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March 24, 2017
New gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Yale scientists have developed an ultra-thin coating material that has the potential to extend the life and improve the efficiency of lithium-sulfur batteries, one of the most promising areas of energy research today. In a study published online March 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe the new material - a dendrimer-graphene oxide composite film - which can be applied to any sulfur cathode. A cathode is the positive terminal on a battery. Accordin ... read more

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ORNL study examines tungsten in extreme environments to improve fusion materials
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A new approach to improving lithium-sulfur batteries
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Imaging the inner workings of a sodium-metal sulfide battery for first time
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New path suggested for nuclear fusion
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Confined nanoparticles improve hydrogen storage materials performance
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Tweaking electrolyte makes better lithium-metal batteries
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Waste silicon sawdust recycled into anode for lithium-ion battery
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