1. Halide Salts Make Lithium Batteries More Durable

    Halide Salts Make Lithium Batteries More Durable

    Chemical engineers at Cornell University used halide salts to create safer, longer-lasting lithium batteries. Adding certain halide salts to liquid electrolytes spontaneously creates nanostructured surface coatings on a lithium battery anode that hinder the development of detrimental dendritic structures that grow within the battery cell. The discovery opens the way potentially to extend the daily cycle life of a rechargeable lithium battery by up to a factor of 10.

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