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
Carbon Nanofibers Improve Silicon Electrodes for Li-ion Batteries, But Is It Enough?
Researchers peer into silicon nanocomposite electrodes to get them to last longer
Plastic OLEDs Just Got a Bump from Silver Nanowires
Researchers develop a stretchable OLED material that could serve as a building block for future devices
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
Band-Gap Engineering of Nanowires Could Boost Batteries
Energy barriers could keep nanowire electrodes from cracking in lithium-ion batteries and increase energy density
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?
Pothole Detection for the Visually Impaired
An early prototype applies machine learning algorithms to identify uneven surfaces