In a new development, a new process has been developed by researchers at Donghua and Yale University in China to create lithium metal electrodes. The new process used to create lithium metal electrodes is said to boost the energy and capacity of rechargeable batteries.
As per research, lithium metal is considered to be best suited material for anodes in high-energy batteries mainly because of its high potential to provide large amounts of capacity and energy in a given mass. The study led by Hailiang Wang at Yale is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and it describes a new approach to create more efficient lithium electrodes. Using the new process, a protective layer emerges that enables metal anodes to be charged and discharged efficiently at high capacities.
Battery Cell Using New Process Outperforms Regular Battery Cells
Using the new process, researchers at Donghua and Yale University constructed a new battery cell. The new battery cells outperforms other battery cells created in a laboratory environment. The battery cell created using the new process also outperforms state-of-the-art lithium ion batteries commercially available.
Hailiang Wang is a member of the Energy Sciences Institute at west Campus of Yale and an assistant professor of chemistry at Yale. Other members of the study include Qiuwei Shi, who is the first author of the study and graduate student at Donghua University and visiting student at Yale University, along with Hongzhi Wang from Donghua University and Yiren Zhong and Min Wu both from Yale University.