MIT materials scientists say they’ve used genetically engineered viruses to construct electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. The viruses, which infect bacteria, were designed to grow amorphous iron phosphate along their surfaces and then bond with carbon nanotubes. The result was a nanoscale structure with charge and discharge rates comparable to those of electrodes in state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries.
The unique properties of carbon nanotubes may make them the natural successor to silicon microelectronics
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Faster and Cheaper Process for Graphene in Li-ion Batteries
Two-dimensional materials become a little easier to synthesize in new Kanas State University research
The Future of Pharmaceuticals Could Be Electronic Implants
British pharmaceuticals firm betting that “electroceuticals” will treat complex diseases better
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Newly Developed Live Nanoscale Imaging Technique Promises Improvement in Li-ion Batteries
Brookhaven researchers develop electrochemical cell capable of operating in a TEM
Graphene Still Trying to Replace ITO in Organic Solar Cells
Two years after a MIT research team showed how graphene could replace ITO in photovoltaics, another MIT team does it
Nano-antenna Arrays May Yield Ultra-Efficient Solar Devices
Atomic layer deposition process enables nano-arrays theoretically capable of 70-percent efficency
Graphene-based Li-ion Anodes Go Commercial
XG Sciences launches graphene-hybrid material for use in the anodes of Li-ion batteries
Nanostructured Silicon Li-ion Batteries’ Capacity Figures Are In
Do the numbers really promise a game-changing technology for electric vehicles?
Nanotube Membrane Could Revolutionize Osmotic Power
Membrane could boost efficiency of today's osmotic systems 1000 times
Graphene Nanoribbons Bring New Twist to Li-ion Batteries
Graphene nanoribbons could be the answer to improving the storage capacity of Li-ion batteries
Nanowires and Viruses Combine to Create High-Capacity Batteries
Nanowires coated with viruses create a lithium-air battery that could be solution to powering all-electric vehicles
Graphene Composite Offers Critical Fix for Sodium-ion Batteries
Flexible paper-like material made from graphene and molybdenum disulfide fixes swelling of electrodes
Nanoparticle Ink Enables 3-D Printing of Microbattery Electrodes
Newly developed 3-D printing of miniature Li-ion batteries could power microscale devices
Carbon Nanotubes Could Solve Problems With Silicon in Li-ion Batteries
By coating carbon nanotubes with silicon, the problem of silicon breaking up after charge/discharge cycles could be solved
Sale of A123 Systems to Chinese-Owned Company Points to Futility of Nationalistic Technology Investments
Could this latest deal inspire a change in the current mechanisms for technology innovation?
Boeing's Battery-Fire Blues
Did engineers work too hard to lighten the batteries of the Boeing 787?
A Superfast DNA Sequencer Based on Motion Detection
Molybdenum disulfide is the new cutting-edge material for nanopore DNA sequencers