Research pinpoints factors for better battery design

The gel-like electrolyte made of lithium chloride and gallium fluoride that shows promise of improving batteries. Credit: Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology

You’ve probably experienced the dread of a suddenly dead phone that is glacially slow to recharge. Add to that earbuds or laptops that die at the most inconvenient times. And perhaps you’ve delayed shopping for an electric car because of limited cruise range (or high price). These battery breakdowns and charge collapses are because of shortcomings in the lithium-ion batteries powering today’s technology.

But recent research at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is advancing …
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