1. Researchers Create Sand-Based Li-Ion Batteries

    Researchers Create Sand-Based Li-Ion Batteries

    Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have developed an inexpensive way to produce sand-based Li-ion batteries. “This is the holy grail—a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to produce high performance lithium ion battery anodes,” said Zachary Favors, a graduate student working with Cengiz and Mihri Ozkan, both engineering professors at UC Riverside. The idea came to Favors six months ago. He was relaxing on the beach after surfing in San Clemente, Calif. when he picked up some sand, took a close look at it and saw it was made up primarily of quartz, or silicon dioxide.

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    1. This is the holy grail—a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to produce high performance lithium ion battery anodes.
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