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Web Date: March 25, 2016

Batteries perform better without the strain

Using X-ray diffraction techniques, researchers find that low-strain battery materials can discharge more energy faster
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: Energy storage, electronic materials, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, batteries, synchrotron

Using high-intensity X-rays to study the crystal structure of a common battery material while it charges and discharges, researchers have filled in new details about how mechanical strain hinders battery performance. These insights could help battery chemists tailor the composition of electrode materials to make better high-power batteries (Nano Lett. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b05146).

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