A*Star researchers achieve breakthrough that could double lithium-ion batteries' capacity

Lithium-ion batteries are used to power many electronic devices, including electric cars, like this Renovo Coupe.

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) said in a statement today (Feb 25) that researchers from its Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and Quebec's Hydro-Quebec's research institute have achieved a scientific breakthrough that could "hold the key to longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and mobile devices".

The researchers have synthesised "silicate-based nanoboxes that could more than double the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries as compared to conventional phosphate-based cathodes", it said.

Lithium-ion batteries are used to power many of the electronic devices we use, including digital cameras, smartphones and even electric cars.

A*Star said that the research collaboration between IBN and Hydro-Quebec was established in 2011, and that the researchers plan to enhance their new cathode materials to create high-capacity lithium-ion batteries for commercialisation.


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