Texas Engineers Develop New Material for Better Lithium-Ion Batteries

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Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a family of anode materials that can double the charge capacity of lithium-ion battery anodes — a breakthrough that opens the door to cheaper, smaller and lighter batteries in the future.

In lithium-ion batteries, energy is stored by shuttling lithium between two electrodes that are made of conductive materials, which generate the electric current that makes batteries function. Novel electrode materials promise significant performance improvements and have been the focus of extensive scientific and energy research for decades. 

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