SEI layers for sodium and zinc anodes. Mallouk, Evan Pugh University Professor of Chemistry.

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Researchers convert atmospheric CO2 to carbon nanofibers and nanotubes for use as anodes in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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Researchers from George Washington University and Vanderbilt University have demonstrated the conversion of atmospheric CO 2 into carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for use as high-performance anodes in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. In short, STEP uses solar thermal energy to increase the system temperature to decrease electrolysis potentials. times above that of sodium-ion batteries with graphite electrodes.

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UK, Iran team develops new materials to improve enhanced oil recovery

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A new class of materials which are suitable agents for displacing oil in enhanced oil recovery operations has been developed by scientists at Swansea University (UK) and scientists at Islamic Azad University in Iran. The new nanoparticle-surfactant complexes, composed of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant and fumed silica nanoparticles (Si-NPs) improve oil recovery to 58% compared to 45% in the presence of the surfactant alone.

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Goodenough and UT team report new strategy for all-solid-state Na or Li battery suitable for EVs; plating cathodes

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A team of engineers led by John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed a new strategy for a safe, low-cost, all-solid-state rechargeable sodium or lithium battery cell that has the required energy density and cycle life for a battery that powers an all-electric road vehicle. The energy-gap “window” E g = 1.23

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3 MIT-led teams win DOE NEUP funding for next-gen nuclear technologies

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Three MIT-led research teams have won awards from the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs ( NEUP ) initiative to support research and development on the next generation of nuclear technologies. A group of universities led by Charles Forsberg of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) at MIT has been awarded $5 million as part of the NEUP initiative.

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Carnegie Mellon researchers develop semi-liquid lithium metal anode for use with solid electrolytes

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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Mellon College of Science and College of Engineering have developed a semiliquid lithium metal-based anode (SLMA) that represents a new paradigm in battery design for solid electrolyte batteries. Working with the Mellon College of Science’s Matyjaszewski, a leader in polymer chemistry and materials science, and Jay Whitacre, Trustee Professor in Energy in the College of Engineering and director of the Wilton E.

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UK Technology Strategy Board Awards More Than 12M to 22 Projects to Speed Up Development of Low-Carbon Technology for Vehicles; Includes Gas Turbine Range Extender and Li-S Battery Cells

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We are funding innovative projects in a number of key areas which include internal combustion engine technologies, energy storage and management, lightweight structures and new propulsion technologies. Development of high energy Li-S prototype battery cells. High energy sodium-nickel battery cell for EV application (Acronym: NINACELL). Ionotec Ltd (lead), Dynamic-Ceramic Ltd, Birmingham University, University College London, Aloxsys Inc.

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Oregon State team demonstrates pathway to proton batteries; Grotthuss proton conduction

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A team led by researchers at Oregon State University have demonstrated that diffusion may not be necessary to transport ionic charges inside a hydrated solid-state structure of a battery electrode. The discovery potentially could shift the whole paradigm of high-power electrochemical energy storage with new design principles for electrodes, said Xianyong Wu, a postdoctoral scholar at OSU and the first author of the paper published in the journal Nature Energy.

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UCSD researchers improve method to recycle and renew used cathodes from Li-ion batteries via eutectic molten salts

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego have improved their recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. The new process is safer and uses less energy than their previous method ( earlier post ) in restoring cathodes to their original capacity and cycle performance. Zheng Chen, a professor of nanoengineering who is affiliated with the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, led the project. Energy Mater.

Researchers Develop New Lower-Cost, Efficient Catalyst for Water Gas Shift Reaction for Hydrogen Production

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A team of researchers from Tufts University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University report that alkali ions (sodium or potassium) added in small amounts activate platinum adsorbed on alumina or silica for the low-temperature water-gas shift (WGS) reaction (H 2 O+CO→ H 2 +CO 2 ) used for producing hydrogen. According to the US Department of Energy, US demand for hydrogen is currently about 9 million tons per year.

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High-capacity GQD-coated VO2 nanoarray electrodes for high-performance Li- and Na-ion batteries

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Researchers from Nanyang Technical University (NTU) in Singapore have shown high-capacity, high-rate, and durable lithium- and sodium-ion battery (LIB and NIB) performance using single-crystalline long-range-ordered bilayered VO 2 nanoarray electrodes. It is noted that V 2 O 5 nanoparticles and V 2 O 5 nanobelts with larger lattice spacing have been recently synthesized and demonstrated good sodium ion storage performance.

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Novel single-site gold WGS catalysts may offer pathway to lower-cost production of hydrogen, fuels and chemicals

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A team of researchers from universities and national laboratories led by Tufts University has developed catalysts composed of a unique structure of single gold atoms bound by oxygen to several sodium or potassium atoms and supported on non-reactive silica materials. Co-author Jun Huang, a lecturer at the University of Sydney, synthesized and characterized the silica materials used as supports.

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MIT and Moscow State collaborating on advanced batteries, metal-air batteries and reversible fuel/electrolysis cells

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Researchers at the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage (CEES), a partnership between the MIT Materials Processing Center and Lomonosov Moscow State University, are focusing on the development of higher capacity batteries. The work on advanced lithium ion and multivalent ion batteries is led by Yet-Ming Chiang, the Kyocera Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, and Evgeny Antipov, professor and electrochemistry chair at Moscow State.

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DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The TCF was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to promote promising energy technologies. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. High-fidelity ignition models to boost engine thermal efficiency, $720,000 Convergent Science Inc., National Energy Technology Laboratory.

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ASU team develops new solution for mitigating Li dendrite growth by tackling plating-induced residual stress

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Lithium-metal batteries are among the most promising candidates for high-density energy storage technology, but uncontrolled lithium dendrite growth, which results in poor recharging capability and safety hazards, currently is hindering their commercial potential. Almost all metals used as battery anodes tend to develop dendrites For example, these findings have implications for zinc, sodium and aluminum batteries as well.

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Drexel researchers demonstrate intercalation of MXenes with a variety of ions; high volumetric capacitance

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Researchers at Drexel University with colleagues in France have demonstrated that titanium carbide (Ti 3 C 2 ) “MXene” compounds—exfoliated 2D carbide and carbonitride nanosheets that are structurally similar to graphene, where M represents transition metals, and X is either C or/and N ( earlier post )—support the spontaneous intercalation of cations from aqueous salt solutions.

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Polymer microcapsules with liquid carbonate cores and silicone shells offer a new approach to carbon capture

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A multi-institution team of researchers has developed a novel class of materials that enable a safer, cheaper, and more energy-efficient process for removing greenhouse gas from power plant emissions. The team, led by scientists from Harvard University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, employed a microfluidic assembly technique to produce microcapsules that contain liquid sorbents encased in highly permeable polymer shells.

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