More:The next big thing is lithium-ion batteries, which are the energy storage devices we all know and love.
But they can be costly and are often difficult to work with.
Now a team at the University of California at Santa Cruz has developed a way to make rechargeable lithium-battery cells.
The technology could enable more flexible batteries, as well as allowing the creation of batteries with an improved energy density, said the paper’s lead author, Yohannes Guillon.
It’s the first time anyone has managed to make a lithium-based battery that is affordable, energy-dense and capable of cycling a rechargeable, flexible material.
The researchers first synthesized a simple material with a lithium carbonate core that can be easily scaled up, they said.
They then combined the graphene oxide with a small amount of silicon to make the graphene-based electrode.
That electrode is then placed in a polymer film.
The result was a battery that can cycle an electrolyte, like a battery.
The process can be applied to other types of battery cells, too.
“We have created a battery electrode that is flexible, durable and flexible with a wide range of capacities,” said Guillon, a professor in the UC Santa Cruz Department of Chemistry.
The research was published online last month in the journal Advanced Materials.
“The process for the production of this battery is extremely simple.
We used a thin film electrolyte that is not a material with any properties that we have yet encountered,” Guillon said.
“We were able to produce a graphene electrode that has a very high conductivity, which is very similar to the conductivity of silicon.
In the next steps, we are trying to improve the conductive characteristics of this electrode.”
It’s not just graphene.
The team also made a silicon-based electrolyte with a very low conductivity.
They used it in a variety of battery applications.
The team plans to further improve the process by adding additional electrode layers, and the researchers are working to make it compatible with other battery materials.
“It’s a promising technology,” Guillion said.
“This is an exciting time for batteries because of the potential of using materials with good properties and high energy density to replace other types.
We are working on developing these materials to make them more useful.”More: