December 26, 2013

Batteries as they are meant to be seen

In the search for long-lasting, inexpensive rechargeable batteries, researchers develop more realistic methods to study the materials in action

Researchers have developed a way to microscopically view battery electrodes while they are bathed in wet electrolytes, mimicking realistic conditions inside actual batteries. While life sciences researchers regularly use transmission electron microscopy to study wet environments, this time scientists have applied it successfully to rechargeable battery research.