January 8, 2015

Compact Batteries Enhanced By Spontaneous Silver Matrix Formations

Brookhaven Lab and Stony Brook University scientists use x-rays to map internal atomic transformations and advance promising lithium-based batteries

In a promising lithium-based battery, the formation of a highly conductive silver matrix transforms a material otherwise plagued by low conductivity. To optimize these multi-metallic batteries—and enhance the flow of electricity—scientists needed a way to see where, when, and how these silver, nanoscale "bridges" emerge.